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Live-Action Kūbo Ibuki Film's Trailer Reveals May Opening

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Osamu Eya, Kaiji Kawaguchi's manga about JSDF aircraft carrier inspires film

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) manga began streaming a trailer for the film on Friday. The trailer reveals the film's May 24 opening date.

Previously revealed cast members include:

(Top row, left to right):

  • Kōichi Satō as Keiichirō Tarumi, Japan's prime minister
  • Hidetoshi Nishijima as Ryōta Akitsu, an officer who started in the Air Self-Defense Force, but is now the skipper of the titular Ibuki aircraft carrier
  • Kuranosuke Sasaki as Toshiya Niinami, a Maritime Self-Defense Force officer and the executive officer of the Ibuki

(Middle row, left to right):

  • Hayato Ichihara as Yōhei Sakumizu, the leader of the Albatross unit
  • Masahiro Takashima as Takanobu Taka, the captain of the submarine Hayashio
  • Hiroshi Tamaki as Nariaki Seto, the captain of the destroyer Hatsuyuki
  • Tatsuya Fuji as Keiji Wakui, the commander of the Escort Flotilla 5

(Bottom row, left to right):

  • Tōru Masuoka as Toshimichi Ishiwata, the chief cabinet secretary
  • Masato Wada as Weapons Officer Junya Okabe
  • Shigeyuki Totsugi as Shin Fuchigami, the commander of the 92nd Squadron
  • Eisaku Yoshida as Yūsaku Sawazaki, the department head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau
  • Kinari Hirano as Masato Kakinuma, an Albatross pilot
  • Takaya Yamauchi as Takehiko Ukifune, the captain of the destroyer Isokaze

The new cast includes:

(Top row, left to right):

  • Kiichi Nakai as Keiichi Nakano, a convenience store manager busy with Christmas sales, and whose boots stuffed with sweets will be key to the story
  • Tsubasa Honda as Yūko Honda, a journalist who is the only woman aboard the Ibuki
  • Yuki Saitō as Keiko Sarashiya, Yūko's boss, who worries for Yūko but trusts her to do her job

(Bottom row, left to right):

  • Mai Fukagawa as Shiori Moriyama, a part-timer at Keiichi's convenience store
  • Jin Katagiri as Kazuma Tōdō, a director who is senior to Yūko at the news agency
  • Hisahiro Ogura as Shunichi Tanaka, a veteran journalist of the Tōhō Shimbun who joins Yūko aboard the Ibuki
  • Kaho Tsuchimura as Mana Yoshioka, an assistant to Kazuma

Other cast members include:

Setsurō Wakamatsu is directing the film. Kazunori Itō (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, .hack//SIGN) and Yasuo Hasegawa (Riding Bean, Megazone 23, Armitage III) are penning the script. Harutoshi Fukui (Mobile Suit Gundam UC, Harlock: Space Pirate, Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi) is in charge of planning.

In the manga's story, the state of world affairs is changing at a dizzying pace. This is particularly clear in the growing military strength of countries neighboring Japan, the issue of resources on the sea floor, disaster relief, underwater transport, maintaining order on the high seas, and island defense. In response to a near-skirmish with China near the disputed Senkaku Islands, Japan builds the Ibuki aircraft carrier.

Kawaguchi launched the series in collaboration with journalist Eya in 2014. Shogakukan released the manga's 11th compiled book volume last December. The manga won the Best General Manga award at the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards in January 2018. The series' volumes have more than 3 million copies in print.

Kawaguchi ended his Zipang: Shinsō Kairyū manga in November. The manga is unrelated to his earlier time-traveling war manga Zipang, which he also drew in Kodansha's Morning magazine until 2009.

Viz Media published Kawaguchi's political manga Eagle in North America. Central Park Media released the naval anime special The Silent Service inspired by Kawaguchi's manga, and Geneon Entertainment (USA) released the Zipang television anime.

Sources: Kūbo Ibuki live-action film's website, Comic Natalie

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