On Friday, Warner Bros. Japan revealed the first main cast member, director, and February 2022 release date for the Usogui live action film adaptation of Toshio Sako’s Usogui (The Lie Eater) manga.
Ryūsei Yokohama (Ressha Sentai ToQger, Super Danganronpa 2 The Stage) will play the main protagonist Baku Madarame in the film. The film will be directed by Hideo Nakata (Ring, Dark Water, L change the WorLd).
Check out the Usogui live action film’s promotional poster –
Madarame Baku, also known as “The Lie Eater,” is a gambler who takes on insane opponents. He seeks to take over the underground gambling organisation known as Kakerou with the help of his apprentice, Kaji Takaomi, and his bodyguard, Marco. Kakerou supervises a number of high-stakes bets in which participants frequently use their life as an ante or a bet.
Kakerou has 48 members and 101 Moderators who serve as supervisors and debt collectors once the gambles are done. Baku and his team get increasingly embroiled in the conflict between Kakerou and a rival criminal organisation, IDEAL, as the story develops.
Toshio Sako wrote and drew Usogui, which was serialised in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump from May 11, 2006 to December 21, 2017. Shueisha collected the chapters into 49 tankbon volumes. In 2016, the 24th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine announced a live-action film adaptation.
Usogui author Toshio Sako’s comment on the announcement
I am full of joy and expectation with the live-action movie of my first serialized work “Usogui”. I talked with Ryūsei Yokohama, who stars in the film, and I was impressed by his serious and cheerful personality. The mysterious style unique to Director Nakata is the best because the world of Usogui is reflected in the live-action film. We are writing a special series of Usogui to coincide with the release of the movie, so please look forward to it.