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Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw Manga Gets Live-Action Film in January

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Adaptation of manga by Reiko the Zombie Shop author stars Rio Uchida

A live-action film adaptation of Rei Mikamoto's Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw manga has been green-lit. The film will open in Japan in January.

The film will star Rio Uchida (pictured right) in the lead role of Geeko. Uchida has previously starred in Kamen Rider Drive as the character Kiriko Shijima, and is also starring in the upcoming live-action adaptation of NisiOisin's Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku novel series.

The original manga centers around Geeko Nokomura, who is in a lone struggle to confront her classmate Nero Aoi, who has turned all of their classmates into zombies. To get to her, Geeko cuts down all of her former classmates.

Hiroki Yamaguchi (Messiah, Gusha no Binzume) will direct the film, and Mitsunori Fukuhara (Ofukō-san, Teen Court) will write the script.

Mikamoto launched the manga in Kadokawa's Comic Beam magazine in 2009. Kadokawa published the manga's ninth compiled book volume on February 25, and will publish the 10th volume on September 26.

Dark Horse Comics published the first six volumes of Mikamoto's Reiko the Zombie Shop manga in North America. Reiko the Zombie Shop was adapted into a three-part live-action video series in 2004. Mikamoto's Kyonyū Dragon manga was also also adaptated into a live-action movie in 2010. Funimation released the film in North America in 2011.

Sources: The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web, Comic Natalie

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