Classic action manga Midnight brought to life in ‘Shot on iPhone’ film


Classic action Manga 'Midnight' becomes 'Shot on iPhone' film
Midnight is a film adaptation of a classic by the Father of Manga.
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Osamu Tezuka’s Midnight manga gets adapted to live action in the latest “Shot on iPhone” project. It’s an action film about a mysterious late-night taxi driver.

Apple also released a “making of” video to show how the movie was produced with an iPhone 15 Pro.

Osamu Tezuka’s Midnight adapted in ‘Shot on iPhone’ film

The capabilities of iPhone cameras have increased dramatically over the years, and have become a strong selling point for the devices. To demonstrate their potential, Apple periodically releases a “Shot on iPhone” film.

The latest entry is Midnight, an adaptation of a manga that Tezuka released in 1986.

Apple’s official description says:

“Director Takashi Miike brings to life Midnight, a manga by Osamu Tezuka. All shot on iPhone 15 Pro. A mysterious taxi driver lends a hand to Kaede, a young girl chased by assassins.”

Watch the 20-minute film now:

Osamu Tezuka has been called the Father of Manga, and some people consider him the Japanese equivalent of Walt Disney as he also made animated series and films. He’s credited with taking manga mainstream, first with children’s stories and later with offerings for adults.

Behind the scenes

The point of any “Shot on iPhone” film is to show off the capabilities of Apple’s handsets, and that requires a “making of” film. Of course there’s one for Midnight.

It includes commentary by director Takashi Miike, who is no stranger to action films.


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