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    PUNK SAMURAI SLASH DOWN Press Notes and High-Res Photos from Toei (Japan)


    Toei has provided press notes and high-res photos from PUNK SAMURAI SLASH DOWN (??????????, Panku Samurai Kirarete Soro), director Gakuryu Ishii`s (GOJOE, ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V) feature film adaptation of the novel by Ko Machida.


    The incomparably talented director, Gakuryu Ishii, explodes extreme personalities in his world. “Ten guys” are searching for each other. A love story between “a girl” is a key for their battle. “A monkey” starts telling a surprising secret. Who will be killed in the end?! An extraordinary tale has begun... Starring Go Ayano + Story by Kankuro Kudo + Director Gakuryu Ishii The movie that Japan`s best performers fought to be in. A movie that entertains audiences in the most imaginative and unimaginable way. Providing enough fun for the universe to burst into laughter! Every decade has its iconic moment. In 1969 Apollo 11 landed men on the Moon. In 1989 the Berlin Wall came down. In 1991 the world got its first website. Now on June 30, 2018, the release of this monumental movie is the entertainment event of this decade. Many well-established actors fought to be in this movie and the ones who were lucky enough to get roles were; Go Ayano (RUROUNI KENSHIN, GATCHAMAN, RAGE, AJIN: DEMI HUMAN), a chameleonic character actor whose expanding repertoire has no boundaries, and other A-list actors; Keiko Kitagawa (HANDSOME SUIT, ROOMMATE, JUDGE!), Masahiro Higashide (DEATH NOTE Light up the NEW world, OVER DRIVE) and Shota Sometani (THE KIYOSU CONFERENCE, TOKYO TRIBE, STRAYER’S CHRONICLE, PARASYTE). There are also top supporting actors such as Jun Murakami (BLAZING FAMIGLIA, NEO ULTRA Q, POLICEMAN AND ME), Tatsuya Wakaba (GANTZ), Koen Kondo (13 ASSASSINS, SAMURAI HUSTLE, SAMURAI HUSTLE RETURNS) and Kiyohiko Shibukawa (FISH STORY, GOLDEN SLUMBER). And last but not least, international stars Tadanobu Asano (ICHI THE KILLER, ZATOICHI, 47 RONIN, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE), Jun Kunimura (ATTACK ON TITAN, CHIHAYAFURU, SHIN GODZILLA), Etsushi Toyokawa (THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, 20TH CENTURY BOYS, LAPLACE`S WITCH) and Masatoshi Nagase (SUICIDE CLUB, 64), who will be playing a monkey dressed as a shogun. A stellar cast that may never be assembled again showcase their extraordinary talent in this exciting new movie written by one-of-a-kind screenwriter Kankuro Kudo (TOO YOUNG TO DIE!) and directed by none other than Gakuryu Ishii. It`s about a little bluff that triggers a secret samurai mission. Ten men who try to guess each other`s ulterior motives. A woman and her romance. And a monkey who reveals an astounding secret. Who will live to the end? A story beyond our earthly comprehension is about to be unveiled...


    World Premiere: Thursday, June 21, 2018 (Shanghai International Film Festival 2018) Japanese Theatrical Release: Saturday, June 30, 2018 North American Premiere: Saturday, July 28, 2018 (Fantasia International Film Festival 2018) Running Time: 130 Minutes Cast Junoshin Kake: Go Ayano Ron: Keiko Kitagawa Naohito Kuroae: Masahiro Higashide Makobee Makubo: Shota Sometani Gosenro Manabe: Jun Murakami Osamu: Tatsuya Wakaba Shume Nagaoka: Koen Kondo Egere no Konji: Kiyohiko Shibukawa Nobuuzu Deusu: Masatoshi Nagase Hanro Chayama: Tadanobu Asano Shuzen Oura: Jun Kunimura Tatewaki Naito: Etsushi Toyokawa Staff Director: Gakuryu Ishii Screenwriter: Kankuro Kudo Original Story: Punk Samurai Slash Down by Ko Machida (published by Kadokawa Bunko) Distributor and World Sales: Toei Co., Ltd. © Avex Communications Broadcasting

    About Toei Company, Ltd. Established in 1951, Toei Company is not only producing and distributing films, but is also one of the major exhibitors in Japan. The company owns two film studios located in Tokyo and Kyoto. The films produced cover wide range of genres, exceeding 20,000 titles.

    Go Ayano stars in PUNK SAMURAI SLASH DOWN from director Gakuryu Ishii. Photo courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd. © Avex Communications Broadcasting

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