Ashita no Joe is a critically acclaimed boxing manga written by Ikki Kajiwara and illustrated by Tetsuya Chiba in 1968 that was later adapted into an anime series and movie. The title means 'Joe of tomorrow' or Tomorrow's Joe. Outside Japan it is also referred to as Rocky Joe or Joe. It was adapted into a live-action film starring popular actor/singer Tomohisa Yamashita as Yabuki Joe and Yusuke Iseya as Rikishi. The movie premiered in Japan on February 11, 2011.