The Fable franchise and Hell Dogs star Junichi Okada is back for another round of action and thrills headed to Netflix with Hard Days, from director Michihito Fujii and also starring Go Ayano. Fujii directed the script which he wrote with Kenya Hirata, reviving the hit 2014 action thriller directed by Kim Sung-hoon, and following suit from other remakes by Lien Yi-Chi and Lawrence Fajado in 2017.
Manga author Yama Wayama’s 2020 Beam Comics/KADOKAWA publication is now in the hands of distributor Kadokawa for the upcoming January release of live-action comedy adaptation, Let’s Go Karaoke!. Nobuhiro Yamashita directs a cast featuring Go Ayano and Jun Saito, from a script by Akiko Nogi.
Still on deck for this year is crime thriller Hard Days, starring Junichi Okada and Go Ayano for its release on May 19. The official trailer is up for the flick which comes nearly a decade after Kim Sung-hoon’s original flick and remakes that followed thereafter.
You can currently look up director Michihito Fujii’s most recent crime drama, A Family (locally known as Yakuza And The Family) on Netflix in the U.S. to get a feel of his directorial style if you haven’t seen any of his previous work. Up next to release is his newest drama, Village, while the latest updates are online for Hard Days, which is due for May 19, 2023 release from Toho.
NYAFF XIX Review: In Keishi Otomo’s BENEATH THE SHADOW, Matters Of The Heart Lead To A Search For Inescapable Truth
Author Shinsuke Numata’s Akutagawa Prize winning novel, “Eiri”, serves as the basis for Beneath The Shadow, director Keishi Otomo’s first foray into the arthouse genre. With the March 2011 earthquake as the centerpiece of the film’s backdrop, the film stars Go Ayano and Ryuhei Matsuda in a story set within the span of six years and centers on Konno, a newly relocated pharmaceutical company employee who eventually befriends a co-worker named Hiasa.
Actor Go Ayano is proudly making the festival rounds at the moment with his latest role opposite Ryuhei Matsuda in Keishi Otomo’s newest drama, Beneath The Shadow. In the meantime, the actor can be seen playing gangster for a beat in Yakuza And The Family, the latest arriving from Day And Night director Michijito Fuji.
The movie that Japan’s best performers fought to be in. A movie that entertains audiences in the most imaginative and unimaginable way. Providing enough fun for the universe to burst into laughter!
AJIN: DEMI HUMAN: Death, Life And Epic Creature Battles Are A Repeat Process In The First Official Trailer For The Live-Action Adaptation
It’s understandable that one forgets things. Amid all the film festival hype I damn near forgot that a live-action adaptation of Sakurai Gamon’s hit manga, Ajin: Demi Human was on the way which makes me wonder how come it’s not heading to festivals this year, unless I’m wrong.
If not, I reckon part of this is due to the amount of work being put into the spectacular action sequences and immersive visuals with Bayside Shakedown film series and Shaolin Girl helmer Motohiro Katsuyuki at the helm. There wasn’t a lot of footage in the previous teaser to showcase it much but there was just enough to garner some much-deserved interest and as of Sunday, to say the least, the official trailer guarantees the promise being offered here in a much more assuring fashion.
The film opens in Japan on September 30 and much to the delight of fans of both the manga, the anime series and films, as well as Rurouni Kenshin star Satoh Takeru. He leads the cast of the film as Nagai Kei, a medical intern who dies in a pedestrian accident only to be brought back to life by an infamous, supernatural anomaly upon which a government agency has waged war, stirring further conflict with a squad of mercenaries led by an elusive radical terrorist who shares the same gift as Nagai.
That gift, that anomaly comes in the form of what’s only known as an Ajin, translucent, mysterious creatures symbiotic to their hosts and each with their own flaws and traits therein. Watch as these demonic, shadowy creatures stake their claim in the spotlight in the first official trailer below with actor Tamayama Tetsuji and actress Kawaei Rina, and actors Ayano Gou, Shirota Yuu and Yamada Yuki also starring.