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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.
Still to the surprise of many is the forthcoming second installment of the Escape Plan trilogy - Steven C. Miller's Escape Plan 2: Hades, following Mikael Håfström's initial 2013 hit pairing Sylvester Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger. A third was announced back in April and news this week now confirms the start of principal photography for upcoming threequel, Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station with Death And Life Of Bobby Z and 15 Minutes director John Herzfeld at the helm.
The new movie sees Stallone and actor Dave Bautista reprising their roles from a script by Herzfeld and screenwriter Miles Chapman which sees the two pairing up once again to break out one of their own from an inescapable prison. The two will be joined on screen by actor and martial artist Max Zhang whose credits span various facets in film from stunt double to principal actor with credits such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Soi Cheng's S.P.L. 2: A Time For Conseuqences (a.k.a. Kill Zone 2), and…
I did a lot of work this weekend. So, don't be surprised if things slow down a bit for me this week. At best, I might be able to pace myself and keep going but a little me-time also suffices.
For now, at least you have this week's installment of the Hit List to relieve your boredom. Demos, goods to promote and much more are on the way starting with a fresh new batch of stunt and training reels ripe with great talent featuring Saidqua Bynum, Dan Mast, Evelyn Osorio Vacaro, Brandon Ly, Hong Berghof (more on her later), Tim Storms, Dina Cataldi, Clancy Petersen, Katie Schwartz, Taylor Castriota, Carlton Hoyles, Sia Alipour, and a 2017 reel celebrating progress over at New York's Breakfall Studios.
Moving forward, we have two new items to help push, and we start the most recent poster debut for actress and martial artist Bridger Fox's latest turn at the helm, Assassin's Curse. The new action short is well underway ahead of its forthcoming 10X10 Filmmaker Challenge prem…
With the upcoming rollout or Jesse Johnson's The Pay Up, Accident Man and Triple Threat in his wake, leave it to action star Scott Adkins to help carry the mantle with word on the upcoming action thriller revisal, Sinners & Saints: Vengeance. Adkins will reunite once more with Chad Law-penned Jarhead 3: The Siege helmer William Kaufman who, in turn, reunites with actor Johnny Strong who led the initial 2011 revenge cop thriller.
The film aims as a stand-alone sequel which tells of a New Orleans detective who journeys to Moscow to avenge the murder of his partner at the hands of a syndicate enforcer with the help of an old war buddy, and the enforcer's lover. Law, whose writing credits also include Kaufman's zombie hit thriller, Daylight's End and Isaac Florentine's Adkins-led home invasion action pic, Close Range, is scripting with Saints And Sinners scribe Jay Moses ahead of the film's Bulgarian shoot this Winter.