JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (film)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable - Chapter 1 (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ダイヤモンドは砕けない 第一章 JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken: Daiyamondo wa Kudakenai Daiisshō) is a live-action movie adaptation of Diamond is Unbreakable of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series.
The film was directed by Takashi Miike, and co-produced by Warner Bros. Japan and Toho. It was officially announced on September 28, 2016 and released in Japanese theaters on August 4, 2017. The DVD/Blu-ray version was released in Japan on March 23, 2018.
Crime Wave in Morioh
One night, Anjuro Katagiri takes a whole family hostage. As the police evacuate the building, Officer Ryohei Higashikata worries about a missing family and calls them, but no one answers. Instead, Katagiri looks at Ryohei's name on the phone, and flees the apartment through the roofs after killing the husband of the family. Katagiri then unexpectedly meets a teenager wielding a bow. The teen shoots him in the throat and retrieves his arrow, but the murderer survives and is congratulated by his assailant who departs, unnoticed. Caught by a helicopter, Katagiri awakens a strange power. When he is interrogated at the police headquarters, he massacres the staff and escapes.
The story jumps to Koichi Hirose, a second year high school student who's just moved into the peaceful town of Morioh, currently plagued by a number of unexplained murders. On his way to school, he is saved from two delinquents by his classmate, Josuke Higashikata. The teen proves to be quite strange, as he becomes angry anytime someone insults his hairstyle, but he can also punch people from afar and mysteriously repairs Koichi's broken bike. Koichi has yet to make any friends except Yukako Yamagishi who acts too friendly for his comfort and thus he follows Josuke around.
The scene changes to two thugs on the street harassing women. Ryohei arrives to talk to one of them, Masaya Yoshizawa, who's left his job. Although he's unwelcome, Ryohei extends a helping hand to Masaya and then leaves. Later, the two fool around at a park where Masaya's comrade, Hirata, is killed by the water of a fountain, which then attacks Masaya.
At the end of the school day, Josuke and Koichi are among the witnesses of a hostage situation. Masaya has taken a cashier hostage, but then taunts Josuke's hairstyle. Angry, Josuke recklessly confronts Masaya and manages to save the cashier with his power. The thug collapses, and a water creature emerges from his mouth. Invisible to all but Josuke, the mass of water jumps into the gutter while Katagiri observes the scene.
Ryohei returns home, greets his daughter Tomoko and scolds his grandson Josuke for recklessly intervening in the hostage situation. Moreover, Ryohei's intrigued, as he thinks Masaya would never commit such a crime. In his room, Ryohei contemplates a wall full of drawings he got as thanks for his service, and punches it, frustrated that yet another member of his community has died.
This same night, the mysterious bow-wielding teen continues his mysterious shooting spree.
Josuke against Katagiri
The next day, Koichi brings a mysterious man clad in white to Josuke. The stranger presents himself as Jotaro Kujo, his nephew, and explains to him that he is the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar. Troubled by these explanations, Josuke can only apologize for the trouble he's caused, to Jotaro's consternation. Moreover, Jotaro asks him if he's seen strange phenomena, but their discussion becomes a fight when Jotaro unwittingly insults Josuke's hair. Josuke summons his power, but Jotaro also brings out his own ability, a humanoid warrior. Jotaro then explains that both are Stand Users, who can use psychic creatures invisible to ordinary people. Angry, Josuke still attacks and Jotaro stops the flow of time to avoid the strike and punch down Josuke. The fight has defused, and Josuke reveals the water creature he's witnessed yesterday before leaving. Worried, Jotaro reports to Joseph about the incoming crisis.
That night, Katagiri meets with the teen who's granted him this power. Dining at a restaurant, Katagiri demonstrates his control over water, and also vows to kill the teenager who "got in his way". Although the teen lets Katagiri roam free, he doesn't reveal anything about himself. Meanwhile, the Higashikata family is having dinner. Although Tomoko is worried about the local crime wave, Ryohei tells her to believe in the good of Morioh's inhabitants. When Ryohei falls asleep, exhausted, Josuke and Tomoko have a discussion about his father. Although Tomoko is still attached to Joseph, Josuke prefers to look up to his grandfather.
The next day, Jotaro has investigated about Anjuro Katagiri, and deduces that his powers are water-based. Worried, he looks at the incoming rain clouds. Meanwhile, Katagiri has followed Josuke home and unleashes his Stand, Aqua Necklace. Tomoko unwittingly drinks the Stand, but Josuke saves her by having his own Stand punch through her, trapping Aqua Necklace in a bottle and still healing his mother. Tomoko then leaves to go to Trattoria Trussardi, a new Italian restaurant. Josuke calls Jotaro for aid and later goes to prepare the bath. However, in Josuke's absence, Aqua Necklace tricks Ryohei into drinking the bottle by changing its color to appear as alcohol. Josuke and Jotaro are too late to save Ryohei, and they can only mourn him for a brief moment before the enemy attacks them again.
Aqua Necklace has opened all the taps of the house and even started to boil water. Despite their powers, the water Stand is too elusive to fight directly. Thus, Josuke secretly swallows a glove and tricks the enemy into entering his mouth, trapping him. Confronting Katagiri, Josuke then traps him forever inside a rock.
At the same time, the mysterious teen feels that his ally has been defeated, and prepares for the incoming battle.
Josuke against the Nijimura Brothers
Later, Josuke prepares himself for Ryohei's funeral, which prompts Tomoko to recall the unsolved murder of a high school girl and praise her father as a pillar of Morioh's community. During the funeral, Josuke spots the mysterious teen who smiles at him. Suspicious, he and Koichi follow him up to a derelict mansion, the property of the Nijimura family. One new foe, Okuyasu Nijimura, attacks Josuke while the mysterious teen, revealed as the big brother Keicho Nijimura, shoots Koichi with the bow.
Josuke fights Okuyasu, a dangerous enemy whose Stand, The Hand, can erase anything its right hand touches and even teleport objects by erasing the space between them. Nonetheless, Okuyasu is quickly dispatched when he teleports a statue into his face and is knocked out.
Meanwhile, Keicho has dragged the wounded Koichi inside the house. Josuke follows him and confronts him, but is then suddenly attacked. While Josuke avoids the attack, the returning Okuyasu gets his whole face pierced. Josuke retreats while Keicho disappears further inside his mansion.
Josuke heals Okuyasu, who realizes the nobility of his foe. In gratitude for healing him, Okuyasu uses his power to teleport Koichi, allowing Josuke to save him. Nonetheless, Okuyasu steps aside for the remainder of the battle.
Josuke and Koichi then explore the mansion and are attacked by a whole army of miniature soldiers, helicopters, and tanks, which are collectively Keicho's Stand, Bad Company. While Josuke is slowly but surely overwhelmed by the onslaught of attacks, Keicho expresses his interest for Koichi who's survived the arrow and must have had gained a Stand. Unfortunately, his powers presents itself as a mere big egg. Disappointed, Keicho moves in to finish off both but the egg hatches, revealing the real Stand, which is still powerless to stop Keicho. Nonetheless, the distraction has allowed Josuke to repair some missiles which he throws back at Keicho, defeating him.
Wanting to destroy the Bow and Arrow, Josuke and Koichi explore the attic of the mansion, only to discover a chained monster. Reappearing with the bow, Keicho explains that the monster is his own father, transformed into an immortal abomination, and that he seeks a way to grant his father death. Nonetheless, Josuke repairs the pieces of a photograph of the Nijimura family, which the monster takes and holds dearly, demonstrating that a lingering trace of Keicho's father remains.
Stupefied, Keicho is speechless when Josuke offers his help to find a way of healing his father. But even with Okuyasu's insistence, he refuses to hand the Bow and Arrow, considering he's gone too far to step down.
Suddenly, a new foe appears. A miniature tank leaps through the window and attacks Okuyasu. Keicho jumps to throw his brother aside and dies when the tank explodes.
Okuyasu mourns his brother, and Josuke meets again with Jotaro, swearing to continue his grandfather's work of protecting the town. Josuke, Koichi and Okuyasu then become friends and comrade in arms.
Initial rumors in July 2016 of a movie adaptation of Stardust Crusaders being in production began to circulate only for no official confirmation to validate the authenticity of the claims. Eventually on September 28, 2016, at a panel to promote JoJo's Bizarre Adventure the film was revealed to the public, instead being an adaptation of Diamond is Unbreakable. TBS producer Takashi Hirano explained that the staff decided to adapt the manga's Part 4 storyline since it features a Japanese protagonist in a Japanese setting. He then further clarified that the cosmopolitan nature of the manga offers a chance for Japanese cinema to expand across the world; including actors of a particular Part (such as English or Italian characters) to be played by their appropriate race.
In regards to the film's subtitle of "Chapter I", Hirano explained that due to the complexity in the plot and characters of Part 4 it would be impossible to adapt its entirety into a two-hour film. Hirano then said that if the film is a commercial success, he'd love to adapt the remainder of Part 4 through more films. Director Takashi Miike decided on the Spanish city of Sitges as the shooting location after looking through options worldwide. He acknowledged that the original manga's setting is loosely based on the real Japanese city of Sendai, but determined Sitges was the closest match to Morioh's fictional setting.
According to Takashii Miike's preface for the French fanbook "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: le diamant incassable du manga", Araki visited the production sets once, observed the actors and encouraged them, and also told Takashi Miike "Every movie belongs to its director. Feel free to destroy the original universe". During the editing, Miike asked Araki to review the movie on several occasions and also asked him to supervise the design, colors and movements of the Stands. In a direct contribution to the film, Araki drew the camouflage pattern that is shown on the suits of Bad Company's soldiers.
The movie was premiered during the 2017 Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival where it won the audience RTS award.
On August 4, 2017 it was released on 325 screens nationwide in Japan, opening with a gross of 166 million yen. Its opening weekend attracted 164,496 people and ultimately grossed 226.316 million yen.
According to Takashi Miike, Araki personally commented to him that "It's a wonderful movie, it's very interesting to watch". Miike also suspects that Araki didn't like some details but preferred not to discuss them.
Message from Takashi Miike
First of all, as someone who's Japanese, I want to address my sincere thanks to Mister Frederico Anzalone for taking on this challenge. Araki-sensei's series, "JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure" is a miraculous work of art that has managed to push past society's typical view of manga as a "niche subculture" and achieve the honor of being described as "high art". That said, I’ll let the rest of this book explain what that means exactly. For now, I'd like to focus more on the author of this work, Hirohiko Araki, who I was able to meet during the production of the live-action adaptation.
Up until now, Araki-sensei would always refuse live movie adaptations for his manga, but this time he was kind enough to allow me to carry out this project. The first task was to hold a meeting to discuss the specifics behind the film's script. Only Araki-sensei's editor and the very tense-looking film producer were in the room at first, but then Araki-Sensei suddenly appeared with a big innocent smile, "Nice to meet you, I am Hirohiko Araki." His voice was soft and he spoke with a certain kindness. He wasn’t trying to impose himself. On the contrary, I could feel his genuine modesty. "JoJo is the celebration of mankind's greatness." His message was a simple but deep one.
DURING THE SHOOTING
Accompanied by his friendly and radiant wife, Araki-Sensei arrived at the set with the same undying smile. He tried to cheer up the young intimidated actors and thoroughly examined how everyone played their roles. Then he left to continue his ongoing work of drawing JoJo. "Every film belongs to its director. Feel free to destroy the original universe if you need to." His words made me shiver.
THE MONTAGE AND ARTISTIC CREATION
I asked Araki-Sensei several times to watch the movie during the editing phase in order to get his honest opinion. He ended up giving me some useful advice from his own perspective. I also asked him to supervise the Stands, particularly their designs, colors, and movements, as they're just as much characters in the movie as their Users. Outside the film's realism and the rhythm of the actors, Araki-Sensei was particularly interested in the way these elements were expressed, as well as the various shades of colors used. His remarks were always insightful and yet, unique. "It really is fascinating to be behind-the-scenes for the making of a film." His innocent smile really left a mark on me.
AT THE PREVIEW
We had reached the end of the preview screening; the credits rolled and the room illuminated. With a heavy heart, I wondered what would be the audience's reaction. I'm a pretty paranoid director, so this moment is always the most terrifying for me.
This is when Araki-sensei addressed me a radiant smile, "It was a wonderful movie, it was really interesting to watch." We toasted and drank wine. I had a feeling he was displeased with certain details, but he never told me them. He had an unconditional kindness and expressed great respect for the work of the team and actors.
"To us! I look forward to making a new movie together!" His beautiful sincere words validated the outcome of our collaboration. This unwavering author knew how to celebrate other's achievements. He himself really was the incarnation of the JoJo universe.
Now then, it’s your turn to discover the beautiful world of Hirohiko Araki!
Trailers And Interviews
- Director Takashi Miike revealed that he did not sleep for three days after receiving the offer to direct the film project.
- The film's premiere was held at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Switzerland on Sunday, July 2. It was later shown again at the 21st Fantasia International Film Festival (FIFF) in Montreal, Canada between July 13 to August 2.
- At the film's premiere at the 21st FIFF, a live violinist performed renditions of the anime's opening songs, including chase.