Last year it had been revealed that model and actress Koki (21) would star in the upcoming film “Tornado” directed by Scottish director John Maclean. Production has now began with the filming taking place near Edinburg, Scotland. News site Deadline reported that “Tornado” will now be exclusively distributed in North America, Australia, and New Zealand on Shudder, a video streaming service owned and operated by AMC Networks. The theatrical release is planned to be distributed through IFC Films. In 2022, Koki made her acting debut as the lead role in the Japanese horror film “Ox-Head Village” and her first overseas acting gig was Icelandic romance film “Touch” which is scheduled to be released in the US on July 12, 2024.
The cast of “Tornado” includes Academy Award-winner Tim Roth, as well as Jack Lowden (of “Dunkirk”) , and fellow Japanese actor Takehiro Hira who has also starred in “Giri/Haji” on Netflix and FX’s “Shogun”. The story is set in England in the 1790s, and follows a young and determined Japanese woman, Tornado (Koki) who accompanies her father (Takehiro) and his traveling puppet show. The two encounter a gang of ruthless criminals led by Sugarman (Roth) and his son Little Sugar (Lowden) and her father is brutally murdered by them. Tornado vows to fight for her own survival and avenge her father’s death.