Before Kakegurui, there was Kaiji. And now, the classic gambling manga by Nobuyuki Fukumoto is getting a new live-action film, with the original’s live-action cast mostly returning. Its title was Kaiji Final Game, and TOHO just revealed a new trailer for the film.
They’re billing it as the “final chapter” in the series, with Fukumoto himself writing the story. It is slated to premiere on 10 January 2019. They also revealed the main cast members, and they include:
- Nagisa Sekimizu as Kanako Kirino
- Tatsuya Fujiwara as Kaiji
- Mackenyu as Minato Hirose
- Souta Fukushi as Kousuke Takakura
- Koutarou Yoshida as Yohishiro Kurosaki
Fujiwara is reprising his role from the 2009 Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler film and 2011 Kaiji 2 – Jinsei Dakkai Game film. Touya Satou is also returning to direct the film. They haven’t revealed what the original story will be about, but here’s the manga’s story as described by Denpa:
Ne’er-do-well Kaiji Itou’s shiftless existence is suddenly rattled by a visit from the yakuza. Burdened by debt and resentment, Kaiji is coerced into gambling for his worthless life. As the stakes grow higher and the rules become increasingly more bizarre, Kaiji must finally take the future into his own hands! Legendary mangaka Nobuyuki Fukumoto
finally makes his English-language debut. The inspiration for the infamous anime by the same name and the Netflix live-action film Animal World takes readers into the dark side of Japan’s post-bubble economic society by thrusting them into a world of debt, debauchery, and delusion.
Since Fukumoto himself is writing the story, it is possible that he might introduce a completely new game. However, it might also be interesting if they bring back a few fan-favourites like the Salvation Game and the One Poker.