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Live-Action Inuyashiki Film Wins Award at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Film wins Golden Raven before opening in Japan on April 20

The live-action film of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga won the Golden Raven award in the International Competition at this year's Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. The film screened at the festival on April 10. The festival was held in Brussels, Belgium from April 3-15.

The film will open in theaters in Japan on April 20.

The film's cast includes:

  • Noritake Kinashi as Ichiro Inuyashiki, the protagonist, and a typical, middle-aged salaryman
  • Takeru Satoh as Hiro Shishigami, a sociopathic murderer
  • Mari Hamada as Marie Inuyashiki, Ichiro's wife
  • Yuki Saitō as Yūko Shishigami, Hiro's mother
  • Nayuta Fukuzaki as Takeshi Inuyashiki, Ichiro's son
  • Ayaka Miyoshi as Mari Inuyashiki, Ichiro's daughter
  • Kanata Hongou as Naoyuki Andō, Hiro's childhood friend who works with Ichiro to stop Hiro
  • Fumi Nikaidō as Shion Watanabe, a girl who bears good will toward Hiro and gets close to him
  • Yusuke Iseya as Detective Hagiwara, a film-original character who is investigating Hiro's murders

Shinsuke Satō, who also directed the live-action film adaptation of Oku's Gantz manga, as well as its Gantz II: Perfect Answer sequel film, is directing the film. MAN WITH A MISSION is performing the theme song "Take Me Under."

Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in print in North America, and it released the tenth compiled volume on December 19. Crunchyroll also released the series digitally, and it describes the story.

Ichiro Inuyashiki is down on his luck. While only 58 years old, his geriatric looks often have him written off as a pathetic old man by the world around him and he's constantly ignored and disrespected by his family despite all that he's done to support them. On top of everything else, his doctor has revealed that he has cancer and it appears that he has little time left in this world. But just when it seems things couldn't get any worse, a blinding light in the night sky strikes the earth where Ichiro stands. He later wakes up to find himself unscathed, but he soon starts to notice that there's something…different about himself.

Oku launched the manga in Kodansha's Evening magazine in January 2014, and the manga's 10th and final volume shipped in Japan last September.

The anime adaptation premiered on Fuji TV's Noitamina block last October. The series streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime.

Source: Anime! Anime! (Minami)

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