Back in January, it was announced that Koji Shinasaka’s mahjong manga “Tohai” would be getting a live action film adaptation, however the accompanying details were minimal. Yesterday, more details were revealed about the upcoming film project.

The manga, which was first serialized in 2006, follows a high school boy named “K” as he goes about conquering the mahjong underworld with his superior play. He loves the mental challenge and has no qualms risking his life huge sums of money. However, for K, it’s not about the money – it’s about the challenge.

He battles the rich and powerful, as well as the dangerous while hiding a young girl named Amina who entered Japan illegally. He keeps her hidden to protect her from being deported to her harsh homeland.

The manga is published in Young Champion magazine and is often compared to another popular mahjong based manga/anime, Akagi. Tohai has 12 volumes in total, while “Tohai: Hitobashira-hen“, the sequel which began in 2011, has 4 finished volumes.

tohai manga movieKoji Shinasaka already has plans to release a spinoff manga based on Tohai, and it’s working title is “Hao Densetsu Lion“.

The character K will be played by Goki Maeda (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni), and newcomer Akane (of the idol group Girl <s> ACTRY) will play Amina, the illegal alien he keeps hidden for her protection. Dojima, K’s rival and biggest challenger, will be played by Hidekazu Ichinose.

Seki, the man responsible for introducing K to the mahjong underworld, will be played by Satoshi Ichijo. Directing the film is Yuichi Onuma. Onuma also wrote the film’s script.

You can check out the movie’s theatrical trailer below.

Source: NicoVideo News (Japanese)