Takashi Miike's 'Ninja Kids' Set For Hollywood Remake

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The live action version of classic manga and anime film is attracting global interest.

TOKYO – Takashi Miike’s live-action version of Nintama Rantaro (Ninja Kids!!) is attracting remake interest from Hollywood, with negotiations reported to be already underway with a major production company.   

The film attracted attention in the U.S. and inquiries about distribution from around the world after screening at the New York Asian Film Festival at the beginning of July.

The long-running manga and TV anime series – shown on public broadcaster NHK -- about a group of young trainee ninjas was adapted by the prolific Miike (13 Assassins) and released in Japan last month.

The movie stars 10-year-old Seishiro Kato, who has been ubiquitous in Japan in recent years, appearing in countless TV commercials, variety shows, dramas and movies. Kato made his screen debut shortly after his first birthday.