Takeshi Kitano’s Japanese War Epic KUBI Teaser Trailer


Recently, the first teaser trailer has been released for the highly anticipated Japanese war epic, Kubi, directed by Takeshi Kitano. Kitano has been working on bringing this movie to life for the last thirty years, and the concept initially began in 1993 when he started developing a novel that the movie is now an adaptation of.

The film portrays the historic ‘Honno-ji Incident’ from 1582, which was a time when a crucial vassal of Oda Nobunaga rose in revolt and caused his master to commit hara-kiri in Kyoto. The reasons for the revolt and whether Akechi Mitsuhide was genuinely the ringleader have been topics of debate since that time.

Kubi is set to delve into the ambitions, betrayals, and fates of various characters, including warlords, ninjas, traveling performers, and peasants. It is said to embody the essence of Kitano’s world, including intense violence and dark humor.

In a recent press conference, Kitano shared his hopes for the movie: “If possible, I hope this movie will be a hit, and I hope to be able to shoot a few more. When you think of period dramas, you tend to think of historical dramas as historical dramas, but they are all about beautiful success stories, and they don’t depict the dirty parts and jobs of people. I made it. It took a lot of effort to complete it, but I think I was able to make it thanks to the staff and cast.”

Natsuno Takeshi of Kadokawa, who will distribute the film in Japan, added: “It is a rare film, on a scale similar to Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai and Kagemusha, with a tragicomic quality that feels Shakespearean.” The movie looks like it will be a stunning movie-going experience.

Overall, Kubi is a highly anticipated movie that is expected to captivate audiences with its intricate portrayal of Japanese history, exceptional cast, and direction. The trailer offers a glimpse of what’s to come, and we can’t wait to see the finished product.

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