Shokotan's Nuigurumaa Z Film Teaser Pits Gothic Lolita via 109 Zombies
posted on by Marlene First
The teaser trailer for Nuigurumaa Z, the first film with idol and actress Shoko Nakagawa (Shokotan) in a lead role, began streaming on Thursday. In the tokusatsu (special-effects) comedy, Nakagawa plays Yumeko Aikawa a.k.a. "Dame-ko" (no-good-girl), a girl in lolita fashion who transforms into Nuigurumaa when she combines with a pink teddy bear (nuigurumi no kuma). She fights with the villian Takeshi, who plans to take over the world using zombies.
The teaser boasts that Kazuya Tsurumaki (Evangelion films) and Shigeto Koyama (Evangelion films, Heroman) designed the titular heroine character. It also notes that this film has 109 zombies on the set — the most on any Japanese film.
Nuiguruma-Z film was announced in April and is based on "Tatakae! Nuigurumaa" ("Fight! Nuigurumaa!"), a tune performed by Kenji Ōtsuki's band Tokusatsu. Noburu Iguchi, the director known for such genre films as Sukeban Boy, Cat-Eyed Boy, The Machine Girl, RoboGeisha, Karate-Robo Zaborgar, Tomie Unlimited, and Dead Sushi, is helming the project. (Nakagawa previously drew the Nōko no Koi manga based on a concept by Iguchi.)
Rina Takeda plays Takeshi's psychic subordinate Kill Billy and Dame-ko's alter-ego Nuigurumaa. She also starred in Iguchi's previous horror comedy work Dead Sushi, which resulted in her Best Comedy Actress win at the Fantastic Fest in Texas. The voice of the teddy bear will be revealed in the next trailer.
The film is set to premiere on January 25, 2014.
Image © Nuigurumaa Z/Film Partners