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Battle between mankind and evolved creatures begins
After "13 Assassins" and "Sukiyaki Western Django," master filmmaker Takashi Miike comes back to the big screen with a Sci-Fi action film where a set of crew members battle against evolved cockroaches on Mars. The film is based on the best-selling comic series "TERRAFORMARS", which has been published worldwide and also turned into an animation series and its second season is running in 2016. The crew on the mission are played by an ensemble cast including Hideaki Ito ("Lesson of the Evil"), Emi Takei ("Rurouni Kenshin" series), Tomohisa Yamashita ("Tomorrow's Joe") and Takayuki Yamada ("13 Assassins"), and Shun Oguri ("Crows" series) appears as a mysterious mad scientist.
Slum-dwelling Shokichi takes responsibility for the crime of murder to protect Nanao, the girl he has grown up with and cares for. In a deal which would allow Shokichi and Nanao to avoid the conviction and receive a lavish reward, they agree to be a part of a top secret mission - Terraforming Project; 500 years ago, to resolve population explosion on Earth, cockroaches were sent to Mars with mosses to make the atmosphere habitable for humankind. Now in 2599, the mission is to exterminate the roaches and colonize Mars. Including Shokichi, 15 destitute people from all walks of life have been assembled for the task. They land on Mars with hopes of a better future that awaits them once the mission is completed and they are rewarded. However, the moment Shokichi sets foot, he finds out that cockroaches have evolved into huge creatures with unbelievable strength and mercilessly attack humans. In the midst of this danger, Shokichi is informed that all the crew members have actually undergone an operation to fight against the humanoid cockroaches. With this power, Shokichi and the crew members struggle to defeat those bugs with the hope of returning to Earth.
【About the Original Comic】
The comic series "TERRAFORMARS" is written by Yu Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana, being serialized in Weekly Young Jump magazine by Shueisha Inc. Since the comic was first published in 2011, the series have been very popular and sold over 14 million copies in Japan and turned later into an animation series. To this day, it has been sold in 17 countries.
【Director Takashi Miike】
Born 1960 in Osaka, Japan. In 2000, his psychological horror film "Audition" won the FIPRESCI prize and the KNF Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival and his name became widely known internationally. "Ichi the Killer" was premiered internationally at Toronto International Film Festival in 2001. "Gozu" (2003) received Best Visual Effects and "13 Assassins" (2010) won the Audience Award at Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival and was hugely praised by the audience. In 2013, "Shield of Straw" premiered at Cannes International Film Festival. "As the Gods Will" (2014) won Maverick Director Award at Rome International Film Festival.
Hideaki Ito: "Lesson of the Evil" (2012) "Sukiyaki Western Django" (2007)
Emi Takei: "Rurouni Kenshin" series "For Love's Sake" (2012)
Tomohisa Yamashita: "Tomorrow's Joe" (2011) "The Black Swindler" (2008)
Takayuki Yamada: "13 Assassins" (2010) "Crows" series
Shun Oguri: "Lupin Ⅲ" (2014) "Crows" series
Director: Takashi Miike "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" (2011) "13 Assassins" (2010) "Audition" (1999)
Original Comic by: Yu Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana
Music by: Koji Endo "Lesson of the Evil " (2012) "13 Assassins" (2010)
Cinematographer: Hideo Yamamoto "Why Don't You Play in Hell" (2013) "Audition" (1999)
Release in Japan: April 29, 2016
©YU SASUGA, KENICHI TACHIBANA/SHUEISHA, ©2016"TERRAFORMARS" FILM PARTNERS