HONNOUJI HOTEL Info and High-Res Photos from Toho
Press Notes For New Movie
Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon
Official Site: honnoji-hotel.com (Japan)
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res photos from their upcoming release, HONNOUJI HOTEL (本能寺ホテル, Honnouji Hoteru). Described as “a spectacular epic inspired by one of the greatest mysteries in Japanese history”, the film opens in Japanese cinemas on January 14. HONNOUJI HOTEL is also being offered to foreign distributors by sales agent Pony Canyon.
The most infamous incident in Japanese history remains shrouded in mystery — The Honnouji Incident.
In feudal era Japan, Nobunaga Oda had nearly accomplished his goal of unifying Japan. Why did his trusted general, Mitsuhide Akechi, betray him? Nobunaga allegedly committed ritual suicide, but his body was never found. What became of it? How was it that Nobunaga’s loyal retainer, Hideyoshi Hashiba, so quickly defeated Mitsuhide and conquered the Chugoku region following the Incident? What if someone from the future told Nobunaga of his fate?
400 years after the Honnouji Incident, the secrets buried in the greatest mystery in Japanese history will finally be revealed!
The woman from the future who meets Nobunaga on the eve of the fateful “Honnouji Incident” is played by Japan’s preeminent actress/comedienne, Haruka Ayase (CYBORG SHE, ICHI, THE KODAI FAMILY). Shinichi Tsutsumi (ALWAYS -SUNSET ON THIRD STREET- trilogy, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO), one of Japan’s greatest leading men, portrays the “noble, yet compassionate” warlord, Nobunaga Oda. The talented Gaku Hamada (ULTRAMAN GAIA: THE BATTLE IN HYPERSPACE, FISH STORY, ONE PIECE FILM GOLD), known for his portrayals of unique characters, plays Nobunaga’s loyal page, Ranmaru Mori. Seasoned veterans Hiroyuki Hirayama (RETRIBUTION, S: THE LAST POLICEMAN: RECOVERY OF OUR FUTURE), Hiromasa Taguchi (SHALL WE DANCE?, THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, OPPAI VOLLEYBALL), Masahiro Takashima (GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA II, HIDDEN FORTRESS: THE LAST PRINCESS), Masaomi Kondo (YAKUZA OUTPOST, THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, A MAN CALLED PIRATE) and Morio Kazama (THE BEAST TO DIE, SAMURAI FICTION, THE WIND RISES) round out the cast to lend authenticity to this extraordinary story.
Directing the film is Masayuki Suzuki, known for his numerous hits including the popular HERO series. Packed with humor, dynamic action and unexpected surprises at every turn, audiences of all ages will enjoy this spectacular historical epic.
On a whim, Mayuko Kuramoto (Haruka Ayase) checks into the nostalgic “Honnouji Hotel” which is tucked away on the backstreets of Kyoto. Little does she know that the hotel serves as a mysterious portal into feudal era Japan. She is transported into 1582, the Sengoku Period, when vassals very lives existed at the mercy of cruel feudal lords.
With the unification of Japan within his grasp, Nobunaga Oda (Shinichi Tsutsumi) and a few of his loyal retainers, including Ranmaru Mori (Gaku Hamada), have taken up residence in Kyoto’s Honnouji Temple. Mayuko stumbles into the temple, a strangely dressed woman from another world, 400 years into the future. Confused and lost, she is guided by Nobunaga around the streets of Kyoto. As she gets to know this enigmatic man, she cannot help but be drawn to his courage and humanity.
Mayuko begins to grasp the reality that she has slipped into 1582 on the eve of the most famous event in Japanese history — The Honnouji Incident…
Japanese Release Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Running Time: 119 Minutes
Mayuko Kuramoto: Haruka Ayase
Nobunaga Oda: Shinichi Tsutsumi
Ranmaru Mori: Gaku Hamada
Kyoichi Yoshioka: Hiroyuki Hirayama
Otsuka: Hiroomasa Taguchi
Mitsuhide Akechi: Masahiro Takashima
Yoshioka Seijiro: Masaomi Kondo
Honnouji Hotel Manager: Morio Kazama
Director: Masayuki Suzuki
Screenplay: Tomoko Aizawa
Music: Naoki Sato
Production: “Honnouji Hotel” Production Committee
International Sales: Pony Canyon
© 2017 “Honnouji Hotel” Production Committee
About Toho Company. Ltd.
Founded in 1932, Toho Co., Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of the Godzilla films, as well as most of the films by the world-renowned director, Akira Kurosawa. Besides film production, Toho also distributes Japanese films (earning the highest box office receipts for decades in Japan) as well as foreign films through its subsidiary, owns first class movie theaters throughout Japan, produces legitimate plays and musicals, and has more than 100 entertainment-related subsidiaries.
About Pony Canyon Inc.
Pony Canyon has been at the forefront of Japan’s video entertainment industry. Pony Canyon also develops digital software, utilizing the latest interactive and multimedia technology. Pony Canyon is a part of the Fuji Media Holdings Inc. which is Japan’s largest and influential media conglomerate.