Kitano Takeshi, the 74-year-old icon of Japanese gangster movies and TV comedy, has set “Kubi” (Neck) as his subsequent movie — and presumably the final film that he’ll direct.
The movie is a interval actioner based mostly on Kitano’s 2019 novel of the identical title, revealed by Kadokawa, in accordance with native journal Josei Jishin, which reported the information as an unconfirmed unique. Kitano’s company had no remark. Nonetheless, the story is being broadly disseminated by Japanese media.
Taking pictures is meant to start out in Might. Kitano can be working with a brand new workers minus the participation of long-time producer Mori Masayuki .
Kitano’s most up-to-date movie as director is the 2017 “Outrage Coda,” which completed with $15 million in Japan. His greatest profession hit, nevertheless, was “Zatoichi,” Kitano’s tackle the enduring interval motion sequence a few blind swordsman that earned $27 million in 2003. One inspiration for “Kubi” is the 1954 Akira Kurosawa traditional “Seven Samurai,” a movie Kitano drastically admires.
The novel “Kubi” is one among many fictional remedies of the real-life Honno-ji Incident, wherein famed warlord Oda Nobunaga was assassinated at a temple in Kyoto in 1582. The characters are primarily actual historic figures, together with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the Nobunaga retainer who avenges his useless lord in battle, and Sorori Shinzaemon, a Hideyoshi attendant famous for his wit.
In Kitano’s novel, which begins previous to the assassination, Shinzaemon captures Araki Murashige, a Nobunaga basic accused of disloyalty. The plot revolves across the destiny of Murashige, whose neck Nobunaga goals to sever.
In 2018, Kitano stepped down from the Office Kitano production and talent management firm that he and Mori co-founded in 1992. On the time, Mori mentioned that Kitano needed to “lay down the burdens he has been carrying … and enhance his private time.” A Netflix biopic about Kitano can also be within the works.