Director Sono Sion broke the mold with last year’s successful run of the hit action hip hop musical, Tokyo Tribe. Despite a few visible differences between the film and manga author Santa Inoue’s 1997-2005 publication on which the film is based, the fervor has grown immensely with key performances channeled by debut actor and hip-hop artist Young Dais, and actors Suzuki Ryohei, Seino Nana, Sometani Shota and Takeuchi Riki to name a few on top of the action and visual spectacle that ensued.
This, coupled with Inoue’s absolute involvement in a forthcoming television series adaptation with producer Patrick S. Cunningham and director Daryl Wharton-Rigby as reported by THR back in May
, pretty much solidifies just how big a deal this film has been, and it’s a good thing. Incidentally and for reasons painstakingly unknown, it’s also the kind of film that takes forever to reach a certain audience in territories abroad, particularly in the U.S. apart from festival showings.
Gladly however we now finally have a release date in the U.S. set for October 23
as per XLrator Media’s acquisition back in March
. And accordingly, a trailer is also circulating online to further sample what awaits fans who are pretty much done awaiting.
In a futuristic Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. When one of the gang leaders breaks the fragile peace, it triggers a brutal street war for supremacy. Based on a popular Manga series and told almost entirely in rap verse, TOKYO TRIBE is an ingenious mash-up of Yakuza gang violence, martial arts action and hip-hop musical.
Watch the trailer below and mark your calendars ahead of the film’s release!
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