History’s 100 Most Influential People: Hero Edition (Video)

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    Attention visitors: In addition to this post, you may want to check out two similar posts from 2006:

    Last night a new Top 100 historical figure list show, “Histories 100 Most Influential people: Hero Edition,” aired on NTV. Here is the full list of results, as selected by a national survey.

    1. Sakamoto Ryoma
    2. Napoleon I
    3. Oda Nobunaga
    4. Saigo Takamori
    5. Miyamoto no Yoshitsune
    6. Jean of Arc
    7. Hideyoshi Toyotomi
    8. Albert Einstein
    9. Yutaka Ozaki
    10. Akechi Mitsuhide
    11. Genghis Khan
    12. Tokugaya Ieyasu
    13. Thomas Edison
    14. Florence Nightengale
    15. Chiune Sugihara
    16. Kyu Sakamoto
    17. Hijikata Toshizo
    18. Rikidozan
    19. Yoshida Shoin
    20. Mahatma Gandhi
    21. Prince Shotoku
    22. George Washington
    23. Sanada Yukimura
    24. Mother Teresa
    25. Yujiro Ishihara
    26. Kakuei Tanaka
    27. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    28. Abraham Lincoln
    29. Oishi Yoshio
    30. Okita Soji
    31. Christopher Columbus
    32. Admiral Togo Heihachiro
    33. Martin Luther King Jr.
    34. Andy Hug
    35. Amakusa Shiro
    36. Hideyo Noguchi
    37. Bruce Lee
    38. Leonardo da Vinci
    39. Abe no Seimei
    40. Walt Disney
    41. Kondo Isami
    42. Date Masamune
    43. Akira Kurosawa
    44. Julius Caesar
    45. Chosuke Ikariya
    46. Audrey Hepburn
    47. Liu Bei
    48. Ryunosuke Akutagawa
    49. John Lennon
    50. Takasugi Shinsaku
    51. Naomi Uemura
    52. Freddy Mercury
    53. Isoroku Yamamoto
    54. Osamu Tezuka
    55. Ninomiya Sontoku
    56. Charlie Chaplin
    57. Diana, Princess of Wales
    58. Ludwig van Beethoven
    59. Ryotaro Shiba
    60. Pablo Picasso
    61. John F Kennedy
    62. Yuri Gagarin
    63. “Giant” Baba
    64. Kong Ming
    65. Anne Frank
    66. Daijiro Kato
    67. Cao Cao
    68. Tokugawa Yoshimune
    69. Arthur Conan Doyle
    70. Elvis Presley
    71. Galileo Galilei
    72. Queen Himiko
    73. Yusaku Matsuda
    74. Pierre and Marie Curie
    75. Ferdinand Magellan
    76. James Dean
    77. Yukio Mishima
    78. Taira no Masakado
    79. Hokusai
    80. Sen no Rikyu
    81. Kiyoshi Atsumi
    82. Federic Chopin
    83. Babe Ruth
    84. Sun Yat-sen
    85. Ayrton Senna
    86. Takanohana Koji
    87. William Shakespeare
    88. Shirasu Jiro
    89. Taira no Kiyomori
    90. Eisaku Sato
    91. The Wright Brothers
    92. Stanely Kubrick
    93. Theodore Roosevelt
    94. Hiraga Gennai
    95. Miyamoto Musashi
    96. Eiji Tsuburaya
    97. Abebe Bikila
    98. Eiji Sawamura
    99. Isaac Newton
    100. Matthew Calbraith Perry

    As in their previous historical figure listing shows, NTV had popular celebrities play the role of their favorite historical people who made the list. Here’s foreign “talento” Thane Camus playing Columbus (ranked 31):

    Christopher Columbus was obsessed with sailing to Asia and often mentioned the riches of Japan. In this clip, Thane goes a bit further by proclaiming to his sailors that foreigners who come to Japan are popular with the women and can become TV celebrities. As the sailors cheer, text on the screen tells us that all the sailors are foreign “talento” for Japanese TV shows.

    Another cool celebrity appearance was Mongolian sumo grand champion Asashoryu as Genghis Khan (ranked 11). Pretty cool moustache, Asa.

    Update: A couple more clips from the show
    Clip 1: Jean of Arc gets a message from God and later uses her divine knowledge to save a French soldier from a cannonball (fantastic special effects!):

    Clip 2: Nobunaga, played by boxer Koki Kameda, demonstrates the effectiveness of longer spears and guns:

    Not surprisingly, two of the top 3 results are the same as a similar list from an earlier NTV historical figure ranking show I translated back in May 2006. They also ran a top 100 historical women list show in September, which I also posted the results for. It’s interesting to see how the lists vary in their make-up, and how individuals such as the founders of Japanese Buddhist sects, are missing from the lists, while Jesus made one list. One could argue that NTV “cleaned up” their lists to be more politically correct, something that wouldn’t be too far out of place when other networks are facing accusations of faking/staging television programs.


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