Flag Pictures revealed three more cast members in the fourth character video for its Tonde Saitama ~Biwako Yori Ai o Komete~ (Fly Me to Saitama: From Lake Biwa With Love, an apparent homage to the James Bond novel and film From Russia with Love) live-action sequel film on Thursday.
The newly announced cast includes:
- Emi Wakui as Naoko Uchida
- Akira 100% as Tomoharu Uchida
- Nao Asahi as Ino Wakatsuki
Previously announced cast includes:
- Anne (Anne Watanabe) as Kai Kikyo
- Ainosuke Kataoka as Akira Kashoji
- Cookie! (from comedy duo Yasei Bakudan) as Haruki Ōmi
- Mayu Hotta as Miko Ōmi
- Maryjun Takahashi as Jeanne d’Arc of Shiga
- Tomiko Claire as the Princess of Wakayama
- Yoshimi Tendo as Wakayama Liberation Fighter
- Atsuhiro Tsuda (from comedy duo Daian) as a member of the Shiga Liberation Front
- Norika Fujiwara as the Mayor of Kobe
- Mayo Kawasaki as the Mayor of Kyoto
- High Heel Momoko as the Former Governor of Osaka
- Momiji Yamamura as the hostess
Gackt and Fumi Nikaidō return from the first movie as Rei Asami and Momomi Dannoura, respectively. Ryō Katō, Tsubasa Masuwaka, Maju Ozawa, and Shoko Nakahara will also return in the film as Nobuo Shimokawa, Okayo, Sazae, and Awabi, respectively.
The sequel film will premiere in Japan on November 23. The film was delayed from its original planned opening last year. The staff had put its production on hold following lead actor Gackt‘s announcement of an indefinite hiatus in September 2021. The hiatus was due to an early onset neurological disease that was progressing into a “life-threatening condition,” resulting in dysphonia (disorder of the voice). Gackt announced in May 2022 that he was steadily recovering physically, and the film resumed production in October 2022.
The sequel film centers on the second phase of the “Japan Saitamization Plan” of the Saitama Liberation Front led by Rei Asami (Gackt) and Momomi Dannoura (Nikaidō). Seeking greater freedom and peace, the group heads to the Kansai region in the west, where an incident between the east and west will spark a fierce battle.
The first Tonde Saitama (Fly Me to Saitama) film opened in Japan in February 2019. The movie sold 191,000 tickets for 259,038,800 yen (about US$2.33 million) on in its opening weekend to top the Japanese box office.
Maya originally launched the one-volume manga in Hakusensha‘s magazine in 1982. Takarajimasha published a new compiled version of the manga in 2015 titled Kono Manga ga Sugoi! comics Tonde Saitama. The manga has over 660,000 copies in print. Maya also created the comedy manga that inspired several anime projects.
Source: Press release