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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.
The past year or so have lended an ample opportunity to familiarize myself with the work of actor and producer Alexander Nevsky in lieu of his upcoming April 28 U.S. release, Black Rose. The film marks his directorial debut wherein he also stars in a formula slightly different from his usually known action star persona from his film career in Russia, and joined by none other than actress Kristanna Loken.
With the film a little over a week away from its limited theatrical release courtesy of ITN, we've already had the pleasure of sharing questions with one of the film's guest stars, actor Matthias Hues in which he delves deeply into his career history, progression and plans for the future. The same goes for Loken who now takes center stage in this week's interview following Hues which also briefly highlights something interesting about the new movie, as well as a little about herself in the years since making strides as the formidable cybernetic supervillain in Terminator …
Currently stemming from Florida's independent film scene is Victor Rios with his directorial debut, Fury Of The Dragon. Rios helms from the creative auspices of 333 Pictures and Frank Films, and cinematographer Armin Alic who co-helmed the 2015 indie action thriller, Room 236., and with a cast that brings actor Lilo Brancato and Wade Williams to the forefront of the tale of a mysterious vigilante on the streets of America and a detective who may or may not be out to stop him.
The film is currently in production with plans currently set for its own trilogy and it's early days at the moment. In the meantime, peep the teaser below and stay tuned for more info as it arises.
It was to be expected since its confirmation in late 2015, and now it looks as if things will officially take shape for the spin-off corner of Universal Pictures's Fast And Furious saga. On Friday, new report from Deadline presented news on good terms that the studio is keen on efforts to manifest a spin-off that will join action movie stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in their own movie with a script by franchise scribe Chris Morgan.
The news comes following the latest release of the eighth installment of the high speed action movie franchise, The Fate Of The Furious, and while I won't divulge the specific twists and details that outline the prospects of this union, the film did greatly in invoking a buddy element that would bode well for both actors in their current positive chemistry. Ironically it also comes in the wake of other news that the film would have been signaled by an end credits scene filmed by producer Neal Moritz with Johnson and Statham featured which F…