The psychological thriller manga Museum is getting a live-action adaptation. I wrote about it back in November last year and had a search for the manga but couldn’t find it. A teaser trailer came out in June and I tweeted about it but I want to blog about it because it looks good. Japan has seen a spate of gritty films recently but the teaser suggests this one has the atmosphere while the people in front of and behind the camera promise that this is going to be decent at the very least. Just look!
Release Date: November 12th 2016 (Japan)
Running Time: N/A
Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Writer: Ryosuke Tomoe (Script), Izumi Takahashi (Original Manga)
Starring: Shun Oguri, Shuhei Nomura, Machiko Ono, Mikako Ichikawa, Nao Omori, Tomoko Tabata, Masato Ibu, Tomomi Maruyama,
Synopsis: The story involves police detective Hisashi Sawamura (Shun Oguri) who is drafted into an investigation of a serial-killer who calls himself vigilante and wears a frog mask. He only strikes when it is a rainy day and his attacks are based on themes such as the ‘Dog Food Punishment’. The killer leaves a trail of horrific crimes that leaves the country stunned but Sawamura is determined to catch him until he realises that his investigation puts his own family of a wife, Haruka (Machiko Ono) and son in danger…
The film is produced by Warner Bros Japan and this outfit have produced a lot of good films (see some reviews at the end of the post). It is helmed by Keishi Ohtomo, the director of the recent live-action Rurouni films (here are reviews of the first and Kyoto Inferno) and the lead actor is Shun Oguri who has been reviewed here on The Woodsman and the Rain (2012), Tajomaru (2009) and Ghost Train (2006). He is supported by Shuhei Nomura Puzzle (2014), Machiko Ono Like Father, Like Son (2013), Nao Omori Mushishi (2006) Mikako Ichikawa Rent-a-cat (2012).
The manga is the creation of Ryousuke Tomoe and it was serialised in Kodansha’s Young Magazine between 2013 and 2014 before it was collected into three volumes.
Here are reviews of films from Warner Bros. Japan and each one is an adaptation of a manga: