Takashi Miike, the world renowned director of highly controversial films like Audition and Ichi the Killer will be the one to direct a live-action film adaptation of the Mogura no Uta manga. The announcement came off fresh from the pages of Japanese manga magazine Big Comic Spirits this monday. Miike has recently adapted Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney to the big screen, as well as Yusuke Kishi’s novel Aku no Kyoten (which is still in theaters in Japan).
Mogura no Uta is an intense crime drama manga written by Noboru Takahashi. It tells the story of a police officer named Reiji Kikukawa who goes undercover in order to infiltrate the Sukiya organization, the most dangerous mafia syndicate of Japan’s Kanto region.
Miike has also recently directed a prequel to Hiroshi Takahashi’s manga Crows entitled Crows Zero, and an adaptation of Ikki Kajiwara’s Ai to Makoto called For Love’s Sake. Despite being extremely busy, Miike will find a moment to squeeze in this film into his loaded itinerary. Kankuro Kudo (The Legend of Kamui, Ping-Pong, Zebraman) is in charge of adapting the screenplay. The film’s cast and release date have not been announced yet.
It’s been confirmed that Toma Ikuta (known for his portrayal of Yuta Takemoto in the Honey & Clover live action drama), will play the title character in Mogura no Uta (Mole’s Song). Ikuta will play Reiji Kikukawa, the undercover cop trying to infiltrate a yakuza syndicate. Filming is set to start in March and the film has a tentative release date for 2014.