The highly anticipated live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui’s Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) manga. It opened on 313 screens across Japan and topped the weekend box office with an astonishing 410,788,100 yen on 350,900 admissions. It crosses 2 billion yen in 2 weeks. A sequel is underway for release next year.
Assassination Classroom is a comic that created a buzz shortly after its serialization started in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine (Shueisha). Over ten million copies of the comics are in circulation, a figure that was reached with staggering speed of less than two years after the first volume came out. The plot in which inferior students show improvement through their attempts to “assassinate a mysterious creature,” the innovative setting that mixes the incompatible elements of “assassination” and “education,” and the excessively unique characters all contribute to its popularity among readers of all ages. It has now become a megahit comic that is one of the main draws of the weekly magazine.
Eiichiro Hasumi, the director of the Sea Monkey and Mozu series of TV dramas and films, is directing this movie. Making full use of the best computer graphic technology available in the Japanese film industry, he will dynamically depict “Korosensei” as he flies around at Mach 20.
It had been kept a secret, even among the cast, till the opening day that Korosensei is voiced by 31-year-old Kazunari Ninomiya, a member of Johnny’s Entertainment’s boys idol group Arashi.
21-year-old Ryosuke Yamada, a member of the talent agency’s another group Hey! Say! JUMP, will make his feature film debut as one of the students of Class 3-E, appearing in a cast of rising new stars including Masaki Suda and Maika Yamamoto. Seishiro Kato and Kanna Hashimoto play the eccentric assassins who target Korosensei. Also, a wide variety of impressive actors assemble to play the teachers of Class 3-E, including Kang Ji-Young, Masanobu Takashima, and Kippei Shiina.
Laugh, sympathize, and be surprised! The comical education entertainment will commence!
About the film
A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength! The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he’s the best teacher they’ve ever had.
“Good luck killing me before graduation!”
Our teacher, the super creature = target!
An enigmatic octopus-shaped creature suddenly shows up as the homeroom teacher of Class 3-E, the worst class in the prestigious Kunugigaoka Junior High School. The government assigns the students of Class E with a secret mission to assassinate the mystery creature, aka “Korosensei,” who is threatening to destroy Earth next March. The reward is an astounding 10 billion yen to whoever succeeds!
Will the students be able to accomplish their mission before they graduate?
Film: Assassination Classroom 暗杀教室
Director: Eiichiro Hasumi
Casts: Kazunari Ninomiya (Voice), Ryosuke Yamada, Masaki Suda, Maika Yamamoto, Seika Taketomi, Mio Yuuki, Miku Uehara, Kanna Hashimoto, Seishiro Kato, Kang Ji-Young, Masanobu Takashima, Kippei Shiina
Genre: Manga, Action, Sci-fi
Language: Japanese (With English and Chinese subtitles)