Sega’s Yakuza franchise is getting a live-action adaptation earlier than you assume referred to as Like a Dragon: Yakuza


Pack your luggage for Kamurochō as a result of Sega‘s Yakuza series is coming to Prime Video, thanks to an upcoming live-action adaptation, Like a Dragon: Yakuza, on October 24, 2024! Based on the mega-popular Yakuza video game series, Like a Dragon: Yakuza follows Kazama Kiryu, the steadfast protagonist from the original games. Japanese actor Ryoma Takeuchi (Kamen Rider Drive) plays Kazama in the series, featuring plenty of street toughs feeling the wrath of Kazama’s mighty fists of fury.

Plot particulars in regards to the present stay a thriller. Nonetheless, it’s stated to have six episodes, with Kazama exploring the imply and unpredictable streets of the fictional leisure district Kamurocho. Like a Dragon: Yakuza is ready in 1995, just like the plot of the sport Yakuza Kiwami. It’s really useful that folks within the present play Yakuza Kiwami earlier than watching the present, although it’s elective. In the event you plan to play the sport, do not forget that it will probably take as much as 100 hours to see every part in a Yakuza recreation.

Sega’s Yakuza collection has grown in reputation lately. The primary recreation, Yakuza, was launched in 2005. Many sequels and spinoffs adopted, however the collection grew to become a mega-hit within the U.S. with 2016’s Yakuza 6: The Music of Life. The most recent installment of the franchise, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, options Kazama Kiryu teaming up with Ichiban Kasuga, a frizzy-haired himbo with a coronary heart of gold and a Dragon Warrior obsession.

The Yakuza collection is hard-hitting but additionally very foolish. Along with the sport’s street-brawling mechanics and RPG components, Kazama and Ichiban struggle perverts, rescue runaway wigs, foil serial urinators, homicide karaoke machines, and spend far an excessive amount of yen on Gotcha machines. The sport consists of mini-games to spice up character stats and introduce hijinks to an in any other case “serious” plot about loyalty, honor, and overcoming adversity in a metropolis attempting to kill you. The most recent entry, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, is a delight. I’m in the course of enjoying it now, and I’m having a blast! It’s unclear if Prime Video’s Like a Dragon: Yakuza collection will carry the identical tone because the video games, however I hope it does to some extent.

In regards to the Writer

Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He began with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, earlier than launching the companion YouTube collection Animation Films Revisited. He is additionally the host of the Speaking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio present specializing in comedian books, movie, music, and extra. You will not often catch him with out headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.

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