In a note written on the Encore Film’s Facebook page, It’s stated that the main actor of the Live Action Movie Kaiji and Kaiji 2, Fujiwara Tatsuya, will be making an appearance in Singapore to promote Kaiji 2’s screening in Singapore.
This will be the first time Fujiwara is coming to Singapore, and it will be in November 2011. And just so nicely, the dates co-incite with AFA 2011… I wonder if he might just appear at the event.
Either way, the gala premier of the Manga turn Movie, KAIJI 2 will be on the 11th of November. Yup it clash with AFA’s opening day~ lol, you know where we will be~ Do read the press release below for more information.
Now if only paradise kiss will also come to Singapore, again~
Press Release by Encore Films,
Singapore, 6TH September 2011 – One of Japan’s most recognized international star Tatsuya Fujiwara (藤 原竜也) will be coming to Singapore to promote his upcoming new movie KAIJI 2 . This is the first time Tatsuya Fujiwara is coming to Singapore for a movie promotion.
Tatsuya Fujiwara will be joined by 200 lucky Japanese fans from his fan club in Japan and crew from renowned Japanese TV station, NTV in Singapore from 10th to 13th November 2011.
The press conference will be held on Friday, 11th November 2011 where the star will field questions from our Singapore media regarding his role in the movie. In the evening, local fans of the star will be able to meet him at a publicity event, details to be announced later. After the meet & greet session with fans, Tatsuya Fujiwara will grace the Singapore gala premiere, the first screening in Asia outside Japan, held at The Cathay Cineplex located at 2 Handy Road.
The movie is a sequel of KAIJI: THE ULTIMATE GAMBLER (released in Singapore on 11 March 2010) and also an adaptation based on Noboyuki Fukumoto’s hit manga series. KAIJI: THE ULTIMATE GAMBLER is a stylish and exciting psychological adventure/thriller revolving around a young man (Tatsuya Fujiwara) forced to enter a deadly gambling competition aboard a cruise ship, as a result of his large financial debt. The original manga was first published in Young Magazine (Kodansha) in 1996, and its radical plot revolving around the art of gambling and the clever portrayal of its characters’ psychology brought it instant popularity, with 39 volumes in total, which have sold over 13 million copies. Having took in more than 2.1 billion yen (US$24 million) at the box-office within a month of its release in Japan, KAIJI: THE ULTIMATE GAMBLER has already secured its place as one of the biggest hits of the year 2010. Its sequel, KAIJI 2, is scheduled for release on 5 November in Japan, and in Singapore on 17 November 2011.
In KAIJI 2, Kaiji (Tatsuya Fujiwara) takes on the mother of all pachinko machines named “Numa” – a machine having the top jackpot of over 1 billion yen. Meanwhile, Seiya Ichizo (Yusuke Iseya) controls the machine from a remote location to ensure the machine never pays out the jackpot . The two men soon find themselves facing off in a high stakes game.
Tatsuya Fujiwara, one of Japan’s foremost international star today, is well known for his role as “Light Yagami”, the leading role in the No. 1 Japanese blockbuster series ‘Death Note and Death Note 2’. He is also recently seen in ‘The Incite Mill’ and voiceover in ‘The Borrower Arrietty’. His very first role which won him much attention outside of Japan, was his part as “Shuya Nanahara” in Fukasaku Kinji’s controversial film ‘Battle Royale’, a role he reprised in the sequel, ‘Battle Royale II: Requiem’.
KAIJI 2 is co-distributed by Encore Films and Cathay-Keris Films.
About Encore Films
ENCORE FILMS was established in 2003 with the aim of bringing quality movies to the audience in the South East Asia region. Our first movie acquisition, a Korean horror “Wishing Stairs” was released in Singapore theatres nationwide on 13th November 2003 with resounding success. It grossed about S$840,000 and was the All Time Box Office Number One Korean Film for the next 3 years. Other Korean blockbusters brought in by us included “Brotherhood-Taegukgi”, “April Snow”, “Typhoon” and “I’m A Cyborg But That’s Ok”. In 2006, we released the two-part “Death Note” movies and Part 1 grossed over S$1.42 million whereas Part 2 grossed over S$1.75 million. Part 2 is now the All Time Box Office Number One Japanese Film in Singapore. In addition to our creditable track record, “The Forbidden Kingdom” which stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li grossed over $3.35 million in 2008 and in 2011 “A Chinese Ghost Story” and “The Lost Bladesman” starring Louis Koo and Donnie Yen respectively garnered overwhelming response. A full listing of our movie acquisitions can be found in our website www.encorefilms.com.
About Cathay-Keris Films
Cathay-Keris Films acquires and distributes quality films from around the world, including commercial Hollywood films, to cutting-edge independent cinema and local productions. Starting off as a film production company in 1953, Cathay- Keris Films has evolved into a leading film distributor in Singapore. Cathay-Keris Films manages the Cathay Classic Film library. More information about Cathay- Keris Films can be found at http://www.cathay.com.sg/distribution.html and http://www.thepicturehouse.com.sg/