A brand new Yakuza live-action film is on the way in which from Sega, 1212 Leisure, and Wild Sheep. Whereas we have already had one movie adaptation with 2007’s Like a Dragon, the information was thrilling for a lot of followers of this iconic franchise. With no official details about what the upcoming film will likely be centered on, we could not assist however to already begin up our personal want listing of who we wish to see play a few of our favourite characters.
Assuming that the upcoming live-action adaptation will comply with the core franchise and never act as a spin-off, we first want our Kiryu! So, with out additional ado, listed here are our dream picks for who needs to be forged within the upcoming Yakuza film from Sega.
Kazuki Kitamura initially performed Kiryu-san within the Like a Dragon movie, and appeared the half when you squinted one eye and closed the opposite. However there was one thing about his efficiency that did not fairly match.
As an alternative, how about we attempt some Simu Liu on for measurement? Liu is a Chinese language actor most identified for his work in Blood and Water, the Taken TV sequence, and most not too long ago Kim’s Comfort. Whereas his performing chops are various, he additionally has that quiet power that Kiryu has with the underlying pure chaos that comes out on occasion.
He can do comedy, however he additionally has fairly a couple of dramas underneath his belt. When he will get severe, he harnesses some main Kiryu vibes. He is not a lifeless ringer within the face, however that did not cease the casting of Kitamura both, so I believe it is OK.
Haruka Sawamura does plenty of rising up within the Yakuza franchise, and we’re first launched to her as a younger pre-teen. We ultimately see her develop up and evolve by quite a few levels in her life, from being a pop star to changing into a mom.
Snakes and Earrings actress Yuriko Yoshitaka was born and raised in Japan and has been performing professionally since 2006. She seems to be the a part of an older Sawamura, but it surely’s her performing historical past that makes me assume that she might deal with the various aspects that this specific character exhibits all through the franchise.
The Like a Dragon film really had the right Goro Majima. He appeared the half, he was a ache within the butt the entire time, and he actually nailed your entire vibe of this character. The actor even shares a part of the character’s identify: He is Goro Kishitani.
Majima is one other important playable protagonist from the sequence, and his fierce angle earned him the nickname “The Mad Canine of Shimano.” He is a pacesetter and he’s very charismatic, however his historical past with Kiryu is what makes him distinctive. As soon as rivals, they ultimately grow to be shut pals with “Solely I can kill you” hanging between them. This additionally has been an enormous supply of fan fiction within the Yakuza fandom, however that is neither right here nor there.
I am not even going to make use of a headshot; here is a nonetheless from when he was in Like a Dragon for reference as a substitute:
See? Annoying but one way or the other excellent and we love him anyway.
Yakuza 2’s important antagonist is one which I’ve a love/hate relationship with as a fan. “The Dragon of Kansai” is extremely formidable, and it is his ruthlessness that makes him both admired or downright hated. That being stated, his distinctive dynamic with Kiryu and his love for household actually makes that hate onerous to stay.
His actual redeeming qualities are that he has immense honor and he is fiercely loyal. The quickest strategy to make this man see purple is to be underhanded and manipulative, or to harm his half-sister or Kiryu. The latter is as a result of he desires to be the one to take our important man out.
Due to his distinctive character and muscled-up look, I personally really feel that not plenty of characters can do him justice when on the lookout for an actual lookalike. Whereas his blond hair and scars make him undoubtedly distinctive, I really feel like his voice is the place his energy is and so I wish to see his VA, Masami Iwasaki, take the position. We might need to dump some bleach on his head and tough him up a bit, however he is extremely proficient and is aware of each nook of Goda’s thoughts.
Shun Akiyama is an clever entrepreneur, however he’s additionally sort. He is not the everyday mortgage shark; he is infamous for lending out cash to people who have nowhere else to go, even when it means he will not ever see it again. He additionally gives assessments for those who declare they’re in must see if they’re worthy. In the event that they fail the check, he strikes on, however that does not imply he is chilly.
To play Akiyama, Takeshi Kaneshiro initiatives the sense of energy that this character has with out shedding that selfless edge. This Japanese actor is greatest identified for his work in Hero and Fallen Angels. Not solely that, he additionally has a extremely gorgeous musical voice too! So mainly, in the event that they embrace any of the hilarious minigame parts, this man can be excellent for karaoke.
Here is the choose that’s going to in all probability make lots of people upset and low cost this whole listing. Taiga Saejima is a serious character each in Yakuza four and 5. He is additionally insanely huge in measurement.
The factor with this character is that with sure facial expressions, he seems to be nearly precisely like Dave Bautista. He is not a Japanese actor, and I did actually wish to stick with that for essentially the most half with this listing, however Bautista would make the right Saejima: identical facial expressions, massive muscle tissues, usually very blunt, can appear harsh however is actually only a selfless mushball—the listing goes on.
I do know it is well-liked to to not like this man – we noticed that when he put his identify in to probably play a component in a Gears film – however he suits the invoice. I do not make the principles, it is simply science.
Takayuki Yagami is an idealistic lawyer that finally ends up resigning over a case gone flawed. The now-private investigator is a beloved staple within the sequence, regardless of his extra reserved nature in comparison with among the different faces within the franchise.
For his quieter nature, Tsuki no Koibito‘s Takuya Kimura can be a match made in Heaven. He is a extremely popular actor in Japan, particularly proper now, and has a robust TV drama previous that would serve him properly throughout this character’s arc with resolving his emotions about his profession path. Shag up that hair a bit and Kimura can be the right match. It additionally doesn’t damage that he, like Goro for his choose, voiced the character in-game.
And with the unique film reference being Like a Dragon (and the recreation of the identical identify popping out quickly), we’ve to spherical out our listing with Yakuza’s latest hero, Ichiban Kasuga himself! Loyal, goofy, and simply excitable, that is one character out of your entire franchise that I relate to essentially the most. He is additionally presents a really stark distinction from Kiryu’s extra stoic type.
For this, position, we’d like a comic; somebody who’s used to laughing and making others giggle with him. It is due to that humorous edge that I believe Loopy Wealthy Asians star Chris Pang can be absolutely the excellent match. His smile is infectious, he isn’t afraid to get bizarre, and might you think about him in a loud Hawaiian shirt? As a result of that simply sounds wonderful.
And that is a wrap! These are our picks for who ought to play a few of our favourite characters within the upcoming Yakuza film! When you missed the preliminary reveal, you may take a look at our earlier protection right here to study extra in regards to the upcoming adaptation. You can even study extra about what it took for Sega to create such an unbelievable franchise with our deep dive right here!