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

posted on 2010-07-22 12:32 EDT
With Death Note's Kenichi Matsuyama, Kiss' Gene Simmons, Megadeth's Marty Friedman

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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