News Kenichi Matsuyama to Play Supporting Role on Live-Action Kaiji
posted on 2009-07-04 15:53 EDT by Egan Loo
Award-winning actor Kenichi Matsuyama will reunite onscreen with Tatsuya Fujiwara for the first time since the Death Note films in Fujiwara's latest film, Kaiji. Tōya Satō directs this live-action film adaptation of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji manga. Fujiwara stars as Kaiji, a gambler who is 3.49 million yen (about US$36,000) in debt. In the film, actress Yūki Amami (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Socrates in Love) plays Rinko Endō, a loan shark (originally a male character in the manga) who convinces Kaiji to board a gambling ship to clear his debt — with his life literally at stake. Matsuyama will play Makoto Sahara, Kaiji's acquaintance who is in similar straits.
Fujiwara did appear in a pre-recorded cameo on Matsuyama's L change the WorLd, a Death Note spinoff film. Kaiji will open in Japan on October 10.