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Starring Toma Ikuta × Directed by Takashi Miike × Written by Kankuro Kudo

A very unpredictable undercover cop comedy -- where something crazy can happen any minute!

Director’s Statement: TAKASHI MIIKE
I was excited to adapt this manga serial into a film because I fell in love with the main character, Reiji. I hope you enjoy his absurd, yet kind-hearted antics. Then you’ll fall in love with him, too.
Adapting a manga is both challenging and enjoyable because fans of the original work can be your ally and your worst enemy (your harshest critic). To satisfy those fans as well as pique the interest of those who are unfamiliar with the manga…is impossible. If you can enjoy treading such a thorny path, then you too can become a film director.
You have to become the world’s greatest fan of that manga. A film’s energy comes from respect for the work. You have to give yourself wholly to it. If you do so, a style worthy of the original work will emerge naturally. After that, you simply throw yourself into it. Lose yourself, plunge into it single-mindedly. That’s my style anyway.

What is “The Mole Song…?”
The Mole Song is a comic series by the talented Noboru Takahashi, which was featured in Weekly Young Sunday Comics Magazine (Shogakukan) along with his other hit mangas, “Dr. Kotoh” and “Kurosagi.”When Young Sunday was discontinued, the series moved to Big Comic Spirits Weekly. The story is ongoing with the plot continuing to intensify and its passionate fan base continuing to grow. The blockbuster comic book series is now in its 37th volume and has sold over 4 million copies. Its film adaptation is one of the most highly anticipated of the many Shogakukan titles published today.

Synopsis
Rookie cop Reiji has a strong sense of justice, but he graduated from the police academy with the lowest score ever! His police chief fires him for dishonorable conduct, but he is secretly ordered to become a mole and go undercover to infiltrate a crime syndicate. The target is the head of the mighty Sukiya-kai yakuza clan. Undercover agent Reiji manages to become the new favorite of the notorious “Crazy Papillon,” a violent yakuza big shot. As Reiji pretends to prepare to vow his allegiance to the yakuza, he gets pulled into internal power struggles and conflicts leading to one wild & crazy situation after another!


Starring Toma Ikuta as Reiji Kikukawa

Joy, anger, pathos, humor! You’ve never seen Toma Ikuta like this before!
No young actor is as “beautiful” as Toma Ikuta, who recently played Hikaru Genji in Genji Monogatari ~ Sennen no Nazo (The Tale of Genji, A Thousand Year Enigma). He has shown great versatility in films such as “Ningen Shikkaku” “Hanamizuki” “We were there, Parts 1 & 2” and the new “Brain Man”, but in “The Mole Song” we see yet another face of Ikuta – an idiotic, perverted, virgin undercover cop named Reiji Kikukawa! Reiji is fired from the force, but his unconditional sense of justice makes him the perfect candidate to infiltrate a crime syndicate as a “mole.” What happens when a gorgeous actor at the top of him game takes on a controversial role in a crazy film? See Toma Ikuta like you’ve never seen him before!
Toma Ikuta
The talented Ikuta was born in Hokkaido.
At the age of 11, Ikuta auditioned for Johnny & Associates, Inc., better known as Johnny's, one of Japan's top talent agencies, and was accepted.
Since then he has become one of the most popular young performers both on stage and on TV.
His film debut was in 2010, in The Fallen Angel. Out of 7 movie appearances in 3 years, he has starred in 6. Fans all over Japan are waiting to see Ikuta's next star role in a movie. This time he chose to put his talent to the test in a comedy.
Selected filmography
*The Fallen Angel
*Seaside Motel
*The Story of Genji: A Thousand-Year Old Mystery / Genji monogatari: Sennen no nazo
*We Were There: First
*The Brain Man

CAST

TOMA IKUTA, RIISA NAKA, TAKAYUKI YAMADA, YUSUKE KAMIJI
TAKASHI OKAMURA / SHINICHI TSUTSUMI
MITSURU FUKIKOSHI, KENICHI ENDO, SARUTOKI MINAGAWA, REN OSUGI, KOICHI IWAKI

STAFF

IRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY NOBUYASU KITA
LIGHTING BY YOSHIMI WATABE
ART DIRECTOR YUJI HAYASHIDA
RECORDING BY JUN NAKAMURA
EDITED BY KENJI YAMASHITA
DECORATOR AKIRA SAKAMOTO
SOUND EFFECT BY KENJI SHIBAZAKI
CGI BY KAORI OTAGAKI
STYLIST YUYA MAEDA
STUNT COORDINATOR KEIJI TSUJII, MASAYOSHI DEGUCHI
LINE PRODUCERS TOMOYUKI IMAI, SHINYA ZENDA
ASSISTANT PRODUCER KEI KAJIMOTO
CASTING PRODUCER MASAKO ITO
PLANNING COOPERATION TETSUO YANAGISAWA
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR TAKESHI WATANABE
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR KENTA HORIOKA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS TAKASHI ISHIHARA, SHINICHIRO TSUZUKI, KEIKO JULIE FUJISHIMA MINAMI ICHIKAWA, TOSHIAKI OKUNO
PRODUCERS JUICHI UEHARA, MISAKO SAKA , SHIGEJI MAEDA
MUSIC BY KOJI ENDO
MAIN THEME KANJANI EIGHT" KING OF OTOKO "iTeichiku entertainmentj
ORIGINAL WORK "THE MOLE SONG" (SHOGAKUKAN BIG COMIC SPIRITS)
BY NOBORU TAKAHASHI
SCREENPLAY BY KANKURO KUDO
DIRECTED BY TAKASHI MIIKE

Directed by Takashi Miike × Screenplay by Kankuro Kudo
The Mole Song is a comic series by the talented Noboru Takahashi, which was featured in Weekly Young Sunday Comics Magazine (Shogakukan) along with his other hit mangas, “Dr. Kotoh” and “Kurosagi.”When Young Sunday was discontinued, the series moved to Big Comic Spirits Weekly. The story is ongoing with the plot continuing to intensify and its passionate fan base continuing to grow. The blockbuster comic book series is now in its 37th volume and has sold over 4 million copies. Its film adaptation is one of the most highly anticipated of the many Shogakukan titles published today.

Director : Takashi Miike
Takashi Miike has become synonymous with the promise of a unique onscreen experience, regardless of the genre. Highly prolific, Miike is credited with over 85 films since making his directorial debut in the early 90s.
Recent works include: 13 ASSASSINS, FOR LOVE’S SAKE, HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI, LESSON OF THE EVIL and SHIELD OF STRAW.
Landmark films in Miike's illustrious career include: AUDITION, ICHI THE KILLER, ONE MISSED CALL, THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, THE CITY OF LOST SOULS, VISITOR Q, GRAVEYARD OF HONOR, SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO, YATTERMAN, the CROWS ZERO films and the DEAD OR ALIVE yakuza trilogy.
Although his films are often associated with black humour, inventive violence and audacious style, Miike has shown his versatility in other genres: children's films (ZEBRAMAN), sensitive dramas (THE BIRD PEOPLE IN CHINA), period pieces (SABU) and even a horror musical (THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS).
Born in 1960 near Osaka, Miike harboured a passion for motorbike racing and a disdain for academics growing up. He attended the Yokohama Vocational School of Broadcast and Film and then worked for nearly a decade in television. Miike became an assistant director in film to directors like Shohei Imamura and Hideo Onchi, and Japan's "V-Cinema" (direct to video) boom of the early 90s helped his break into directing his own films. For years, he alternated between V-Cinema and higher-budget productions.

Screenplay : Kankuro Kudo
Acclaimed screenwriter of hit films including "Ping Pong" "Kisarazu Cat's Eye Series" and "Maiko Haaaan!!" His newest venture is an NHK drama series entitled "Amachan."

The collaborative work of two Japanese film prodigies brings this ambitious film adaptation to life!

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