Live-Action JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Film's 1st Teaser Shows Cast at Press Conference

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Takashi Miike helms Part 4 story starring Kento Yamazaki, Ryunosuke Kamiki; opening next summer

The official website for the live-action film of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable manga began streaming the film's first teaser trailer on Friday. The video introduces Kento Yamazaki, who will play Jōsuke Higashikata, as well as the rest of the cast from the press conference announcing the project.

Text: Shocking
Text: Toward unknown territory
Text: A live-action film has been decided
Text: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I

Prolific filmmaker Takashi Miike (live-action Terraformars, Ace Attorney, Crows Zero, Yatterman, For Love's Sake, Ichi the Killer) is directing the movie, which will open in Japan next summer.

The cast includes:

  • Kento Yamazaki (Orange, Your Lie in April, Heroine Shikkaku, Wolf Girl and Black Prince, live-action Death Note television) as Jōsuke Higashikata
  • Ryunosuke Kamiki (Howl's Moving Castle, The Secret World of Arrietty, Bakuman., Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno) as Kōichi Hirose
  • Nana Komatsu (Bakuman., Kin Kyori Renai, World of Kanako) as Yukako Yamagishi
  • Masaki Okada (Hana-Kimi, Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu, Otomen, Mahō Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, Space Brothers) as Keichō Nijimura
  • Mackenyu (Chihayafuru) as Okuyasu Nijimura
  • Takayuki Yamada (Bakuman., Terraformars, Crows Zero, Gantz) as Anjūrō Katagiri
  • Yusuke Iseya (Casshern, Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno, Shinjuku Swan, Honey and Clover) as Jōtarō Kūjō
  • Alisa Mizuki (Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes) as Tomoko Higashikata
  • Jun Kunimura (Attack on Titan, Chihayafuru, The Wind Rises, Ichi the Killer) as Ryōhei Higashikata

The project is filming almost entirely on location in Spain. Director Takashi Miike acknowledged that the original manga's setting is loosely based on the real Japanese city of Sendai, but he began the project by scouting locations for the Morioh town setting — not just in Japan, but throughout the entire world. He then came across the Spanish town of Sitges and decided it fits the fictional Morioh.

Despite the location shooting in Spain, TBS producer Takashi Hirano explained that the staff decided to adapt the manga's Part 4: Diamond Is Unbreakable storyline since it features a Japanese protagonist in a Japanese setting.

In acknowledging the "Dai-Ichi-Shō" (Chapter I) in the upcoming film's full title — JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond wa Kudakenai Dai-Ichi-Shō (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I) — Hirano also confirmed that the staff is looking into hypothetical sequels. Hirano noted that the manga's Part 4 is particularly long and will not fit entirely within two hours of screentime. If possible and if audiences support the project by watching the upcoming film, Hirano wants to eventually adapt Part 4's entire storyline in additional films.

Hirano further noted that the original manga is popular worldwide and that the other parts of the manga feature protagonists who are not Japanese. If possible, he said that the cosmopolitan nature of the manga offers a chance for Japanese cinema to expand across the world. He acknowledged not knowing how many years this might take, but he thinks that he and the director share this dream.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable is the fourth part of Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga. The story is set in Morioh, located in S City in M Prefecture of Japan, and it follows the misadventures of Jōsuke Higashikata and his companions, as they are involved in a series of bizarre incidents in their town.

Araki serialized the fourth part of the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1992 to 1995. David Production has been adapting the manga into multiple television anime series, beginning with Part 1 in 2012. Its television anime adaptation of Diamond is Unbreakable premiered on April 1, and is currently airing. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan.

Viz Media is releasing the manga in North America, although its releases have not yet reached the fourth part.

Source: Animate Times

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