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The Japanese movie news source Movie Collection began streaming a trailer on Tuesday for the Korean live-action film adaptation of Yayoi Ogawa's Kimi wa Pet romantic comedy manga. The film stars Jang Geun-suk as In-Ho (Momo/Takeshi Goda) and Kim Ha-neul as Eun-Yi (Sumire). Kim Byung-Kon directed the film, which opened in South Korea in November. The film will receive a theatrical release in Japan starting on January 21.
In the manga, Sumire Iwaya is a career woman who was just demoted by her boss and dumped by her fiance for his pregnant mistress. Depressed, she encounters a homeless boy on the street and facetiously offers to take him home as a pet, because he reminds her of her old dog Momo. However, the boy surprises Sumire by agreeing to the proposition.
Tokyopop published the original manga under the name Tramps Like Us in North America. The manga was already adapted into a live-action television series in Japan in 2003. Jang had previously starred in a Korean live-action film version of Marimo Ragawa's Baby & Me (Akachan to Boku) slice-of-life manga. Kim Ha-neul is slated to star in the 2012 Korean television drama adaptation of Yuu Watase's Absolute Boyfriend manga.