'Beat' goes on for TBS miniseries

Will star as wartime PM Gen. Hideki Tojo

TOKYO -- Actor-director Kitano "Beat" Takeshi will star as wartime Prime Minister Gen. Hideki Tojo in a Tokyo Broadcasting System miniseries focusing on the events leading up to Pearl Harbor, the network said Wednesday. The show is set to air at the end of the year.

"Ano Sensou wa Nan Datta no ka" (What Was That War All About?), will tell the story of the three months from September to December 1941, centered around General Tojo, who was later hanged as a war criminal.

The conduct of Japan's military government before and during WWII is still a thorny issue domestically and there already is speculation as to the perspective the drama will take on events.