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The Citizen Police 69 Manga Gets Live-Action Film

posted on 2010-09-08 20:52 EDT
Kimio Yanagisawa's story of average man chosen to be in anti-crime organization

A live-action film adaptation of Kimio Yanagisawa's Shimin Police 69 (The Citizen Police 69) manga is in the works for a Spring 2011 release. The manga follows an average middle-aged company employee who gets chosen to become part of "Shimin Police 69," an anti-crime organization. 51-year-old Toshiya Sakai (Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar the Movie) plays his first lead film role as the man who finds himself in these extraordinary circumstances. 15-year-old Momoiro Clover idol group member Akari Hayami will play a girl who changes the fate of Sakai's character, and Saori Hara also has a role.

Director Ryūichi Honda (Dance Till Tomorrow, Cutie Honey The Live episodes) has been shooting the film from late August to early September. Yanagisawa serialized the manga from 2001 to 2006, and Bunkasha compiled and published two books volumes.

Yanagisawa's romance manga Aoki Honōo spawned a video anime in 1989. His salaryman action manga Tokumei Kakarichō Tadano Hitoshi (Special Mission Section Chief Hitoshi Tadano) also inspired four live-action television series and a film. That manga series spawned a spinoff manga called Tokumei Joshi Ana Namino Yōko (Special Mission Female Announcer Yōko Namino) about a female television announcer who doubles as a secret corporate agent, and the spinoff in turn inspired two films.

Source: Nikkan Sports


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