This Japanese movie was released just a few days ago, on the 28th Oct 2006 by TBS. We thought we would just introduce it with some photos that you wont see anywhere else (You can click on all photos to enlarge them).
Twenty-one year old former high school baseball player, Kohei, learns that he is dying from cancer. He is told that he only has six months to live, and decides that he wants to do something daring, out on a limb. He proposes to five trusted members from his former baseball club that they form a ring of cat burglars that would steal from those who commit crimes. His friends think it odd, but feel they cannot turn down a dying man’s request. With only six months, how much could they do anyway?
Cats leader Bu-san has passed away but his ghost is not content to be away from his beloved crew, especially as they have parted on uncertain terms, and now returns seeking closure.
Only, some members can see him while the rest of the town is in confusion at some odd behaviour of the Cats, making for some amusing scenes and foolery.
Most shocked by his return is probably his widowed wife, played by the very pretty Korean actress Yoon Son-ha (picture is her at the set of the movie, we could only sneak this one shot of her) who, while happy to see him back is shocked to find his genitals didn’t come with him!
Adding to the mayhem is the reappearance of Ozzy, and Ucchi who is now AWOL from the Self- Defence Force where the cruel taunting of his dominatrix-type superior (Chiaki Kuriyama, the infamous high school girl in “Kill Bill 1”) have driven him to the edge. However, the rising of spirits from the ghost realm has also brought with it a team of American high school kids who won a tournament in Japan 80 years ago. Their ship sunk off the Kisarazu coastline and have comeback as Zombies to play some ball and get their lost medals back.
Luckily the zombie leader – Jun Hashimoto – has Japanese ancestry and communicates in comical manner with the Cats – (Jun makes his first big-screen appearance after a successful stage acting career – the other zombies are real zombies still living in Tokyo today).
Check out the official home page for the details of the movie itself. We just thought we could bring you this brief article with exclusive pictures and a foreigner angle (our specialty!). We spoke to one of the guys involved in the shoot and found out lots about being a gaijin actor in Japan too, it was a great chance. The best part however, we have to admit – was Chiaki and Yun..!