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Corpse Party Live-Action Film Gets Sequel

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Nogizaka46's Rina Ikoma once again stars in sequel based on horror game franchise

The staff of the first live-action film adaptation of Team GrisGris and 5pb.'s Corpse Party horror game announced on Thursday that a sequel has been green-lit. The sequel will once again star Nogizaka46 member and former AKB48 member Rina Ikoma.

Other confirmed returning cast members include Ryosuke Ikeoka, Nozomi Maeda, and JUN (from idol group Bee Shuffle). Horror director Masafumi Yamada (Hitori Kakurenbo Gekijōban, Hontō ni Atta Kowai Hanashi) is also returning to direct the sequel.

Ikoma's role as third-year high school student Naomi Nakashima in the first film marked her first starring role.

The first film opened in Japanese theaters on August 1, alongside a simultaneous live stream on Niconico Live. An "Unlimited Edition" version of the film featuring explicit sequences that were cut from the original theatrical release opened in Japanese theaters on September 19.

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...?

XSEED Games released Corpse Party: Blood Drive in North America and Europe in October. Corpse Party: Blood Drive is the final installment of the series' storyline. The game shipped in Japan for the PS Vita in July 2014, and a Nintendo 3DS version shipped in Japan 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 1 million copies.

Sources: Dengeki Online, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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