DESTINY: THE TALE OF KAMAKURA Info and High-Res Photos from Toho
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Toho Co., Ltd. and Nippon Television Network Corp. have provided information and large, high-res photos from their upcoming release, DESTINY: THE TALE OF KAMAKURA (DESTINY 鎌倉ものがたり, Destiny Kamakura Monogatari). Toho is releasing the movie in Japanese cinemas on December 9, while NTV is handling sales to foreign distributors.
Directed by Takashi Yamazaki (SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO), the film is based on the manga series Kamakura Monogatari by Ryohei Saigan that has sold more than 9 million copies to date. Yamazaki previously adapted Saigan’s Sunset on Third Street as the blockbuster trilogy ALWAYS- SUNSET ON THIRD STREET (ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日, Always San-Chome no Yuhi, 2005), ALWAYS- SUNSET ON THIRD STREET- 2 (ALWAYS 続・三丁目の夕日, Always Zoku San-Chome no Yuhi, 2007) and ALWAYS- SUNSET ON THIRD STREET- 3 (ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日’64, Always San-Chome no Yuhi ’64, 2012), which won more than a dozen Japanese Academy Awards. Much of the production crew for ALWAYS 3 have reunited for DESTINY: THE TALE OF KAMAKURA.
What does “destiny” really mean?
When young Akiko marries mystery author Masakazu Isshiki and moves in with him in Kamakura, her way of life becomes a constant source of amazement. A simple stroll through the streets brings her into contact with supernatural creatures such as spirits, goblins, ghosts, and not-grim-at-all reapers. As Akiko learns very quickly, Kamakura is a place where humans and non-humans live side-by-side in harmony.
The Isshiki residence is also home to a parade of other distinctive denizens, such as Kin, a maid who may actually be 130 years old; Masakazu’s incorrigible editor, Honda; and even a poverty-attracting entity. Although Akiko’s newlywed lifestyle isn’t quite as she’d imagined, it still turns out to be a lot of hectic fun.
One morning, Masakazu awakes to find that Akiko has disappeared. The only trace of her is a loving letter to her husband…
It seems that Akiko has met an unfortunate accident, died, and departed for the netherworld.
Upon losing his wife, Masakazu realizes for the first time how much he loves her. To bring Akiko back to life, he decides to journey to the netherworld himself. What awaits Masakazu there are the supernatural creatures who took away his wife, and someone else he recognizes…
At last, the destiny of the desperate Isshikis will reveal itself.
Theatrical Release Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Running Time: 129 Minutes
Masakazu Isshiki: Masato Sakai
Akiko Isshiki: Mitsuki Takahata
Honda: Shinichi Tsutsumi
Shinigami: Sakura Ando
Poverty God: Min Tanaka
Kin: Tamao Nakamura
Riko Honda: Mikako Ichikawa
Hiroshi: Tsuyoshi Muro
Inari: Jun Kaname
Kawahara Deka: Koji Ohkura
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Screenplay: Takashi Yamazaki
Original Story: Kamakura Monogatari by Ryohei Saigan (serialized in Gekkan Manga Town, published by Futabasha)
VFX: Takashi Yamazaki
Music: Naoki Sato
Production: “Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura” Film Partners ((Nippon Television Network, Toho, ROBOT, Bop, Futabasha, Yomiuri Television Broadcasting, Dentsu, JR East Japan Planning, Culture · Entertainment, Horipro, White Group, Nippon Broadcasting, Yomiuri Newspaper, Pony Canyon, Shoji Abe, Sapporo TV Broadcasting, Miyagi Television Broadcasting, Shizuoka Daiichi TV, Chukyo Terreb Broadcasting, Hiroshima Television Broadcasting, Fukuoka Broadcasting)
International Sales: Nippon Television Network
© 2017 “Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura” Film Partners
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 Nippon Television Network Corp.
Nippon Television Network Corp. (NTV) is the most experienced television station in Japan, and it has the largest broadcasting network with 30 affiliated stations through out the country. NTV has also invested in many films including Studio GHIBLI films, and recently started to play a main role in film producing. In 2006, NTV produced the phenomenal blockbuster DEATH NOTE series. Recent productions include nation-wide hit title 20TH CENTURY BOYS and world-wide aclaimed title THE SKY CRAWLERS, SUMMER WARS and WOLF CHILDREN.