Viz Licenses Detroit Metal City Movie

Viz Pictures, the part of Viz that handles distribution of live-action movies, has announced that they have licensed Detroit Metal City, based on the outrageous manga series by Kiminori Wakasugi about a nice guy who fronts an infamous death metal band.

The film stars Kenichi Matsuyama, who played ‘L’ in the Death Note films, and includes appearances by Gene Simmons and Marty Friedman of Megadeth. The DVD is scheduled for release in the fall of this year. If Viz handles this like they did Death Note, there will be a theatrical limited release as well.

Here’s the press release plot description:

In the film, Soichi Negishi (played by Kenichi Matsuyama) is a sweet and shy young man who dreams of becoming a trendy singer/songwriter. But for some reason, he is forced into joining the devil-worshiping death metal band “Detroit Metal City” (DMC). In full stage make-up and costume, he transforms into Johannes Krauser II, the vulgar-mouthed lead vocalist of the band. But he must keep this a secret from his crush, Yuri Aikawa, who despises death metal. What would she think if she found out? But against Negishi’s will, DMC rises to stardom. Things get even more complicated when the legendary king of death metal, Jack ill Dark (played by Gene Simmons), challenges DMC to a duel in the film’s climatic finale. What will be the fate of innocent Negishi as he climbs to the top of the death metal world?

The series has sold more than 4.5 million copies in Japan so far.

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