Gassoh Manga's Live-Action Film Trailer Streamed

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Story about 3 young men protecting the Shogunate in the twilight of the Edo period

Shochiku began streaming a trailer for its upcoming live-action film based on Hinako Sugiura's Edo-period manga Gassoh on Wednesday. The film will open in theaters in Japan on September 26.

Shochiku also began streaming a 30-second version.

Gassoh tells the story of three young men who were part of the Shōgitai, a group of former Tokugawa retainers who fought to oppose the new Meiji government in the final days of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Kiwamu joins the group with ambition. Masanosuke joins to follow a friend. Teijirō joins to stop a friend.

Aya Watanabe (Carnation, Long Goodbye) will write the screenplay and Tatsuo Kobayashi (Casablanca no Tantei) will direct the film. Yūya Yagira (Aoi Honō, Nobunaga Concerto) will play Kiwamu, Kōji Seto (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Judge) will play Masanosuke, and Amane Okayama (Another) will play Teijirō.

Seirindo Co., Ltd. published the manga in its monthly experimental magazine Garo, and the manga won the excellence award at the Japan Cartoonists Association Awards in 1984.

Sugiura made her manga debut in 1980 in Garo, and made her mark with intricately researched historical stories about Japan's Edo period. Her unique storytelling won the Japan Cartoonists' Association Award in 1984 and the Bunshun Manga Award in 1988. She serialized Sarusuberi in Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd.'s Manga Sunday magazine from 1983 to 1987. She passed away in 2005 at the age of 46.

Production I.G announced in April 2014 that the studio is animating Sarusuberi (Miss Hokusai) with Annecy-winning director Keiichi Hara (Summer Days with Coo, Colorful).

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