Shohei Manabe's manga series "Smuggler" is being turned into a live-action film, and the cast was revealed on Thursday. Satoshi Tsumabuki (29) will star, supported by Masatoshi Nagase, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Hikari Mitsushima, Masanobu Ando, and Tatsuya Gashuin.
Katsuhito Ishii ("Funky Forest," "The Taste of Tea") is directing. Filming is already in progress and is expected to finish in early December.
Manabe, whose other works include "Yamikin Ushijima-kun," published "Smuggler" in 2000. The story revolves around a young man named Ryosuke (Tsumabuki) who is frustrated in his dream of becoming an actor, so he takes up a part-time job in a pachinko parlor. One day, he receives an offer that seems too good to be true, and he winds up falling into massive debt. As a result, he is forced to take on a job transporting illicit goods.
"Smuggler" is expected to open in theaters in fall 2011.