PS4 Remaster of Yakuza 4 Recasts TanimuraReported on Tuesday, October 23rd 2018
Tanimura was originally played by Japanese film and TV actor Hiroki Narimiya, and his appearance was based on him as well. Narimiya is well known outside Japan for playing Phoenix Wright in the live-action Ace Attorney movie, and reprised the role in VO for Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright. In 2016, Narimiya was forced to retire from the entertainment industry due to allegations of drug use in tabloids, along with having his sexuality outed. Although the drug allegations were likely falsified, he has not acted since. Since Sega needed new dialogue to be recorded for the game anyway, they have replaced his performance entirely with VA Toshiki Masuda.
The image in this article compares the original PS3 version of Tanimura (played by Narimiya) on the left, to his new model as played by Masuda on the right.
The remastered version of Yakuza 4 hits Japanese PS4s on January 17, 2019.