The first full trailer for the movie adaptation of George Akiyama’s manga Asura (1970 – 1971) has been released by Toei.
Mid-15th Century Japan, the country is suffering war and gripped by famine. When a young child named Asura is born he is plunged into a harsh world of violence and desperation which turns him into a beast that roams the hills. Can a young girl named Wakasa help rehabilitate him and bring him back to civilisation?
Highly controversial at the time of its publication, Asura was an amoral tale that focussed on the will to live but it drew criticism in Japan and was even banned in some prefectures due to its depiction of violence, some of it committed by Asura himself. The film is directed by Keiichi Sato (Tiger & Bunny) who is working from a screenplay written by Ikuko Takahashi (Mononoke, Library War). The movie’s theme song is performed by Yasuha Kominami. The voice acting cast is strong with Masako Nozawa (Goku in Dragon Ball and Tetsuro in Adieu Galaxy Express 999) voicing Asura and Megumi Hayashibara (Rei Ayanami in Evangelion) voicing Wakasa. Also in the cast are Hiroaki Hirata (Akihiko in Mōryō no Hako, Sanji in One Piece) and Kaori Yamagata (Chacha in Legend of Basara).
The film gets a theatrical release on the 29th of September.
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