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Sunday, August 24, 2014

List: Japanese Manga Made Into Live-Action Movies

Man... this took a while to do, put in order and then fix the damn coding behind the scenes of this blog!

I'm just finished watching Sin City right now… an interesting film noir set in god knows what era, but filmed in black and white with splashes of color where the applicable. It was surprisingly good - mostly because I wasn't enraptured by the comic book when it came out many years ago. 

It's an American live-action movie based faithfully on Frank Miller's comic book series' appropriately called Sin City…and even though I didn't care for the comic book, it is fair to say that the movie industry did.

Comic books have recently (again) become the force de rigueur in the American film industry of where one should look when trying to decide what movie they should make next.

You'll notice I said 'again'.

This is kind of the third or fourth generation of comic books being turned into movies.

Generation one: back in the 1940s, movie serials featuring comic book characters were pumped out with fair regularity, and as such, were not all that good.There are plenty I want to see just to say I saw them, but the rareness of their availability implies I might not be impressed by them.

Generation 2: The 1960s saw a Batman movie - which while pretty trashy was pretty damn funny and thus highly memorable, because, it wasn't trying to be anything other than campy.

Generation 3 or the continuation of 2: the 1970s had us look to Flash Gordon and believe a man could fly in Superman.

And, I'm not even talking about television or animated programs here at all.

Generation 4 (or 3):  The 1980 and 1990s gave us some well-received Batman movies, which aside from the second one involving the Penguin were all crap in my opinion, Swamp Thing (ugh), while Marvel finally got off their ass and gave us some better flicks, such as Blade, Howard The Duck (nice try) and Spider-man and The X-Men… two franchises it insists on rebooting with more films, as well as Elektra and Daredevil (meh), The Fantastic Four (meh - and you should see the one they did in 1994 before Jessica Alba - it was never released for good reason - though I do have a copy on videotape… it really was horrible!, Punisher, Conan, Red Sonja, Richie Rich (I have over 800 of his comics - I know, I know), The Rocketeer, Road To Perdition, Scot Pilgrim Vs The World, Spawn, Sheena, Dick Tracy, The Spirit.

Of course, there were also such smaller comic book company adaptions such as Tank Girl, Judge Dredd, The Mask, Men In Black, 30 Days of Night, 300 (also from Frank Miller), Barb Wire, Conan (a decent version!), Cowboys And Aliens, The Crow, Hell Boy, From Hell, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Josie And The Pussycats (long tails and ears for hats!), Kick-Ass, Mysterymen (I liked it a lot!), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tales From The Crypt (movies), Timecop, V for Vendetta, Watchmen… and there's many more… that's just off the top of my head.

Generation 5 (or 4): Now we also have Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, The Avengers, Thor, and my personal favorite from Marvel, The Guardians of the Galaxy

DC offered my favorite character Green Lantern in a so-so movie, Jonah Hex (not bad), The Losers (not bad), Catwoman (woof, as in I'd chase her, but the movie is a dog), but has fallen behind Marvel in the movie genre - and this is with a Superman/Batman movie coming up. (On TV, however, DC has Gotham, The Flash, Arrow (Green) and had The Human Target... Marvel only has Agents of S.HI.E.L.D.

Along with a new Sin City movie out now, it got me wondering just what Japanese manga (comic books) had been made into live-action movies!

Many of us are far-too familiar with the animated Japanese flicks - nothing wrong with that - I saw Akira in Japanese-language and some animated porno videos back in 1990 before I left for Japan - and the art was spectacular - though even then I did not understand tentacle porn. I still don't. I mean, I get it, but I don't get why.

As for the Live-Action flicks…

Smokey Hokes, but there are a lot of Japanese comic books made into live-action movies - even more than Bollywood (which has a few India-constructed comic books cum film) and Hollywoodland (that famous sign used to read Hollywoodland, but was shortened in 1949 to plain old Hollywood).

I have placed them in alphabetical order based on the main Movie Title... and if the movie title was different from the manga/comic book, I have listed that - otherwise the same. Then I listed the movie's date.

I have placed (in brackets) the year the manga series ran when I could find it, and then placed at the end, the name and date of the movie.

If there are several movies based on a manga, then they are placed in chronological order of movie release.

Movie - Release Date             Manga - Publication Date

  • 009-1: The End of the Beginning - 2013, based on 009-1 (manga 1969-1970 & 1974);
  • 20th Century Boys Dai 1 Shoh Owari no Hajimari - 2008, from the manga 20th Century Boys (manga 1999-2006); 
  • 20th Century Boys Dai 2 Shoh Saigo no Kiboh - 2009, from the manga 20th Century Boys (manga 1999-2006); 
  • 20th Century Boys Saishu Shoh Bokura no Hata - 2009, from the manga 20th Century Boys (manga 1999-2006);  

  • Afro Tanaka, 2012 (manga 2004-2007);
  • A Homansu - 1986 (manga - not sure of publishing dates);
  • Ai Ore! - 2012 (manga 2006-2009);
  • Ai to Makoto - 1974 (manga 1973-1976);
  • Zoku: Ai to Makoto - 1975, from the manga Ai to Makoto (manga 1973-1976);
  • Ai to Makoto: Kanketshuen 1976, from the manga Ai to Makoto (manga 1973-1976);
  • Ai to Makoto  - 2012 (manga 1973-1976);
  • Tamami: The Baby's Curse - 2008 from the manga Akanbo Shojo (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Akira (manga 1982-1990) - 2013 - yup, live action - just wait, it's coming in English;
  • Akira No. 2 - 2014 from the manga Akira (manga 1982-1990);
  • Tenshi - 2006, from the manga Angel Nest (manga 2001);
  • Arcana - 2013 (manga 2000-2001);
  • Attack On Titan - 2015 (manga 2009-present);
  • Azumi - 2003 (manga 1994-2009);
  • Azumi 2: Death or Love - 2005, from the manga Azumi (manga 1994-2009);

  • Bad Boys - 2011 (manga 1996-2003);
  • Bakugyaku Familia - 2012 (manga 1994-2004);
  • Bakuman - 2015 (manga 2008-2012);
  • Batashi Kingyo - 1990 (manga 1986-1988);
  • The Guyver - 1991, based on the manga Big Booster Armor Guyver (manga 1985-1987);
  • Guyver: Dark Hero - 1994, from the manga Bio Booster Armor Guyver (manga 1985-1987);
  • Black Butler - 2014 (manga 2006-present);
  • Bleach - TBA, based on the manga BLEACH (manga 2001-present);
  • Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu - 2007, based on the manga Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru  (manga 2003-2005);
  • Boys on the Run - 2010 (manga 2005-2008);

  • The Torture Club - 2014, based on the manga Chotto Kawaii Aian Meiden (manga - not sure of publishing dates);
  • Circuit no Ohkami - 1977 (manga 1975-1979);
  • City Hunter - 1993 (manga 1985-1991; Cowboy Bebop - TBA (manga 1997-1998);
  • Crows Zero - 2007, based on the manga Crows (manga 1990-1998);
  • Crows Zero 2 - 2009, based on the manga Crows (manga 1990-1998);
  • Crows Explode - 2014, based on the manga Crows (manga 1990-1998);
  • Dragons from Russia 1990, from the manga Crying Freeman (manga 1986-1988);
  • Killer's Romance - 1990, from the manga Crying Freeman (manga 1986-1988);
  • Crying Freeman - 1995, from the manga Crying Freeman (manga 1986-1988);
  • Cutie Honey - 2004 (manga 1973-1974);

  • Death Note - 2006 (manga 2003-2006);
  • Death Note: The Last Name - 2006 based on the manga Death Note (manga 2003-2006);
  • L Changed The World - 2008, based on the manga Death Note (manga 2003-2006);
  • Death Note - TBA (manga 2003-2006);
  • Dororo - 2007 (manga 1967-1968);
  • Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins - 1989, based on the manga Dragon Ball (manga 1984-1995);
  • Dragon Ball Evolution - 2009, based on the manga Dragon Ball (manga 1984-1995);
  • Dragon Ball: Ssawors Son Goku, Igyeora Son Goku - 1990 based on the manga Dragon Ball (manga 1984-1995);

  • Fist of the North Star - 1995 (manga 1983-1988);
  • From Kobe - 2015 (manga 1998-2006);
  • A Boy and His Samurai - 2010, based on the manga Fushihi no Kuni no Yasubei (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Futari Ecchi - 2011 (manga 1997-present);
  • Futari H: Second Kiss - 2011, based on the manga Futari Ecchi (manga 1997-present);
  • Futari Ecchi: Triple Love - 2012, based on the manga Futari Ecchi (manga 1997-present);
  • Futari Ecchi: Love Forever - 2012, based on the manga Futari Ecchi (manga 1997-present);

  • Gaki Rock - TBA (manga 2003);
  • Gantz - 2011, based on the manga Gantz (manga 2000-2013);
  • Gantz: Perfect Answer - 2011, based on the manga Gantz (manga 2000-2013);
  • Gegege no Kitaro - 2007, (manga 1960-1969);
  • Tsuge Yoshiharu World: Gensenkan Shujin - 1993, based on the manga Gensenkan Shujin (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Ghost in the Shell - TBA (manga 1989-1997);
  • Yakuza Weapon - 2011, from the manga Gokudoh Heiki (manga 1996);
  • Gokudoh Meshi - 2011 (manga 2006-present);

  • Haikara-san ga Tohru - 1987 (manga 1975-1977);
  • Hana no Asuka-gumi! - 1988 (manga 1985-1995);
  • Hana no Asuka-gumi! Neo - 2009, based on the manga Hana no Asuka-gumi! (manga 1985-1995);
  • Harenchi Gakuen - 2009 (manga 1968-1972);
  • Harenchi Gakuen: Shintain Kensa no Maki 1970, based on the manga Harenchi Gakuen (manga 1968-1972);
  • Harenchi Gakuen: Tackle Kiss no Maki - 1970, based on the manga Harenchi Gakuen (manga 1968-1972);
  • Shin Harenchi Gakuen - 1971, based on the manga Harenchi Gakuen (manga 1968-1972);
  • Heisei Harenchi Gakuen - 1996, based on the manga Harenchi Gakuen (manga 1968-1972);
  • Higanjima - 2010 (manga 2002-2010);
  • High School Debut - 2011 (manga 2003-2013);
  • Himitsu no Akko-chan - 2011 (manga 1962-1965);
  • Himizu - 2011 (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Honey and Clover - 2006 (manga 2000-2006);
  • Hoshi no Furumachi - 2011 (manga 2006-2008);
  • Hotaru no Hikari - 2012 (manga 2004-2009);
  • Hot Road - 2014 (manga 1986-1987);
  • Hozuki-san Chi no Aneki - 2014 (manga 2009 2011);

  • Ibitsu - 2013 (manga 2010-present);
  • Ichi the Killer - 2001 (manga 1998-2001);
  • I'll Give It My All… Tomorrow - 2013 (manga 2007-2012);
  • Initial D - 2005 (manga 1995-2013);
  • Ecchi o Nerae! Inu-Neko - 2009, based on the manga Inu Neko (manga 2004);
  • Ikigami - 2008, based on the manga Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (manga 2005-2012);

  • Happily Ever After - 2007, based on the manga Jigyaku no Uta (manga 1985-1990);
  • Johkyoh Monogatari - 2013 (not sure of publishing date);

  • Kagen no Tsuki - 2004 (manga 1998-1998);
  • Kaiji - 2009 (manga 1996-2009);
  • Kaiji 2 - 2011, based on the manga Kaiji (manga 1996 - 2009);
  • Kakashi - 2001 (manga 1998 - ?);
  • Gekijouban Kamen Teacher - 2014, based on the manga Kamen Teacher (manga 2006 - 2007);
  • God's Left Hand, Devil's Right Hand - 2006, based on the manga Kami no Hidarite, Akuma no Migite (manga 1986 - ?);
  • Kami-sama no lu Toori - 2014 (manga 2011);
  • Kami Voice - 2011 (manga 2011-present);
  • Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru - 2013 (manga 2009-present);
  • Karate Baka Ichidai - 1977, (manga 1971-1977);
  • Kekko Kamen - 1991 (manga 1974-1978);
  • Kekko Kamen 2: We'll Be Back - 1992, based on the manga Kekko Kamen (manga 1974-1978);
  • Kekko Kammen 3 - 1993, based on the manga Kekko Kamen (manga 1974-1978);
  • Mask of Kekko - 2004, based on the manga Kekko Kamen (manga 1974-1978);
  • Kekko Kamen: The MGF Strikes Back - 2004, based on the manga Kekko Kamen (manga 1974-1978);
  • Kekko Kamen Returns - 2004, based on the manga Kekko Kamen (manga 1974-1978);
  • Kekko Kamen Surprise - 2004, based on the manga Kekko Kamen (manga 1974-1978);
  • Kekko Kamen Royale - 2007, based on the manga Kekko Kamen (manga 1974-1978);
  • Kekko Kamen Premium - 2007, based on the manga Kekko Kamen (manga 1974-1978);
  • Kekko Kamen Forever - 2007, bbased on the manga Kekko Kamen (manga 1974-1978);
  • Kiimi ni Todoke - 2010 (manga 2007-present);
  • Shanghai Mermaid Legend Murder Case - 1997 based on the manga Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo (1992-present);
  • Kin Kyori Renai - 2014 (manga 2008-2011);
  • Kirin - 2011 (manga 1987-present);
  • Kisei Juui Suzune - 2011 (manga not sure of publishing date);
  • Kiyoku Yawaku - 2013 (manga 2004-2010);
  • Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo - 1977 (manga 1976-present);
  • Kochikame - The Movie: Save The Kachidiki Bridge! - 2011, based on the manga Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo (manga 1976-present);
  • Koibumi Biyori - 2004 (manga 2001-?);
  • Otakus in Love - 2004, based on the manga Koi no Mon (manga 1998-2001);
  • Air Doll - 2009, based on the manga Kuki Ningyo (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu - 2012 (manga 2007-2014);
  • Big Tits Zombie based on the manga Kyonyu Dragon - 2010 (manga 2005-?);
  • Hentai Kamen - 2013, based on the manga Kyukyoku!! Hentai Kamen (manga 1992-1993);

  • Lady Snowblood - 1973 (manga 1972-1973);
  • Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance - 1974, based on the manga Lady Snowblood (manga 1972-1973);
  • Kamui Gaiden - 2009, based on the manga The Legend of Kamui: The Island of Sugaru (manga 1964-1971);
  • L DK - 2014 (manga 2009-present);
  • Liar Game: The Final Stage - 2010, based on the manga Liar Game (2005-present);
  • Liar Game: Reborn based on the manga Liar Game (2005-present);
  • Life is Dead - 2012 (manga 2007-?);
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance - 1972, based on the manga Lone Wolf and Cub (manga 1970-1976);
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx - 1972, based on the manga Lone Wolf and Cub (manga 1970-1976);
  • Lone Wold and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades - 1972, based on the manga Lone Wolf and Cub (manga 1970-1976);
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart Peril- 1972, based on the manga Lone Wolf and Cub (manga 1970-1976);
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons - 1973, based on the manga Lone Wolf and Cub (manga 1970-1976);
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell - 1974, based on the manga Lone Wolf and Cub (manga 1970-1976);
  • Shogun Assassin 1980, based on the manga Lone Wolf and Cub (manga 1970-1976);
  • Lovely Complex - 2006 (manga 2001-2006);
  • Lover's Kiss - 2003 (manga 1995-1996);
  • Kakera: A Piece of Our Life - 2003, based on the manga Love Vibes (manga 1996);
  • Lupin III - 2014 (manga 1967-1969);
  • Strange Psychokinetic Strategy - 1974, based on the manga Lupin III (manga 1967-1969);

  • Mai Chan's Daily Life: The Movie - TBA, based on the manga Mai-Chan's Daily Life (manga 2003);
  • Maison Ikkoku - 1986 (manga 1980-1987);
  • The Mole Song: Undercover Ageny Reiji - 2013 based on the manga Mogura no Uta (manga 2005-2008);
  • Moteki - 2011 (manga 2008-2010);
  • Mushishi - 2007 (manga 1999-2008);

  • Nana - 2005 (manga 2000-2009);
  • Nana 2 - 2006, based on the manga Nana (manga 2000-2009);
  • Nodame Cantabile Saishu Gakushoh Zen-Pen - 2009, based on the manga Nodame Cantabile (manga 2001-2009);
  • Nodame Cantabile Saishu Gakushoh Kou-Hen - 2010, based on the manga Nodame Cantabile (manga 2001-2009);
  • Nonchan Noriben - 2009 (manga 1995-1998);
  • Nozoki Ana - 2014 (manga 2009-2013);
  • Nozomi Witches - 1990 (manga 1986-1996);

  • Oldboy - 2013 (manga 1996-1998);
  • Ohokuu: The Inner Chambers - 2010 (manga 2005-present);
  • Orochi - 2008, from the manga Orochi: Blood (manga 1969-1970);
  • Ouran High School Host Club - 2012 (manga 2002-2010);

  • Paradise Kiss - 2011 (manga 1999-2003); 
  • Parasyte Part 1 - 2014, from the manga Parasyte (manga 1990-1995);
  • Parasyte Part 2 - 2015, from the manga Parasyte (manga 1990-1995);
  • Pecross' Mother and Her Days - 2013, from the manga Pekorosu no Haha ni Ai ni Iku (manga 2012);
  • The Prince of Tennis - 2006 (manga 1999-2008);

  • Ranma 1/2: Live Action Special - 2011, from the manga Ranma 1/2 (manga 1987-1996);
  • Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky - 1991, from the manga Riki-Oh (manga 1988-1990);
  • Lady Oscar - 1979, from the manga The Rose of Versailles (manga 1972-1973);
  • Rurouni Kenshin - 2012 (manga 1994-1999);
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen - 2014, from the manga Rurouni Kenshin (manga 1994-1999);
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen - 2014, from the manga Rurouni Kenshin (manga 1994-1999);

  • Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl - 2009 (manga 1993);
  • Shinjuku Swan - TBA (manga 2005-present);
  • Saikin, Imohto no Yohsu ga Chotto Okaishiin Da Ga - 2014 (manga 2010-present);
  • Sakura no Sono - 1990 (manga 1985-1986);
  • Sakura no Sono - 2008 (manga 1985-1986);
  • Sakuran - 2007 (manga 2001-2003);
  • Salaryman Kinaroh - 1999 (manga 1994-2002);
  • Say "I love you" - 2014 (manga 2008-present);
  • Saru Lock - 2010 (manga 2004-2009);
  • Shindo - 2007 (manga 1998);
  • Sky High - 2003 (manga 2001-2003);
  • Smuggler - 2011 (manga 2000);
  • SS - 2008 (manga 2000-2003);
  • Speed Racer - 2008 (manga 1966-1968);
  • Hoshi Mamoru Inu - 2011, based on the manga Stargazing Dog (manga 2008-2009);
  • Sukeban Deka The Movie - 1987, from the manga Sukeban Deka (manga 1976-1982);
  • Sukeban Deka the Movie 2: Counter-Attack from the Kazama Sisters - 1988, from the manga Sukeban Deka (manga 1976-1982);
  • Yo-Yo Girl Cop - 2006, from the manga Sukeban Deka (manga 1976-1982);
  • Sundome - 2007 (manga 2008-2009);
  • Sundome 2 - 2008, from the manga Sundome (manga 2008-2009);
  • Sundome 3 - 2008, from the manga Sundome (manga 2008-2009);
  • Sundome 4: The Final - 2009, from the manga Sundome (manga 2008-2009);
  • Sweet Poolside - 2014 (manga 2004 & 2011);

  • Angel Guts: High School Co-Ed - 1978, based on the manga Tenshi no Harawata (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Angel Guts: Red Classroom - 1979, based on the manga Tenshi no Harawata (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Angel Guts: Nami - 1979, based on the manga Tenshi no Harawata (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Angel Guts: Red Porno - 1981, based on the manga Tenshi no Harawata (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Angel Guts: Red Rope - "Until I Expire" - 1987, based on the manga Tenshi no Harawata (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Angel Guts: Red Vertigo - 1988, based on the manga Tenshi no Harawata (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Angel Guts: Red Lightning - 1994, based on the manga Tenshi no Harawata (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Angel Guts: Night is Falling Again - 1994, based on the manga Tenshi no Harawata (not sure of publishing dates);
  • Tetsujin 28: The Movie - 2005, from the manga Tetsujin 28-go (manga 1956-1966);
  • Thermae Romae - 2012 (manga 2008-2013) (see image above);
  • Thermae Romae II - 2014, from the manga Thermae Romae (manga 2008-2013);
  • Tokyo Babylon 1999 - 1993, from the manga Tokyo Babylon (manga 1990-1993);
  • Tokyo Daigaku Monogatari - 2006 (manga 1992-2001);
  • Tokyo Zombie - 2005 (manga 1999);
  • Tomie - 1999, from the manga Tomie (manga 1987-2000);
  • Tomie: Another Face - 1999, from the manga Tomie (manga 1987-2000);
  • Tomie: Replay - 2000, from the manga Tomie (manga 1987-2000);
  • Tomie: Re-birth - 2001, from the manga Tomie (manga 1987-2000);
  • Tomie: Forbidden Fruit - 2001, from the manga Tomie (manga 1987-2000);
  • Tomie: Beginning - 2005, from the manga Tomie (manga 1987-2000);
  • Tomie: Revenge - 2005, from the manga Tomie (manga 1987-2000);
  • Tomie vs Tomie - 2007, from the manga Tomie (manga 1987-2000);
  • Tomie Unlimited - 2011, from the manga Tomie (manga 1987-2000);
  • You're My Pet - 2011, from the manga Tramps Like Us (manga 2000-2005);
  • Tsukuroi Tatsu Hito - TBA (manga 2010-present);
  • Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite - 2011 (manga 2006);

  • Umizaru - 2004 (manga 1998-2001);
  • Limit of Love: Umizaru - 2006, from the manga Umizaru (manga 1998-2001);
  • Brave Hearts: Umizaru - 2012, from the manga Umizaru (manga 1998-2001);
  • Uchu Kyohdai - 2012 (manga 2007-present);
  • Usagi Drop - 2011 (manga 2005-2011);
  • Ushijima the Loan Shark - 2012 (manga 2004-present);
  • Ushijima the Loan Shark 2 - 2014, from the manga Ushijima the Loan Shark (manga 2004-present);
  • Usotsuki Paradox - 2013 (manga 2009-2012);
  • Uzumaki - 2000 (manga 1998-1999);

  • Wangan Midnight - 1991 (manga 1990-2008);
  • Wangan Midnight II - 1993, from the manga Wangan Midnight (manga 1990-2008);
  • Wangan Midnight III 1993, from the manga Wangan Midnight (manga 1990-2008);
  • Wangan Midnight 4 - 1993 from the manga Wangan Midnight (manga 1990-2008);
  • Wangan Midnight Special Director's Cut Complete Edition - 1994, from the manga Wangan Midnight (manga 1990-2008);
  • Wangan Midnight Final: GT-R Legend Act 1 - 1994, from the manga Wangan Midnight (manga 1990-2008);
  • Wangan Midnight Final: GT-R Legend Act - 1994, from the manga Wangan Midnight (manga 1990-2008);
  • Devil GT-R Full Tuning - 1994, from the manga Wangan Midnight (manga 1990-2008);
  • Showdown! Devil GT-R - 1994, from the manga Wangan Midnight (manga 1990-2008);
  • Wangan Midnight S30 vs Gold GT-R - Part I - 1998, from the manga Wangan Midnight (manga 1990-2008);
  • Wangan Midnight S30 vs Gold GT-R - Part II - 1998, from the manga Wangan Midnight (manga 1990-2008);
  • Wangan Midnight Return - 2001, from the manga Wangan Midnight (manga 1990-2008);
  • Watching Fuckin' Tv All Time Makes a Fool - 2006, a 1-shot erotic manga (manga 2000);
  • Bokura ga Ita - 2012, based on the manga We Were There (manga 2002-2012);
  • Wild 7 - 2011 (manga 1969-1979);

  • Yawara! - 1989, from the manga Yawara! A Fashioable Judo Girl (manga 1986-1993);
  • Yakyu-kyoh no Uta - 1979 (manga 1972-1976);
  • Yunagi City, Sakura Country - 2007, from the manga Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms (manga 2003-2004);

  • Zekkyoh Gakkyu - 2013 (manga 2008-present).


Buddha help me but that's all of them as of August 19, 2014 according to Wikipedia and a couple of other sources. Every Live action movie made from a Japanese manga.

Hey - I'm not a huge fan of most Japanese manga - I find the art style to similar to each other - and the the short turnaround on the movies...

If you glance at some of the manga with multiple movies… you'll notice that there is very little time delay between movies… sometimes multiples coming out in the same year.

Consider that in Hollywood, a decent sequel can take three years to produce - such as the original Star Wars trilogy or the Indiana Jones trilogy… which came out in 1985, 1989 and 1990…

… so just how good are these Japanese movies? Not very, I'd suspect.

If I have left off any manga turned into Live Action movies (not TV, and NOT animation), please let me know.

Kanpai
Andrew Joseph

1 comment:

  1. Some live actions are debacles...Glad Hollywood didn't touch Rurouni Kenshin!

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