Wangan Midnight the Movie to Open in Japan This Summer
posted on 2009-04-26 06:09 EDT by Egan Loo
The official website of Kodansha Comics has announced on Saturday that a theatrical film based on Michiharu Kusunoki's Wangan Midnight street-racing manga will open in Japan this summer. Like the previous television anime and video features, Wangan Midnight the Movie will center on a young man named Akio who salvages "Devil Z," a custom-tuned Datsun Fairlady S30Z car with a supposedly cursed history.
The film will star Yuichi Nakamura (Gokusen 2, Princess Princess D, Kamen Rider Hibiki), Ryōko Kobayashi (ZOO, Kamen Rider the First, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion), Kazuki Katou (Jigoku Shoujo, The Prince of Tennis musical, Kamen Rider Kabuto), Megumi Matsumoto (Ace wo Nerae!, Tomie: Beginning, Glass no Kamen), and Yoshihiko Hakamada (The Cat Returns, Iryū - Team Medical Dragon, Q.E.D.).
The original manga ran in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine and Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine from 1992 to 2008, although Kusunoki launched a new series called Wangan Midnight C1 Runner right after the old series ended last fall. The manga inspired about a dozen live-action video movies between 1991 and 2001 with a different cast than the upcoming theatrical film. Director Tsuneo Tominaga and A.C.G.T. animated a television anime series in 2004. The story is arguably best known in North America via an eight-year string of hit arcade and console videogames.
Image © Michiharu Kusunoki/Kodansha, Wangan Midnight the Movie Production Committee
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