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Live-Action Judge Film's 1st 88 Seconds Streamed

posted on 2013-10-07 17:45 EDT
Film of Yoshiki Tonogai's psychological suspense manga to open November 8

The official YouTube channel for the live-action adaptation of Yoshiki Tonogai's psychological suspense manga Judge began streaming the film's first 88 seconds on Friday.

In the original manga's story, nine young strangers wake up and find themselves wearing animal masks in a shuttered old courtroom. They are accused of sins, and must judge and sacrifice each other one by one, until four are left alive. They must all play the game, or they will all die.

The film will include only seven characters — one for each of the seven deadly sins. Koji Seto (live-action Moshidora, Sadako 3D) will play the wolf, Kasumi Arimura (live-action Hagane no Onna, Clover) will play the lion, and Jiro Sato (live-action Gokusen, Densha Otoko, Meshibana Deka Tachibana) will play the fox. Additionally, Kazuyoshi Taira will play the bear, Fukino Kawate will play the pig, Sōtarō Tanaka (Kibō no Koku) will play the dog, and Yūko Nishimaru (Salaryman Kintaro) will play the rabbit. Yō Kohatsu (Waya!, Seichi e, Chokujou se yo!) will direct the film, and Kawate and Kohatsu are handling the script.

The Japanese band Man Without A Mission will perform the theme song "Wake Myself Again."

Tonogai launched this manga in Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine in 2010 after finishing Doubt, another psychological horror manga that Yen Press published in North America. Judge ended in Japan in August 2012, and Square Enix published the sixth compiled book volume in Japan last November. Yen Press released the first Judge manga volume for US$12.99 on August 20.

The live-action Judge film will open in theaters in Japan on November 8.

Update: The official YouTube channel added the film's first 99 seconds on Tuesday.


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