Tak Sakaguchi rose to fame with the 2001 cult favorite Versus, a movie that managed to combine the low-budget charms of Evil Dead-like horror with blistering martial arts and gunplay. The actor later scored another cult hit with Battlefield Baseball, but has most recently hitched his wagon to the Sushi Typhoon production company.
In April of 2013, new broke out that Tak was retiring from acting, which left an unknown fate for his recently announced role in Death Trance II, not to mention a long-rumored sequel to Versus.
In late 2014, Cityonfire.com was contacted by director Yuji Shimomura (Death Trance) with breaking news that Tak was out of retirement to make Re:Born, which the actor calls his “very last” and “most superb” action movie:
“After I retired, I found myself having a passion for action that was still smoldering inside of me. After a conversation with action director Yuji Shimomura, I wanted to thrive one more time and create the very last and most superb action movie with my utmost power and passion for the sake of a closure to my entire career. I am convinced that I have to give my very best one last time. That is how I feel about this project. I didn’t realize how many people chose to support a person like myself until after I retired. I hope this movie will be satisfying enough for them to feel absolutely alright for me to go. This is for them.”
In Re:Born, a legend covert soldier (Sakaguchi) with a mysterious past now decides to once again unleash his beast inside of him to stand up for what he cares about. The film also stars Yura Kondo, Takumi Saito (Shin Godzilla), Mariko Shinoda (Terra Formars) and Akio Otsuka.
Re:Born is getting a domestic release in August, followed by U.S. release by XYZ Films on a soon-to-be-announced date. Stay tuned!
Updates: Watch an all-new UK Trailer below (via Eureka):