Ryohei Otani lands his first film lead role

Ryohei Otani (37) has snagged his first lead role in a film. The actor most famous for his supporting role in a 2016 hit drama ‘Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu’ will star in a film titled ‘Zenigata’ that will hit theaters in May.

‘Zenigata’ tells the story of a man who runs an izakaya with his younger brother. At midnight, the izakaya that the film has lended its name from turns into an illegal loan office. Otani’s character loans money with a high interest rate and is steadfast at collecting the debt, not showing mercy to the debtors. Otani himself describes the character as “the dark hero of the modern society”.

The film is directed by Shinya Ayabe who is known for his work with the ‘The Werewolf Game’ film series. ‘Zenigata’ opens on May 26th.

(Via Natalie)

  • Comments

    • meowpooff

      Finally !! Congratulations

    • eplizo

      Proud of him. I love watching actors rise like this lol.

    • Kiang Sheryl

      i remember hearing him say how it was tough for him to act as a betrayer in a korean movie as japanese don’t see it well. so glad to see him sorta succeed.

    • trufax

      Oh, I know this guy from korean shows. Good for him

    • Karen Khoo

      So proud of you becoming more recognized in your homeland besides Korea.

    • Angela Manley

      I GUESS HE’S MY FAVORITE JAPANESE ACTOR ALWAYS LOVE HIS WORK.I ALSO ENJOYED SEEING HIS GENTILE SIDE IN ROOMATE2 ROHEYI ORTANI HWITING!