Ten days ahead of its theatrical release in Japan, Toho Movie's official YouTube channel has started streaming the first five minutes of the forthcoming live-action film adaptation of Kiminori Wakasugi's (Detroit Metal City) comedy manga KAPPEI .
In addition, a collaboration PV featuring the film's theme song "Tekketsu Gravity" performed by Takanori Nishikawa and Momoiro Clover Z is also streamed.
The manga was serialized in Hakusensha's Young Animal from 2011 to 2014, then compiled in six tankobon volumes. Its story centers on a group of "Doomsday Warriors" who believed in Nostradamus' prophecy and devoted their lives to rigorous training far away from the secular world in order to protect humanity from the coming destruction of the world. However, in the year 2022, the world has not been destroyed yet, and their master says to the warriors who have mastered the powerful and incomparable martial art but have not been given a chance to show off their deadly skills, "We're dismissed!" Then, the group of warriors who are completely undemanding and have no social common sense start their life in the big city of Tokyo and come to know pure love, friendship, and conflicts.
46-year-old Hideaki Ito (Shokichi Komachi in the Terraformars live-action film) is cast as the title character, Kappei. Takashi Hirano, who has produced many live-action adaptations of popular Japanese manga, such as Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi and Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, will make his directorial debut on a screenplay by Yuichi Tokunaga (Tonde Saitama). The film is set to be released in Japan on March 18, 2022.
Main poster visual:
- Kappei: Hideaki Ito
- Haru Yamase: Moka Kamishiraishi
- Keita Iruma: Daigo Nishihata (Naniwa Danshi member)
- Mamoru: Yusuke Onuki
- Masayoshi: Koji Yamamoto
- Hideo: Yukiyoshi Ozawa
- The Master: Arata Furuta
Manga 1st and 6th volume covers:
©2022 Movie "KAPPEI" Production Committee
©Kiminori Wakasugi/HAKUSENSHA (Young Animal Comics)