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Netflix Units Movie Adaptation of Japanese Manga ‘Metropolis Hunter’

In one other enhance to its rising Japanese content material slate, Netflix has greenlit a live-action film adaptation of the traditional Japanese manga Metropolis Hunter. Japanese main man Ryohei Suzuki (Tokyo MER, Segodon) has signed on to star within the iconic function of Ryo Saeba, with filmmaker Yuichi Sato (Kisaragi, Strawberry Nights and The Finish of the Tiny World) onboard to direct.

Created by manga artist Tsukasa Hojo, Metropolis Hunter was a staple of Japanese popular culture all through the Eighties, promoting over 50 million copies around the globe. The franchise spawned a preferred anime sequence and quite a few feature-length diversifications, together with motion pictures made in Hong Kong (one starring Jackie Chan), France and mainland China, however this shall be there first time the property is customized as a live-action movie in its native Japan.

Netflix describes the challenge as “a modern-day up to date model of the manga, set within the bustling streets of Shinjuku. The streamer has set a 2024 goal launch for the movie.

“When Ryo’s companion Makimura is killed,” the longline provides, “he and Makimura’s sister Kaori workforce as much as discover out the reality, thus forming a brand new duo.”

The difference’s screenplay was written by Tatsuro Mishima, who scripted a number of episode’s of Netflix’s Japanese unique sequence Yu Yu Hakusho.

Suzuki says the variation will “intention to strike the proper steadiness between realism and fantasy, in addition to tones from the 80s and at present.” He additionally notes quite a lot of stress in assuming the mantle of such an iconic character.

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“I’m thrilled to be enjoying Ryo Saeba and really feel quite a lot of duty to painting this beloved, legendary character created by Tsukasa Hojo,” Suzuki says. “I can’t anticipate each present followers in addition to newcomers around the globe to fall in love with Ryo Saeba and his enjoyable, action-packed adventures round modern-day Tokyo.”

In keeping with Hojo, the Japanese function adaptation unveiled Thursday by Netflix has been within the works for a decade. “I all the time hoped the lead can be performed by somebody who actually preferred Metropolis Hunter and due to Ryohei’s unwavering ardour, the time has lastly come,” he provides. “Because of the devoted forged and crew, I’m trying ahead to the title being delivered to display, with a recent and reasonable perspective that isn’t strictly certain to the unique manga.”

Shinichi Takahashi is the challenge’s sole govt producer, whereas Keisuke Sanpei and Kosuke Oshida produce. Netflix is producing the movie in partnership with Tokyo-based manufacturing corporations Horipro and Workplace Shirous.

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