The official website for the live-action film of Yama Wayama‘s Let’s Go Karaoke! (Karaoke Iko!) manga unveiled a new trailer and visual for the film on Friday. The trailer reveals the film’s January 12 opening date, and also reveals and previews the film’s theme song “Kurenai” (Crimson), Little Glee Monster‘s cover of X Japan‘s iconic song.
Jun Saitō (left in image above) will play middle school student Satomi Oka, while Gou Ayano will play yakuza member Kyouji Narita.
Other cast members include:
The film had its world premiere at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan on Wednesday. Director Nobuhiro Yamashita was in attendance.
The film was previously slated to open this year, but was delayed to January 2024.
Nothing worries Satomi Oka more than the upcoming final choir competition of his middle school career—right up until he is accosted by a stranger from the shadows who demands, “Let’s go karaoke!” As a yakuza, Kyouji Narita doesn’t scare easily, but a terrifying prospect has driven him to seek Satomi’s help. The boss is holding a karaoke contest, with the loser forced to get a tattoo to be selected and torturously applied by the boss himself! Oka has been to many vocal rehearsals over the years, but never one-on-one karaoke sessions with a gangster!!
Wayama released the manga as a dōjin publication in 2019, and Kadokawa published it in September 2020. The manga came in third place for the 14th Manga Taisho awards in 2021. The manga has 500,000 copies in circulation.
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