'Kakegurui the Movie Part 2: Desperate Russian Roulette' live-action film rescheduled to June 1
Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: May 25, 2021 at 11:50 AM PHT (GMT+8)
The production committee of the second part installment of the live-action film adaptation of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's "Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler" manga titled "Kakegurui the Movie 2: Desperate Russian Roulette ( Eiga Kakegurui: Zettai Zetsumei Russian Roulette)" has set on Monday the new release date for the film's theater premiere after being postponed twice due to COVID-19. The film is now scheduled to open in Japanese theaters on June 1.
The sequel was originally scheduled to open in Japanese theaters on April 29, 2021 but was later postponed days before due to the state of emergency issued by the Japanese government in four prefectures in response to prevent the further spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
The staff of the previous film is returning for the sequel. It is directed by Hanabusa Tsutomu and also serves as the screenwriter together with Takano Minato. The first movie's cast will also reprise their roles for the second part installment of the film.
The first part of the live-action film premiered in Japan last May 2019. The film is set in Hyakkaou Private Academy, a prestigious institution for the privileged, which was first established 122 years ago. The students there are ranked by their gambling winnings. The winners receive everything including fame and fortune. The winners also dominates the losers. One day, female transfer student Yumeko Jabami (Minami Hamabe) arrives at Hyakkaou Private Academy. Yumeko Jabami has a pretty appearance, but she is a gambling maniac who loves high stakes.
The series is based on the Japanese manga series written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Tōru Naomura. It began serialization in Square Enix's Gangan Joker in March 2014. A prequel spin-off manga, Kakegurui Twin, began serialization in Gangan Joker in September 2015.
It inspired a TV anime series produced by animation studio MAPPA that ran from July to September 2017 in Japan. A 10-episode live-action TV series premiered in Japan last January 2018 and is now available via Netflix. A second season of the TV series premiered in March 2019.
English publisher Yen Press describes the series' story as:
Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you're the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it's not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It's reading your opponent, the art of the deal. What better way to hone those skills than with a rigorous curriculum of gambling? At Hyakkaou Private Academy, the winners live like kings, and the losers are put through the wringer. But when Yumeko Jabami enrolls, she's gonna teach these kids what a high roller really looks like!