After Cocaine Allegations, Yakuza 4 Gets A New Voice Actor 

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In Yakuza 4's original PlayStation 3 release, the character Masayoshi Tanimura was played by actor Hiroki Narimiya. The upcoming PS4 remaster, however, will feature another actor.

Narimiya made a name for himself as a popular TV and movie actor, starring in the live-action adaptation of Phoenix Wright as well as 2016's Assassination Classroom: Graduation flick.

However, in December of that year, a weekly magazine published a photo of the actor allegedly using cocaine. Soon after, Narimiya announced he was retiring and leaving the entertainment industry.

In the Japanese entertainment industry, once someone leaves the business, especially under dubious circumstances, it can seem like they are erased.

Voice actor Toshiki Masuda is taking over the role for the game’s PlayStation 4 remaster. As you can see, the character is getting a slightly different haircut, too.

Yakuza 4 was originally released in Japan in 2009 on the PS3. The remastered PlayStation 4 version will be out next January. No word yet on an international release.


Comments

    What's the point of becoming a name brand actor if you can't even hit a tonne of rack in your personal time...

    It's a YAKUZA game! Crime! He was being method!
    And cocaine just happens to be awesome stuff. It's how you know you're doing okay for yourself, ya know? You worked hard through your 20's now you can afford cocaine and Loot Crate.
    People need to grow up. Despite legality, nose beers are a great gift from one's self for one's self. And most of your favourite people do/have done it.

    It’s not just the hair, it’s a different face too.

    Yeah, not just the hair, they've made the character astoundingly ugly.

    cool. lets erase everyone from history who has done something unlawful.

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