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California's AM2 to Host Kaiji 2 Film's US Premiere

posted on by Egan Loo
Death Note's Tatsuya Fujiwara reprises gambler role from manga that inspired anime

The anime convention AM2 announced on Saturday that it will host the American premiere of the live action Kaiji 2 film. The convention plans two screenings, one of which will be available only to premium "Passport" ticket holders, while the second will be open to all attendees and merely grant "Passport" holders preferential seating. The convention did not state how many seats would be available for the film.

In its second year, AM2 will take place on June 15-17 at the Anaheim Convention Center and Anaheim Hilton in Anaheim, California. There is no charge for regular attendees.

Like the second Kaiji television anime series, the second live-action film adapts Nobuyuki Fukumoto's original Kaiji gambling manga's "Pachinko Numa" ("Panchinko The Bog") storyline. The story is set two years after the first film, which followed a destitute man — played by Death Note's Tatsuya Fujiwara — as he gambles his way out of a huge debt. In the second film, Kaiji faces three high-stakes games, including the ultimate pachinko machine, in his bid to win freedom from servitude.

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