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Midori/Shōjo Tsubaki Live-Action Film's Extended Trailer Streamed

posted on by Jabulani Blyden
Film about orphan girl abused by freak show troupe opens on May 21

Nippon Television's VAP began streaming an extended trailer on Thursday for the live-action film adaptation of Suehiro Maruo's Shojo Tsubaki horror manga. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Ano Ko no Jinta" by musical sister group Charan-Po-Rantan.

(Note: The video below is not safe for work.)

The film will open in Japan on May 21, and it 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 is directing and writing the film.

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 released 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, and the film was shown in film festivals outside Japan with the title Midori.

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