Singapore, 6TH September 2011 - One of Japan’s most recognized international star Tatsuya Fujiwara (藤原竜也) will be coming to Singapore to promote his upcoming new movie KAIJI 2 <赌博默示录 2>. This is the first time Tatsuya Fujiwara is coming to Singapore for a movie promotion.
Tatsuya Fujiwara will be joined by 200 lucky Japanese fans from his fan club in Japan and crew from renowned Japanese TV station, NTV in Singapore from 10th to 13th November 2011.
The press conference will be held on Friday, 11th November 2011 where the star will field questions from our Singapore media regarding his role in the movie. In the evening, local fans of the star will be able to meet him at a publicity event, details to be announced later. After the meet & greet session with fans, Tatsuya Fujiwara will grace the Singapore gala premiere, the first screening in Asia outside Japan, held at The Cathay Cineplex located at 2 Handy Road.
The movie is a sequel of KAIJI: THE ULTIMATE GAMBLER (released in Singapore on 11 March 2010) and also an adaptation based on Noboyuki Fukumoto’s hit manga series. KAIJI: THE ULTIMATE GAMBLER is a stylish and exciting psychological adventure/thriller revolving around a young man (Tatsuya Fujiwara) forced to enter a deadly gambling competition aboard a cruise ship, as a result of his large financial debt. The original manga was first published in Young Magazine (Kodansha) in 1996, and its radical plot revolving around the art of gambling and the clever portrayal of its characters’ psychology brought it instant popularity, with 39 volumes in total, which have sold over 13 million copies. Having took in more than 2.1 billion yen (US$24 million) at the box-office within a month of its release in Japan, KAIJI: THE ULTIMATE GAMBLER has already secured its place as one of the biggest hits of the year 2010. Its sequel, KAIJI 2, is scheduled for release on 5 November in Japan, and in Singapore on 17 November 2011.
In KAIJI 2, Kaiji (Tatsuya Fujiwara) takes on the mother of all pachinko machines named "Numa" - a machine having the top jackpot of over 1 billion yen. Meanwhile, Seiya Ichizo (Yusuke Iseya) controls the machine from a remote location to ensure the machine never pays out the jackpot . The two men soon find themselves facing off in a high stakes game.
Tatsuya Fujiwara, one of Japan’s foremost international star today, is well known for his role as "Light Yagami", the leading role in the No. 1 Japanese blockbuster series 'Death Note and Death Note 2'. He is also recently seen in 'The Incite Mill' and voiceover in 'The Borrower Arrietty'. His very first role which won him much attention outside of Japan, was his part as "Shuya Nanahara" in Fukasaku Kinji's controversial film 'Battle Royale', a role he reprised in the sequel, 'Battle Royale II: Requiem'.
KAIJI 2 is co-distributed by Encore Films and Cathay-Keris Films.
About Encore Films
Established since 2003, Encore Films Pte Ltd is a leading film distributor in Singapore with the aim of bringing quality movies to our audience. The company’s first theatre release “Wishing Stairs” broke records to become the highest grossing Korean film in Singapore then. Following, the Death Note series of movies were released and “Death Note 2: the Last name” has gone on to become the all-time number 1 Japanese movie in Singapore. The year 2008 marks our release of the Hollywood blockbuster “The Forbidden Kingdom” which stars international action megastars Jackie Chan and Jet Li. More information about Encore Films can be found at www.encorefilms.com.
About Cathay-Keris Films
Cathay-Keris Films acquires and distributes quality films from around the world, including commercial Hollywood films, to cutting-edge independent cinema and local productions. Starting off as a film production company in 1953, Cathay-Keris Films has evolved into a leading film distributor in Singapore and Malaysia. Cathay-Keris Films manages the Cathay Classics library as well as The Picturehouse, Singapore’s first premier arthouse cinema located at The Cathay. More information about Cathay-Keris Films can be found at www.cathay.com.sg.