It's been a pretty peculiar time thusfar in covering actor Sakaguchi Tak's latest film, Re:Born. The latest trailer has been out for a few months now while the film has already begun hitting festivals, simultaneously granting its main star a spotlight after nearly falling into obscurity following some career upheaval in the last few years hence all that retirement talk that Versus and Alive helmer Kitamura Ryuhei said was "bullshit" three years ago.
“It may sound bold, but Re:Born could be the new cornerstone in action movies,” said Inoue. “Tak Sakaguchi and the director Yuji Shimomura have put their blood and sweat together for the last five years during which Tak gave up the whole concept of so-called entertainment action but instead trained to adjust himself to the most practical combat techniques.
“On the other hand, Shimomura made such strenuous efforts to incorporate those new moves into the film. As a result, we are no longer able to categorise the final cut simply as an action movie, and along the way what is extremely encouraging for us is to have XYZ Films and Nikkatsu as sales partners that understand our unconventional film better than anyone else in the world.”
“From this film, Tak Sakaguchi changed his name to TAK∴ to show his utmost commitment not as an actor but as a combat fighter that represents the world of Re:Born.
“We are very thrilled that our two powerful partners will help us introduce this unheard-of WAVE action to a broader audience all over the world.”