by Chris MaGee
The media blitz for Takeshi Kaneshiro's upcoming action/ adventure movie "K-20: Kaijin Niju Menso Den" has officially begun. Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takako Matsu, Toru Nakamura and director Shimako Sato greeted media at a press conference that took place on Wednesday at the Laforet Museum Roppongi to promote the Edogawa Rampo inspired film.
Taking place in the fictional capital of Teito in 1949 "K-20" features Kaneshiro as a circus acrobat who gets mistaken for being the notorious Kaijin Niju Menso Den (The Fiend with 20 Faces) a criminal master of disguise who has been rampaging through the city. Kaneshiro must fight off the authorities and legendary detective Kogoro Akechi (Toru Nakamura) while trying to discover the real identity of The Fiend.
To coincide with the press conference the trailer for "K-20" has been released and Nippon Cinema has it; and at least my verdict is that it looks like a hell of a lot of fun. With "The Dark Knight" having a less than stellar showing at the Japanese box office I think that a domestically produced super hero film might just be what the Japanese public has been looking for. Unfortunately they'll have to wait, "K-20" isn't set for release until sometime in 2009.
Check our original report on "K-20" here, and thanks to Eiganavi.gyao.jp for the press conference pic.