Yukio Okada's Motel Manga Gets Seaside Motel Film
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A live-action Seaside Motel film adaptation of Yukio Okada's Motel manga has been green-lit with lead actor Toma Ikuta (Hanazakari no Kimi-tachi e: Ikemen Paradise, Akihabara @ DEEP) from the Johnny's Jr. idol talent firm. As the film's title implies, the story is set in a motel called Seaside. Brought together by chance, a number of young men and women check into the motel and cross paths. Ikuta will play Kameda, a salesman peddling a fake cosmetic cream. Kumiko Asou (Casshern, Yunagi City, Sakura Country, Ring Ø: Birthday) will co-star as Candy, a call girl in her 20s, with whom Kameda falls in love.
Okada serialized the manga in Nihonbungeisha's Bessatsu Manga Goraku magazine, and it was compiled into one book volume last year. Kentarō Moriya is directing his first feature film after his debut outing in the school comedy School Daze (no relation to Spike Lee's film of the same name). Filming on Seaside Motel began in Guam on August 30, and the film will open in Japan next year.