Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Miike's yakuza pic wraps, Kimutaku in Fuji TV blockbuster

PS2 game "Ryu ga Gotoku 2" goes on sale today, and production on Miike Takashi's movie adaptation has wrapped. Although the game is restricted to ages 17 and up, the film targets all ages. It's scheduled for release in Japan on March 3rd next year, with South Korea following in summer and North America is also on the cards. Check out the source article for photos of Miike, Sega producer Nagoshi Toshihiro, star Kitamura Kazuki and other cast members at a reception party for the project. (source: +D Games)

Despite his long-held status as Japan's most popular male television actor, for the most part SMAP hearthrob Kimura Takuya (AKA Kimutaku) has been conspicuously absent from the silver screen. All that seems to be changing, with his current lead turn in Yamada Yoji's "Love and Honor" (Bushi no Ichibun), and now Fuji TV's film adaptation of their hit series "Hero." Pulling in an average rating of 30% when it screened in early 2001, the show starred Kimura as a former juvenile delinquent turned unconventional detective, and quickly became Fuji TV's highest rating drama series ever. Fuji's head of film production, mega producer Kameyama Chihiro, had originally considered making a film out of it 3 or 4 years ago, but when a one-off special aired in July this year registered a whopping 30.9% rating the Fuji bean counters began drooling for more. The script is still being written, and filming is scheduled to begin next March including a possible overseas location shoot. Suzuki Masayuki, director of fellow SMAP member Katori Shingo vehicle "Ninja Hattori-kun The Movie", takes the helm. Original cast members Matsu Takako, Otsuka Nene, Abe Hiroshi and Katsumura Masanobu are set to return, and big name guest stars are in the works. Expect something on the scale of the "Bayside Shakedown" films. A release is set for September 8th 2007.(sources: Sanspo,Sports Hochi)

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