Live-Action Kamen Teacher Drama Gets Film Next Year
posted on by Marlene First
The live-action Kamen Teacher television series based on Tohru Fujisawa's manga starring Kis-My-Ft2 idol group member Taisuke Fujigaya is getting a film follow-up next year. Kentaro Moriya will direct the film, which will open in Japan on February 22. The film will mark Fujigaya's first theatrical starring role.
The manga centers around Gōta Araki, a special instructor in the Kamen Teacher Program that gives problem schools a complete overhaul. When he dons a mask, Araki becomes "Kamen Teacher Hayato Jūmonji," a hero for justice. He brings light to troubled schools by putting down delinquents.
In the live-action version, Araki has been transferred to another high school after a certain incident. There, he is handed the second year's Class C, which only has problem students led by a powerful student nicknamed "M4." Araki wants to reach out to the students without resorting to using the power of the mask, but he reluctantly puts it on to bring the students in line and rehabilitate them.
Aya Ōmasa also starred in the television series an English teacher (Paradise Kiss), while Idol group Sexy Zone's Fūma Kikuchi (Future Diary -Another World-) played the powerful student leader "M4." Other cast members included Johnny's Jr. members Jesse, Yūta Kishi, Taiga Kyōmoto, Shō Takada, and A.B.C-Z's Ryōichi Tsukada.
The manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Young Magazine from 2006 to 2007, and Shueisha published four volumes. Fujisawa launched a sequel called Kamen Teacher BLACK in Weekly Young Magazine in April. The television series premiered in Japan on July 6.