news culture Like a Dragon: A Live Action Yakuza Movie in the Works? Ryu ga Gotoku’s Director Responds
Sega took advantage of the Tokyo Game Show 2022 to unveil the future of the Dragon of Dojima and therefore of the Like a Dragon saga (formerly called Yakuza in the West). With no less than three games expected by 2023 then 2024, the Japanese studios now led by Masayoshi Yokoyama, following the departure of Toshihiro Nagoshine, are not idle. The latter could even be eyeing the side of the cinema… In any case, that’s what we tried to find out.
- Like a Dragon, the Live Action Movie?
- Three games for the price of one
Like a Dragon, the Live Action movie?
Discovering the Yakuza saga with a hand controller means diving into an epic and colorful universe strongly inspired by the 7th Art, starting with the works on film of Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale). This Japanese director is notably at the origin of a cinematographic movement which particularly interests us and which influenced the Ryu ga Gotoku studios. Born in the 70s, the “Yakuza Eiga” moves away from the honorary image of samurai to make Yakuzas lawless brutes.
The links between the Like a Dragon saga and the cinema are very close, and have been since the very first episode released in December 2005 (in Japan). Would you be interested in a modern live-action adaptation in the Yakuza universe?
It would be fun to make a movie or an anime or something like that. From Ryu ga Gotoku studios’ point of view, it would make a cool movie and it would be really interesting to see how a creator, who is not us, reclaims our universe. – Masayoshi Yokoyama (Director of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios)
A first adaptation of Ryu ga Gotoku was released in March 2007. Yakuza: The Order of the Dragon (Ryu ga Gotoku: Gekijoban from its original title) directed by Takashi Miike himself takes over the events of the first game. perception do you have in 2022 of this film?
About Takashi Miike’s movie, we made it right after the first Like a Dragon game. This film would be very different if we made it today. At the time, the two projects were produced in parallel. The film was a promotional medium helping to increase the popularity of the Yakuza franchise. – Masayoshi Yokoyama (Director of Ryu ga Gotoku Studios)
Like a Dragon has not withdrawn from dark rooms. Indeed, according to Sega, a new feature film would be in development with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content at the helm, but also Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long as producers.
Three games for the price of one
TGS 2022 was an opportunity for Sega to present its battle plan for the next 2-3 years regarding one of its most popular sagas. According to announcements made on the sidelines of the Japanese show, no less than three video games struck by the fist of the Dragon of Dojima will successively see the light of day in 2023 then 2024. The first to draw will be Like a Dragon: Ishin!. The remake of the legendary feudal spin-off released only in Japan in 2014 will officially land eight years later… on February 21, 2022.
Then will come the time for Kazuma Kiryu to come out of retirement for an episode supposed to tell the story of the legendary member of the Tojo clan following the events of the heartbreaking Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. Thereby, Like a Dragon: Gaiden – The Man Who Erased His Name will serve as a transition between Yakuza: Like a Dragon (2020) and Like a Dragon 8 also announced at the RGG Summit and scheduled for 2024. In the latter, Kazuma Kiryu will form an explosive duo with the no less famous Ichiban Kasuga.