Holy rock’n’rollers, at last we have a trailer for the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable movie. It’s only a 30-second teaser, but it shows us the setting of Sitges, Spain that stands in as Morioh and, of course, Kento Yamazaki kicking ass and looking fancy as Josuke Higashikata.
This teaser is surprisingly subdued, compared to what we would have expected from a JoJo movie. But maybe it’s just holding back to pull a sucker-punch with a full trailer. With the tagline “Something’s strange in this town”, it seems to be setting us up for something. We’ll have to wait and see.
The official website for the live-action film based on Hirohiko Araki’s manga has been slowly revealing visuals of the cast all JoJo-ed up as their characters. First we were shown Yamazaki as Josuke. Then came shots of Ryunosuke Kamiki as Koichi Hirose, and Nana Komatsu as Yukako Yamagishi. Look at them. At least we know all the hair’s on point.
It was previously announced that the film will open in Japan on August 4th, staff also noting that it had begun shooting in Tokyo. It was previously being shot in Spain, where most of the filming process was said to be taking place.
TOHO and Warner Bros. revealed at a joint press conference in September that a live-action JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure movie was underway. The first film adapting the fourth arc of Hirohiko Araki’s manga was originally slated for summer 2017, with a good chance of sequels due to the length of the Diamond is Unbreakable arc. However, there have been no release dates confirmed for later chapters as of yet. Takashi Miike of Ichi the Killer and Yakuza Apocalypse is directing, so expect a spectacularly weird adaptation befitting the source material.
Yamazaki of the Orange live-action film is leading the cast as Josuke, and he revealed during the same press conference that filming will take place almost entirely on location in Spain. Miike acknowledged that the manga’s setting is based on Sendai, the real Japanese city that Araki himself calls home, but when he was scouting locations worldwide, he came across the Spanish town of Sitges. This location, he decided, fit the fictional town of Morioh.
Yamazaki and his fellow cast and staff appear in the photo above, from left to right, as follows:
Yusuke Iseya (Honey & Clover live-action movie’s Shinobu Morita) as Jotaro Kujo
Mackenyu (Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku‘s Arata Wataya) as Okuyasu Nijimura
Nana Komatsu (Bakuman. live-action’s Miho Azuki) as Yukako Yamagishi
Kento Yamazaki (Orange live-action’s Kakeru Naruse) as Josuke Higashikata
Ryunosuke Kamiki (Howl’s Moving Castle’s Markl) as Koichi Hirose
Masaki Okada (Hana-Kimi‘s Kyogo Sekime) as Keicho Nijimura
Takayuki Yamada (Bakuman. live-action’s Akira Hattori) as Anjuro Katagiri
Director Takashi Miike (who revealed at the press conference that he didn’t sleep for three days after being offered this project).
Two more cast who weren’t present are Alisa Mizuki of Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes as Tomoko Higashikata, and Jun Kunimura of Attack on Titan as Ryohei Higashikata.
The JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part IV: Diamond is Unbreakable anime premiered in April 2016, covering the run of Araki’s manga in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1992 to 1995. David Production is in the process of adapting (almost) the whole manga into multiple anime series, having started with Part 1 in 2012.