Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
Director Eiichiro Hasumi, known for the “Umizaru” series, will take the helm.
Rising star and model Eita will play Dairoku Hiba, leader of the special squad known as Wild 7.
The original “Wild 7” manga series first appeared in 1969 in the Shonen King comic magazine.
The story revolved around an elite motorcycle unit that operated above the law to “bring justice” to criminals.
Highlights included episodes about the dark underbelly of society, as well as flashy, intense action sequences involving guns and motorcycles.
Its popularity grew in the 1970s, leading to several sequels, including “Shin Wild 7” (New Wild 7). The franchise became Mochizuki’s lifework.
The live-action film will use the latest computer imaging technology for action stunts and minutely illustrated “mech” designs from the original manga.
To that end, production company Robot Communications Inc. will provide expertise developed while working on “Odoru Dai-sousasen” (“Bayside Shakedown”), “Always: Sanchome no Yuhi” (“Always: Sunset on Third Street”) and the recent live-action adaptation of “Space Battleship Yamato.”
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