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Live-Action Kaiji Final Game Film's Trailer Reveals More Cast

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Suzuki Matsuo, Yūki Amami, Katsuhisa Namase return from previous films with 3 new cast members

The official website for Kaiji Final Game, the new live-action film inspired by Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji manga, began streaming a new trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer reveals more cast members for the film. The site also revealed a new poster visual for the film.

The newly announced cast members include: (Top row, left to right in image above, all returning from previous live-action Kaiji films)

(Bottom row, left to right in image above)
  • Ikusaburo Yamazaki as Keishi Nishino, a subordinate to the Prime Minister's executive secretary
  • Masatō Ibu as Tōgō, a multi-millionaire
  • Toshiki Seto as Taichi Sugehara, a fellow game participant

Kaiji Final Game will open in Japan on January 10, 2020. The film is billed as the "last chapter" of the series, with a completely original story by Fukumoto.

The cast includes:
(Note: some character names are not confirmed.)

Fujiwara is reprising his role as the titular character from the 2009 Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler film and 2011 Kaiji 2 - Jinsei Dakkai Game film. Tōya Satō is also returning to direct the new film.

Denpa licensed the manga, and it describes the story:

Ne'er-do-well Kaiji Itou's shiftless existence is suddenly rattled by a visit from the yakuza. Burdened by debt and resentment, Kaiji is coerced into gambling for his worthless life. As the stakes grow higher and the rules become increasingly more bizarre, Kaiji must finally take the future into his own hands! Legendary mangaka Nobuyuki Fukumoto finally makes his English-language debut. The inspiration for the infamous anime by the same name and the Netflix live-action film Animal World takes readers into the dark side of Japan's post-bubble economic society by thrusting them into a world of debt, debauchery, and delusion.

Fukumoto serialized the original manga in Kodansha's Young Magazine from 1996 to 1999. The manga has inspired multiple sequels and spinoffs, two television anime series, two previous Japanese live-action films, a Chinese live-action film, and a reality game show. Denpa will release the first volume of the original manga on September 24.

The Mr. Tonegawa anime, based on a Kaiji spinoff manga, premiered in July 2018.

Sources: Kajiji Final Game website, The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web


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