Sono Sion Set To Direct Live-Action Adaptation Of Adult Manga SHINJUKU SWAN

Patryk Czekaj, Contributing Writer
Great news for all Sono Sion fans out there! The maverick filmmaker will make a return in 2015 with Shinjuku Swan, a live-action adaptation of Wakui Ken's popular Kabukichō-set adult manga. Anime News Network reports that the main cast will include Go Ayano (Rurouni Kenshin, Gatchaman), Sawajiri Erika (Ghost Train, Helter Skelter), Yamada Takayuki (Ikigami, Crows Zero), and Iseya Yusuke (Casshern, Sukiyaki Western Django). The plot revolves around a jobless youngster who one day gets thrown into Tokyo's dangerous and unpredictable underground world of entertainment:

Shiratori Tatsuhiko works as a scout for Burst, a talent agency in Kabukichō, Shinjuku's red light district. In a business where money means everything Tatsuhiko finds himself in a constant struggle between rival talent scouts and the yakuza.

Production of the hotly anticipated feature will commence as early as next month. The theatrical release is scheduled for spring 2015.

For those of you who don't know, Sono's another upcoming film Tokyo Tribes, based on a violent youth crime manga, is currently in the post-production phase and is set to be released in Japan during summer 2014.
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  • Zwanster

    Is it really better on the 2nd viewing? I enjoyed the last part but thought the hour and half or so that came before it was quite dull...

  • Zwanster

    Haven't read this manga personally but I feel Sion Sono's quality is slipping. Himizu was decent but not great, and I really didn't get all the hype for Why Dont You Go Play In Hell, thought it was very disappointing. Really hope this isn't him turning into a bit of a director-for-hire ala low-level Miike.

  • SeungLeee

    Please watch 'Why Dont You Play In Hell' one more time and come back!

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