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Live-Action Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Wins Audience Award at Neuchâtel Int'l Fantasic Film Festival

posted on 2017-07-10 01:15 EDT
Festival hosted film's world premiere with director Takashi Miike, lead actor Kento Yamazaki present

The live-action JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable film won the RTS Audience Award at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Switzerland on Saturday. The festival hosted the film's world premiere on July 2. Director Takashi Miike and lead actor Kento Yamazaki were present for the screening.

The film will also screen at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, which will take place from Thursday, July 13 to August 2. The film will open in Japan on August 4.

The film's title is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond wa Kudakenai Dai-Ichi-Shō (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I), although the staff have not yet confirmed additional installments for the series.

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

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 "Angelo" Katagiri


Yusuke Iseya (Casshern, Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno, Shinjuku Swan, Honey and Clover) as Jōtarō Kūjō

Other cast members include Alisa Mizuki (Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes) as Tomoko Higashikata and Jun Kunimura (Attack on Titan, Chihayafuru, The Wind Rises, Ichi the Killer) as Ryōhei Higashikata.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable is the fourth part of Hirohiko 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. The entire series has a total of more than 100 million copies in print. David Production has been adapting the manga into multiple television anime series, beginning with Part 1 in 2012. The studio's television anime adaptation of Diamond is Unbreakable premiered last April, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan.

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

Source: Cinema Today


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