Live-Action Gintama Film Poster Reveals Katsura, Elizabeth, July 14 Opening (Updated)
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga debuted a poster visual revealing the film's July 14 opening, and it features Masaki Okada in costume as his character Kotarō Katsura, Gintoki's longtime sworn friend. The image also shows his pet Elizabeth.
The official website also began streaming a commercial for the film on Sunday.
Previously unveiled character posters show Shun Oguri, Masaki Suda, and Kanna Hashimoto.
Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura, who works at Yorozuya
Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura, another Yorozuya employee
Other cast members include:
Tsuyoshi Muro as Gengai Hiraga, the properietor of Karakuri-dō
Yuuya Yagira as Toshiro Hijikata, a Shinsengumi member who is most popular with girls
Ryo 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. Viz Media published the first 23 volumes in English. Shueisha published the manga's 67th volume in Japan on December 31. The manga entered its final arc last July.
The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in 2006 and continued (with several extended hiatuses) until 2013. The fifth and latest Gintama television anime series premiered on January 8. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan. 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.
Update: Added new TV ad.
Source: Comic Natalie
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