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Live-Action Kingdom Film's Trailer Reveals ONE OK ROCK Theme Song

posted on by Karen Ressler
Kento Yamazaki reprises lead role in April 19 film helmed by Gantz/Bleach's Shinsuke Satō

The staff for the live-action film of Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga announced on Friday that the band ONE OK ROCK (Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins, Harlock: Space Pirate) is performing the theme song "Wasted Nights" for the film. The staff shared a new trailer that previews the song.

ONE OK ROCK's Taka wrote the song specifically for the film. He was able to see an incomplete version of the film in order to get an image in mind for the song.

Shinsuke Satō (live-action Gantz, Death Note Light up the NEW world, Bleach) is directing the film, which will open on April 19. Sony Pictures Japan is producing the film. Filming for the movie began in China in April.

Kento Yamazaki is reprising his role as protagonist Shin (Xin) from the manga's earlier live-action short. The other cast members include:

Hara's historical manga centers around the slave boy Xin and his dream of becoming a great general for the state of Qin. Xin helps Ying Zheng, the young Qin king who shares his desire to unify China, rise to power within the state. Xin does all he can to become a superior commander of an army capable of defeating the Seven Warring States.

The record-setting manga launched in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine in 2006. Shueisha published the 52nd volume on October 19. Hara said he is considering writing up to 100 volumes. A television anime adaptation premiered in 2012, and a second season premiered in 2013. Funimation streamed the series in North America and released both anime on DVD in 2016.

The manga previously inspired a three-minute live-action short starring Yamazaki to celebrate the manga's 10th anniversary in 2016.

Sources: MAiDiGi TV YouTube channel, Comic Natalie

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