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'Shinjuku Swan' Red-Light District Manga Gets Live-Action Film

posted on by Egan Loo
Ken Wakui's manga about 19-year-old entering Tokyo's underworld as talent scout

This year's 13th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine is announcing on Monday that a live-action film adaptation of Ken Wakui's Shinjuku Swan manga has been green-lit.

The manga follows Tatsuhiko Shiratori, a 19-year-old with no money or job in the (in)famous Kabukichō red-light district of Tokyo's Shinjuku ward. Then one day, a man named Mako recruits him to become a scout. Tatsuhiko's job has him finding new talent for clubs, adult videos, and other areas of Kabukichō's night life. Tatsuhiko has taken his first step into the cutthroat business of Tokyo's underworld.

Wakui launched the manga in Young Magazine in 2005, and Kodansha will publish the 35th volume next month. The manga already inspired a six-episode live-action television series in 2007. In that version, Yōsuke Kawamura played Tatsuhiko.

[Via Manga News]

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