Takashi Miike Directs Live-Action Film Adaptation of Aku no Kyōten Novel
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Takashi Miike, the one-time cult director who has entered the Japanese mainstream with his live-action Yatterman and Crows Zero films, will direct a live-action film adaptation of Yūsuke Kishi's Aku no Kyōten (Lesson of the evil) psychological suspense novel. The film will star Hideaki Ito (Onmyoji, Sukiaki Western Django) as an always-smiling and popular high school teacher who is also a psychopath who begins to murder his students. The novel was originally released in July 2010. Toho will release the film in Japanese theaters in November.
Miike previously directed the 2010 live-action film adaptation of the long-running Nintama Rantaro ninja comedy anime series. More recently, Miike directed the live-action adaptation of CAPCOM's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban) video game franchise, which is currently playing in Japanese theaters.
Another of Kishi's novels, From the New World (Shin Sekai Yori), will receive an anime adaptation from A-1 Pictures. Masashi Ishihama, the character designer and animation director of the Read or Die franchise and Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW, is directing that series.
Source: Mainihi Shimbun's Mantan Web