Satoshi Tsumabuki & Kazuya Kamenashi To Star In "Vancouver no Asahi"
Friday 21 Feb, 2014 - 06:35am UTC
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Actor Satoshi Tsumabuki
member Kazuya Kamenashi
will be starring in the upcoming baseball film "Vancouver no Asahi
As 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Vancouver Asahi team, which consists of Japanese immigrants who played in Canada before the World War II began, a movie commemorating them will be done. The movie will show how they still played well despite the discrimination for they have made it possible to finally be part of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.
Tsumabuki is 'Reggie Kasahara
', a second generation immigrant who plays the "shortstop" in the team, the most dynamic position in baseball. Kamenashi, on the other hand, will play as the ace pitcher 'Roy Naganishi
'. Joining the cast are actors Ryo Katsuji
as 'Kei Kitamoto
', the second baseman. Yusuke Kamiji
as catcher 'Tom Miyake
' and Sosuke Ikematsu
will be the team's third baseman 'Frank Nojima
Tsumabuki is the only actor in the team who does not have a baseball background and so, he needed to spend a 3-month training for the role since director Yuya Ishii
prefers the actor themselves to play the sport.
Filming is taking place at a baseball field in Ashikaga, Tochigi and some of the scenes will also be shot in Vancouver. "Vancouver no Asahi" will open in Japanese theaters in December.
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