HYDRA: Kensuke Sonomura’s Japanese Action Debut Hits Hi-YAH! July 2, On Digital, DVD and Blu-Ray July 20
Leave it to Well Go USA Entertainment and their in-house streaming service, Hi-YAH! to hail the coming of new names to the forefront of martial arts action and thrills.
Paving the way for stunt professional-turned-filmmaker Kensuke Sonomura since taking his freshman feature actioner, Hydra, on the road back in 2019, Hi-YAH! is announcing a July 2 premiere for subscribers. The film marks a headlining stake for Japanese actor and action star Masanori Mimoto who has appeared in a number of U.S. releases such as Funimation’s Sushi Typhoon release, Alien Vs. Ninja and Samuel Goldwyn Films’s Yakuza Apocalypse, as well as Well Go USA’s Enter The Fat Dragon starring Donnie Yen.
After retiring as an assassin, Takashi leads a quiet life as a chef at a sushi bar, where he secretly watches over the daughter of a former associate. His peace is short-lived: soon, he is recruited for a final job that he simply can’t refuse.
Sadly I was unable to attend the film’s premiere at the Urban Action Showcase in 2019. Nevertheless, Hydra remains one of the biggest moments of my work to date, and I am filled of gratitude that I was able to connect with Sonomura and Mimoto through their U’den Flame Works colleague, Yuji Shimomura, to help Hydra get some attention. With that in mind, you’re welcome to read my review, as well as check out the brand new trailer above.
If feasible, I would also recommend making this a double feature with Tak Sakaguchi starrer, Re:Born, in which Mimoto also co-stars!
Hydra is directed by Sonomura from a script by Jiro Kaneko, and with actress Miu, and actors Tasuku Nagase, Takaya Aoyagi, Takashi Nishina, Satoshi Kibe, Tsutomu Uchigasaki, Kazunori Yajima, Hironobu Nomura, Tomorowo Taguchi, and BoBA rounding out the cast. Well Go USA will release the film on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital from July 20.
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