Hikaru Nakamurait is Dark Night Parade the comic manga is inspiring a live-action movie that will be released across Japan on December 23. Ryo Yoshizawa (live action GintamaBleach, Kamen Rider Fourze) plays in the film, and Yuichi Fukuda (live action Wotakoi: Love is hard for Otaku, Gintama, Hong Kong/Hentai Kamen) is directing (and co-writing the screenplay with Tetsuo Kamata).
The story follows Miharu Hino, a young man who couldn’t get into college or a steady gig, so he ends up spending every day at his part-time job at a convenience store. However, this good-for-nothing man somehow lands a job through “Black Santa Claus” at a company that gives terrible gifts to naughty kids. (“Black companies” is Japanese slang for exploitative workplaces.)
Kanna Hashimoto (live action Kaguya-sama: Love is war, Gintama, Kingdom) stars as Shino Hojō, Miharu’s co-worker, hacking genius, at Santa’s House, a company that delivers gifts to children around the world.
Taishi Nakagawa (Josée, the tiger and the fishlive action Your lie in Aprilthe Japanese voice of Sonic in the 2020s sonic the hedgehog) plays Kaiser Tanaka, Miharu’s screaming colleague and rival when they worked at the convenience store.
Keisuke Watanabe (live action Fullmetal Alchemist sequels) plays Teppei Kohira, a taciturn, expressionless but kind co-worker who takes care of Miharu for some reason.
Yoshizawa noted that this was the second time he worked with Fukuda on an adaptation (after Gintama), and he was full of joy and anticipation to collaborate again. He added that he had spent “shitty hot nights” running through the streets in a bulky Santa Claus suit “soaked in sweat, tears and blood”, and joked that of all the sweatshops exploitation, that of Santa Claus was probably the worst.
Nakamura drew an illustration to celebrate the film’s completion:
Nakamura launched the manga in Shueishait is Jump young weekly in November 2016. Shueisha released the manga’s first compiled book volume in December 2016, and it released the seventh volume last December. The manga has also been released in other locations, including ultra jumpDigital Daisy, Shonen Jump+Cinra.net, Manga Line, cartoon pixiv, Nico Nico Seigaand more.
Nakamura is also currently drawing the Holy Young Men manga series, which debuted in 2006. The story follows the daily life of Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha, who are roommates living in an apartment in Tokyo. One two volumes Original animated DVD Project made by Pictures A-1 shipped in 2012 and 2013, and the manga also inspired an anime film in 2013. The manga has since inspired a live-action adaptation.
Nakamura’s earlier works include Arakawa under the bridge, which ran from December 2004 to July 2015. The manga series spans 14 volumes and has inspired two TV anime series, a live-action TV series, and a live-action movie. Vertical has licensed the manga and publishes it in omnibus volumes.
Nakamura also illustrated NisiOisinit is Juni Taisen: The Zodiac War novel. Viz Media published the novel in October 2017, and it inspired a television anime. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it streamed in Japan, and Funimation aired a double. The book received a sequel in December 2017.
Source: Comic Natalie