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Game developer Technōs Japan's Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (Renegade) arcade game is getting both a live-action film and a live-action television series adaptation. The movie will premiere at the "6th Old Town Taitō International Comedy Film Festival" on September 14.
Actor Takuro Ohno (Liar Game: Reborn, Black Butler) will play the main character Kunio Fu'unji, and the cast includes Yukihiro Takiguchi, Kaho Takashima, Donpei Tsuchihira, Azusa Yamamoto, and Ayame Misaki. Fujirō Mitsuishi (Osaka Hamlet, Hasami) will direct the film.
The story revolves around Kunio Fu'unji, a fit, hot-headed young man who transfers into Nekketsu Kōkō (Hot-Blooded High School). Never fighting illogical battles, Kunio ends up wearing the legendary white coat that has been handed down as the symbol of all of the delinquents.
The original Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun video game was released on arcade systems in Japan in 1986. In the same year, Technōs and Taito released the game in North America and Europe under the name Renegade, but the companies changed the graphics and story for overseas. The fighting game has been ported to multiple systems since its release, including the original NES, PCs, and the Nintendo Wii's virtual console.