Live-Action Himizu Film's Trailer Streamed

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Award-winning adaptation of Minoru Furuya's manga opens in Japan theaters on January 14

The film distribution company Gaga Corporation began streaming a two-minute trailer for Shion Sono's live-action adaptation of Minoru Furuya's Himizu psychological drama manga on Wednesday. The film played at various film festivals earlier this year, and it will open in theaters across Japan on January 14, 2012.

19-year-old actor Shōta Sometani (live-action Uso-tsuki Mii-kun to Kowareta Maa-chan, Always: Sunset on Third Street '64) plays Yūichi Sumida, a third-year middle school boy who longs for a normal life. A certain incident sets him on the descent into darkness. 16-year-old actress Fumi Nikaidō (Sono's Gama no Abura) portrays Keiko Chazawa, Sumida's classmate.

Himizu premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, which ran from August 31 to September 10 in Venice, Italy. Sometani and Nikaidō won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress at the event. The film also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Sono (Suicide Circle, Strange Circus), writer and director of the film, revealed that he had to rewrite the film's story before shooting, due to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster and the resulting nuclear power accident.

Furuya's original manga ran in Kodansha 's Weekly Young Magazine from 2001 to 2003, and Kodansha compiled and published four book volumes.

Source: Comic Natalie

Image © 2011 Himizu Film Partners

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