Members of THE RAMPAGE, NCT127, and FANTASTICS to Appear in ‘HiGH&LOW THE WORST X’ Film

22.July.2022 | MOVIE

During the BATTLE OF TOKYO ~TIME 4 Jr.EXILE’ performance at Saitama Super Arena on July 21, a new trailer for the upcoming film HiGH&LOW THE WORST X was shown to a massive audience. A new collaboration with Hiroshi Takahashi’s manga Worst and Crows, fans are amped up for this new entry to the film series. A new visual for the movie was also revealed.

 

The new trailer is filled with incredible action scenes set to the film’s theme song THE POWER, while the footage of the three-school alliance led by Amagai includes the rap song RIDE OR DIE by MA55IVE THE RAMPAGE. Expectations are high for this installation of the wildly popular film saga, with the final scene in the trailer showing a massive amount of rowdy high schoolers ready to brawl. The overwhelming scale of the movie is sure to impress both fans and newcomers alike.

The new poster visual features 31 members of the cast, with the blue and red graphics coming together to form a cross. HiGH&LOW THE WORST X will present the climax of the ongoing story, with the tagline reading ‘To the top and beyond,’ showing the character’s lust for power.

 

The new cast members from Suzuran Boys’ High School, known as the School of the Crows, have also been unveiled. Daichi Henry Mikami, a professional martial artist, will be making his acting debut, while Mizuki Itagaki, a popular young actor who has appeared in a number of high-profile films, will also appear. The cast will also include Yuki Tokito, FANTASTICS vocalist and actor Yusei Yagi, FANTASTICS performer Keito Kimura, and singer Yuri Takahashi.  

 

Another FANTASTICS member making an appearance will be Natsuki Hori. These three members of the up-and-coming group will be participating in the HiGH&LOW series for the first time, so be sure to show them your support!

 

This film will be a miraculous crossover, bringing together members from THE RAMPAGE, NCT127, BE:FIRST, and FANTASTICS to tell a powerful story, bringing audiences one of the most exciting action blockbusters in history. Will you be watching?

 

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    04.August.2022 | MOVIE / MUSIC

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    Teaser Trailer

     

    Harumi Fuuki (Miss Hokusai, Forest of Piano, Tsurune) is composing the music. The pianist and composer graduated at the top of her class from Kunitachi College of Music, where she majored in composition. Over the years, she has composed music for over 30 TV series and anime series. She is the youngest-ever winner of the 36th Japan Academy Prize for Best Music Award, winning for the film Chronicle of my Mother in 2011.

     

    The teaser poster features a new visual created by illustrator Kukka, who worked on the original light novel. Those buying advanced tickets will receive a clear folder with the new poster image. 

     

    The light novel will be published in English on May 10, and the first volume of the manga series is set to release in the west on July 26.

     

    See you at the theater in September!

     

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    The Kanazawa Film Festival aims to ‘promote Japan’s countryside culture to the world.’ The event held from September 18 to September 20, 2021 marked the 15th anniversary. In addition to staging special works each year, the festival has an established reputation in the film community for its ‘New Directors with Promising Talent’ program.

     

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    Alien Artist inspired viewers with its bizarre storytelling and display of ideology and philosophy. If you could eradicate all of the ‘evil’ people on Earth, would you? Who decides who is evil? The movie follows a number of unique characters, each with their own personal stories and motivations, as the world faces destruction and rebirth. 

     

    Alien Artist

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    Release Year: 2021
    Director: Seiyo Hotani
    Script: Hifumi Keihan
    Executive Producer: Ikuya Onodera
    Cast: Kunihiko Watanabe, Yuuritsu Maruyama, Ryofu Karuma, Rui Kiriyama, Shigeo Osako, Jirou

     

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    13.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME

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    The film will premiere in theaters on March 18, and those showing up to theaters will receive a limited-edition bonus gift! A Special Guidebook will be given to theatergoers at 36 theaters nationwide. 

     

    These guidebooks are not for sale and were produced in limited quantities only for this theatrical release. The 26-page, full-color book is a must-read for fans and includes interviews with cast and staff members. 

     

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    One day, he meets a girl named Nazuna who has the same “power”. When he learns that she is being used in a crime, he impulsively reaches out to help her.

     

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