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Ao Oni ver.2.0 Sequel Film's New Trailer Previews Thrills

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Taishi Nakagawa stars in sequel horror film opening in Japan on July 4

A second trailer for Ao Oni ver.2.0, the sequel to the film adaptation of the free online horror game Ao Oni (Blue Demon), began streaming on Thursday. The video features the film's theme song, "Yogorenaki Itazura" (Pranks Without Filth) by AMG Sakamoto Kageki-dan featuring Rino Yamamoto Eizo Sakamoto.

Text: Trailer 2.0
Text: The movie based on the mega-hit horror game that has over 60 million hits on related videos
Text: Gets an eagerly wanted new chapter
Boy: The live telecast from the Jailhouse that everyone freaks out about.
Text: Four people who gathered in the Jailhouse
Boy: People say there's a monster who shows up here.
Boy: It's... the same as the game.
Text: The worlds of the game and reality intertwine
Boy: We're inside of the game.
Boy: It did it...
Girl: What?
Boy: It leveled up.
Text: It's coming
Text: The leveled up version
Boy: This is leveled up!? It's all fluffy!
Text: Warning: You must not underestimate the leveled up monster.
Text: Blue Demon tag
Text: Restart
Boy: Since he's leveled up, he should definitely be more difficult to deal with.
Text: Fear level x2
Man: It seems as if there's something called the legendary demon.
Boy: The game is gonna be reset!
Text: Reset it
Man: You must turn back before entering the Jailhouse
Text: Read the back of the game.
Text: Don't run away.
Text: Stand up.
Boy: Well yeah, anyone would run away...

The story and setting of the new film will be completely separate from the one that premiered earlier this year, and is labeled as a "New Chapter." In order to get closer to the original ideas and story of the source material, the director, scenario writer, and cast are being replaced.

Hideaki Maekawa (Ultraman Saga VFX supervisor) is directing the film off of Ami Inagawa's scripts. CG studio Digital Frontier (Gantz Perfect Answer, Biohazard Damnation) is handling the visual effects for the film. The fim will star Taishi Nakagawa (live-action GTO 2012, Jigoku Sensei Nube), Yūna Tairi (Sadako 3D), Shōta Matsushima (live-action Hana-Kimi 2011), Ikumi Hisamatsu (live-action GTO 2014), Reo Kanshuji, and Soran Tamoto.

The previous film starred AKB48 member Anna Iriyama as the main heroine.

The first Ao Oni film premiered in Japanese theaters in July 2014, and grossed more than 200 million yen (about US$16.604 million) during its run in 80 theaters. The film also had a screening at the same time on Niconico, and with more than 10,000 paying viewers, it broke the website's record for the number of viewers on a paid program.

Ao Oni is a horror game that makes the player solve various puzzles and riddles in order to escape a demon in a locked or enclosed space. Videos of the game on YouTube and Nico Nico have passed 50 million views. The game is available to play in both Japanese and English. Publisher PHP Institute released a novel inspired by the game in Japan in February 2013 (cover seen left).

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