It has been confirmed that the “Kaibutsu-kun” drama series, starring Arashi’s Satoshi Ohno (30), has a movie version in the works. The film will be shot in 3D and is said to be a huge project, with some sources reporting that NTV is investing approximately 2 billion yen for the film’s production budget. Yoshihiro Nakamura (“Golden Slumber,” “Team Batista no Eikou”) has been tapped to direct.
Although the drama only averaged 13.9% during its original broadcast run last year, it reportedly had ratings of 24.2% among young children and families. The show already got a special episode last year, and the characters from the show also made an appearance at NHK’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen.
This will be Ohno’s first solo starring role in a movie. Besides him, the show’s main cast will reprise their roles, including Norito Yashima, Ryuhei Ueshima, Choi Hong Man, Takeshi Kaga, Masahiro Matsuoka (TOKIO), Izumi Inamori, Umika Kawashima, and Tatsuomi Hamada. Of course, new characters will be added as well, including an original villain.
Filming will begin this month, and some scenes will be shot in southeast Asia as the story involves Kaibutsu-kun and his friends going on an adventure to a fictional country.
Production is aiming to finish around October. Although an exact release date has not yet been set, various sources are reporting that the film will either be released around Christmas or the New Year holiday season.
Isn’t this a nice little surprise? Oh-chan finally will star in his own movie, cannot wait to see! He is probably the only 30 year old idol that can play such an extremely cute 10 year old. I wonder if themesong will be performed by Arashi as well.
At a special event for the live-action “GANTZ” movie held on Monday, it was announced that co-stars Kenichi Matsuyama and Kazunari Ninomiya will do stage greetings for the movie in Japan and the United States on the same day, January 20. This will be a first for the industry.
On the morning of January 20, they will first attend a stage greeting at a theater in Roppongi. After that, they will take a plane to Los Angeles, where they will attend a stage greeting on the night of January 20 at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. As previously announced, that event in Hollywood is for the official world premiere of the film, and Matsuyama and Ninomiya’s stage greeting will be relayed live to more than 330 other theaters across the United States that are also screening the movie.
The “GANTZ” movie officially opens in Japan more than a week later on January 29. The sequel is slated to premiere on April 23.
Oh, I really envy those lucky people in Los Angeles! If only they would come to New York too, I would definitely attend. There is going to be some intense flying, ganbatte to Nino and Kenichi-kun!
Japanese pop culture theater owner and distributor New People has announced that it will host a special event in Hollywood for the January 20 world premiere of the first live-action film based on Hiroya Oku’s manga Gantz.
Otaku USA Editor-in-Chief Patrick Macias will interview several of the film’s cast members, who will be in attendance at the Hollywood premiere. New People will officially announce the guests before the premiere, although its distribution partner Fathom Events had listed “the two stars, Kazunari Ninomiya and Ken’ichi Matsuyama,” as the interview guests in November. Audience members will be able to submit questions for the interview in a process to be announced next week.
The event is limited to 400 seats at Mann’s Chinese 6 theater, and fans can enter an online random drawing for a chance to buy tickets. Tickets will cost US$15.00 and come with a special Gantz t-shirt.
In addition to the Hollywood event, Gantz will screen in over 300 theaters throughout the United States on January 20. The interviews at the Hollywood premiere will be simulcasted to the other theaters.
Awesome ne! Those who are able to go to the premiere are sooo lucky!! Nino will be in Hollywood again….boy, I wish I could go too!! My chances will probably none to very little, but signing up for in cases.