Live-Action Film Adaptation for Nobuyuki Fukumoto, Kaiji Kawaguchi’s CONFESSION Manga
GAGA Corporation revealed on Wednesday about their upcoming production – a live-action film adaptation of Kokuhaku -CONFESSION-. This popular manga was authored by Nobuyuki Fukumoto and Kaiji Kawaguchi. Actors for the movie include big names such as Toma Ikuta and Yang Ik-june. The launch date is scheduled for May.
GAGA Corporation‘s upcoming adaptation tells the story of Asai and Ishikura, two friends who shared a background of mountain climbing during their college years. Following a climbing accident, they find themselves on the verge of death. Ishikura chooses this moment to confess to Asai about a murder he committed in the past. They discover a cabin on the mountain where they seek refuge and managed to survive. The confession casts a shadow on both of them as they spend a tense night in the cabin.
In the film adaptation, Ishikura’s character has been altered to portray a Korean exchange student named Ryu Ji-Yeong, played by Yang Ik-june. Toma Ikuta takes on the role of Asai.
Fukumoto launched the Akagi manga series in Kindai Mahjong in 1992, which had a successful 27-year run. An animated television adaptation produced by the Studio Madhouse was subsequently followed by the streaming of the anime by Crunchyroll from 2013. It has also inspired a 10 episode live-action television series in summer 2015, which Crunchyroll streamed as well. A second season, titled Akagi “Ryūzaki, Yagi-hen” “Ichikawa-hen”, was launched in October 2017. With a live-action three-episode mini-series released in May 2018.
Fukumoto’s gambling-themed manga, Kaiji led to the creation of two television anime and two live-action films.
Kawaguchi’s politically satire manga Eagle was published in North America by Viz Media. Central Park Media produced the naval anime special called The Silent Service based on Kawaguchi’s manga. A television anime, named Zipang, was also created inspired by Kawaguchi’s manga. Geneon Entertainment (USA) released this.