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30-year-old Arashi band member Satoshi Ohno will reprise his role as the monster prince of Kaibutsu Land in a 3D live-action film adaptation of Fujiko Fujio A's Kaibutsu-kun supernatural action manga this coming Christmas. Ohno had starred in a live-action television series version and a spinoff television special last year.
The story follows the prince of Kaibutsu Land as he decides to go to the human world as part of his training to become the king. Fujiko Fujio A is best known for co-creating the classic manga Doraemon.
Yoshihiro Nakamura is directing, and the cast will include Norito Yashima (Mardock Scramble: The First Compression ), the comedy trio Dachō Club's Ryūhei Ueshima, and Korean martial fighter Choi Hong-man. The upcoming 3D film will have a "monstrous" budget of 2 billion yen (US$24 million). It will be the first live-action film adaptation of the manga and Ohno's first role as the sole headlining star in a film. Filming began on January 6, and the staff plans to shoot some scenes overseas in Asia.
Source: Sankei Sports
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