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Encore Films Teases Release of Live-Action Gintama Film in Singapore, Indonesia

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film opens in Japan in summer 2017

Singaporean film distributor Encore Films and Indonesian subsidiary Encore Films Indonesia both teased on Tuesday that they will release the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga in their respective countries. The announcements are labeled as "coming soon."

The film is slated to open in summer 2017 in Japan. The cast includes:

Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata, the protagonist who runs the Yorozuya shop

Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura, who works at Yorozuya

Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura, another Yorozuya employee

Masami Nagasawa as Tae Shimura, a physically strong girl and sister of Shinpachi

Masaki Okada as Kotaro Katsura, Gintoki's longtime sworn friend

Tsuyoshi Muro as Gengai Hiraga, the properietor of Karakuri-dō

Yuuya Yagira as Toshiro Hijikata, a Shinsengumi member who is most popular with girls

Ryō Yoshizawa as Sougo Okita, a sharp-tounged Shinsengumi member

Kankurō Nakamura VI as Isao Kondo, a Shinsengumi commander

Hirofumi Arai as Nizō Okada

Jirō Satō as Henpeita Takechi

Nanao as Matako Kijima

Ken Yasuda as Tetsuya Murata

Akari Hayami as Tetsuko Murata

Tsuyoshi Dōmoto as Shinsuke Takasugi

Yūichi Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen, Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store) is directing the film, as well as penning the script. Fukuda revealed in September that filming with Gintoki's actor Shun Oguri has wrapped up.

Sorachi began the manga in 2004 and it continues to be ranked among the top-selling manga in Japan. The manga has more than 50 million copies in print in Japan. The manga entered its final arc on July 11.

The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in 2006 and continued (with several extended hiatuses) until 2013. The latest Gintama television anime series premiered in April 2015, and ended in March. The manga also inspired two anime films, including the "final" Gekijōban Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare film that opened in 2013, and various OVAs and event anime. A new television anime series will premiere on January 8.

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