Mori no Asagao Manga on Capital Punishment Gets Film

posted on 2009-03-03 04:30 EST
Mamora Gōda's award-winning story about rookie prison guard, death row felon

This year's sixth issue of Futabasha's Manga Action magazine has announced on Tuesday that a movie adaptation of Mamora Gōda's Mori no Asagao manga has been green-lit. The manga revolves around the secret friendship between a rookie prison guard and a death row felon. Gōda won the Grand Prize in the Manga Division of the 2007 (11th) Japan Media Arts Festival Awards for his portrayal of the modern Japanese capital punishment system. Jirō Shōno (Tegami, Beautiful Life) is slated to direct the film.

Gōda launched the manga in Manga Action in May 2004, and its seven compiled volumes have sold 250,000 copies. Gōda also created the Kirakira Hikaru manga about a young female forensics examiner, and that manga was adapted into a television drama.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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