What's up with Japanese action star Sakaguchi Tak, star of Versus
, Yakuza Weapon
and a host of other fan favorites? That depends who you ask. Sakaguchi's long time management company Dongyu Club have announced a retrospective screening series to occur at the Human Trust Cinema in Shibuya throughout early April commemorating that action star's retirement. Here's a translation of that announcement:
ACTOR TAK SAKAGUCHI FAREWELL PERFORMANCE (OTOKO NO HANAMICHI)
SEVEN WORKS TO BE SCREENED AT DAILY LATE SHOWS IN SHIBUYA
After making his appearance like a comet in 2001's VERSUS, using his speedy, real action style to leap in one bound from the world into the limelight, the world's fastest action "speed master" Tak Sakaguchi, has decided at this time to step aside from the world of acting. As a thanks to his fans and as a farewell performance, the Shibuya Human Trust Cinema in Tokyo, will late show screenings of seven of the actor's works, in a series entitled "Otoko no hanamichi (a man's passage from the audience to the stage): The Final Love".
The event will not simply feature Sakaguchi's works as an actor, but also as a director, action director and his wider activity within his works of film. Human Trust Cinema has chosen seven of his best works, including some film premieres, as a showcase. Don't miss your chance to attend!
April 6th: TEBANA SANKICHI: RE-MIX VERSION (2012, dir: Yudai Yamaguchi)
April 7th: VERSUS (2001, dir. Ryuhei Kitamura)
April 8th: BE A MAN! SAMURAI SCHOOL (2007, dir: Tak Sakaguchi)
April 9th: SNAKE OF VIOLENCE (2013, dir: Takahiro Ishihara)
April 10th: BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL (2002, dir: Yudai Yamaguchi)
April 11th: DEATH TRANCE (2005, dir: Yuji Shimomura)
April 12th: KYOMUSASHI (2013, dir: Isao Karasawa)
Of note in that list is Kyomusashi
, a single take action movie, and the similarly fresh Snake Of Violence
Also of note, of course, is the statement that Sakaguchi is stepping away from acting. Which is a point very much denied by others, including his new management company for whom he has reportedly already completed one film while being in progress on another.
All of which begs the question of what's really going on here and whether it has anything to do with the recent departure of Sakaguchi's friend and collaborator Sono Sion from the Dongyu fold a few months back. Regardless, if you happen to be in Tokyo, here's your chance to see some of these on the big screen.
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