Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Gin to Kin Manga Inspires Live-Action Series

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Sousuke Ikematsu stars in series based on manga about underworld speculation

A live-action television series adaptation of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Gin to Kin (Silver and Gold) manga has been green-lit. The series will air on Saturdays at 12:20 a.m. on TV Tokyo starting in January, with 12 30-minute episodes. Sousuke Ikematsu (One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island's DJ Gappa, Death Note Light up the NEW world's Ryūzaki) will play main character Tetsuo Morita.

The manga's story centers around Morita, a man who never succeeds in anything, and takes his anger out in gambling. He meets an underworld fixer named Ginji Hirai, who introduces him to the underworld trade, where billions of yen changes hands every moment, and speculators and other influential people bet their lives for greed.

Fukumoto launched the manga in Futabasha's Action Pizazz magazine in 1992, and ended it in 1996. Futabasha released 11 compiled book volumes for the manga, and later collected the story in eight paperback volumes. Even later printings collected the story in 10 volumes.

Fukumoto is also known for his Akagi and Kaiji manga. The latter also inspired two live-action films with director Tōya Satō (live-action Gokusen, Gatchaman) and main star Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note's Light, Battle Royale's Shuya), as well as two television anime series.

Source: Sports Hochi via Hachima Kikō

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