A few months ago we brought out news that Yasuhisa Hara’s historical adventure manga Kingdom was getting a live-action film. Today, the official website for the Kingdom live-action film unveiled a teaser poster visual and a promotional trailer. The 3-min long trailer is an international release with English subtitles. The clip was a featured release as part of the ongoing creative business festival “SXSW 2019” in Austin, Texas. The world premiere screening will take place in Tokyo on March 27.
Shinsuke Sato, who has previously worked on GANTZ, I Am A Hero, Death Note: Light Up the New World, Bleach live-action projects will be serving as the director for the film. In Japan, the live-action film will release on April 19, 2019.
Kingdom Live-Action Film Teaser Poster Visual
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Kingdom follows the story of Xin, an orphan born in the kingdom of Qin. These were the times of the Warring States period of ancient China. His friend Piao, a fellow war orphan and Xin only have only one dream, to become a “Great Generals of the Heavens.” For them, it was the only way to rise above their low status. When Piao gets an opportunity to serve an important duty for the Qin’s royal palace, he readily accepts. When Xin meets dying Piao he learns that he was serving as the body double to protect the soon-to-be king of Qin, Zheng Ying. Although Zheng and Xin start off on bad terms soon they realize that for their dreams to come true they have to work together. And their journey to change history forever begins.
- Ri Shin: Kento Yamazaki (Kusuo Saiki in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.)
- Ei Sei/Hyou: Ryo Yoshizawa (Ryusei Sakuta / Kamen Rider Meteor in Kamen Rider Fourze)
- Yo Tanwa: Masami Nagasawa (Tae Shimura in Gintama)
- Karyo Ten: Kanna Hashimoto (Kagura in Gintama)
- Seikyo: Kanata Hongou (Ryoma Echizen in The Prince of Tennis)
- Heki: Shinnosuke Mitsushima (Morio in Napping Princess)
- Shoheikun: Masahiro Takashima (Gunhed, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II)
- Tou: Jun Kaname (Makoto Hikawa/Kamen Rider G3 in Kamen Rider Agito)
- Ouki: Takao Ohsawa (The Wolfman in Wolf Children)
Kingdom Live-Action Film Trailer
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If you are a fan of the manga I am sure this news is very satisfying. This is indeed a good opportunity for the manga to reach a wider audience. But the fact that this is a live-action is terrifying for most of the non-Japanese fans. Most of them turn out to be very disappointing. But, I am personally positive on this since this is a historical series and breathtaking war scenes should make up for most of the faults (if any) in the film. The film is featuring a good cast and the story seems to cover the first volume of the manga. But these are just my thought. I would love to know what you guys think. Do share your views in the comments section below.