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Ito Hideaki, Kamishiraishi Moka, and Nishihata Daigo cast in comedy live-action movie 'Kappei'

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

Ito Hideaki, Kamishiraishi Moka, and Naniwa Danshi's Nishihata Daigo are confirmed to star in the live-action movie of slapstick comedy manga Kappei. Adapted from Wakasugi Kiminori's manga published in 2011 by Hakusensha, Kappei follows a boy who was trained to be a martial artist alongside other boys to save humanity from catastrophe as foreseen by Nostradamus. But decades later, the world still hasn't come to an end, so the master decides to disband the group. Kappei (Ito Hideaki) then goes to Tokyo for a new life. Kamishiraishi Moka will portray college student Yamase Haru, while Nishihita Daigo will play Iruma Keita, also a college student who easily believes Kappei.

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© 2011 Wakasugi Kiminori / Hakusensha

Ito said that everything about the live-action movie Kappei is strange except for Haru (Kamishiraishi Moka) : the clothes, the people, and their hairstyles. He admitted that he was disappointed at first for being offered another role where he had to show his muscles, but later joked that his worries disappeared when he didn't go to the production meetings. He is confident to deliver a funny character that will make people forget, even just for a bit, their struggles during this pandemic.

Kamishiraishi thinks the movie is a good blend of humor and creative imagination. It was physically painful to stop herself from laughing while shooting. For her, it is the funniest, yet most serious and heartfelt movie ever.

Nishihata views the live-action movie with much excitement because of its uniqueness and humorous take on warriors who are ready to fight the end of the world.

Other cast members include Onuki Yusuke, Yamamoto Koji, Ozawa Yukiyoshi, and Furuta Arata. The narration in the movie will be performed by popular voice actor Yamaguchi Kappei (Detective Conan's Shinichi Kudo, One Piece's Usopp.)

Kappei will be directed by Hirano Takashi and is set to screen in theaters in Japan on March 18, 2022.

Watch the 30-second teaser here (without English subtitles):

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