SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN -GRADUATION- Press Notes
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Kadokawa Pictures is known for films like THE INUGAMIS (犬神家の一族, Inugamike no Ichizoku, 1976) and THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME (時をかける少女, Toki o Kakeru Shojo, 1983); live-action adaptations of hit novels. The studio continues that tradition with their 40th Anniversary release, SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN -GRADUATION- (セーラー服と機関銃, Seeraa-Fuku to Kikanjuu -Sotsugyoo-), opening in Japan on March 5th.
The film is based on the 1987 book Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, Then -Graduation- (セーラー服と機関銃・その後―卒業―, Seeraa-Fuku to Kikanjuu Sonogo -Sotsugyoo-) by prolific author Jiro Akagawa (Ghost Train, Voice From Heaven). -Graduation- is a sequel to Akagawa ‘s Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (セーラー服と機関銃, Seeraa-Fuku to Kikanjuu, 1978), which has been adapted as a live-action movie by Toei in 1981 and a pair of television series in 1982 and 2006.
SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN -GRADUATION- is directed by Koji Maeda (TILL DEATH DO US WHAT?) from a screenplay by Ryo Takada (THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE).
Kadokawa Pictures 40th Anniversary work.
Jiro Akagawa’s legendary heroine returns!!
18-year-old high school girl Izumi Hoshi once inherited leadership of a four-man yakuza gang, the Medaka Group. The group disbanded after a failed raid on the rival Hamaguchi gang.
With graduation coming up, Izumi resumed her life as a high school student. When her friends are caught in a scam by a fake modeling agency, and a dangerous new drug called ‘Cookie’ turns up at her school, Izumi investigates. When she questions the Hamaguchi boss, he in turn suspects the Medaka of drug dealing. Are the authorities trying to clean up the town by provoking a turf war?
Izumi’s friends are targeted one after another. Swearing to protect the town and its inhabitants, she becomes boss of the Medaka gang once more.
Japanese Theatrical Release Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Izumi Hoshi: Kanna Hashimoto
Tsukinaga: Hiroki Hasegawa
Yasui: Masanobu Ando
Yuji Tezuka: Takuro Ono
Haruo: Shohei Uno
Shohei Mabuchi: Kanji Furutachi
Kusakabe: Shingo Tsurumi
Tsuguo Hoshi: Takaaki Enoki
Noboru Hamaguchi: Masato Ibu
Doi: Tetsuya Takeda
Director: Koji Maeda
Original Story: Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, Then -Graduation- by Jiro Akagawa (Kadokawa Bunko)
Screenplay: Ryo Takada
Executive Producer: Shinichiro Inoue
Associate Producer: Takeshi Kikuchi
Theme Song: “Sailor Suit and Machine Gun” by Kanna Hashimoto (YM3D / YOSHIMOTO R and C)
Production: Twins Japan, Geek Sight
Production Company: Kadokawa Corporation
International Sales: Kadokawa Corporation
© 2016 “Sailor Suit and Machine Gun -Graduation-” Film Partners
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