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MW is a 2009 Japanese live-action film based on the manga by Osamu Tezuka.


  • Hiroshi Tamaki as Michio Yuki

This film provides examples of:

  • Age Lift: Garai's backstory is changed from being a former gang member to a child survivor alongside Michio, making them around the same age.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Subverted when Michio only wears the headdress of a nun.
  • Cowboy Cop: Lt. Sawaki.
  • Damsel in Distress: Subverted when Aiko is collaborating with Michio all this time; therefore, she wasn't kidnapped in the first place. Double subverted when he kills her after her father got his money.
  • Death by Adaptation: Subverted. Michio is presumed killed in the explosion of his jet, but in the end, he turns out to be alive.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Unlike in the manga, Garai attempts to betray Michio over to the police. He even joined with Sawaki in the end.
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  • Forced to Watch: Yamashita get into this when Michio ties him up in a tower to make him watch the new of being framed for pilfer 100 million yen into accounts.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Done in a very egregious manner.
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: Done to Yamashita for the location of the MW.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted in the end when the last politician thought he'll get away, but with Michio's return, he won't.
  • Kill the Cutie: Okazaki's daughter, Aiko.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Michio has one with two police officers who want to check his briefcase that has the money.
    • In the manga, Michio never attacks Garai, but in the movie, he does.
  • No One Could Survive That!: In the movie, Michio is "killed" in an explosion of his jet, but is revealed to have survived in the end.
  • Playing Against Type: Hiroshi Tamaki, a real Bishōnen, plays Michio Yuki in the movie adaptation.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Sawaki replaces Meguro in the movie.
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  • Villain Stole My Bike


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