Ryotaro Sugi (杉良太郎)... I only knew him as some famous, aged gentleman with a pleasant face who is married to one of the Enka beauties Natsuko Godai (伍代夏子) (the age gap came as an amusing surprise). Some research and the viewing of this week's "Kayo Concert" later, I found out that besides being a veteran actor and philanthropist, the guy also released quite a number of music singles here and there, with "Sukima kaze" (すきま風) from 1976 being his most successful one. During today's episode, Sugi-Sama sang that very song as top batter. While it sounded alright with his deep rumble, I didn't particularly like it - probably on of those songs that grow on you the more you listen to it. And to end off the show, he got to sing his newest single, "Ore wa Mondainainosuke", that was officially released a couple months earlier on 21st January 2015. Now this one I found a lot more listenable with its funky beat and had Sugi bobbing up and down to it in a smoky blue-grey kimono and hakama... though he was still rather stiff, but what a way to end the show.
Anyway, "Ore wa Mondainainosuke" was used as the theme song to the actor-singer's latest drama "Ishi Mondainainosuke" (医師 問題無ノ介). This period drama, with some laughs added into it, is about Mondainainosuke, a sword-fighting, kindhearted doctor, played by Sugi (His first lead role in 14 years), and his escapades. His catchphrase is... "Mondainai!" (問題なーい!), which is like saying "No problem!". Other than the theme song, Sugi-Sama had also done the planning and its screenplay. Wow. But I suppose he wanted to go all out to commemorate 50 years of being in the world of entertainment. He debuted in 1965, wanting to become a singer at first, but without much success. So he turned to TV and film, where he finally made a break.
"Ore wa Mondainainosuke" was written by Sugi (Oh, this too, huh?) and composed by Tetsuya Gen (弦哲也). It peaked at 136th position on the charts.