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Corpse Party Horror Game Franchise Gets Live-Action Film

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
AKB48's Rina Ikoma stars in film about students trapped in school

Team GrisGris' Corpse Party horror game franchise is getting a live-action film adaptation this summer starring Nogizaka46 and AKB48 member Rina Ikoma. Ikoma will star in the film as third-year high school student Naomi Nakashima. The role will mark Ikoma's first starring role.

Ryōsuke Ikeoka from the male acting group D-BOYS and Popteen fashion magazine model Nozomi Maeda will also star in the film.

Horror director Masafumi Yamada (Hitori Kakurenbo Gekijōban, Hontō ni Atta Kowai Hanashi) is directing the film. Asami Imai will perform the theme song.

Niconico will host a live broadcast event from the film's set. Filming is slated to start on March 15.

The original Corpse Party horror game from Team GrisGris followed of a group of high school students trapped in Heavenly Host Elementary, which is haunted by children who disappeared.

XSEED Games released the PSP version of the original Corpse Party game in North America and Europe, as well as the follow-up game Corpse Party: Book of Shadows. Xseed Games also announced last year that it will release the original Corpse Party game for PC, and 5pb. released an iOS port with Xseed's English translation last year.

Team GrisGris and 5pb. released the third and final chapter in the Heavenly Host Elementary School saga, titled Corpse Party: Blood Drive, in Japan last July.

The franchise has also inspired several manga adaptations as well as the Corpse Party Missing Footage and Corpse Party: Tortured Souls -Bōgyaku Sareta Tamashii no Jukyō- video anime.

Sources: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web, Natalie

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