News Kodomo no Kodomo Manga's Live-Action Film in September
posted on 2008-06-19 21:36 EDT
A live-action film adaptation of Akira Saso's Kodomo no Kodomo (Child's Child) manga will open in Japan in September. In the manga and the movie, a playful 11-year-old girl named Haruna has been friends with a quiet boy named Hiroyuki for years. After entering the fifth grade, the two meet one spring day at the park where they have always played together. However, the unexpected occurs, and Haruna later realizes after a sex education class that she has become pregnant.
Sasō began the original manga in Futabasha's Manga Action seinen magazine in the spring of 2004, and three volumes have been compiled and published. The movie began shooting last year in Noshiro City in the northwestern Japanese prefecture of Akita. Newcomer Haruna Amari plays the role of Haruna, and she is joined by other young performers (Kumiko Aso, Juri Ueno, Mitsuki Tanimura) and veterans (Yoshiko Miyazaki, Ken Mitsuishi) as well. While America's Juno film last year dealt with the pregnancy of a 16-year-old, and the unrelated Korean film Jenny, Juno (2005) dealt with the pregnancy of a 15-year-old, the subject matter of pre-teen pregnancy is an unusual topic for films. There was a Japanese television drama by the name of 14-Sai no Haha (14-Year-Old Mother) in 2006.