Japanese Hip Hop Action/Musical Tokyo Tribe Coming to U.S.

Published On August 11, 2014 | By Greg | Film and DVD, Japan, News

Adaptation of controversial ultra-violent rap-battle manga Tokyo Tribes is heading to the U.S.

XYZ Films has announced that it will handle U.S. sales of Tokyo Tribe, the live-action adaptation of a controversial manga that combines American-style hip-hop culture with an ultra-violent gangland setting reminiscent of The Warriors. The film was widely-expected to be a hot property at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The original manga, created by Santa Inoue, takes place in an alternate-universe Tokyo of the mid-1990s where youth gangs fight for control of territories using guns, martial-arts and freestyle rap skills. Though set in Japan, many characters and designs are inspired by American hip-hop styles and reimagined actual rap stars. Japanese hip-hop star Young Dais portrays one of the lead characters.

by Bob Chipman (Escapist Magazine)