Sunday, March 1, 2009

Takashi Miike's "Yatterman" premieres in Japan

by Chris MaGee

Kyoko Fukada, Katsuhisa Namase and Kendo Kobayashi (above, left to right) along with Sho Sakurai were on hand at the Tokyo International Forum this past Thursday for the Japanese premiere of "Yatterman", Takashi Miike's live-action adaptation of the 1970s anime series. Of course the film already received its international premiere on February 6th at this year's New York Comic Con. (read our full report here.) that follows the adventures of Gan-Chan (Sakurai) and Ai-Chan (Saki Fukuda) as they battle against the evil (and downright sexy) Doronjo played by Kyoko Fukada for possession of the splintered Dokuro Stone, a magical gem with immense power.

The revealing costume that Fukuda dons to play Doronjo has gotten a lot of attention and the 26-year-old actress had a bit to say about squeezing into it. "“We discussed the costume many times," she told reporters,"I was very happy that we finally got the ideal one, though I had to lose weight to fit into it.”

You can see more of Fukuda and the cast of the film in the video below from Japanese television. "Yatterman" is set for release across Japan on March 7th. Thanks to Japan Today and Cinema Today for details on the premiere.

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