Live-Action Gintama Film's Spring Break Video Posted
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website of the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga began streaming a video titled "Season Greeting - Spring Break" on Friday. The video shows Gintoki (Shun Oguri), Shinpachi (Masaki Suda), and Kagura (Kanna Hashimoto) dancing and singing.
The film opens in Japan on July 14.
The film's cast includes:
Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura, who works at Yorozuya
Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura, another Yorozuya employee
Masaki Okada as Kotarō Katsura, Gintoki's longtime sworn friend, alongside Elizabeth
Masami Nagasawa as Tae Shimura, a physically strong girl and sister of Shinpachi
Tsuyoshi Muro as Gengai Hiraga, the proprietor of Karakuri-dō
Jiro Sato as Henpeita Takechi
Nanao as Matako Kijima
Tsuyoshi Domoto as Shinsuke Takasugi (left), Hirofumi Arai as Nizō Okada (right)
Ken Yasuda as Tetsuya Murata
Akari Hayami as Tetsuko Murata
Kankurō Nakamura VI as Isao Kondo, a Shinsengumi commander
Yuuya Yagira as Toshiro Hijikata, a Shinsengumi member who is most popular with girls
Ryo Yoshizawa as Sougo Okita, a sharp-tounged Shinsengumi member
Yūichi Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen, Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store) is directing the film, as well as penning the script.
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, and is also streaming English-dubbed episodes. 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.