SEVEN SOULS IN THE SKULL CASTLE
About the production:
Filmed live on stage in Tokyo, one of Japan’s leading theatrical troupes, GEKIDAN SHINKANSEN brings a new live-theatre style of film screening to moviegoers, as their popular stage performance becomes a cinema experience.
The year is 1590, the 18th year of the Tensho era.
After the demise of warlord ODA NOBUNAGA, Japan is about to be unified by TOYOTOMI HIDEYOSHI. However, one man in the Kanto region defies unification. That man calls himself TENMAOH (Mirai MORIYAMA) and leads the KANTO DOKURO-TO (Skull Clan), an armed group hiding in the pitch-black DOKURO-JO (Skull Castle), though he once worked for NOBUNAGA. SUTENOSUKE (Shun OGURI) happens to rescue SAGIRI, a woman who has been chased by the KANTO DOKURO-TO and their bloodthirsty leader, madman TENMAOH. To hide and shelter the woman, SUTENOSUKE meets MUKAIYA RANBE (Taichi SAOTOME) at a brothel district. Manipulated by magical fate, people congregate in the Kanto region. When the shared past between SUTENOSUKE and RANBE, and their relation to TENMAOH, come to light, the dark ambition of TENMAOH is revealed. Without regrets, SUTENOSUKE and his seven souls head for DOKURO-JO, though it is surrounded by 20,000 soldiers, to destroy it and stop TENMAOH’s dark ambition.
Shun Oguri, Mirai Moriyama, Taichi Saotome,
Eiko Koike, Ryo Katsuji, Riisa Naka, Shoko Takada, Macoto Awane, Masato Kohno, Tetsuya Chiba
ーThe film runs at just over 3 hours and includes one intermission.ー Movie Rated PG-12 in Japan (179min.)