Teaser poster and release date added for movie “Awake” starring Ryo Yoshizawa and Ryuya Wakaba. The film is written and directed by Atsuhiro Yamada (“Happy Ending“). Caption on the teaser poster states in Japanese “That is the best feeling that I have experienced, after waking up from the bottom.” The film follows Ryo Yoshizawa as Eiichi. He once aspired to become a shogi player and trained hard for it, but he now writes shogi software programs. He faces an old nemesis in shogi player Riku played by Ryuya Wakaba.
“Awake” is now set for release December 25, 2020 in Japan.
Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Eiichi (Ryo Yoshizawa) wanted to become a top shogi player and attended a shogi player training center run by the Japan Shogi Association. At the training center, he could not beat Riku (Ryuya Wakaba), who is extremely talented in the game, and Eiichi eventually gave up on becoming a shogi player. To live a more normal life, he enrolled in a university. Because he spent most of his time playing shogi, he has a hard time adjusting to campus life. He does not have any friends at school. One day, Eiichi comes across an AI based shogi computer program. The computer program is more creative and stronger than he expected. This piques Eiichi interest in computer programming, specifically for shogi games. He visits an AI research club and meets senior student Isono (Motoki Ochiai). He learns about computer programming from Isono and makes a new goal for himself. Eicchi now wants to write a top shogi computer program. A few years later, Eiichi wins a computer shogi competition. He receives a request to play against Riku.