The trailer, visuals, and new cast for the film “Kassui” (Thirst), which opens in theaters on June 2, have been revealed.
The film is based on a novel of the same title by Mitsuru Kawabayashi, winner of the 70th Bungakukai New Writer Award and nominee for the 103rd Akutagawa Award. Produced by Kazuya Shiraishi, director of the “Blood of the Lone Wolf” series and “Sickness That Leads To The Death Penalty”, the film is directed by Masaya Takahashi, who has worked as an assistant director on films directed by Kankuro Kudo and others.
Toma Ikuta will play the main character Shunsaku Iwakiri, a waterworks bureau employee who is tasked with turning off the water to households that are delinquent on their water bills, while Mugi Kadowaki, Yuto Isomura, Machiko Ono, and Kankuro Kudo have also been announced to appear in the film. Seven new cast members have been announced. Ryuya Miyase, Ken Yoshizawa, Atsushi Shinohara, Rie Shibata, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Yoji Tanaka, and Gitan Otsuru will appear in the film.
A trailer is also available, which begins with a scene in which Iwakiri, played by Ikuta, and his colleague Kida, played by Isomura, visit a house that is behind in paying its water bill and shut off the water supply. The first half of the trailer features the theme song “Kassui” written by Shutoku Mukai, and comments from Mukai are also coming.
【Shutoku Mukai’s comment】
People are frustrated.
Violent midsummer sunlight pours down on the local city.
Tap water sprinkled on the asphalt instantly evaporates and emits light.
Its glare and smell are imprinted on film.
People are always frustrated. They are in despair.
Is that true? It is not true.
It should not be true, the film questions me.
I wrote the song “Kassui” with this in mind.