One of the most popular trends in recent years is the fact that great anime are turned into live-action. Although controversial for some, others have welcomed the idea completely. It has yielded some fantastic pieces of entertainment as time has gone on.
Anime like Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach and Dragon Ball have all had their live-action adaptations, with the Dragon Ball movies not doing as well as the other two, it doesn’t look as though this trend will slow down anytime soon. With One Piece also getting a live-action announcement.
It might come as a shock to some that an anime as young as Tokyo Revengers already has a Tokyo Revengers live-action adaptation. It was already good enough to have video games about it after all.
Ken Wakui originally created and illustrated the manga series Tokyo Revengers. Since March 2017, it has been serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine. The manga was one of the best-selling manga series as of July 2022, with over 65 million copies in circulation, including 7 million copies outside of Japan. Tokyo Revengers won the shonen category of the 44th Kodansha Manga Award in 2020.
Liden Films’ adaptation of an anime television series debuted in April 2021. The start of the second season is scheduled for January 2023. In July 2021, a live-action film adaptation was released in Japan. Philippines’ MANILA A follow-up to the live-action movie Tokyo Revengers will appear in 2023, according to Warner Bros. Japan.
Tokyo Revengers Live Action
On July 9, 2021, the science fiction film, Tokyo Revengers live-action movie was available worldwide. It mixes urban gang warfare with the time travel notion without being overly grim or depressing.
This film is an adaptation of the same-named manga and anime series created by Ken Wakui. Tsutomu Hanabusa took over the helm as the director, working from a screenplay by Izumi Takahashi.
Takumi Kitamura, Yuki Yamada, Yosuke Sugino, Mio Imada, and Keita Arai are just a few of the actors who appear in “Tokyo Revengers.”
When it comes to the battle scenes, the movie is significantly more severe than the anime series, and in many respects, the film is more of an action fest while the anime series was full of plenty of humor.
As per the plot, Takemichi Hanagaki, a young man who is a loser and down on his luck, is the subject of the story. He has no personal life at all, a meager employment, and an unappealing flat.
More about the Plot
One day, he learns that The Tokyo Minji Gang, a gang of criminals, brutally murdered Hinata Tachibana, his ex-girlfriend from middle school, and her younger brother Naoto.
He is pushed onto the path of an approaching train while he is lost in his own thoughts. Thankfully, this is not his day with the Grim Reaper, and he miraculously lives to see another day. However, this does cause him to suddenly find himself 12 years in the past.
Takemichi tells Naoto that his sister Hinata passed away in the past while reliving his middle school years. He then instantly returns to the present, causing a temporal paradox in which Naoto has survived and has become a police detective.
As he gains more knowledge from these criminals, he comes to understand that every change he attempts to make has an impact on the future, and his engagement with the gang strains his relationship with Naoto.
Tokyo Revengers Live-Action Trailer
Hanabusa is one of the renowned Japanese filmmakers who excels in these kinds of translations. This film’s background and cinematography are a testament to his skill.
Although the premise of going back in time to alter the present is not entirely novel, this title does a great job of presenting it. Despite dealing with a sci-fi scenario, Hanabusa is able to make it seem rational without using obscene exaggerations and gimmicks.
The themes of friendship, love, regret, second chances, and how little actions affect many lives expertly appeared through the well-done plot, albeit through a subtle secondary strategy.
Audiences come to understand that the terrible violence is the main focus as the story develops. It’s impossible to ignore how uneven the battle scenes are, with rather obvious differences in dominance and competence among individuals taking part in the action.
About the Live action film
This factor is made stronger by the fact that the protagonist of the film is a blatant loser with no fighting prowess who consistently loses.
During these action scenes, Tomo Ezaki’s superb cinematography and the choreographer’s coordination and direction make for an incredible spectacle.
The director’s skill in orchestrating fantastic on-screen brawls with several performers shines through.
Though they are still present, the filmmaker kept most of the jokes and silly moments under wraps because they are sparsely sprinkled throughout the movie.
Although the romance in the movie is not really present as in the original material, what is there serves as a break from all the violence for viewers. One also has the opportunity to take in the beauty of the gorgeous Mio Imada, who portrays Hinata.
The movie did its best to stay true to the source material, from the Tokyo Revengers plot to the choreography of the action scenes, and, especially for ardent comic book fans, Tokyo Revengers’ live-action cast doing justice to the presentation of the characters’ physical and behavioral traits is pretty stunning. The execution was reminiscent of the Tokyo Revengers anime voice acting, absolutely great.
You can watch the Tokyo Revenger live-action movie online on streaming platforms and check out our article on real-life locations from the anime.
Tokyo Revengers 2
Tokyo Revengers live-action sequel Trailer
The final statement of the 50-second clip, ” This is my life’s revenge.”, features some notable scenes from the first live-action movie Tokyo Revengers.
Returning Tokyo Revengers 2 cast members:
Tokyo Revengers live-action film cast members include:
Takumi Kitamura – Takemichi Hanagaki
Ryo Yoshizawa – Mikey
Yuki Yamada – Draken
The Tokyo Revengers live-action movie production team members include: