Tak Sakaguchi to direct, write, and star in "Sakigake!" movie
Mon, August 6, 2007 (6:11pm EDT)
Action star Tak Sakaguchi will star in a live-action movie based on Akira Miyashita's shonen manga, "Sakigake! Otokojuku." The comic, about a school of violent delinquents, was serialized in Shonen Jump from the mid '80s to the early '90s, and spawned an animated television series and film.
In addition to playing the lead role of Momotaro, Sakaguchi will direct and handle the screenplay. Shoei will play the part of Momotaro's friend, Genji.
Filming began in April, with a target release date of early spring 2008. There is a strong possibility of overseas releases as well. More details will be revealed in the next issue of Super Jump (on sale August 8 ).
Tsumabuki cast as kidnapper in "High and Low" remake
Mon, August 13, 2007 (4:23pm EDT)
Satoshi Tsumabuki will make his first TV drama appearance since "Slow Dance" in 2005. He will play the role of the kidnapper in TV Asahi's remake of Akira Kurosawa's "High and Low."
The drama special stars Koichi Sato, Kyoka Suzuki, and Hiroshi Abe. TV Asahi plans to broadcast it on September 8.
Almost interesting. Iâ€™ve only seen Tsumabuki (Jozee, the Tiger and the Fish) in sweet high school boy roles so kidnapper sounds, well, almost interesting.