Takashi Miike to Direct Sequel to Live-Action Mogura no Uta Film
posted on by Karen Ressler
The staff of the live-action film based on Noboru Takahashi's crime manga Mogura no Uta (Mole's Song) announced on Friday that director Takashi Miike (live-action Ace Attorney, Crows Zero, Yatterman, For Love's Sake, Ichi the Killer), scriptwriter Kankuro Kudo (The Legend of Kamui, Maiko Haaaan!!!, Miike's Zebraman, Ping-Pong, Go), and lead actor Toma Ikuta (Hana Zakari no Kimi-tachi e, We Were There, Akihabara @ DEEP, Honey and Clover) will reunite for a sequel.
The first film, Mogura no Uta: Senyū Sōsakan Reiji opened on February 15, 2014. The film earned 2.2 billion yen (about US$18 million) at the box office.
The crime action story revolves around Reiji Kikukawa, a police officer who goes undercover to infilitrate a gangster syndicate.
Takahashi launched the manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Young Sunday magazine in 2005, but he moved the manga to Weekly Big Comic Spirits after Weekly Young Sunday ceased publication in 2008. Shogakukan published the 47th compiled book volume in December. The series has more than 6.5 million copies in print.
Takahashi is also drawing a side story, Mogura no Uta Gaiden Papillon Dance, in Shogakukan's Monthly Spirits. Shogakukan published the 5th compiled book volume in December.