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Live-Action Tokyo Revengers Highlights Tokyo Manji Gang

The official website for Warner Bros. Japan's live-action film of Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga began streaming a new character promotional video for the film on Wednesday. The video highlights the Tokyo Manji Gang. The film was slated to open in Japan on October 9 last year, but was delayed to 2021 due to the effects of the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Japan. The production halted filming in April 2020 due to COVID-19. The film will now open on July 9. Tsutomu Hanabusa (live-action Kakegurui, Miseinen dakedo Kodomo ja Nai) is directing the film. Rock band SUPER BEAVER is performing the film's theme song "Namae o Yobu yo" (I'll Call Your Name).

    Takumi Kitamura as Takemichi Hanagaki
    Yuki Yamada as Ken Ryūgūji
    Yosuke Sugino as Naoto Tachibana
    Nobuyuki Suzuki as Masataka Shimizu
    Hayato Isomura as Atsushi Sendō
    Shotaro Mamiya as Tetta Kisaki
    Ryō Yoshizawa as Manjirō Sano

Mio Imada (seen below) will play the role of heroine Hinata Tachibana in the film.

Gordon Maeda (left in image below) will play the character Takashi Mitsuya, the leader of the second squad of the Tokyo Manji Gang. Hiroya Shimizu (right) will play Shūji Hanma, a mysterious delinquent who works secretly with Kisaki.

 Other additional cast members include Kazuki Horike as Takemichi's fellow street tough Haruki "Pa-chin" Hayashida, and Yoshiki Minato as Nobutaka Osanai, the leader of the Moebius gang. 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 22nd compiled book volume on April 16. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English, and it published the 20th volume digitally in English on April 13. The manga is also inspiring a television anime that premiered on April 10. 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.

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The Kissing Booth 3 Trailer

The first trailer for The Kissing Booth 3 has just been released ahead of the film's upcoming premiere on Netflix. Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, and Molly Ringwald all reprise their roles from the previous two films. The Kissing Booth 3 will follow King's character, Elle Evans, as she experiences life during the last summer before she goes to college. The first film in the franchise followed Elle as she tried to navigate her feelings for her best friend's brother. Rounding out the rest of the cast of The Kissing Booth 3 is Taylor Zakhar Perez, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, and Meganne Young.

King is also serving as an executive producer on top of her starring role. The trailer depicts Elle spending the final summer before she goes to college at her mom's (Ringwald) gorgeous beach house with her closest friends. Elle and her best friend Lee (Courtney) try to commit to a bucket list of things they both want to do before they both go off to college, while Elle juggles her relationship with Lee's brother Noah (Elordi). However, Elle struggles internally because she is torn between attending college closer to Lee, or staying closer to Noah, without hurting either of them. Things really get complicated when an old flame from Elle's past comes back into her life. The Kissing Booth 3 is directed by Vince Marcello, who directed the first two films, and is written by both Marcello and Jay Arnold. Arnold also co-wrote the second film, but Marcello penned the first one himself. The Kissing Booth films are actually based on a 3-part book series of the same name by Beth Reekles. The Kissing Booth 3 was shot back-to-back with The Kissing Booth 2 in South Africa back in 2019. The Kissing Booth 2 was released last July on Netflix and is considered by many to be one of the streamer's most popular original films. Since The Kissing Booth book series was a trilogy, it would be safe to assume that The Kissing Booth 3 will be the franchise's final installment. However, if the film is as massively successful as its predecessors, it would be no surprise if Netflix decided to greenlight a fourth film in the series.