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Address : TY Bldg., 2-22-18 Minami-Aoyama,
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 Japan
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E-mail : intl@gaga.co.jp

DumBeast

HOW DUMB A MAN CAN BE WHEN FACING CONSPIRACY OF HIS OWN DEATH?

 

 
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INTRODUCTION

Away from his acclaimed serious performance in MONGOL (2007) or ZATOICHI (2003), this time Tadanobu Asano plays the dull yet somehow genius writer, leading audience to this mysteriously comical world created by Kankuro Kudo, the writer of GO (2001) and Ping Pong (2003). They team up with first time feature director Hideaki Hosono, well known commercial director with many international awards and nominations, including AdFest, Clio, Cannes, among others. Studio 4, creator of 2006 hit movie Tekkon Kinkreet, also gives anime-intrusion to this live feature, adding the depth to the drama with edgy and high quality animation.

 

 

dumbeast2.jpgSYNOPSIS

An editor arrives at a SUMO village to find the missing award-nominated writer Deko in time to bring him to the award ceremony. Awaiting here are Deko's weird friends: Eda, the boss of gigolo club, his yes-man cop friend Okamoto, Eda's mistress Junko and bunny girl Nora. There, the editor learns Deko was back in town a year back; moreover, the friends have been desperately trying to kill him because of this award book Deko wrote from their painful memory... Despite of their countless trials of murder, Deko's dumbness keeps him from even noticing his friends' intentions. Witness the most HEART BOILED mystery ever, starring weird yet lovable characters!

 

 

 

dumbeast3.jpgHideaki Hosono - Director

 

Born 1973 in West Germany, Hosono attended Art Center College of Design in LA for Film degree. After returning to Japan, he built his career as a TV commercial and music video director receiving many awards and nominations for his works, including the Clio Awards, Pacific Advertising Festival, the One Show, NY Festivals - International Innovative Advertising Awards and Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. In 2006, he established his production house DAYTORA ENTERTAINMENT, and DumBeast is his first directorial feature film.

 

Kankuro Kudo - Writer

 

Born 1970 in Miyagi, Japan. Kudo successfully started his writing career with a TV series Ikebukuro West Gate Park (2000), followed by many other TV dramas and movies, such as GO (2001), Ping Pong (2002), Zebraman (2004), Kisarazu Cat's Eye series, among others. He has shown his talent as director to the audience with Yaji and Kita (2005) and Shonen Merikensack (2009). DUMBEAST is his original work for a stage play in 2004, which later received a prestigious play award, Kishida Kunio Award.

  

Tadanobu Asano - Lead Actor

 

Born 1973 in Yokohama, Japan. Asano first appeared on the screen for Joji Matsuoka's Swimming Upstream in 1990. Since then, he has been working with internationally acclaimed directors around the world and became one of the most famous actor from Japan. He won the Countercurrent Prize for Best Actor for Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's Last Life in the Universe (2003). His past works include Kabei: Our Mother (2008), Mongol (2007), Invisible Waves (2006), Café Lumière (2003), Zatoichi (2003), Ichi - the Killer (2001), among others.

 

 

Crew

 

Director: Hideaki Hosono (feature directorial debut)

Original/Screen Writer: Kankuro Kudo "GO" "Shonen Merikensack"

Cinematographer: Shoichi Ato "Kamikaze Girls" "Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!"

Production Designer: Mayumi Tomita "Glasses" "Su-ki-da"

Music: Toru Midorikawa "Taste of Tea"

Animation Production: Studio 4 "Tekkon Kinkreet"

 

Cast

 

Tadanobu Asano "Mongol" "Zatoichi" "ICHI the Killer"

Kazuki Kitamura "Like a Dragon" "Godzilla: Final Wars"

Yoko Maki "Sway" "Grudge"

Aimi Satsukawa "Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!"

Yoko Minamino "Sukeban Deka"

Yusuke Santamaria "20th Century Boy" "Doppelganger"

 

Release in Japan: May 2009

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106 min / Vista / Color / Dolby SR



© 2009 "DUMBEAST" Partners

 

 

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