Live-Action Corpse Party Film Gets Uncut, 'Unlimited Edition'
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5pb. announced on Sunday that the live-action film of its Corpse Party game franchise is returning to theaters in an "Unlimited Edition" in September. The new edition will feature explicit sequences that were cut from the original theatrical release. The Unlimited Edition will begin playing on September 19:
Text: The worst dread…
Text: That you …
Text: have yet to behold…
Text: The legendary horror adventure game series that has garnered popularity for over 15 years
Text: The first live-action film adaptation
Text: Rina Ikoma (Nogizaka46) in her first starring role
Text: Never-before-seen scream-filled scenes added
Text: Director: Masafumi Yamada
Text: Unlimited Edition
Text: Original Creators: Team GrisGris/5pb. Games (Mages.)
Text: Supervisor: Makoto Kedōin
Text: Theme song "Babylon ~before the daybreak" by Asami Imai
Text: Rina Ikoma (Nogizaka46)
Text: Ryōsuke Ikeoka
Text: Nozomi Maeda
Text: Corpse Party Unlimited
Text: Set to open September 2015
The staff describes the story from both the original Corpse Party horror game from Team GrisGris and the movie:
Facing goodbyes and graduation, Naomi (Rina Ikoma), her childhood friend Satoshi Ryosuke Ikeoka), and their classmates, are clearing up after their last ever cultural festival, when horror buff class president Ayumi (Nozomi Maeda) decides to summon Sachiko Ever After so they will stay friends for all eternity. What came instead was an invitation to a haunted graduation ceremony for Heavenly Host Elementary School, forced to close after a series of gruesome murders. What fate awaits Naomi and her friends at the cured school...?
The film stars Nogizaka46 and AKB48 member Rina Ikoma as third-year high school student Naomi Nakashima. The role marks 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) also star as Satoshi Mochida and Ayumi Shinozaki, respectively.
Horror director Masafumi Yamada (Hitori Kakurenbo Gekijōban, Hontō ni Atta Kowai Hanashi) directed the film. Asami Imai performed "Babylon ~before the daybreak," the theme song heard in the trailer.
The film's original version opened 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 would 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 summer. A 3DS version of the original game shipped on July 30.
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.