News Tōhai Mahjong Manga's Live-Action Film Cast, Opening Date Revealed
posted on 2013-04-20 23:57 EDT
The live-action film adaptation of Kōji Shinasaka's mahjong manga Tōhai will open at the Cinem@rt Roppongi theater on May 18. Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine announced a screen adaptation of the manga in January, but did not reveal the medium or format of the film at that time.
Gōki Maeda (Gakko ja Oshierarenai!) will star in the film as K, and Akane (of Girl(s) ACTRY) will play Amina, the illegal foreign girl he is looking after. Hidekazu Ichinose (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!'s Gokudera) will play K's rival Dōjima, and Satoshi Ichijō (Kamen Rider Ryuki) will play Seki, the man who introduces K to the underworld of mahjong. Other cast members include Ayu Higashi, Motoki Fukami, Masato Yoshizawa, Gan Iwata, and Yasukaze Motomiya. Yūichi Onuma (Nude, Musubime) is directing the film and writing the script. Comic Natalie has posted screenshots from the film.
The manga follows a high school boy named "K" and his battles in the underworld of mahjong with high stakes and lives on the line. Shinasaka launched the first Tōhai series in Young Champion in 2006, and he then began the currently-running series, Tōhai: Hitobashira-hen, in 2011. The first series has 12 volumes, while the fourth volume of the current series shipped on January 18.
Shinasaka is also serializing a spinoff manga series, Haō Densetsu Lion, in Takeshobo's Kindai Mahjong Original magazine.