AKB48 member Kitahara Rie (20) will make her big screen debut in a live-action movie inspired by the popular manga “Grappler Baki.” Titled “Graffreeter Toki,” the movie is related to a stage play of the same name that was performed by Gekidan FEELD STAGE in March.
Written by Itagaki Keisuke, “Grappler Baki” is a manga about a man named Baki aiming to become the most powerful grappler in the world. The comedic “Graffreeter Toki” story is set in a downtown shopping street, where a land speculator is colluding with an evil organization. Toki is a young boy whose mother, a passionate Baki fan, has raised him with some unusual talents. Together with the other people of the shopping district, Toki fights to protect the neighborhood from the evil organization.
The protagonist Toki will be played by relatively new actor Sudo Ryota, who also starred in the stage play. Kitahara will play the heroine of the story, while Saito Yuki will play Toki’s mother. Kobayashi Kendo will play the leader of the evil organization, and Tsuda Kanji has been cast as a key character.
“Graffreeter Toki” is set for release in spring 2012.