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Film Version of Live-Action Humanoid Monster Bem Announced

posted on 2012-06-13 20:53 EDT
Title following up anime-based live-action series due out in December

It was revealed on Wednesday that a film version of the 2011 live-action television series based on the classic supernatural adventure anime Humanoid Monster Bem (Yōkai Ningen Bem) will be released in Japanese theaters on December 15 of this year. Key cast and staff from the television show will make a return in the film, including KAT-TUN's Kazuya Kamenashi (playing the title character), model/actress Anne (playing Bera), and child actor Fuku Suzuki (playing Berro), as well as writer Masafumi Nishida (Tiger & Bunny) and director Shunsuke Kariyama. The story will continue the main characters' aimless adventures.

In the original 1968 anime, Bem, Bera, and Berro are ugly humanoid monsters (yōkai) who fight for justice. The monsters live among humans and protect them from evil yōkai. The three find themselves ostracized from both humans and other yōkai, but the three continue to fight in hopes of one day becoming humans themselves.

The debut episode of the 2011 live-action Bem earned an 18.9% average rating in Tokyo's Kanto area, peaking at 22.9%. The overall average rating for the program in the area was 15.6%, with averages of 18.9% and 30.1% for teens and children, respectively.

Source: Oricon Style


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