Helter Skelter (manga)

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Helter Skelter
(Herutā Sukerutā)
Genre Psychological
Written by Kyoko Okazaki
Published by Shodensha
English publisher
Demographic Josei
Magazine Feel Young
Published April 8, 2003
Volumes 1
Live-action film
Directed by Mika Ninagawa
Written by Arisa Kaneko
Released July 14, 2012 (2012-07-14)
Runtime 127 minutes
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Helter Skelter (ヘルタースケルター Herutā Sukerutā?) is a Japanese manga by Kyoko Okazaki. It was adapted into a live-action film in 2012.[1] It was later released in English by Vertical in 2013.[2]



The manga tells the story of Ririko, a supermodel who underwent full body plastic surgery to attain the perfect body and face and to reach the peak of her career. However, her body begins to break down as an effect of the treatments and she grows desperate and unhinged, lashing out at first to her manager and agency and later to the public as she realizes that her current lifestyle cannot last long. Meanwhile, an inspector investigating a series of mysterious suicides and organ theft believes that Ririko and her unnatural beauty may be the key to unearthing an underground industry of unsafe medical practice and save lives. But who will end up the sacrifice?


The manga won an award of excellence at the Japan Media Arts Festival sponsored by the Japanese government in 2004.[3]

The manga won the Grand Prize at the 2004 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.[4]

As of July 29, 2012, the film has grossed US$15,148,107.[5]


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