by Chris MaGee
According to a report posted today at Variety Asia Online Toei has pulled the plug on their upcoming release "Fukemon" charging that the film's producer, J&E International have been unable to complete it. Originally due out in Japanese theatres on January 17th the was to star Masatoshi Nakamura (above) as a real-life handyman Katsuyoshi Ukon who started out as a yakuza, but then turned a new leaf and started a lucrative handyman/ person Friday service for elderly Japanese. The film will... or I guess it won't any longer, co-star Yuko Asano, Naoto Takenaka and Sho Aikawa, all of whom have yet to be paid for their work on the film. J&E International is citing the illness of one of the major investors as the reason behind the money drying up.
Now I don't know about you, but I've seen "Dead or Alive" so I know that Sho Aikawa is one major bad ass who packs a bazooka, so I;m hoping that J&E International coughs up some money or there'll be hell to pay.