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Fukuda's Live-Action GINTAMA Confirms Casting, Possible Plot Details
Oguri Shun and Fukuda Yuchi on the set of GINTAMA (Twitter)
News of the live-action adaptation of Sorachi Hideaki's popular Weekly Shonen Jump manga, Gintama, came as a delightful surprise to me a few months ago. Filming had already went underway and a few miscellaneous set photos started emerging online showing signs of progress following its production wrap back in September.
Fukuda Yuichi is directing the film based on the property that sees actor Oguri Shun as Sakata Gintoki, a silver-haired former samurai and founder of his own odd jobs business in an Edo Japan where the arrival and subsequent settlement of the Amanto - a species of alien life, has advanced the nation ahead of its time. Joined by actor Masaki Suda who plays straight-laced Shimura Shinpachi and actress Kashimoto Hanna as the adorable and superstrong Kagura, the three set out on numerous adventures with stories that see them taking on some of the weirdest, crazy and most dangerous tasks, with dialogue that throws 4th wall-breaking curve balls almost every chance it gets.
One of those adventures includes the Benizakura Arc which focuses on the existence of titular sword of legend, said to be of an almost demon-like entity that consumes its user. It's probably one of the most violent, bloody and perilous arcs of the series and as it stands, it's also the one primarily hinted at according to casting confirmations announced at the film's official website which lists actresses Hayami Akari and Nanao, and actors Domoto Tsuyoshi, Arai Hirofumi, Sato Jiro and Yasuda Ken.
Rounding out the cast are Nagasawa Masami as Shinpachi's sister Tae, actors Yagira Yuya, Yoshizawa Ryo and Nakamura Kankuro as Shinsengumi police officers Toshiro Hijikata, Sogo Okita and Isao Kondo, respectively, actor Muro Tsuyoshi as inventor and mechanic Hiraga Gengai, and Okada Masaki as anti-Amanto rebel Gintoki's longtime friend, Katsura Kotaro.
I could go on and on until I'm blue in the face about how excited I am for the new action thriller, Triple Threat. I won't, but I will throw my hat in with some words for seasoned stuntman and filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson who, in the wake of a stagnant directing career salvaged by the appeal drawn from his latest release, Savage Dog, has risen above expectations in opportune fashion.
It truly is something to be proud of... a succession accompanied, no less, by a line-up of some serious, prominent action starpower; Names like Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen as well as Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping and Jeeja Yanin are all but what one would dream of seeing in a single movie together on the big screen, which, at least until starting late last year, almost felt like an impossibility.
Then again, there were people who thought that Jaa would never appear in a movie with Donnie Yen dating back twelve years ago as the Thai action star took the mantle with groundb…
If you think Lionsgate is done blowing your collective minds into the stratosphere and beyond with all things John Wick, you couldn't be more wrong. Point in fact, with a comic book and a television series spin-off brewing, it turns out that the studio is ready to make the world of the titular assasin a whole lot bigger.
The word now is Ballerina - such is the title of the script acquired by Lionsgate in a bidding war against other studios last week. The project is described as a tonal nod to Luc Besson's 1990s action movie fervor with La Femme Nikita, but with a more pulpy, hyper-stylized treatment akin to the work of Quentin Tarantino or Matthew Vaughn.
Story details haven't been made public, save for the plot generally centered on a young woman raised as an assassin and subsequently sets out to murder her family's equally trained killers. The sale of the script is a milestone success for fledgling screenwriter, 23-year old Shay Hatten, a Loyola Marymount's Scho…
Rest assured, the martial arts fan demographic is still reeling over catching Tony Jaa aligned with some of the best of the best in Jesse Johnson's upcoming thriller, Triple Threat. That film comes in 2018 and its going to be a sight to see when it arrives while this year has already proven itself fruitful in its promise for the genre with films like the new action crime pic, Paradox, opening next month in theaters and now has a new trailer to show for it.
The film marks Wilson Yip's return to the helm for the project, also branded as an addition to the non-linear Sha Po Lang saga of crime titles with Jaa joining actors Louis Koo and Wu Yue for the story of a Hong Kong cop whose tumultuous search for his missing daughter exposes a bigger conspiracy when footage of her kidnapping is uploaded to the police mainframe and subsequently deleted. Soi Cheang and Paco Wong produced the film which also stars Chris Collins, Ken Lo and actresses Hanna Chan and Jacky Cai with action seque…