Kanjani8’s popular “Eito Ranger” skits are being turned into a theatrical movie, it has been learned. This will be the first time that the group has starred together in a movie. Director Tsutsumi Yukihiko (“20th Century Boys”) has been attached to the project, which is scheduled for release on July 28 of this year.
The “Eito Ranger” skits, which are performed by Kanjani8 as part of their concerts, involve the members playing superheroes battling against an evil organization. The skits are full of comedy, as they parody other tokusatsu (special effects) hero shows.
The movie will apparently be set in a fictional city in the year 2035. While the story will be a human drama involving their battle against a terrorist organization, the movie will also include side stories for each of the members. In addition, actor Tachi Hiroshi (61) has been cast as a legendary hero named Captain Silver.
Filming for “Eito Ranger” is scheduled to start on March 6.