The official website for Katsuhide Motoki’s Kamogawa Harumo is now open and currently features a plot summary and a 30-second teaser trailer. But in distributor Shochiku’s infinite wisdom, they also posted a subtitled version of the trailer on their English site (direct link here).
The film’s story revolves around a club of Kyoto University students called “Kyoto University Azure Dragons”. Members play an ancient game called “Horumo” in which they control spirits known as “oni” and pit them against the oni of rival teams, sorta like pokemon. Freshman Akira Abe (Takayuki Yamada) falls in love with a classmate named Kyoko (Sei Ashina), and blindly joins the club to be closer to her. Takuya Ishida stars as Abe’s main rival. Chiaki Kuriyama will also appear as the often tempermental and always unfashionable supporting character Fumi Kusunoki.
The project promises to be chock full of CGI spirits—something Motoki is used to from his work on both Gegege no Kitaro movies. Production company Gonzo (Brave Story, Afro Samurai) handled the VFX aspects of the film.
No word on a release date yet, other than 2009.