Friday, June 19, 2009
Kaiji - Toya Sato (2009)
The first teaser for Toya Sato's live-action adaptation of Nobuyuki Fukumoto’s gambling manga stars "Battle Royale's" Tetsuya Fujiwara, a compulsive gambler who is coerced into boarding a casino boat as a way of working of his huge gambling debt. Little does he know that the stake on board are much higher than he bargained for. "Kaiji" is due out in Japanese theatres on October 10th.
Season of the Sun - Takumi Furukawa (1956)
Based on Shintaro Ishihara's groundbreaking 1955 novel about middle-class youth endulging in sun and sex in Japan's Shonan Beach area which started the "sun tribe" trend, similar to the juvenile delinquents of "Blackboard Jungle" and "Rebel Without a Cause" in the U.S. This film is notable for the screen debut of Ishihara's brother, Yujiro, in a supporting role. He would go one to star in the other seminal "sun tribe" film "Crazed Fruit" released later that same year.