Live-Action Corpse Party Film's Trailer, Poster Unveiled
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The trailer and poster for the first live-action film of the Corpse Party horror game franchise debuted on Tuesday.
Both the original Corpse Party horror game from Team GrisGris and the movie follow a group of high school students trapped in their high school after their last culture festival. The site of their school was once Heavenly Host Elementary, which is haunted by children who disappeared.
The film stars Nogizaka46 and AKB48 member Rina Ikoma as third-year high school student Naomi Nakashima. The role will mark Ikoma's first starring role. Ryōsuke Ikeoka (1/11 Jyuu Ichi Bun No Ichi, The Prince of Tennis Musical 2nd Season) from the male acting group D-BOYS and Popteen fashion magazine model Nozomi Maeda (Real Onigokko 4, Kami No Tsuki) will also star as Satoshi Mochida and Ayumi Shinozaki, respectively.
Horror director Masafumi Yamada (Hitori Kakurenbo Gekijōban, Hontō ni Atta Kowai Hanashi) is directing the film. Asami Imai performed "Babylon ~before the daybreak," the theme song heard in the trailer.
The film is set to open in Japanese theaters on August 1, alongside a simultaneous live stream on Niconico Live.
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. The games have collectively sold over 100,000 copies, and the various manga series have sold over 100,000 copies.