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Live-Action Golden Kamuy Film Adds Kenjiro Tsuda as Narrator

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Kenjiro Tsuda has voiced the Golden Kamuy anime’s Hyakunosuke Ogata since 2018, and now he’ll be lending his talents to the live-action film. The official website revealed that Tsuda is officially in place as the film’s narrator, which surprised many of the attendees of a recent preview event in Japan.

A visual was released along with the news:

Tsuda had the following to say about the voiceover role:

“To be honest, I was very hesitant about participating. I had played the role of Hyakunosuke Ogata in the anime version, and I wondered if I would interfere with the worldview of the live-action version by narrating the story. Would I confuse the audience? I thought about many things.

“At the same time, however, I thought that Golden Kamuy has a power and scale that blows away such small things. Yes, this is a work that mixes seriousness and comedy, good and evil, and runs with intense energy. That’s why it’s okay. It should swallow everything and shine with intense light. And above all, I love Golden Kamuy. I am very honored to have participated as a narrator in this film. Please don’t think about the details and come to the theater. I am sure you will enjoy it.”

The live-action Golden Kamuy film opens in Japan on Friday, January 19. 

The film is directed by Shigeaki Kubo (HiGH & LOW series) and stars Kento Yamazaki as Saichi Sugimoto and Anna Yamada as Asirpa.

Here’s how Viz describes Golden Kamuy:

In the early 20th century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi Sugimoto searches the wilderness of the Japanese frontier of Hokkaido for a hoard of hidden gold. With only a cryptic map and a native Ainu girl to help him, Saichi must also deal with every murderous cutthroat, bandit and rogue who knows about the treasure!

“Immortal Sugimoto,” a survivor of the assault on 203 Meter Hill during the Russo-Japanese War, now scratches out a meager existence in the post-war gold rush in the wild frontier of Hokkaido. A chance encounter in the woods puts a map to a hidden fortune of Ainu gold in his hands, but Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it!

Via Crunchyroll News