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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Ichihara Hayato to star in real-life adaptation movie of "Samurai Sensei"

Ichihara Hayato will be starring in the real-life adaptation movie of "Samurai Sensei" which will be directed by Watanabe Kazushi and be shown in cinemas next year. The movie which is based on the same-titled manga by Kuroe Ssuke, will be Ichihara's first leading role since he turned 30. There was a drama version produced by TV Asahi in 2015 which featured Kanjani 8's Nishikido Ryo as the lead.

The story features Ichihara as the lead character Takechi Hanpeita living in the Bakumatsu era who accidentally travels through time to the Japan of today. He then becomes a teacher at a tuition centre managed by an old man Saeki who takes him in and uses unconventional ways to solve the problems in the modern era. In conjunction with the 150th anniversary since the Meiji Restoration next year, it was then decided that the movie version would be produced and screened then.

Filming will begin in mid June at places such as Takechi's hometown in Kochi. As such, the movie will be shown first in Kochi this winter before its nationwide release in 2018.

Source: Sanspo

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