Takashi Hirano, whose producing credits partly include films like Dororo, Takashi Miike’s Zebraman films and 2017’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable – Chapter 1 to name a few, is diving head-first into manga territory for his feature directing debut.
Netizens got a small glimpse late last year with a short teaser for Kiminori Wakasugi’s 2011 Young Animal publication, Kappei, which reunites Hirano with A Heartful Of Love star, actor Hideaki Ito, whose recent appearances also include Yu Irie’s Confession Of Murder remake, and Masato Harada’s Baragaki: Unbroken Samurai, the latter which finally saw an October release following more than a year of delays due to the pandemic.
Toho, who is releasing the new fish-out-of-water action comedy on March 18, revealed new characters last month as the campaign continued and they’ve now released an official trailer which you can view above.
Penned by Yuichi Tokunaga (Fly Me To The Saitama, Fly Me To The Saitama 2, Lupin’s Daughter), Kappei stars Ito in the title role – a reclusive martial artist forced to acclimate to modern-day life in Tokyo, following his Master’s disbandment of their secluded training camp with among other young cohorts when Nostradamus’s 1999 prediction of the apocalypse falls flat.
Also starring are Moka Kamishiraishi, Daigo Nishihata, Yūsuke Ōnuki, Kōji Yamamoto, Yukiyoshi Ozawa and Arata Furuta, and many more.