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Kingdom (2019)

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In ancient China, a young boy dreams of becoming the greatest general of the Qin Kingdom.

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Shinsuke Sato

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Yasuhisa Hara (manga), Tsutomu Kuroiwa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kento Yamazaki ... Li Xin
Ryô Yoshizawa ... Yin Zheng / Piao
Masami Nagasawa ... Yang Duan He
Kanna Hashimoto ... He Liao Diao
Kanata Hongô ... Cheng Jiao
Shinnosuke Mitsushima ... Bi
Masahiro Takashima ... Chang Wen Jun
Jun Kaname ... Teng
Takao Ohsawa ... Wang Qi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shin'nosuke Abe Shin'nosuke Abe ... Ba Jio
Ami 201 Ami 201 ... Lang Kai
Motoki Fukami Motoki Fukami ... Shukyou
Jun Hashimoto Jun Hashimoto ... Muta
Wataru Ichinose Wataru Ichinose ... Ta Jifu
Renji Ishibashi ... Si Shi
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In ancient China, a young boy dreams of becoming the greatest general of the Qin Kingdom.

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Take back everything. See more »

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Action | History | War

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Kanna Hashimoto and voice actor Rie Kugimiya share the same role (He Liao Diao in the Kingdom live-action and anime adaptations) for the second time, after both having portrayed Kagura in the Gintama films and anime. See more »

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Remake of Kingdom (2012) See more »

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Historical Epic at Its Finest!
28 July 2019 | by alisonc-1See all my reviews

Xin (Kento Yamazaki) and Piao (Ryo Yoshizawa) are slave children in China in 255 BC, but both teach themselves swordfighting (using sticks) together and vow to become great generals, somehow. One day, a powerful lord comes to their farm and picks Piao to go with him to the palace, leaving Xin behind. Xin continues to train on his own, determined to catch up to Piao one day, but instead Piao returns to the farm, fatally wounded. It seems he was chosen simply because he looks exactly like the King of Qin, Yin Zheng (also Ryo Yoshizawa), and Piao was killed in place of the king by the king's evil younger brother, Cheng Jiao (Kanata Hongo), who has more royal blood than Zheng and therefore believes he has more right to the throne. Xin vows revenge and takes off on an adventure, which leads him straight to Zheng and more trouble than he'd ever imagined....

It's a bit odd that an historical Chinese epic has been made by the Japanese film director, Shinsuke Sato, based on a Japanese manga, but it works really well. Sato has been described as the Japanese Steven Spielberg, which is to say he knows how to stage epic fights, glorious spectacle and resonating themes of friendship, loyalty and the struggle against oppression. A bit long at 2 1/4 hours or so, but the motivations of the main characters and the arc of the story are never lost or bogged down in too much detail; I've left out a slew of characters (including a very important female character) in the above description, but really that's all you need to know. If you like epic battle scenes featuring lances and arrows and, especially, swords, you'll love this feature!


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