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Live-action Manga Yakuza Weapon London Screening, May 7

Adaptation of Ken Ishikawa's manga screens at Terracotta Film Festival.

Yakuza Weapon, the live-action film of a manga by Ken Ishikawa (protégé of Go Nagai), has its European premiere on Saturday May 7. The London screening is part of the Terracotta Far East Film Festival.

The film will be shown at the Prince Charles Cinema on Leicester Square. Before April 17, tickets are £7.50, or £6 for members of the cinema. From April 18, tickets are £8.50, or £7.50 for mermbers. Tickets can be purchased at the cinema box office, by phone (0207 494 3654) or via the Prince Charles website

Doors for the Yakuza Weapon screening open at 1940 on May 7, and the film is rated 15.

According to a press release by the film's distributors, Sushi Typhoon:

The team who brought you VERSUS have returned with another hard-edged battle royale featuring tough gangsters, deadly women and cybernetic penis implants!

Co-directed by Yudai Yamaguchi and Tak Sakaguchi, who between them have created crazy, action-filled comedies like BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL, CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL and BE A MAN! SAMURAI SCHOOL, and featuring action direction by Yuji Shimomura (DEATH TRANCE, VERSUS, SHINOBI), special makeup effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura (TOKYO GORE POLICE, HELLDRIVER) and based on an adult comic by Ken Ishikawa, who co-created CUTIE HONEY, GETTER ROBOT and many other famous series, YAKUZA WEAPON is a wild combination of hard-boiled gangster action, manga-style comedy and splatterific special effects.

Another live-action film of a manga, Gantz, will be screened at the Apollo Piccadilly on April 26; see story here for details.


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