Encore Films Teases Release of Live-Action Gintama Film in Singapore, Indonesia
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
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:
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
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.