It was announced on Thursday that "evolution," a 2001 song by Ayumi
Hamasaki, will be the main theme song for the live-action film
adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's Helter Skelter psychological manga. This
will be the first film to use one of Hamasaki's songs as its theme since
the 2009 Dragonball: Evolution live-action film. When asked for
comment, Hamasaki stated that she was a fan of the original manga, and
is looking forward to seeing the completed film. Hamasaki's "evolution"
single was released on January 31, 2001, and reached the number one spot
on the Oricon singles sales ranking charts.
Erika Sawajiri (SHINOBI - Heart Under Blade, 1 Liter of Tears drama
series) will star in the film, playing the character Ririko, a model who
underwent extensive plastic surgery to attain her beauty. The
photographer Mika Ninagawa (Sakuran) will direct the film, while
Asmik-Ace Entertainment and Shochiku will distribute the adaptation. The
film's main cast includes Nao Omori as the prosecutor Makoto Asada,
Shinobu Terajima as Ririko's manager Michiko Hata, Gou Ayano, Kiko
Mizuhara as Kozue Yoshikawa, Hirofumi Arai, Anne Suzuki, Susumu
Terajima, Kaori Momoi as Hiroko Tada, Shou Aikawa, Mieko Harada as
Hisako Wachi, and Yosuke Kubozuka as Takao Nanbu.
Okazaki's original Helter Skelter manga won the Manga Grand Prize at the
annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes in 2004. The story centers on
Ririko, a model who underwent extensive plastic surgery to attain her
beauty. The clinic who performed Ririko's surgeries goes under
investigation for questionable business practices, and Ririko's body
starts to deteriorate. As the model's prominence in the entertainment
industry begins to falter, so does her sanity.