Live-Action Erased/Boku dake ga Inai Machi Film's Behind-the-Scenes Video Posted

posted on 2016-02-16 00:30 EST
Tatsuya Fujiwara discusses role with director Yūichirō Hirakawa in March 19 film

The website posted a behind-the-scenes video on the live-action film of Kei Sanbe's Boku dake ga Inai Machi (The Town Where Only I Am Missing) manga on Monday. The video shows lead actor Tatsuya Fujiwara discussing with director Yūichirō Hirakawa (Rookies: Graduation) how his character should react to discovering his mother's body.

The manga's story follows Satoru, a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his classmate Kayo.

Narrator: A masterpiece mystery manga that won many awards gets a long-awaited film adaptation.
Satoru: It happened again. Time turned back. Revival.
Narrator: If he doesn't stop an incident, time turns back.
Airi: Fujinuma!
Narrator: A man who is wrapped up in a phenomenon called "Revival."
Airi: Fujinuma!
Satoru: Mom, don't you feel anything weird?
Narrator: If he only knew the future, he could save the lives of those he loved.
Satoru: Time is moving again. Mom noticed something.
Satoru: Mom! Come on, Revival, just work!
Text: 18 years ago.
Satoru: No way. Why am I back in elementary school?
Teacher: What's wrong, Satoru? Take your seat.
Satoru: I know. I came back to before Kayo Hinazuki was murdered.
Text: A classmate killed during his boyhood years.
Kayo: Don't come any closer.
Narrator: To solve the mystery of both cases.
Policeman: Wait!
Airi: Why would they suspect you, Satoru?
Narrator: He travels between past and present.
Airi: Satoru!
Satoru: Airi!
Satoru: Why is Airi being targeted?
Narrator: He must protect the ones he loves.
Satoru: This time, I'll finish what I started.
Text: To protect you...
Airi: Satoru didn't do it!
Satoru: Thank you, for believing in me.
Text: I'll redo the past.
Mother: Don't give up halfway.
Satoru: I just feel like making you happy.
Text: Even if the future changes.
Satoru and Logo: Boku dake ga Inai Machi

The film's cast includes:

  • Tatsuya Fujiwara (live-action Death Note, Rurouni Kenshin) as the protagonist Satoru Fujinuma.
  • Kasumi Arimura (When Marnie Was There, live-action Strobe Edge) as Airi Katagiri, Satoru's part-time job coworker.
  • Yuriko Ishida (Princess Mononoke, From Up On Poppy Hill) as Satoru's mother.
  • Mitsuhiro Oikawa (Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie, live-action Nodame Cantabile) as Satoru's elementary school teacher.
  • Rio Suzuki as Kayo Hinazuki
  • Tsubasa Nakagawa as elementary school age Satoru
  • Tetta Sugimoto
  • Kento Hayashi
  • Seiji Fukushi
  • Kanna Mori

Hirakawa is directing the film off scripts by Noriko Gotō. The film is slated to open in Japan on March 19.

Sanbe began the manga in 2012 and it is currently serialized in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine. Kadokawa published the seventh compiled volume in December. The manga was nominated for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize 'Reader Award' in 2014 and last year's Manga Taisho Awards.

An anime adaptation (titled ERASED in the West) premiered on January 7 on Fuji TV's Noitamina block. Crunchyroll and Funimation are streaming the series as it airs in Japan. The anime will depict the manga's ending, which is scheduled for March 4.


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