The 37-year old member of TOKIO, Tomoya Nagase started out (to me) as one of Johnny and Associate's most extraordinary talents - perhaps in the same vein as the iconic Takuya Kimura, but Nagase has a more "rugged", in-your-face appeal, so I'm not surprised if he digs Guns N' Roses as his favorite rock band.
In Too Young to Die!, Nagase must be in casting heaven because the character he's going to play is no other than the leader of a rock band. Unless you're living under a rock, you must have heard him say "motherfucker!!!" so many times already - just watch the movie's teaser trailer and you'll know what I mean!
Now, this could be just another movie, but then writer-director Kankuro Kudo cast Ryunosuke Kamiki - a younger actor, with the growing reputation as a scene stealer. Just like Nagase, Kamiki is a product of numerous TV productions and have been acting since the age of six.
Just watching the trailer, you know this is going to be a roller coaster ride, with Kamiki adding his dose of comedy to an already comedic atmosphere generated by Nagase.
High school student Daisuke (Ryunosuke Kamiki) has a crush on classmate Hiromi. On the way to a school trip, the bus with Daisuke has an accident. When Daisuke wakes up, he finds himself in Hell. He asks himself "Why only me? I'm too you young to die, and I've never experienced a kiss." Then, Killer K (Tomoya Nagase) appears in front of the confused Daisuke. Killer K leads the rock band Heruzu from Hell Agricultural High School. To return to the living and confess his feelings to Hiromi, Daisuke's hell rounds begin under Killer K's special training. [ source ]
Kankuro Kudo has already won numerous awards for his writing, including the Japan Academy Prize for Best Screenplay for the movie Go! (starring Yosuke Kubozuka and Kou Shibasaki) which tells the story of a Japanese-born North Korean teenager Sugihara (Kubozuka Yōsuke) and a blind Japanese girl Tsubaki Sakurai (Kō Shibasaki) whom he falls for. His screenwriting career includes PingPong (with Kubozuka, Arata, and the young Shota Sometani), 69 (with Tsumabuki and Masanobu Ando), The Apology King (with Sadao Abe and Mao Inoue) and The Mole Song (with Toma Ikuta), so you can just imagine his writing range!
I look forward to Too You to Die! not only because of the kind of wacky comedy that both Nagase and Kamiki are capable of, the scenes in hell are already quite hilarious, to say the least. I would think this movie is going to rock the box office scene and at the same time, further celebrate the acting of Nagase, Kamiki and their co-stars including Aoi Morikawa, and two of Japan's best actresses - Machiko Ono and Rie Miyazawa.
The movie was slated for a Feb 2016 release but was rescheduled to June 2016 due to an accident in Japan.