The first image (above) from Takashi Miike’s bonkers sounding gangsters and vampires feature, Yakuza Apocalypse, has been revealed. The image see’s star Ichihara Hayato and the recently cast Yayan Ruhian (The Raid, The Raid 2) squaring off, and looking deadly serious.
Billed as the world’s first yakuza vampire movie, Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld is currently in production for a 2015 theatrical release in Japan.
Yakuza Apocalypse stars Ichihara Hayato (Rookies: Graduation) as Kagayama, a feeble but loyal underling to legendary yakuza boss Kamiura, who turns out to be a vampire. When an assassin from an international syndicate arrives in Japan to deliver an ultimatum, Kamiura is killed. But, not before he manages to bite Kageyama, and the transformed underling sets out to get revenge against a formidable team of assassins.
Ruhian, who plays one of the international assassins, specialises in the Silat style of martial arts and also starred in Gareth Evans’ Merantau before The Raid and The Raid 2.
“Take a hike, boring Japanese productions! Against everyone’s wishes, I’m going back to my roots on this one, and plan to go on a real rampage with Yakuza Apocalypse. I hope my cast and crew, and even myself make it out alive,” said the controversial director.
The film is produced by Django-Film. Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, a former assistant director to Miike and a director himself, wrote the original script.
Ichihara is reported to have undergone special training to prepare for what looks to be a gruelling shoot.
“I have never seen such a wild and unusually plotted movie before. I am grateful for the opportunity to star inYakuza Apocalypse […] and will meet head-on any rampage Miike dishes out,” said the actor.
Akira (Hayato Ichihara) admires Genyo Kamiura who is the most powerful yakuza. Genyo Kamiura has been targeted numerous times, but has never died. He is called the invincible person.
Because of Genyo Kamiura, Akira enters the world of the yakuza. His yakuza colleagues treats him like an idiot, Akira can’t even get tattoos because of his sensitive skin. Akira becomes disappointed in the yakuza world, because it’s not like what he say in the movies. Especially, in terms of loyalty and charity depicted of the yakuza.
An assassin is then sent to take out Genyo Kamiura. The killers know that Genyo Kamiura is a vampire.