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L'Arc~en~Ciel Performs Manga-Based Wild 7 Film's Theme

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Rock band sings for live-action film based on Mikiya Mochizuki's police action manga

Rock band L'Arc~en~Ciel will sing the theme song for this year's manga-based Wild 7 film adaptation directed by Eiichirō Hasumi. The group's lead singer hyde will perform the vocals in the song for which a title has not yet been announced. The live-action film, based on Mikiya Mochizuki's police action manga, will open in Japan on December 21.

The film's executive producer Hiroyoshi Koiwai (L change the WorLd, ICHI) said L'Arc~en~Ciel was picked for the role because their sound will blend well with the film's dark and serious yet youthful and sexy atmosphere. After reading the film's script, Hyde said he tried his best to fit the song for the film by creating the sensation of riding a motorcycle.

Mochizuki's original manga follows the story of seven motorcycle-riding outlaws who catch criminals that have protection from the regular police force. In the film, Wild 7 has to find the group plotting to release a deadly virus in the sky over Tokyo. Actor Eita (Nodame Cantabile, Azumi, Densha Otoko) will star in the film as Dairoku Hiba, the young leader of the Wild 7 secret police team.

The Wild 7 manga originally serialized from 1969 to 1979 in Shonengahosha's Weekly Shonen King magazine. Mochizuki drew three manga sequels to the original series, and his story also provided the basis for live-action television drama, television anime, and original video anime (OVA) adaptations.

Hasumi's upcoming live-action film will also receive its own manga adaptation in Shonengahosha's Young King magazine.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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