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Live-Action Tokyo Tribe Film's Trailer Features a Rap Battle

posted on 2014-08-20 08:45 EDT
Live-action film based on Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 manga will open August 30

A new TV spot for the live-action film adaptation of Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 (Tokyo Tribes) manga began airing on Wednesday. The video features the film's main theme song, "HOPE – TOKYO TRIBE ANTHEM" by YOUNG DAIS, SIMON, Y'S & AI.

Narrator: The tribes will destroy Tokyo! All of you, put everything on the line and try to steal from each other! Tokyo Tribe!
Rapping Man: What you really want is L-O-V-E.

The story follows the struggles of street gangs in a near-future version of Tokyo. The movie will star Ryohei Suzuki (HK/Hentai Kamen) as Bukuro Wu-Ronz gang leader Mera and hip-hop artist YOUNG DAIS as Kai in the rival gang Musashino Saru. Director and writer Shion Sono (Suicide Club, Himizu, All Esper Dayo!) selected DAIS from the film's open auditions on YouTube. Japanese-American hip-hop artist and singer AI will perform the theme song "HOPE -TOKYO TRIBE ANTHEM" with fellow artists YOUNG DAIS, SIMON, and Y'S.

The film also stars:


Nana Seino as Sunmi
Ryōta Satō as Tera
Junsuke Daitō as Iwa
Takuya Ishida as Kim
Yui Ichikawa as Nori-chan
Mika Kano as Erendira
Shoko Nakagawa as Kesha
Shōta Someta as MC Show
Denden as High Priest
Yōsuke Kubozuka as Nkoi
Riki Takeuchi as Buppa
Bernard Ackah as Jadakins
Joey as Kamekichi
Yoshihiro Takayama as Bodyguard
Arata Matsuura as Skunk
Panda United as Hashim
Makoto Sakaguchi as Yon
Kokone Sasaki as Rookie Police Officer
Hideo Nakano as Veteran Police Officer

Madhouse adapted the same manga series into the 13-episode Tokyo Tribe 2 television anime series in 2006. The original manga has a total of 2.5 million copies in print. Tokyopop published six of 12 volumes under the name Tokyo Tribes in North America. Inoue ended his Tokyo Tribe 3 sequel manga in 2012.

Sono filmed Tokyo Tribe last year, and the film will open in theaters in Japan on August 30.


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