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Live-Action Chinyūki Film's 1st 6 Minutes Streamed

posted on by Jabulani Blyden
Comedy film to open in Japan on February 27

The official Twitter for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Gatarō Man's Chinyūki ~Tarō to Yukai na Nakama-tachi~ manga began streaming the first six minutes of the the film on Wednesday.

Ken'ichi Matsuyama (live-action Death Note movies, Gantz, Bunny Drop) plays the protagonist Tarō Yamada and Kana Kurashina plays Genjō. Other cast members include: Junpei Mizobata, Ryōsei Tayama, Takashi Sasano, Yōichi Nukumizu, Pierre Taki, and Satoru Matsuo.

Yuudai Yamaguchi (Cromartie High: The Movie, Deadball) is directing the film. Atsushi Ōkawara, a member of Japanese comedy trio Onigashima, and Shū Matsubara (Mr. Osomatsu) are writing the script. Hip-hop unit RIP SLYME is performing both the opening and ending theme songs for the film. The film is slated to premiere on February 27 at the Shinjuku Wald 9 theater and other theaters in Japan.

Chinyūki spoofs adventure manga by retelling Journey to the West, the Chinese literary classic. In the story, a violent, trouble-making kabuki actor joins a traveling monk (who happens to be have been transformed into a monkey by a curse) on a colorful journey west to ancient southern Asia.

Gatarō Man serialized the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1990 to 1992, and Shueisha published six compiled book volumes for the manga. The series has around 4 million copies in print. The manga received a four-episode OVA adaptation in 2009. Gatarō Man launched a sequel titled Chinyūki 2 ~Yume no Inzei Seikatsu-hen~ in Weekly Shonen Jump 2009, and ended it in 2010. Shueisha published four compiled volumes of the manga.

Source: Comic Natalie

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