Terumae romae II
The “hotly” awaited film sequel to the megahit manga series which sold over 9 million copies!!
Thermae Romae I opened in April 2012, bringing in an unprecedented 5.98 billion yen in box office revenues. The groundbreaking film about an ancient Roman bath architect who time travels to a public bath in modern Japan, premiered at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival and won Best Actor at the Japan Academy Awards. Audiences were captivated, and an unprecedented “bath boom” was launched. Now, “Thermae Romae” is back!!
Hiroshi Abe (the most chiseled face in Japan), along with Masachika Ichimura, Kazuki Kitamura and Kai Shishido make up the ancient Roman cast while Aya Ueto, Takashi Sasano, Riki Takeuchi, Midoriko Kimura and the feisty old grandpa return as the “Flat Faced Clan” (= Japanese)! Joining the all-star cast are 64th Sumo Grand Champion Akebono and current sumo sensation Kotooshu as Roman gladiators and Japanese film legends Tomoko Matsushima and Minoru Shiraki as new Flat Faced clansmen. Another phenomenal line-up only “Thermae” could pull off in a miracle collaboration of “Chiseled” vs “Flat” faces!
T-II will also be the first Japanese film to be shot in Bulgaria, with over 5,000 local extras. 2,000-year old Roman townscapes and a 50-meter high Colosseum were recreated at Nu Boyana, one of the biggest film studios in Europe. Domestic locations included some of the most famous hot spring destinations in Japan including Kusatsu, Hakone, Minakami and Suwa.
This unique comedy which “springs” from the gap between “ancient Roman” and “modern Japanese” baths is hotter than ever! The greatest bath extravaganza returns on a scale that surpasses the original!!
Ancient Roman bath architect Lucius becomes an overnight sensation for his innovative bath (thermae) creations.
Commissioned to build a thermae for gladiators in the Colosseum, Lucius struggles for inspiration and time slips once again into modern-day Japan (through the bath portal).
He is reunited with Mami (of the Flat-faced Clan = Japanese) who has become a specialty bath magazine writer. Soon they are caught up in the conflict between the pacifistic Emperor Hadrianus and the militaristic Roman Senate. Can Lucius and the Japanese bath culture save the Roman Empire from splitting in two?!