Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ikigami & Chameleon

A break from the Yusuke spam. Besides HYDF, I'm looking forward to these two movies. The first one Ikigami, has a Battle Royale feel to it. And there's Matsuda Shota.

For those not familiar with the manga, the story basically involves a national death lottery in Japan meant to force citizens into becoming more productive members of society and reduce the suicide rate. Children are injected with a lethal nanocapsule along with a nationally-administered vaccine at a very young age. The capsule eventually makes its way to their pulmonary artery where it waits to be activated. Between the ages of 18 and 24 people become eligible for ikigami. 1 out of every 1000 people are chosen to die, being informed of their fate only 24 hours before it happens.

Having passed the age of 24 a man named Kengo Fujimoto has the unenviable job of delivering these ikigami. Although he opposes the law, he would never dare admit it publicly. The film will follow Kengo as he delivers ikigami and tries to accept his role as a messenger of death, slowly maturing with each case. It will also follow a few of his victims as they deal with their fate in different ways.

Source : Nippon Cinema

Ikigami Teaser Trailer

The other one stars the face of Battle Royale himself, Tatsuya Fujiwara.

Tatsuya Fujiwara is starring in a hardboiled action film titled "Chameleon." The story involves a group of young swindlers who witness a kidnapping. As a mysterious organization begins killing them off, one of them decides to take revenge into his own hands.

The original script was written about 30 years ago, with the lead role meant to be played by the late actor Yusaku Matsuda. It was written by Shoichi Maruyama, who wrote several of Matsuda's films, and was to be produced by Mitsuru Kurosawa, who also often worked with Matsuda.

The movie was never made, but Kurosawa decided to revive it with director Junji Sakamoto at the helm and Fujiwara as the star. In addition, the screenplay was adapted to a more modern setting. No CG was used for the action scenes.

Source : Tokyograph

Chameleon Trailer

Chameleon opens on July 5th and Ikigami in September.

Chameleon Official Site → http://www.c-leon.jp/
Ikigami Official Site → http://www.ikigami-movie.jp/

Matsuda Shota in Gyao Magazine

On Wednesday, May 21, 2008 2:11:00 PM, Anonymous grumpy wrote...

wow Light's hair... inspiration from shinigami ka? the movie looks really good though, hope it'll screen here!


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