SPECIAL ACTORS Press Notes and Photos From Shochiku
Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Official Site: special-actors.jp (Japan)
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Shochiku has provided information and large, high-res photos from the new comedy SPECIAL ACTORS (スペシャルアクターズ, Supesharu Akutāzu), the second feature film from ONE CUT OF THE DEAD director Shinichiro Ueda.
Ueda has taken a concept he has been incubating for many years and cast 15 unknown actors for this multiple protagonist movie. The seventh project produced under Shochiku Broadcasting’s original film banner, SPECIAL ACTORS leads the viewer down a mysterious road where nothing is what it appears to be…
Real actors acting fake…? Fake actors acting real…?
Kazuto (Kazuhito Osawa) is not a typical actor…actually, he’s not an actor at all! He’s just a timid young guy who regularly faints from stress, hopelessly impressed with the psychic strength of the hero from the B-movie RESCUEMAN.
Kazuto’s younger brother invites him to the Special Actors talent agency, a “perform any job using acting” service. Somehow, Kazuto ends up being a key ‘player’ in a real life drama in which a young woman, Rina, has been brainwashed. She is about to transfer ownership of the family inn to the heartless “Rice Ball” cult! Her sister, Yumi, desperately asks the Special Actors to help.
A complex plan is devised, and everything depends upon…Kazuto!?
The aspiring actors gives it their all as they play their roles on the ultimate stage of everyday life. Just when you think you understand who is who and what is what, there comes an unbelievable twist!
Japanese Theatrical Release: October 18, 2019 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Running Time: 109 Minutes
Director: Shinichiro Ueda
Screenplay: Shinichiro Ueda
Producers: Satoshi Hashidate, Hitoshi Ono
Planning: Seigou Fukada
Cinematography: Tsuyoshi Sone
Sound Recording: Chinsui Son
Editor: Shinichiro Ueda
Lighting: Kohei Honma
Art Director: Hiroshi Akimoto
Costumes: Reiko Baba
Hair and Makeup: Shihomi Mochizuki
Assistant Directors: Miyuki Fukuda, Kazunori Yamashita
Action Director: HAYATE
Music: Nobuhiro Suzuki, Sho Ito
Production Company: Shochiku Broadcasting
Production Cooperation: PANPOCOPINA
Distributor (Japan): Shochiku
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About Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Shochiku traces its origins to 1895 when Takejiro Otani presented his first stage play. They also produced the first color motion picture in Japan, and have expanded into TV dramas, video contents, Kabuki presentation, theater operations, and real estate.
The company has become a symbol of enduring tradition as the exclusive promoter of the Kabuki theater in Japan as well as widely known as the creator of the world’s longest-running feature film series, TORA-SAN.
The company is making all possible efforts to develop business in various fields, including multimedia and co-productions, across generation, national, and cultural borders.