Hoshi no Furumachi Manga Made into Live-Action Film
posted on 2010-01-06 06:46 EST by Egan Loo
A live-action film adaptation of Hidenori Hara's Hoshi no Furumachi - When You Wish Upon a Star coming-of-age manga has been green-lit, and the producers are now holding open auditions for the cast. Hara drew the manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Young Sunday magazine from 2006 to 2008, and seven compiled book volumes have been published.
The love story is set in Himishi City in the central Japanese prefecture of Toyama, and the final auditions and the actual filming will be done in the local area. The main character, Kōtarō Tsutsumi, is unable to get into a Tokyo prep school, so he ends up transferring to a high school in Himishi where he has relatives. Through the various encounters with the locals — in particular, a high school classmate and girl next door named Nagisa Ichinose — his life is slowly but inexorably turned around for the better.
Hara received an award in the 33rd Shogakukan Manga Awards for his Just Meet and Fuyu Monogatari manga. He drew one of the manga adaptations of the Train Man: Densha Otoko story that Viz Media published in North America from 2006 to 2007.
Image © Hidenori Hara/Shogakukan Young Sunday Comics
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