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Perfume Song Featured in Latest Trailer for Live-Action Chihayafuru Films

posted on 2016-02-22 00:00 EST
1st film opens on March 19, 2nd film on April 29

The official website of the upcoming live-action films of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga began streaming a trailer for the films on Friday. The trailer features no dialogue, but instead previews the films' theme song "FLASH" by Perfume, set to scenes from the film.

The first film, Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku (Chihayafuru: Upper Phrase), will open on March 19, and the second film, Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku (Chihayafuru: Lower Phrase), will open on April 29.

The film stars (from left to right in below photo):

  • Yūki Morinaga (Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru) as Tsutomu Komano, a member of the Mizusawa High School Competitive Karuta Club
  • Yūma Yamato (Silver Spoon, Crows Explode) as Yūsei Nishida, a member of the Mizusawa High School Competitive Karuta Club
  • Shūhei Nomura (Taifū no Noruda, live-action Daily Lives of High School Boys, Hibi Rock: Puke Afro and the Pop Star) as Chihaya's childhood friend Taichi Mashima
  • Suzu Hirose (Crows Explode, Umimachi Diary, Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and The Beast) as Chihaya Ayase
  • Mackenyu (Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future) as Arata Wataya, the childhood friend who leads Chihaya and Taichi into the world of karuta
  • Mone Kamishiraishi as Kanade Ōe, a member of the Mizusawa High School Competitive Karuta Club

Norihiro Koizumi (Midnight Sun, Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru, pictured far right) is directing the films.

The rest of the cast includes:

  • Jun Kunimura (Black Rain, Kill Bill, live-action Attack on Titan's Kubal, The Wind Rises' Hattori) as Chiba's teacher and mentor Harada
  • Mayu Matsuoka as the "karuta queen" Shinobu Wakamiya
  • Miyuki Matsuda (Hot Road, ZOO) as the teacher Taeko Miyauchi at Chihaya's Mizusawa High School
  • Hiroya Shimizu (Slayer's Chronicle) as Akihito Sudō, a member of the Hokuo Academy Competitive Karuta Club
  • Ryōtarō Sakaguchi as Hiro Kinashi, a member of the Hokuo Academy Competitive Karuta Club

Suetsugu's manga follows a schoolgirl named Chihaya who competes in the Japanese card game of karuta. Suetsugu launched the manga in Kodansha's Be-Love magazine in December 2007, and Kodansha has published over 13 million copies of the manga's 30 volumes. Kodansha also released a bilingual edition of the first two volumes in Japan in 2011-2012.

The series inspired the first 25-episode television anime season from October 2011 to March 2012, and the second 25-episode season aired in Japan from January-June 2013. Additionally, the 22nd volume of the manga bundled an original anime DVD when it shipped in September 2013. Crunchyroll streamed both television anime series outside Japan as they aired.


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