Like a Dragon Yakuza Live-Action Series Amazon Prime Video

Like a Dragon: Yakuza Live-Action Series Coming to Prime Video in October

In a surprise announcement nobody saw coming, it turns out a new live-action Like a Dragon: Yakuza series (also simply known as Yakuza) is coming to Amazon Prime Video this October. When it premieres on 25 October, the show will be available in over 240 countries and territories worldwide so it’s not exactly a low-profile release.

The live-action Like a Dragon: Yakuza series will premiere in two batches. The first will arrive on 25 October with the second batch due to drop on 1 November. It will run for six episodes and star popular Japanese drama and stage actor Ryoma Takeuchi as protagonist Kazuma Kiryu. Other details mention that it will only be loosely inspired by the 2005 game Yakuza. Set in the Kamurocho entertainment district, it will follow Kazuma Kiryu and his three childhood friends as it bounces between the years 1995 and 2005.

Speaking about taking on the role of Kiryu during a recent press conference in Tokyo, Takeuchi stated:

“You can’t play Kiryu Kazuma without getting into shape, so I knew I had to throw myself into it. This was a job not only for me but also for the costume and makeup teams. It took two and a half hours just to prepare for this shot. It’s partly Kiryu Kazuma and it’s partly me. I got so close to the part that it was hard to distinguish where he ended and I began. That included getting into shape for the part, the costume and so on. Rather than acting the part of Kiryu, I feel like he became part of the family.”

Director Masaharu Take added, “Having someone with such a large physical presence as Takeuchi makes all the difference. I understood that he knows his body better than anyone, so I left it to him to get into shape. Takeuchi did all the action himself as well. It was impressive.”

Take also offered a bit of information about the story. “In 1995, the protagonist is still young and he makes a lot of mistakes, and these lead to him spending a decade in prison and the consequences he faces when he gets out in 2005,” he said. “I tried to show those differences in the two time periods, and the cast helped to achieve this as well.”

Like a Dragon: Yakuza debuts on Amazon Prime Video on 25 October. In case you missed it, check out our full review for the latest entry in the series, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth.

Source: IGN

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