Ken Watanabe, who has been stationed at the HTG armory for the past few years under the pseudonym General Kuribayashi, will be leaving his post to be in the new movie Society of Thieves, for producer Anonemuss of Lightning Films and Lake Hope Features. This role, which marks Watanabe’s first part since 2011’s Split Paths, reunites Watanabe with his Gunz: The Duel co-star Tony Leung Chui Wai. The part is said to be that of Chen Fan, a high ranking member of the gang Andy Lau heads.
“This is a great little action flick that Anonemuss cooked up and I’m very glad to be apart of it,” Watanabe commented at a recent press conference promoting the film. “It has heart, action, drama and all the other right ingredients to make for a film that is truly enjoyable.” This film marks what looks to be a long and prosperous film venture for new producer Anonemuss who, after booking this film, already has several other films lined up including a remake of the Chinese classic A World Without Thieves at 21CC.
“What we have here is someone who is eager to work and somebody who has talent to be nurtured,” said Quantum, CEO and founder of Lake Hope Features. “I’ve worked with a lot of new producers and Anonemuss sticks out as one of the most eager newcomers I’ve seen in a while. I hope he can keep it up.”
Rumor has it that Ken Watanabe will not be replaced at the Armory as new recruits are currently not being looked for at this time. Though, he is apparently circling a part in a new Rogue Net series, which has yet to be officially announced. If that is true, Ken Watanabe could be seeing one of his busiest years in, well, years. Watanabe ended the press conference by stating “Though I will miss being a general for HTG’s fine Town, I’m glad I get to go back doing what I love and that is being in the movies.”
John Woo directs an all star cast that also includes Liam Neeson, Joe Flanigan, Damian Lewis, Rick Yune, and Chloe Moretz.
Society of Thieves opens in theaters this Friday.
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