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Zenaku no Kuzu Live-Action Film Starring Hirofumi Arai Cancelled

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Arai was arrested on February 1 on allegations of sexual assault involving rape

Japanese entertainment company Nikkatsu announced on Friday that it has cancelled the release of the live-action film adaptation of Daisuke Watanabe's Gedō no Uta (The Villain's Song) manga. The film, titled Zenaku no Kuzu after Watanabe's first manga in the series, was slated for release this year, and had finished filming.

The film was slated to star Hirofumi Arai as Takeshi Kamonome (Kamo). Police arrested Arai on February 1 due to allegations of sexual assault involving rape. Arai reportedly denied part of the allegations. According to the investigation, Arai sexually assaulted a woman in her thirties at about 2:30 a.m. on July 1 after she came to his apartment to give him a massage.

Arai is also starring in the Taifū Kazoku film, which is slated to open in June.

Other cast members involved in the Zenaku no Kuzu film included Kento Hayashi and Fumika Baba. Kōji Shiraishi (live-action Impossibility Defense, Sadako vs. Kayako films) was directing the live-action film.

The Gedō no Uta manga centers on Kamo and his partner Tora, who work in the underworld as "avengers for hire," taking on jobs from the victims of violent crimes and families seeking vengeance for wrongs done to them.

The Zenaku no Kuzu (The Scum of Good and Evil) manga ran in Young King from 2014 to 2016. The ongoing sequel, Gedō no Uta (The Villain's Song), launched in Young King in 2016. Shonengahosha published the seventh volume of Gedō no Uta and the first compiled volume of the Sonoda no Uta spinoff on November 26.

First image via Eiga.com

Sources: Nikkatsu, Comic Natalie

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