Live-Action Ajin Film Slated for September 30, 2017
posted on 2016-12-16 14:15 EST
Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass, Space Travelers, Bayside Shakedown) is directing the film, and Takeru Satoh (live-action Rurouni Kenshin films' Kenshin Himura, seen right) will play main character Kei Nagai. The live-action film project has invited the action filming team of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin films to work on the project.
The film's setting will be Tokyo in 2017. In the film, Kei is a medical intern, with his age changed to match Satoh's.
In the original manga's story, an immortal first appeared on an African battlefield 17 years ago. Later, rare, unknown new immortal lifeforms began appearing among humans, and they became known as "Ajin" (demi-humans). Just before summer vacation, a Japanese high school student named Kei Nagai is instantly killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school. However, he is revived, and a price is placed on his head. Thus begins a boy's life on the run from all of humankind.
Sakurai launched the manga in Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine in 2012. Vertical is publishing the manga in North America, and Crunchyroll is posting new chapters as Kodansha publishes them in Japan.
The manga already inspired a 3D CG anime film trilogy, two television anime seasons, and three original anime DVDs by Polygon Pictures. The second season premiered in Japan on October 7, and is currently running.
Thanks to Gwyn Campbell for the news tip.