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Today more cast members were announced for the upcoming Kanjani8 movie, The Eight Rangers, directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi. Most notably, Becky will play a female detective and Noriyuki Higashiyama will play a villain for the first time in his career.
Kanjani8 is a boy band under Johnny & Associates that made their CD debut in 2004. Partly due to the numeric significance of this year marking their eighth anniversary, a movie version of the sentai parody the group performs at concerts was announced early last month.
Higashiyama will be playing the leader of a terrorist organization called “Dark Crusade”. For his first attempt at playing a villain, he reportedly drew inspiration from Gary Oldman’s character in Luc Besson’s 1994 film Léon while still trying to maintain his own style.
Becky’s character, Mokoko Kito, is a female detective who unites with the Eight Rangers after becoming outraged at the escalating crime »
Today it was announced that Kie Kitano will be starring in Bakushin (ground zero), a film adaptation of a novel by Akutagawa Prize winner and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum curator Yuichi Seirai.
Kitano, who discussed the project at a press event in Tokyo, revealed that this is her first time playing a character who confronts death and she felt like she was carrying the weight of many people’s emotions with the role.
Also in attendance at the press conference were director Taro Hyugaji and cast members Izumi Inamori, Renji Ishibashi, Junko Miyashita, and Chizuru Ikewaki. Additionally, it was learned that actor Yuya Yagira plays a boy named Yuichi who falls for Kitano’s character.
In the original novel, various short stories are told about every day lives of individuals living in the areas surrounding the center of the atomic blast that hit Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.
In the film version, »
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