Takashi Miike’s THE MOLE SONG Press Notes
Source: Pony Canyon, Inc.
Official Site: mogura-movie.com (Japan)
Scheduled for release in Japan in February 2014, THE MOLE SONG -UNDERCOVER AGENT REIJI- (土竜の唄 潜入捜査官 REIJI, Mogura no Uta Sennuu Sosakan REIJI) will have its world premiere in November at the International Rome Film Festival. Based on the hit manga series, the film is a collaboration between actor Toma Ikuta, director Takashi Miike, and screenwriter Kankuro Kudo.
A very unpredictable undercover cop comedy — where something crazy happens every five minutes!
A star-studded cast goes wild on the screen!! You’ve never seen them like this before!
Featuring… Shinichi Tsutsumi, Riisa Naka, Takayuki Yamada, Takashi Okamura, Yusuke Kamiji!
And…! Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Kenichi Endou, Sarutoki Minagawa, Ren Ohsugi, Koichi Iwaki!!
■ What is The Mole Song…?
The Mole Song is a comic series by the talented Noboru Takahashi, which was featured in Weekly Young Sunday Comics Magazine (Shogakukan) along with his other hit mangas, Dr. Kotoh and Kurosagi. When Young Sunday was discontinued, the series moved to Big Comic Spirits Weekly.
The story is ongoing with the plot continuing to intensify and its passionate fan base continuing to grow. The blockbuster comic book series is now in its 35th volume and has sold over 4 million copies. Its film adaptation is one of the most highly anticipated of the many Shogakukan titles published today.
Rookie Reiji Kikukawa graduated with the lowest score in police academy history. Since becoming a neighborhood policeman, he is busy writing letters of apology on a daily basis.
One day, Reiji is called in to see the Chief of Police, Sakami, who summarily fires him. Outwardly, he is dismissed for dishonorable conduct, but he is secretly ordered to infiltrate a crime syndicate and arrest the big boss as an undercover cop — “The Mole.”
Their target is Shuho Todoroki, head of Sukiya-kai, the largest yakuza clan in the Kanto Area. Reiji manages to become the new favorite of Masaya Hiura a.k.a. “Crazy Papillon,” the leader of the Akogi group, a clan under Sukiya-kai.
Reiji prepares to vow his allegiance to Akogi by partaking in the ritual sake cup exchange with its big boss, Ako. But internal power struggles within Sukiya-kai and conflicts with arch-rival Hachinosu-kai, who aims to take over Japan, embroils Reiji in one crazy situation after
another. Will Reiji ever be able to arrest Shuho Todoroki and complete his mission as the “Mole?”
■ Starring Toma Ikuta as Reiji Kikukawa
Joy, anger, pathos, humor! You’ve never seen Toma Ikuta like this before! No young actor is as “beautiful” as Toma Ikuta, who recently played Hikaru Genji in THE TALE OF GENJI, A THOUSAND YEAR ENIGMA (Genji Monogatari ~ Sennen no Nazo, 2011).
He has shown great versatility in films such as THE FALLEN ANGEL (人間失格, Ningen Shikkaku, 2010), HANAMIZUKI (ハナミズキ, 2010), WE WERE THERE: PART 1 (僕等がいた 前篇, Bokura ga Ita Zenpen, 2012), WE WERE THERE: PART 2 (僕等がいた 後篇, Bokura ga Ita Kohen, 2012) and the new BRAIN MAN (脳男, No Otoko, 2013), but in THE MOLE SONG we see yet another face of Ikuta — an idiotic, perverted, virgin undercover cop named Reiji Kikukawa! Reiji is fired from the force, but his unconditional sense of justice makes him the perfect candidate to infiltrate a crime syndicate as a “mole.”
What happens when a gorgeous actor at the top of him game takes on a controversial role in a crazy film? See Toma Ikuta like you’ve never seen him before!
■ Directed by Takashi Miike × Screenplay by Kankuro Kudo
The collaborative work of two Japanese film prodigies brings this ambitious film adaptation to life!
Director: Takashi Miike
Highly prolific, prodigious director who continues to push the envelope. He has directed over 50 feature films including CROWS ZERO (クロ-ズ ＺＥＲＯ, Kurozu Zero, 2007), YATTERMAN (ヤッターマン, Yataaman), 13 ASSASSINS (十三人の刺客, Jusan-nin no Shikaku, 2010), LESSON OF THE EVIL (悪の教典, Aku no Kyoten, 2012) and his latest, SHIELD OF STRAW (藁の楯, Wara no Tate, 2013).
Screenplay: Kankuro Kudo
Acclaimed screenwriter of hit films including PING PONG ( ピンポン, 2002), KISARAZU CAT’S EYE: WORLD SERIES (木更津キャッツアイ ワールドシリーズ, Kizaradzukyattsuai Waarudoshiriizu, 2006) and MAIKO HAAAAN!! (舞妓Haaaan!!!, 2007). His newest venture is an NHK drama series entitled AMACHAN ()あまちゃん, 2013).
World Premiere: November 15, 2013 (International Rome Film Festival)
Japanese Theatrical Release Date: February 15, 2014
Running Time: 130 minutes
Reiji Kikukawa: Toma Ikuta
Junna Wakagi: Riisa Naka
Shun Tsukihara: Takayuki Yamada
Kenta Kurokawa: Yusuke Kamiji
Itsei Nekozawa: Takashi Okamura
Masaya Hiura: Shinichi Tsutsumi
Toshio Sakami: Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Doppo Fukuzumi: Sarutoki Minagawa
Shuho Todoroki: Koichi Iwaki
Masayoshi Ako: Ren Osugi
Director: Takashi Miike
Original Story: Noboru Takahashi
Screenplay: Kankuro Kudo
Producer: Juichi Uehara
Music: Koji Endo
Film Production: Fuji Television Network, OLM, Inc.
International Sales: Pony Canyon Inc.
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