Teaser for Live-Action Version of THE TIGER MASK Anime

The Tiger Mask is a classic 1960s anime and manga created by Ikki Kajiwara. The story centers on a wrestling hero who fights evil to protect the children of an orphanage. The original manga ran from 1968 to 1971 in several magazines. In 1969, it was adapted into an anime TV series.

The film stars Eiji Wentz (Brave Story) as the titular hero, Natsuna Watanabe (Gantz, Kimi ni Todoke) as the heroine, Ruriko and Show Aikawa (Zebraman) as Mister X. Here's a little more information on the film and its story thanks to Anime News Network:

"Tiger Mask" is the alter ego of the character Naoto Date, a pro wrestler who goes against an evil wrestling organization and fights for children in an orphanage. In the new setup for the film, Date dons a special suit and "transforms" into Tiger Mask with enhanced mobility and muscle strength. His mask has also been redesigned with a nod to American comic action heroes such as Spider-Man and Batman.

As an origin story for children who have never read the manga, the film will devote about one-third of its screen time to Date's roots in the evil wrestling training organization Tora no Ana (before he turned his back on the organization). Wentz acknowledged that he himself had not read the original manga at first, and added that the film is creating a new Tiger Mask with a new Naoto Date.

The film will open in Japan this November and will eventually find its way here to the states. It looks like this will be a fun movie!

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