Kento Yamazaki, Ryo Yoshizawa, Masami Nagasawa Star in Kingdom Live-Action Film

Shinsuke Sato (GANTS, Bleach) serves as director for an April 19, 2019 release

A press conference for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Yasuhisa Hara's historical adventure manga Kingdom was held in Tokyo today on October 9, announcing its director Shinsuke Sato and nine main cast members. A teaser poster visual featuring 24-year-old Kento Yamazaki as the protagonist Ri Shin in the center is also revealed. Yamazaki played the character in a special PV for the manga's 10th anniversary in 2016, and is set to reprise it for a real feature film. 


The live-action film Kingdom is scheduled to be released in Japan on April 19, 2019.


Teaser poster visual




Yamazaki has been playing lead roles in so many live-action films based on popular manga series,

including: Kyo, Koi wo Hajimemasu (2012), L DK (2014), Heroine Shikkaku (2015), Orange (2015),

Wolf Girl and Black Prince (2016), Your Lie in April (2016), One Week Friends (2017), JoJo's Bizarre

Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I (2017), Psychic Kusuo: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

(2017), and the upcoming Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (2019).


Meanwhile, Sato is also a veteran director of live-action adaptations of Japanese manga. He directed

Shurayuki-hime (2001), GANTZ (2011), GANTZ PEFECT ANSWER (2011), I Am A Hero (2016), Death

Note: Light Up the New World (2016), Inuyashiki (2018), and this year's box-office flop Bleach.

Footage from the film







  • Ri Shin: Kento Yamazaki (Kusuo Saiki in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
  • Ei Sei/Hyou: Ryo Yosizawa (Ryusei Sakuta / Kamen Rider Meteor in Kamen Rider Fourze
  • Yo Tanwa: Masami Nagasawa (Tae Shimura in Gintama)
  • Karyo Ten: Kanna Hashimoto (Kagura in Gintama
  • Seikyo: Kanata Hongou (Ryoma Echizen in The Prince of Tennis
  • Heki: Shinnosuke Mitsushima (Morio in Napping Princess
  • Shoheikun: Masahiro Takashima (Gunhed, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
  • Tou: Jun Kaname (Makoto Hikawa/Kamen Rider G3 in Kamen Rider Agito)
  • Ouki: Takao Ohsawa (The Wolfman in Wolf Children)



Source: Live-action film "Kingdom" official website / Twitter


(c) Yasuhisa Hara/Shueihsa (c)2019 Movie "Kingdom" Production Committee


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