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Midori/Shōjo Tsubaki Horror Manga Gets Live-Action Film Starring Risa Nakamura

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film about orphan girl abused by freak show troupe opens in May

A live-action film adaptation of Suehiro Maruo's Shojo Tsubaki horror manga has been green-lit. The film will open in Japan in May, and will star fashion model Risa Nakamura (seen in poster visual below) in her film acting debut as the protagonist Midori. Other cast members include Shunsuke Kazama, Misaki Morino, rock band SuG frontman Takeru, Daichi Saeki, Motoki Fukami, and Akihiro Nakatani.

TORICO will direct the film, and musical sister group Charan-Po-Rantan will perform the film's theme song "Ano Ko no Jinta."

The original manga's "erotic grotesque" story centers on a girl named Midori, who becomes an orphan after her mother dies due to sickness, and is then sold to a traveling freak show, where the members proceed to physically and sexually torment her. The manga's title refers to a recurring stock girl character in Shōwa-era kamishibai performances.

Maruo published the manga in 1984, and publisher Blast Books published it in the United States in 1993 with the title Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show. It was adapted into an anime film in 1992 by director Hiroshi Harada, with music by Revolutionary Girl Utena composer J. A. Seazer, which was shown in film festivals outside Japan with the title Midori.

Source: Comic Natalie via Hachima Kikō

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