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2nd Live-Action Kakegurui Film Rescheduled to May 12 After COVID-19 Delay

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
"Stage greeting" event featuring cast, staff to also screen on film's opening day

The official website for Kakegurui: Zettai Zetsumei Russian Roulette (Kakegurui: Last Resort Russian Roulette), the live-action film sequel based on Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga, announced on Friday that the film's new opening date is May 12. In addition, 215 theaters in Japan will also stream a "stage greeting" appearance by the cast and staff on opening day.

The film was slated to open on April 29, but was delayed due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the state of emergency declared in four prefectures. The current state of emergency is slated to lift on May 11, barring further extensions.

The film will include a returning cast, but will focus on a new antagonist, the shrewd gambler Makuro Shikigami, played by Johnny's West member Ryūsei Fujii. Tsutomu Hanabusa is returning to direct the film, and is also writing the screenplay with Minato Takano.

The manga inspired a 10-episode live-action show that premiered in Japan in January 2018. Netflix is streaming the series outside of Japan. A second season premiered in March 2019. The first live-action film then opened in May 2019. Katsura Saiki's Kakegurui Twins manga spinoff is also inspired a live-action series that debuted on Amazon Prime on March 26.

The main manga inspired a television anime series that ran from July to September 2017 in Japan. The series premiered outside of Japan on Netflix in February 2018. The anime's second season premiered in January 2019, and Netflix began streaming the series in June 2019.

Sources: Kakegurui: Zettai Zetsumei Russian Roulette film's website, Comic Natalie

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