ONE THIRD: Tatsuya Fujiwara Stars in Crime Caper
Kadokawa’s 65th anniversary celebration of their Kadokawa Bunko publishing imprint continues with the theatrical heist caper ONE THIRD (サンブンノイチ, Sanbunnoichi). Based on the 2012 novel Sanbunnoichi by Hanta Kinoshita, the film is the third feature directed by Hiroshi Shinagawa following his smash hits DROP (ドロップ, Doropu, 2009) and SLAPSTICK BROTHERS (漫才ギャング, Manzai Gyangu, 2011). Shinagawa had written his previous films, but fell in love with Kinoshita’s novel and decided he had to adapt it for the big screen.
Assisting Shinagawa is a star-studded cast headed by Tatsuya Fujiwara, internationally known for his performances in BATTLE ROYALE (バトル・ロワイアル, Batoru Rowaiaru, 2000), the DEATH NOTE (デスノート, Desu Noto, 2006) series and SHIELD OF STRAW (藁の楯, Wara no Tate, 2013). Koki Tanaka is a member of the J-Pop group KAT-TUN who has acted in numerous television series. Ryuichi Kosugi is one-half of the popular comedy duo Black Mayonnaise. Singer Mika Nakashima starred in the movies NANA (ナナ, 2005) and NANA 2 (ナナ2, 2006). Yosuke Kubozuka’s credits include ICHI (市, 2008) and HIMIZU (ヒミズ, 2012). Shinnosuke Ikehata appeared in Akira Kurosawa’s RAN (乱, 1985) and provided the voice of the shinigami Rem in DEATH NOTE: THE LAST NAME (デスノート The Last Name, Desu Noto: The Last Name, 2006).
Billed as “a non-stop, unpredictable entertainment spectacle”, ONE THIRD promises a series of betrayals, twists and turns, laughs and surprises. Shu (Tatsuya Fujiwara), manager of the cabaret club “Hanibani” (Honey Bunny), partners with his employee Koji (Koki Tanaka) and longtime customer Big Ken (Ryuichi Kosugi) to rob a bank. Stealing millions of yen, the successful crooks return to the club to split up the loot. But while the three had previously agreed to divide the money equally between them, each is consumed with greed and wants more than their one-third share. As the trio plot and scheme against one another, others — including the “King of Darkness” Sho (Yosuke Kubozuka), “Kawasaki Witch” Tamiko (Shinnosuke Ikehata) and nightclub hostess Maria (Mika Nakashima) — look to make the most of the infighting. Who will come out ahead in the end?
World Premiere: March 21, 2014 (Okinawa International Movie Festival)
Japanese Theatrical Release Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 (April Fool Roadshow)
Running Time: 120 Minutes
Shuzo “Shu” Kiyohara: Tatsuya Fujiwara
Kazunori “Koji” Kojima: Koki Tanaka
“Big Ken” Ken Kanamori: Ryuichi Kosugi (Black Mayonnaise)
Maria: Mika Nakashima
Sho “King of Darkness” Hama: Yosuke Kubozuka
Tamiko “Kawasaki Witch” Shibugaki: Shinnosuke Ikehata
Sho Aikawa (special appearance)
Director: Hiroshi Shinagawa
Original Novel: Sanbunnoichi by Hanta Kinoshita (Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd)
Screenplay: Hiroshi Shinagawa
Film Production: Yoshimoto Kogyo Company
“Sanbunnoichi” Film Committee: Kadokawa,
Distributor: Kadokawa Shoten Co., Ltd., Yoshimoto Kogyo Company
© 2014 “Sanbunnoichi” Film Committee