Live-action manga adaptations — from weepy dramas about teenage love to goofy comedies set in fantasy worlds — usually reflect real life only at its extremes, whether it’s the melodramatic or the idiotic.

Then there is “Hard-Core Heisei Hell’s Bros.,” a cult manga about two losers — one with an out-of-control temper, the other intellectually challenged — who become inseparable pals in bubble-era Japan. Think of them as a Japanese version of George and Lennie from John Steinbeck’s classic 1937 novella “Of Mice and Men.”

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