On the 29th of July, it was announced that the premiere date for the movie “Laughing Under the Clouds”, with actor Sota Fukushi as lead, was changed from February to March 21, 2018. Alongside the announcement, a first look at the movie was granted.
The movie is based on a manga series with a cumulative total of 1.2 million copies issued. From the beginning of its publication in 2011, the manga attracted enthusiastic female fans in their teens and tweens who were drawn in by the attractive characters. An anime was produced in 2014 with a variety of other media following in 2015, which has led to a steady rise in the popularity of the manga.
The story is set in the Meiji Period in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The Kumo brothers, led by the oldest Tenka Kumo (Sota Fukoshi) escort dangerous criminals to their final resting place. The prison in Lake Biwa. Tenka is the 14th head of the Kumo shrine after his parents were killed. His weapon of choice is a simple fan. With this, he and his brothers Soramaru (Yuma Nakayama) and Chutaro (Kirato Wakayama) fight together to keep the country safe.
Disclaimer: I’m not a professional translator
On the 26th of July the movie premiere of “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable” was held in Tokyo. The movie is an adaptation of the popular manga by Hirohiko Araki. The official launch will be on the 4th of August Japan wide. The event was attended by Kento Yamazaki, Ryonosuke Kamiki, Nana Komatsu, Masaki Okada, Mackenyu Arata, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya and director Takashi Miike.
Hirohiko Araki the mangaka of the popular manga recorded a video message for the event. “I think that many people feel uneasy towards the movie, but I’m sure that the finished product will exceed expectations. The way the characters dominate the movie screen is overwhelming. That’s because the cast is truly fantastic,” he said in regards to the concerned fans of the original. About Kento Yamazaki who played the male lead Josuke “JoJo” Higashikata, he said: “The way Yamazaki played JoJo really pulled the whole work together.”
Actor Yamazaki himself said that “I honestly love JoJo, so I’m truly pleased that Mr. Araki, the creator, is satisfied with my work. I’m really happy thank you very much,” he said, expressing his gratitude.
The cast also shared a couple of memories about shooting in Sitges, Spain. Yamazaki told the audience that as he was the entire month of their shooting in Spain he has a lot of fond memories. One of them being invited by Yusuke Iseya and Takayuki Yamada to a restaurant where he ate a 500-gram steak while looking at the ocean. Yusuke Iseya said that the townscape of Sitges reminded him of Atami and the town had an enjoyable atmosphere with street music echoing through the streets. He also revealed that Yamazaki “When he heard the music, he started to dance. It looked like fun.” Yamazaki added that it was “Due to the openness of Spain and by borrowing the strength of Sake. It was fun.”
Ryonosuke Kamiki also stayed in Sitges for a month. As his shooting schedule was quite flexible, he had a lot of free time. “I had a lot of free days, so I shopped, I watched a football game and I went sightseeing. Every time a new cast member arrived, I took them to Barcelona for sightseeing.”
Masaki Okada and Mackenyu Arata portray the Nijimura brothers in the movie, who are JoJo’s opponents. At the presentation of the cast last year, in order to impersonate his role as little brother perfectly, he wanted to get closer to Okada to be able to say that he loves him even before the shooting starts. Now after the movie is finished he said that “‘My brother’ is the only one I use familiar speech with. The distance between us is shorter.” (Ivy: This means that they’ve dropped the honorifics and refer to each other as family members or close friends.)
The popular manga is split into 8 different storylines. This movie will concentrate on part 4. In this storyline, the focus is on Josuke “JoJo” Higashita who lives in the town of Morioh and is a ‘Stand’ user (super power). His power is called ‘Crazy Diamond’ which can restore broken things and heal wounds. After the mystical Arrow and Bow arrive in Morioh, JoJo and his friends are pulled into a fight against other ‘Stand’ user. The movie will be distributed worldwide and should it be successful, sequels are planned.
Personally, I think it looks quite good. But judging a movie by stills and trailers can always backfire, so I’ll form my opinion after seeing it. But the cast seems quite close and that’s in my opinion always a good sign for a movie. What do you think, will you give this adaptation to the big screen a chance? Or are you going to ignore it? Let me know in the comments below.
What do you think, will you give this adaptation to the big screen a chance? Or are you going to ignore it? Let me know in the comments below.
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Four new stills for the Live – Action Movie “Fullmetal Alchemist” have been released on the 28th of July. The adaptation of the popular manga of Hiromu Arakawa is highly anticipated and is going to premiere on the 1st of December in Japan. The original manga was serialized from 2001 until 2010 monthly in Shonen Gangan (Publisher Square Enix) and the number of issued copies worldwide exceeded 70 million. The story is set in an alternative universe where alchemy is one of the most practiced sciences. It follows the adventure of the main characters: Edward (Ryosuke Yamada) and his brother Alphonse.
The first still shows Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang who holds the title of “Flame Alchemist” who’s a superior of Edward.
This still shows Winry Rockbell, played by Tsubasa Honda, together with Alphonse on the locomotive.
Disclaimer: I’m not a professional translator.
On July 20, Kubota Masataka (28) appeared in front of fans at a pre-release event of his new movie “Tokyo Ghoul” directed by Kentaro Hagihara, which will be released on the 29th of July.
In the movie, Kubota plays Ken Kaneki who was attacked by Rize Kamishiro (Yu Aoi) a human eating monster and became a half – breed. Kubota repeats the routine of preparing coffee in the same way as he did for the scenes at the coffee shop, at which the Ghouls who can only eat human meat or coffee, gather.
On this day, the comedy duo “Coffee Rumba” were the hosts of the event. Sachio Hiraoka showed his skill as the manager of his own coffee shop, and the “Tokyo Ghoul Blend” for the event was prepared by him. Kubota received a pot of hot water when the “Tokyo Ghoul Blend” was set on the dripper. When the fans said “You cannot drink it!”, he said he’ll “write a letter” while pouring hot water into the dripper.
Kubota handed the finished coffee as a gift to Hiyori Sakurada (14), Hayaji Shiraishi (26), Shuntaro Yanagi (26), who appeared with him at the event. Those three praised the coffee as “fragrant”. Although he had a cup, he did not drink it by himself, He chose to gift it to a fan. When that fan praised the coffee as “fragrant”, Kubota together with Hiraoka showed off the Coffee Rumba (Comedy Duo) catch phrase “You’re eyes are high !!” (which they performed on Japanese television such as “PON!”).
“Tokyo Ghoul” is a movie adaptation of the same named manga with over 30 million copies issued worldwide. Set in Tokyo, a city exposed to the threat of human – eating monsters, Kaneki who became a half – breed faces doubts and struggles with his new existence and explores the world as it should. The movie is going to be shown in 23 countries, its world premiere occurred on the 3rd of July in Los Angeles, USA and the European premiere on the 7th in Berlin, Germany.
Here is a video of the event. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I’m not a professional translator.
The 20th anniversary of the popular “Weekly Shonen Jump” (Shueisha) manga “One Piece” (by Eichiro Oda) was held on July 21 at the Tokyo “One Piece” Tower. At the press conference, it was announced by the Editor- in – chief, Hiroyuki Nakano, that “One Piece” will be adapted as a live action drama in Hollywood. He also explained the reason why it will be adapted overseas and not in Japan.
An autographed comment of Mr. Oda, the author of the original, was revealed. “During those 20 years, there were several discussions about making a live-action movie. About 3 years ago I decided to make a live action drama. After many twists and turns, I’ve met a great partner, just in time for the 20th anniversary. Today we welcome you to the announcement. It is such a coincidence, but I am very happy. First of all, my condition for making this movie was ‘Do not betray the fans who supported the work for 20 years ‘. Please let me know about your feelings/expectations, even if you’re anxious. Please encourage your heart and wait for a follow-up report … Please look forward to it!”
The adaptation is handled by Tomorrow Studio, which produced the US drama “Prison Break”. Marty Adelstein CEO and Executive producer of the studio commented: “I am enthusiastic about putting my all into “One Piece” to make it successful. I believe that this TV-series will be the most expensive one in history. And considering its popularity all over the world, it is worth investing into a production of this scale. ”
After the announcement, Editor-in-Chief Nakano responded to questions from the press. Until this point a broadcasting date, a broadcasting station, the number of episodes and the story line are unknown. “What I can is that offers for an adaptation have been coming from various directions for a long time. And there are reasons why those have never come to fruition. The reason I am announcing it now is that we have established a plan past a variety of hurdles,” he confirmed confidently.
In regards to why they chose an overseas production, Hiroyuki Nakano revealed: “There are various reasons, but for Mr. Oda and us it is most important to ensure the quality of the adaptation of the manga and not betray the fans. It was difficult to ensure it for a domestic production. (Not so sure about my translation of this part) I think that television dramas have the highest quality including the financial side and they are best suited for large scale projects.”
“One Piece” is a manga about the adventure of the “Strawhat Pirates” while they’re sailing the oceans in search of the “One Piece”. It has been published since 1997 in “Weekly Shonen Jump”. Domestically more than 350 million copies have been issued, and it is currently published in more than 42 countries and regions. In 1999 it has been adapted into an anime, which is currently still airing. Games, Merchandise, Theater, Kabuki etc. followed.
Can we just not? This is something I always feared. And looking at what Hollywood did to Manga/Anime adaptations, quite recently with “Death Note” (okay until now we’ve only seen trailers, but it’s a completely different story already) makes me already sick to my stomach. I hope Oda – sensei will have the power to make decisions. All the decisions. All the One Piece movies which were under his supervision are way better.
I understand that it might be one of his dreams to see “One Piece” as a big scale TV – series, but I’m just so worried. I’m hoping for a “Game of Thrones” style adaptation (the early seasons) and not for something like …..”Dragonball Evolution”…..
First Death Note, then Cowboy Bebop and now One Piece…..Oh, I think I need a drink. Or a bottle. And Ice cream.
A new teaser trailer and character visuals were unveiled during the fan event of the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live action film held on July 12 in Tokyo.
We get a better look at Yamada Ryosuke dressed in Edward Elric’s famed red cloak and his brother Alphonse in his fantastic CGI form.
Character images were also unveiled for Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell, as well as the Eastern Headquarters’ military characters such as Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang, Ryuta Sato as Captain Maes Hughes and Misako Renbutsu as Riza Hawkeye.
Visuals are also out for the “Homunculi”, who make up the antagonistic side force of FMA with Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust, Kanata Hongo as Envy and Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony.
Catch the third teaser trailer down below!
Fullmetal Alchemist live action will open December 1 in Japan.