Tokyo Tribe Released on DVD and Blu-ray June 15

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'Battle-rap' musical by Love Exposure director Sion Sono

The live-action 'battle-rap musical' manga adaptation Tokyo Tribe will be released by Eureka Entertainment on June 15, on both Blu-ray and DVD. The film is written-directed by Shion Sono (Suicide Club, Love Exposure, Himizu, All Esper Dayo!). The home release will contain the following extras: a Feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary, and a limited edition collector's booklet featuring critical writing on the film and behind-the-scenes photography.

The film will also have some cinema screenings (details here) at cinemas in London, Derby and Sheffield.

The original manga takes place in the near future in Tokyo where rival street gangs fight each other for turf. When the rivalry between two of the gangs gets more personal, the fighting turns into an all-out war. The film stars Ryohei Suzuki (HK/Hentai Kamen) as Bukuro Wu-Ronz gang leader Mera and hip-hop artist YOUNG DAIS as Kai in the rival gang Musashino Saru. Japanese-American hip-hop artist and singer AI performs the theme song "HOPE -TOKYO TRIBE ANTHEM" with fellow artists YOUNG DAIS, SIMON, and Y'S.

Tokyopop published six of 12 volumes of the Tokyo Tribe 2 manga (under the name Tokyo Tribes) in North America. Madhouse adapted the same manga series into the 13-episode Tokyo Tribe 2 anime series in 2006.

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