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Live-Action Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō Film Delayed Due to COVID-19

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film was slated to open on June 19

The official website for the live-action film of Ipyao and Yūjirō Koyama's Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō manga announced on Wednesday that the film's opening has been postponed until further notice. The staff members cited the preventive measures against the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with the health and safety of the moviegoers as their top concern. The film was slated to open in Japan on June 19. The site will announce a new opening date for the film once it is decided.

Takumi Kitamura (live-action Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, Love Me, Love Me Not) plays protagonist Agetarō Katsumata. Maika Yamamoto (live-action Tokyo Ghoul S, Gangoose, Assassination Classroom) plays Sonoko Hattori, a novice stylist and Agetarō's crush. Kentaro Ito (live-action The Flowers of Evil, Yowamushi Pedal) will play Kuraudo Yashiki, a popular DJ. Yusuke Iseya (Tekkon Kinkreet, live-action Casshern, Rurouni Kenshin sequels) plays "DJ Oily" (Iori Oiri), Agetar's mentor.

In the supporting cast, Ryo Kato plays Mitsuo Muro, the third-generation owner of the Maruyama Inn. Kodai Asaka plays Kyūji Natsume, the third-generation owner of Tokyo-Yokohama Neon Illumination. Louis Kurihara plays Jōsuke Shirai, the third-generation owner of Dogenzaka Pharmacy. Kō Maehara plays Takashi Hirazumi, the third-generation owner of Udagawa Book Center. Brother Tom plays Agesaku Katsumata, Agetarō's father. Natsumi Ikema plays Koromo, Agetarō's younger sister. Reiko Kataoka plays Katsu, Agetarō's mother. Japanese DJ artist DJ Koo will play himself in the film.

Ken Ninomiya is directing the film.

The gag manga follows Agetarō Katsumata, a stupid but honest guy whose family has run a tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet) restaurant for three generations. He's also a beginner club DJ.

The manga series began weekly serialization in Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app in November 2014 and ended in March 2017. Shueisha shipped 11 compiled book volumes for the manga.

An anime adaptation directed by Akitarō Daichi premiered in April 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan.

Sources: Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō live-action film's website, Comic Natalie

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