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Live-Action Jūni-nin no Shinitai Kodomo-tachi Film's Trailer Reveals Cast, January 25 Opening

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New visual, staff, theme song artist also revealed for film of Tow Ubukata mystery novel

Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a trailer for the live-action film of Tow Ubukata's Jūni-nin no Shinitai Kodomo-tachi (Twelve Children Who Want to Die) novel on Wednesday. The video reveals the film's cast, staff, and January 25 opening.

The cast includes Hana Sugisaki, Mackenyu, Takumi Kitamura, Mahiro Takasugi, Yuina Kuroshima, Ai Yoshikawa, Riku Hagiwara, Yūto Fuchino, Ryūta Bandō, Kotone Furukawa, and Aisa Takeuchi. The staff did not reveal the cast member playing the character Riko Akikawa.

Yukihiko Tsutsumi (live-action 20th Century Boys, Beck, Ikebukuro West Gate Park) is directing the film, and Yutaka Kuramochi is writing the script. Filming took place from late July to late August. Utena Kobayashi is composing the music. The Royal Concept is performing the film's theme song "On Our Way."

Takatoshi Kumakura launched a manga adaptation of the novel in Kodansha's Good! Afternoon magazine in June 2017 and ended it on November 7. Kodansha released the second compiled book volume in May.

Bungeishunju published the original novel in October 2016.

The story is a locked-room mystery where 12 kids go into an abandoned hospital to give up on life. In the room where they meet, a boy is already lying dead, and no one knows who he is. The novel was nominated for the Naoki Prize for 2016.

Ubukata debuted as a short story writer in 1996, and he won the Kadokawa Sneaker Grand Prize with the work "Kuroi Kisetsu" (Black Season). He won the Eiji Yoshikawa Award for New Writers in 2009 for Tenchi Meisatsu, and the Fūtarō Yamada Award in 2012 for Mitsukuniden. He wrote the original novel that inspired the Mardock Scramble anime films, and has also served as the series composition writer for Ghost in the Shell Arise, Psycho-Pass 2, Heroic Age, Fafner EXODUS, and Le Chevalier D'Eon.

Sources: Warner Bros. Japan's YouTube channel, Eiga Natalie


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