First Look At The Live-Action Adaptation Of The Manga Kingdom

Yasuhisa Hara’s manga about the Warring States period in China is being turned into a live-action movie. Here is a first look.


Kingdom follows the adventures of a young warrior who becomes one of China’s greatest generals and unites the country.

Shinsuke Sato (live-action Gantz and Bleach) is directing the picture, which was shot in China. Kingdom will be out next April in Japan. No word yet about an international release.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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This might be a good place to ask this: is anyone here aware of any good Chinese or Japanese historical war dramas, in the vein of Braveheart or Kingdom of Heaven, that doesn’t include super-human kung-fu and martial arts fighting? I’d really love to watch more historical movies from other culture’s perspectives, but the over-the-top martial arts can take me out of it. Don’t get me wrong: I like action and fighting, I just don’t like that it’s all often so unrealistic.

With the exception of a few bits near the end, 13 Assassins came pretty close to scratching that itch for me.