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    THE CONFIDENCE MAN JP - THE MOVIE Press Notes and Photos From Toho and Pony Canyon

    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon Official Site: confidenceman-movie.com (Japan)

    A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE

    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee

    Lies are always more interesting than the truth... Toho Co., Ltd. and Pony Canyon have provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res photos from THE CONFIDENCE MAN JP - THE MOVIE (?????????JP the movie, Konfidensuman JP the movie). The film is based on THE CONFIDENCE MAN JP (2018), an original TV drama written by Ryota Kosawa of MIXED DOUBLES (?????, Mikkusu, 2017), the ALWAYS- SUNSET ON 3RD STREET series (2005-12) and LEGAL HIGH (???????, Rigaru Hai, 2012). The theme is “money” and “desire.” Professional scammers Dako played by Masami Nagasawa, Boku-chan played by Masahiro Higashide and Richard played by Fumiyo Kohinata devise outrageous scams in the glamorous worlds of tourism, real estate, medicine and sports to swindle fortunes from their greedy victims. This entertaining TV series attained a remarkable 15.1% viewer rating and was recognized with multiple awards including the June 2018 Galaxy Award, the April 2018 Confidence Awards for Best Actress and Best Screenplay in a Drama Series, as well as the Tokyo Drama Award for Best Drama Series. The film adaptation announced at the end of episode 9 became the talk of the town as viewers speculated whether the announcement itself was part of a scam. The film is set in Hong Kong, and features A-list stars as special guests. This time, their target is the cold, merciless “Ice Princess” A.K.A. “Empress of Hong Kong” A.K.A. Lau Lam played by Yuko Takeuchi. The mysterious dragon lady who heads the Hong Kong mafia is in possession of the most valuable diamond in the world and the professional romantic scammer Jesse played by Haruma Miura is hired to steal it. Yosuke Eguchi, special guest star in episode 1 of the drama, reappears as Eisuke Akaboshi, chairman of the public foundation “Akaboshi.” Akaboshi is hellbent on revenge after being swindled out of 2 billion yen by Dako. Prepare to be dazzled as a sensational setting and cast of guest stars set the stage for the most epic “con game” in Japanese film history! Don’t believe everything you see Was the film adaptation in the works from the beginning? Will the film surpass the TV series? Will there be a sequel if the film is a hit? Welcome to the world of “Confidence Men”

    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee

    STORY The biggest con game in history begins!! Dako, Boku-chan, Richard and Igarashi are veteran “Confidence Men” (scammers) who make a living scamming people in bold, glamorous style. Their next “fish” (target) is the empress of the Hong Kong mafia Lam Lau, also known as the cold, merciless “Ice Princess.” Dako, Boku-chan and Richard head to Hong Kong in pursuit of the legendary purple diamond in Lam Lau’s possession. They try every trick in the book to gain her confidence, but she doesn’t take the bait. Separately, professional romantic scammer Jesse emerges on the scene, also after the same “fish.” Things take an unexpected turn with the appearance of Japanese mafia boss Akaboshi, who seeks revenge after being swindled out of billions by Dako and her crew. Who will ultimately control the game? Who will be outtricked?

    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee

    CREDITS Japanese Release Date: May 17, 2019 (Nationwide Roadshow) Run Time: 116 Minutes Cast Dako: Masami Nagasawa Boku-chan: Masahiro Higashide Richard: Fumiyo Kohinata Igarashi: Shinya Kote Monako: Lisa Oda Mr. Moustache: Eiji Gigawatt Butler: Michael Keida Suzuki-san: Atsuko Maeda Rika Yajima: Aimi Satsukawa Kinta: Yoshinori Okada Ginko: Yuki Sakurai Katsuhisa Namase Sayaka Yamaguchi Kimihiko Katsura: Teppei Koike Hideo Hachimaki: Ryuta Sato Shizuko Sakurada: Michiko Kichise Zenzo Shogasaki: Ken Ishiguro Ran Riu: Yuko Takeuchi Jesse: Haruma Miura Eisuke Akahoshi: Yosuke Eguchi Crew Director: Ryo Tanaka Writer: Ryota Kosawa Producers: Hiroaki Narikawa, Kei Kajimoto, Daisuke Kusagaya, Shinya Furugori Cinematographer: Yoko Itakura Thee Song: “Pretender” by Official HIGE DANdism Production Company: “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee Distributor (Japan): Toho International Sales: Pony Canyon ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee

    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee
    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee
    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee
    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee
    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee
    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee
    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee
    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee
    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee
    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee
    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee
    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee
    Photo courtesy of Toho. ©2019 “Confidenceman JP” Production Committee

    About Toho Co., Ltd.

    Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, 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.

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