Japanese director Sion Sono is one of the most prolific filmmakers working today, having released five films last year, including “Shinjuku Swan,” a live action adaptation of the popular manga series by the same name. The film followed Tatsuhiko (Gou Ayano), an adult entertainment talent scout working in the red light district of Tokyo. It has yet to receive a release in the United States, but Sono has already followed it up with a sequel, which follows Tatsuhiko as he clashes CEO Masaki Taki (Tadanobu Asano). The sequel stars Alice Hirose, Kippei Shiina, Yusuke Iseya, Motoki Fukami, Nobuaki Kaneko, Yu Yamada, Yusuke Kamiji, Maryjun Takahashi, Jun kaname, Hideo Nakano and Takashi Sasano. Watch a trailer for the film below. (Note: There are no English subtitles.)
Sono garnered recent acclaim for directing “Why Don’t You Play In Hell?”, about a renegade film crew that becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud. It had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2013. It later won the People’s Choice Award in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, and won Best Director and Best Picture at Fantastic Fest in the same year.
“Shinjuku Swan II” will be released in Japan on January 21, 2017.