'Death Note' duo return for 'Kaiji'

Fujiwara, Matsuyama join for manga series production

TOKYO -- Actors Tatsuya Fujiwara and Kenichi Matsuyama will work together for the first time since 2006’s two “Death Note” movies, in "Kaiji" – a tale of fantastical gambling -- due to be released on October 10.

The “Death Note” films earned around 8 billion yen ($80 million) at the domestic boxoffice.

The Nobuyuki Fukumoto manga series, "Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji," on which the new movie is based, sold 11 million copies across 39 volumes and has already been made into an anime series.

Produced by Nippon Television Network Corp. and distributed by Toho, “Kaiji” will be directed by Toya Sato, the TV drama helmer who recently took another NTV drama “Gokusen,” to the big screen.
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