Junpei Mizobata and Yuki Yamada (Gokaiger) will star in a live-action Hurricane Polymar movie.
A tokusatsu adaptation of the 1974 anime hero show Hurricane Polymar, a character from Tatsunoko Productions, who also created the Science Ninja Team Gatachaman and Time Bokan series of shows.
The story follows street fighter turned detective Takeshi Yoroi, played by Junpei Mizobata, who uses his martial arts skills to transform into Hurricane Polymar and fight evil. In preparation for the role, Mizobata underwent four months of intense martial arts training.
The cast includes Mikie Hara (Cutie Honey the Live, Kamen Rider Fourze) as Yamada Hideki, a woman looking into a case connected to Yoroi, Yuki Yamada (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger) as Joe Kuruma, Yoroi’s assitant, and Yurina Yanagi as Teru Nanba.
Koichi Sakamoto (Kamen Rider Fourze, Ultra Galaxy the Movie, Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z, Gaia Memories of Fate) directed the movie and Onishi Shinsuke (Tomica Hero Rescue Force, Gatchaman Crowds) was signed on as the script writer.
Mizobata commented on portraying Hurricane Polymar:
I made my acting debut 10 years ago, but I felt indifferent to portraying a hero. It was a privilege to accept an offer to portray one (Polymar). In Sentai, the suit actor would appear in costume after the actor transforms. However, since my face is a part of the costume it’s bit different. Polymar believes in absolute justice as he loses himself in battle, while holding onto his conviction. He’s an idiot who doesn’t listen to others, but he never hates anyone. I think it’s great that I get to portray such a peaceful, clumsy man. I hope this movie appeals to old and new fans.
Sakamoto also commented on getting the chance to direct the classic hero:
I was so excited knowing that I get to direct the live-action adaptation of Hurricane Polymar, the anime series I watched as a child. I’ve directed many hero films but this is the first time I get to direct an anime adaptation. I hope this will please fans of the old anime, new fans, anime fans, and action movie fans. I had Mizobata learn real martial arts, and made sure he embodied his (Polymar) ultimate technique called the Hurricane. Mizobata’s reflexes developed really well. I developed this along side the cast and staff. I want the audience to see this, and feel that this Japanese hero is cool and will never lose to Hollywood.
Hurricane Polymar is currently filming and is expected to be released in May 2017.