1st Live-Action Tomodachi Game Film Opens June 3 in Japan
posted on by Karen Ressler
This year's May issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine announced on Saturday that the first live-action film adaptation of Yuki Sato's Tomodachi Game (Friends Games) manga will premiere on June 3 in Japan.
The manga is inspiring a live-action drama series and two live-action films this year. The series premiered on Chiba TV on April 3 at 10:30 p.m., and it is also airing on Teletama, Hokkaido TV, tvk, KBC Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and Mētele. It will also stream on GYAO! beginning on April 12.
The story, based on Mikoto Yamaguchi's original concept, centers on Yūichi Katagiri, a young man with a perfect student life who has four friends with difficult lives. His peaceful daily life comes to an end when 2 million yen (about US$20,000) in school trip fees goes missing. Riddles unfold as Yūichi gets caught up in a mysterious game for money and must decide whether friendship or money matters more.
The cast includes:
Rio Uchida (Kamen Rider Drive) as Shiho Sawaragi, the film's heroine
Yūki Yamada (live-action Wolf Girl & Black Prince) as Tenji Mikasa, a top student with outstanding communication skills
Shimon Okura (live-action Itazura na Kiss) as Makoto Shibe, the class president whose father is a city councilor
Nagi Nemoto as Yutori Kokorogi, a quiet and gentle anime fan
Amatsu as the voice of Manabu-kun, a mysterious puppet who serves as the Tomodachi Game's guide
Yūki Ueno (live-action Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu!) as Maria Mizuse, an observer in the Tomodachi Game
Sato (Sherlock Bones, Yokai Doctor) launched the Tomodachi Game manga in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine in December 2013. The eighth compiled volume shipped in December.