The official website for the live-action films of Yasuhisa Hara‘s Kingdom manga has announced three cast members for the sequel film Kingdom II: Harukanaru Daichi e (To Distant Lands). This upcoming live-action film is based on the epic historical action manga about a pair of young men whose fateful meeting will change the course of history in ancient China.
New Cast Members
The newly announced cast includes:
- Amane Okayama as Bi Hei
- Takahiro Miura as Bitо̄
- Takayuki Hamatsu as Taku Kei
The cast also includes Nana Seino as Kyо̄ Kai and Kento Yamazaki as Shin. These five characters are part of an infantry together.
Crunchyroll describes the Kingdom story as follows:
Shin and Hyou are war-orphans in the kingdom of Qin. They dream of proving themselves on the battlefield until the day Hyou is captured by a minister. The boy manages to escape and return to his village, but he is badly injured. Shin then meets a mysterious youth who bears an eerie resemblance to Hyou—a boy who will one day become emperor.
Funimation currently streams the first Kingdom live-action film, while Crunchyroll and Funimation currently stream the Kingdom TV anime in the United States.
The first film opened in Japan in April 2019 and earned a cumulative total of 5.73 billion yen (about US$53.2 million). Funimation screened the film at Anime Expo in July 2019, and began screening the film in theaters in the United States and Canada in August 2019.
The production team includes Shinsuke Satō (live-action Gantz, Death Note Light up the NEW world, Bleach) returning as director. Tsutomu Kuroiwa (One Piece Film Gold, live-action Black Butler, GANTZ:O) joins Satō and Hara in writing the script, and Yutaka Yamada (Tokyo Ghoul, Vinland Saga, live-action Bleach) is composing the music.
Kento Yamazaki, Ryō Yoshizawa, and Kanna Hashimoto are all reprising their respective characters Shin (Xin), Ei Sei (Yin Zheng), and Ka Ryō Ten (He Liao Diao) from the previous film. The film opens in summer 2022.
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