Amazon Prime Will Make a Live Action “Ryu ga Gotoku”(Like a Dragon) Series, Starring Ryoma Takeuchi

Amazon Prime Will Make a Live Action “Ryu ga Gotoku”(Like a Dragon) Series, Starring Ryoma Takeuchi

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Amazon Prime is reportedly set to create a six-episode live-action series adaptation of the one of the most popular SEGA game franchise “Ryu ga Gotoku(Like a Dragon)”. A press conference was held in Tokyo on June 4 to announce the global distribution of the new movie

Take Masaharu and Takimoto Kengo are directing the project, which is regarded as a crime-suspense-action series with gritty realism. Actor Ryoma Takeuchi will play the role of Kazuma Kiryu, the main character in the Amazon original drama “Ryu ga Gotoku: Beyond the Game,” which will be distributed on October 25, 2024. 

During the opening press conference, Takeuchi also revealed that he had asked mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura (31) to instruct him. Perhaps because of his preparation for this role, Takeuchi has often posted about his training on Instagram. Once again, his past posts are also attracting attention. Some of video game fans felt that the character was different from their image, and the names of Tomoya Nagase (45) and Ryohei Suzuki (41) were mentioned as ideal actors to play Kiryu.

The series is presented in two time periods, 1995 and 2005, and follows the life, childhood friends, and the repercussions of a brave and unmatched Yakuza warrior with a strong sense of justice, duty, and humanity. The story and screenplay were conceived by Sean Crouch and Nakamura Yugo, who were assisted in creating a Japanese screenplay by Yoshida Yasuhiro and Yamada Kana.

Two batches of three episodes will be released on Amazon in two weeks, with a week between each batch. On October 25th, the first launch will take place, and the second on November 1st. The movie will have subtitles and dubbing in thirty different languages. The ‘Yakuza’ franchise began with SEGA releasing the first game in 2005 on PS2, PS3, and Wii U. Numerous direct sequels, prequels, remakes, and spin-offs were developed in the same universe.

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