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.
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.
HELL DOGS: Don’t Miss The Latest Promos For The Yakuza Crime Thriller Adaptation Starring Junichi Okada
Less than a month away from its Japan release is the long-awaited gangster crime thriller, Hell Dogs, starring Junichi Okada and Kentarô Sakaguchi. Toei and Sony Pictures Japan are handling its distribution, which means we should see the film’s release outside the region at some point.
Ever had one of those days where you were sifting through Netflix and surely enough you came across something you were bound to be interested in only before you kept scrolling?
NYAFF XX Review: Kan Eguchi’s THE FABLE: THE KILLER WHO DOESN’T KILL, A Taut, Tactful Killer Comedy Sequel
Kan Eguchi’s award-winning 2019 hitman comedy, The Fable, proved to be every bit as enjoyable as one could hope, and from the looks of things as of late, I would say this is turning more and more into an upstanding action franchise that it deserves to be. The latest sequel treatment from Eguchi’s resumè now arrives as The Fable: The Killer Who Doesn’t Kill, which is now making the festival rounds after finally releasing in Japan in June following multiple theatrical release delays, and it sees the return of actor Junichi Okada (Sekigahara, Baragaki: Unbroken Samurai), fittingly back in the title role and wearing more than one hat on set this time around.
It’s taken two years and a global pandemic since the earliest promos began making the rounds for Masato Harada’s Baragaki: Unbroken Samurai, though now the period sword drama has an October 15 date set for its release in Japan from Toho and Asmik Ace.
Coming in as a delightful surprise to anyone who can’t read Japanese entertainment periodicals but nonetheless tries to follow along, a sequel is currently on the way with The Fable: Chapter Two, following last year’s inaugural hit action comedy based on Katsuhisa Minami’s 2014 manga.
There’s loads of love and fondness from fans keen on actor Junichi Okada, even some who share a preference to see him in serious action roles.
Courtesy of the New York Asian Film Festival
Japan audiences are less than a week from the premiere of Gachi Boshi helmer Kan Eguchi’s new film, The Fable, and the campaign has been pretty amply paced thusfar since rolling out its initial teasers last December.