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Bad Boys Motorcycle Gang Manga Gets Live-Action Film

posted on by Egan Loo
Hiroshi Tanaka's story about delinquents already inspired 5-part video anime

A live-action film adaptation of Hiroshi Tanaka's Bad Boys motorcycle gang manga has been green-lit for release in Japan at the beginning of next year. Takashi Kubota, the director of the film Yesterdays and Mr. Children's "Hibiki" music video, will begin shooting the Bad Boys film on location in Hiroshima in the middle of next month. (When the film is completed, Hiroshima will get advance screenings next January, before the rest of the country.)

The story follows Tsukasa, a naive son who rebels against his rich parents by joining a motorcycle gang called the Paradise Butterflies. Tsukasa and his friends (Yōji, Hisao, and Eiji) try to be the most powerful gang on the streets of Hiroshima.

The original manga ran in Shonen Gahosha's Young King magazine from 1988 to 1996, and 40 million copies of its 22 compiled book volumes have been published. A sequel manga, Bad Boys Glare, also ran in the same magazine from 1996 to 2003. Toei Animation and directors Osamu Sekita (Cross Game, Ichigo 100%) and Takeshi Yamaguchi (Happy Lesson, Slayers Next) adapted the manga into a five-part original video anime series from 1993 to 1998.

The main cast of the film will be announced on the official website. The website is already recruiting supporting cast members (gang members, police officers, children, okonomiyaki shop workers, and gang members' mothers) and extras.

Sources: Comic Natalie, Oricon

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