Viz Adds Live-Action Manga-Based Detroit Metal City (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo

The North American manga and video distributor Viz Media has announced on Thursday that it licensed Toshio Lee's live-action film adaptation of Kiminori Wakasugi's Detroit Metal City manga. Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Nana) stars as Sōichi Negishi, a mild-mannered singer who is transformed into Johannes Krauser II — the frontman for a death metal band. Real-life rockers Gene Simmons of Kiss and Marty Friedman of Megadeth make cameo appearances. Details on a DVD release will be announced later. Viz is already publishing the original manga.

Update: Viz Pictures has clarified that it, and not its corporate sibling Viz Media, is releasing the film.

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