The trailer for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of the manga “Usagi: Yasei no Touhai” has been released on the film’s official website.
The upcoming film is based on Itou Makoto’s popular mahjong manga which has sold over 3 million copies since it first hit store shelves in 1997.
The story follows Shun Takeda (the main protagonist, played by Sano Kazuma), a high school student who wants to join the exclusive mahjong group known as “The Zoo”. The Zoo is a group of high school students who play mahjong for the side of the good. Each group member has a special and unique talent which aids them in their mahjong play.
One particular member notices that Shun has a unique talent which she believes could aid the group, however, he is initially refused entry by the group’s strict leader, the white tiger.
Shun has a unique mahjong skill, one which earns him the nickname “usagi” (rabbit) among Zoo’s members. Shun must go about utilizing this skill to prove to the group’s members that he is capable of playing at their level. Most importantly, he must earn the trust of the white tiger if he wants to be accepted into the group.
After some initial resistance from the group’s leader, she eventually acknowledges Shun and he is allowed to join the group. After joining Zoo, he will have to use his special talent to play epic mahjong battles against seedy and nefarious individuals who reside within Japan’s criminal underworld. For Shun, the stakes are now at their highest, can he win? Even more importantly, will he survive?
The film stars Sano Kazuma, Ayame Misaki, Kurosawa Haruka, Hideo Sakaki, Marika Fukunaga, Kanji Matsuda and Imai Yutaro. It’s scheduled to be released on Saturday, July 6th.
If you’re a fan of mahjong, we have included the film’s trailer below. Be sure and check it out.