An official website opened on Wednesday for the live-action film adaptation of Satoru Noda‘s manga, and it unveiled a trailer, visual, cast, staff, and January 19 premiere.
The film stars:
- Kento Yamazaki as Saichi Sugimoto
- Anna Yamada as Asirpa
- Gordon Maeda as Hyakunosuke Ogata
- Yuma Yamoto as Yoshitake Shiraishi
- Asuka Kudo as Hajime Tsukishima
- Shuntarō Yanagi as Yōhei/Kōhei Nikaido
- Ryōhei Ōtani as Genjirō Tanigaki
- Katsuya as Tatsūma Ushiyama
- Katsumi Kiba as Shinpachi Nagakura
- Hisako Okata as Huci
- Makita Sports as Takechiyo Gotō
- Debo Akibe as Asirpa’s great uncle
- Hiroshi Tamaki as Tokushirō Tsurumi
- Hiroshi Tachi as Toshizō Hijikata
Shigeaki Kubo is directing the film at production company CREDEUS. Tsutomu Kuroiwa is writing the script. Yutaka Yamada is composing the music. Hiroshi Nakagawa and Debo Akibe are credited for Ainu supervision.
Satoru Noda launched the manga in Shueisha‘s magazine in 2014, and ended it in April 2022.
Viz Media is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the first volume:
In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush in the wilderness of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.
The first television anime season premiered in April 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the series with English subtitles as it aired in Japan, and Funimation streamed it with an English dub. The second season premiered in October 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and Funimation began streaming an English dub later that month. The third season premiered in October 2020. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Funimation streamed an English dub.
The anime’s fourth season first premiered in October 2022 and aired episodes 1-6 (37-42 of the overall anime), before it stopped the broadcast. The staff had delayed episodes 7-13 of the anime’s fourth season (episodes 43-49 of the overall anime) due to the November 1 passing of an unnamed main staff member of the anime. The anime restarted its broadcast on April 3 with its first episode (overall episode 37 for the anime franchise).
Production of the anime’s final arc has been green-lit.
Sources: live-action film’s website, Comic Natalie