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EIGHT RANGERS

Original Title:
エイトレンジャー
© 2012 JS / 2012 E.R.F.P © JS / 2012 E.R.F.P

Introduction

A dream collaboration between Japan’s most watched
seven and the wildly talented helmer.
Hail the arrival of a dark and cutting edge superhero film.

The seven members of male idol group Kanjani Eight are gaining widespread popularity for their outstanding Kansai-bred comedic talents, and the superb way they play off each other. This year, in which the group celebrates eight years together, they star in their first feature film. It is an adaptation of a popular series of sketches that they have performed regularly at their concerts over the years: “EIGHT RANGERS”. The film's story is set in a future Japan where a worst case scenario has become reality. While it is based on the sketches that Kanjani Eight perform at their concerts, it has a completely new world view devised by director Yukihiko Tsutsumi, who has built a steadfast reputation in the Japanese film and television industry with his numerous hit films and series such as “Trick” and “Spec”. In addition, accomplished actor Hiroshi Tachi plays a champion of justice who leads the EIGHT RANGERS and fights alongside them. Incorporating elements of surreal humor of the kind that only Kanjani Eight can provide, as well as weaving in substantial drama, this is a superhero entertainment movie that people of all ages can enjoy!

Story

In 2035, Japan had seen its worst time yet.

A succession of natural disasters, an economic crisis, a severely declining birthrate and aging society, a falling population, and deteriorating public safety... The populace is losing hope for the future, and for life itself.
To make matters worse, a massive terrorist organization called Dark Crusade is running rampant in the desolated regional cities, and robberies and abductions have become everyday occurrences. Everyone is desperately trying to survive the present. Eight City is no exception. In order to keep the peace and protect themselves in this devastated town, its citizens have formed a vigilante group called the Superhero Society.

Layabout Makoto Yokomine (Black) is fleeing from black market loan sharks when he is scouted by the Superhero Society, and joins them to pay back his debts. For some reason he is appointed as the leader of six other heroes, every one of them an oddball: the alcoholic, Kaoru Shibusawa (Red); the virgin nicknamed Eggplant, Yuki Muraoka (NASU=Eggplant); the online shopping addict, Shogo Marunouchi (Orange); the obsessive collector of anything blue, Shun Yasuhara (Blue); the swollen with pride one-time wonder, Tetsuro Nishikino (Yellow); and the far too generous naivete Ryosuke Okawa (Green). As the “EIGHT RANGERS,” they are directionless, totally out of step with each other, and the furthest thing from a superhero team that you could imagine.

That is until they meet the legendary superhero, Captain Silver. He has solved numerous tricky situations in the past, and to those who dream of becoming superheroes, he is an untouchable presence. However, the reality is that he is actually a product of the school of hard knocks who lives in a tiny apartment...

Under the guidance of Captain Silver, the EIGHT RANGERS resolve to stand up and fight to protect the weak in their corrupt society. Their motto: “Protect humanity, and let no one fall through the cracks.”

Meanwhile, two police detectives are working day and night to keep the peace in Eight City: the justice-craving Momoko Kito, who has come to be viewed as a problem by her superiors for her unorthodox investigative methods; and her rookie partner Haruka Nishina, who idolizes Captain Silver.

Sneering at the efforts of these do-gooders is the Leader, the mastermind behind Dark Crusade who rules Eight City with an iron fist. Orchestrating a string of child abductions in order to profit from human trafficking and amass wealth and armed force, he is the epitome of evil, but his identity and whereabouts are a mystery.

Eventually, either through coincidence or fate, the destinies of these characters become inextricably linked, leading them toward a furious showdown with life or death on the line...

What is the sad fate that awaits them, and what is the truth hidden behind their conflict? And will the EIGHT RANGERS succeed in becoming true heroes?

Cast

SHIBUTANI Subaru

SHIBUSAWA Kaoru

YOKOYAMA Yu

YOKOMINE Makoto

MURAKAMI Shingo

MURAOKA Yuki

MARUYAMA Ryuhei

MARUNOUCHI Shougo

YASUDA Shota

YASUHARA Syun

NISHIKIDO Ryo

NISHIKINO Tetsuro

OKURA Tadayoshi

OKAWA Ryosuke

Data

Director
TSUTSUMI Yukihiko
Producer
HARAFUJI Kazuteru
NAKAZAWA Susumu
Screenplay
TAKAHASHI Yuya
Music
HASEBE Toru
Audio Highs
Cinematography
MADARAME Shigetomo
Production Design
SOMA Naoki
Editor
ITO Nobuyuki
Release Date in Japan
2012.07.28
Running time
110min
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