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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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.