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Today we introduce you everything you need to know about Bullet Train, irresistible action comedy with Brad Pitt at the center of a daring story set in Japan. What are you talking about? Who are the protagonists? We tell you everything you need to know about Bullet Train, without spoiling anything that is not contained in the promotional material. For the rest, have fun and enjoy!

What is Bullet Train

Bullet Train is an action comedy with thriller elements, directed by David Leitch based on a screenplay written by Zak Olkewicz. Brad Pitt plays Ladybug, an assassin with legendary misfortune determined to complete his new task without too much trouble after yet another gig gone wrong. Fate, however, seems to have other plans: Ladybug’s mission puts him on a collision course – on the fastest train in the world – with lethal opponents from all over the globe… all with linked but conflicting goals.

The origins: Maria Beetle

The film was adapted from the novel written by Kōtarō Isaka entitled Maria Beetle (arrived in Italy with the name The seven killers of the Shinkansen). Isaka is quite famous in his homeland and his novels have often been adapted for film, theater and television, but it is the first time that one of his works has gained an international stage, with a great cast, on top of that. Below we leave you the Italian synopsis of the novel, published in Italy by Einaudi:
A train departed from Tokyo and launched at three hundred per hour in the Japanese countryside. A suitcase full of money hidden in one of the carriages. And seven assassins ready for action. Oji has the innocent face of a decent student, he’s actually a dangerous psychopath. He’s the one who sent Kimura’s son, who is now on the Shinkansen – the bullet train – to the hospital to take revenge. But Kimura and Oji aren’t the only dangerous passengers. Nanao, according to him the most unlucky killer in the world, and the lethal couple formed by Mikan and Lemon are on the same train. Who or what brought them together in a handful of wagons? And who will arrive alive at the last station?

The cast and characters

brian tyree-henry and aaron taylor-johnson

As mentioned, the film boasts a very rich and strongly characterized cast: although for their missions the killers should mix in the crowd, their personality is decidedly preponderant, as you will soon discover.
In the group, in addition to Pitt and Sandra Bullock (who plays the Maria Beetle who gives the title to the novel, or her logistical contact) we also have Joey King (“The Prince”), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Tangerine”), Brian Tyree Henry (“Lemon”), Andrew Koji (“The Father”), Hiroyuki Sanada (“The Elder”), Michael Shannon (“White Death”) and Benito A Martínez Ocasio (“The Wolf”).
Specifying more about the characters, their roles and abilities would be a source of spoilers: have fun discovering all their secrets directly at the cinema.

Director

Bullet Train

Bullet Train is directed by an action film specialist with surprising gimmicks: David Leitch. The American filmmaker has a background as a stuntman and stunt coordinator, so he knows exactly what he wants… and how to make it happen in this field. He has worked in series like that of Bourne and he’s been Brad Pitt’s own stunt double five times in the past, so the two know each other well!
Although not credited, he was Chad Stahelski’s assistant director for the first, mythical one John Wickthen going on to direct films such as Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2 And Hobbs & Shaw. He is also the producer and creator of I am noone with Bob Odenkirk.

A train full of surprises

Joey King

The style of the film, you will have understood, is rather over the top: moreover, it is studded with numerous surprises, and many of these are unexpected cameos by well-known names. We won’t say more, but be prepared to jump out of your chair at least a couple of times.

Bullet Train is in cinemas from 25 August, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Italia.


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