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Live-Action Tokyo Revengers Film Delayed Due to COVID-19

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Shooting halted in April due to pandemic

The official website for Warner Bros. Japan's live-action film of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga announced on Monday that the film is delayed due the effects of the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Japan. The staff will announce a new release date when it is decided. The announcement included the below image from the original manga.

The film was slated to open in Japan on October 9. The production halted filming in April due to COVID-19. Tsutomu Hanabusa (live-action Kake Gurui, Miseinen dakedo Kodomo ja Nai) is directing the film.

The cast includes (from left to right in image above):

Warner Bros. Japan announced the film in February.

Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English, and it describes the story:

Watching the news, Takemichi Hanagaki learns that his girlfriend from way back in middle school, Hinata Tachibana, has died. The only girlfriend he ever had was just killed by a villainous group known as the Tokyo Manji Gang. He lives in a crappy apartment with thin walls, and his six-years-younger boss treats him like an idiot. Plus, he's a complete and total virgin … At the height of his rock-bottom life, he suddenly time-leaps twelve years back to his middle school days!! To save Hinata, and change the life he spent running away, hopeless part-timer Takemichi must aim for the top of Kanto's most sinister delinquent gang!!

Wakui launched the manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in March 2017, and Kodansha published the manga's 15th compiled book volume last December. Kodansha Comics published the 15th volume digitally in English on May 12.

Wakui serialized the Shinjuku Swan manga in Kodansha's Young Magazine from 2005 to 2013 with 38 volumes. The manga inspired a six-episode live-action television series in 2007 and two live-action movies in May 2015 and January 2016. The manga is also inspiring a television anime adaptation in 2021.

Sources: Tokyo Revengers live-action film's website, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web


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