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Bleach Live-Action Film's 2 Minute Clip Previews Film's Beginning

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Film opened in Japan on Friday at #4

Warner Bros. began streaming a two-minute clip on Thursday from the live-action film of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. The video previews the film's beginning, when Rukia tells Ichigo he must become a Soul Reaper in order to defeat the Hollow.

The film sold 99,000 tickets for 135 million yen (about US$1.21 million) to rank #4 in its opening weekend. The film will have its North American premiere with two screenings on Saturday at the Japan Cuts Festival in New York.

The cast includes:

  • Sōta Fukushi (live-action Strobe Edge's Ren Ichinose, live-action Kami-sama no Iu Toori's Shun Takahata) as protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Hana Sugisaki (live-action Blade of the Immortal's Rin, Mary and The Witch's Flower's Mary, When Marnie Was There's Sayaka) as Rukia Kuchiki
  • Ryō Yoshizawa (live-action Gintama's Sōgo Okita) as Uryū Ishida
  • Taichi Saotome (Crows Explode's Ryōhei Kagami) as Renji Abarai
  • MIYAVI (live-action Blade of the Immortal theme song performer) as Byakuya Kuchiki
  • Erina Mano as Orihime Inoue, Ichigo's classmate
  • Yu Koyanagi as Yasutora "Chad" Sado, Ichigo's classmate
  • Masami Nagasawa as Masaki Kurosaki, Ichigo's mother
  • Yosuke Eguchi as Isshin Kurosaki, Ichigo's father
  • Seiichi Tanabe as Kisuke Urahara, a strangely-dressed man who helps support the Shinigami against the Hollows

Shinsuke Sato (live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer films, Oblivion Island anime film) directed the film. [ALEXANDROS] is performing the film's theme song "Mosquito Bite," as well as the featured song "MILK."

The story centers on the "Substitute Shinigami Arc," the manga's first arc that ran from its first to eighth volume.

Kubo launched Bleach in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2001, and ended it in August 2016. Viz Media published the manga in North America digitally in English as Shueisha published new chapters in Japan. Viz Media is also publishing the manga in print.

Source: Eiga Natalie


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