Expect to catch actor Tsukamoto Shinya in a remastered performance in the gruesome subliminal 2001 crime manga adaptation, Ichi The Killer. While you’re at it if in the U.K., feast your eyes on the upcoming release of Tsukamoto’s most recent outing, Fires On The Plain, remade from Ichikawa Kon’s own 1959 adaptation of Shohei Ooka’s 1951 anti-war novel.
In the final stages of WWII, the occupying Japanese army in the Philippines is rapidly losing ground, facing local resistance combined with an American offensive. The final few Japanese survivors, having almost been wiped out, have crossed the threshold into a realm where there are no friends, no enemies and no God.
The imagery alone dictates this isn’t for the faint of heart. Tsukamoto also wrote screenplay and is joined on screen by Nakamura Tatsuya, Lily Franky and Nakamura Yûko for its September 11 release on DVD and Blu-Ray from Third Window Films; The limited edition will be available with a slip-cover in the first 1,000 copies, and contain features including a one-hour long extensive Making Of and an audio commentary by Tom Mes, author of “Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto”.
Check out a trailer and stay tuned for updates!