Tsumabuki turns bad in “Akunin”

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Sasoshi Tsumabuki

Satoshi Tsumabuki (妻夫木聡) has landed the starring role in “Akunin,” a new film by director Sang-il Lee (李相日).

Satoshi Tsumabuki (born December 13, 1980) is a Japanese actor. His breakthrough film was Waterboys(ウォーターボーイズ) for which he was nominated for the ‘Best Actor’ award at the Japanese Academy Awards, and won the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ prize.

Sang-il Lee ( born 6 January, 1974) is a Korean-Japanese film director and screenwriter. He won the Best Director and Best Screenplay prizes at the 2007 Japanese Academy Awards for Hula Girls (フラガール).

Hula Girls 

The movie is based on a novel by prize-winning author Shuichi Yoshida (吉田修一).


Although Tsumabuki has generally played likable characters in the past, here he has been cast as an antihero. Tsumabuki plays a man named Yuichi (祐一), whose dark deeds include killing a woman he meets through a dating website and forcibly taking a woman to a hotel. However, the story examines the causes behind his character’s actions, as well as the painful romance that develops between him and a woman he encounters.

“Akunin” is scheduled for a fall 2010 release.

Slow Dance

The female lead will be played by Eri Fukatsu (深津絵里). She and Tsumabuki previously co-starred in the drama series “Slow Dance.”

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