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Tomie Unlimited Restarts Manga-Based Horror Film Series

posted on by Egan Loo
15-year-old Moe Arai to star in 2011 film based on Junji Ito's Tomie manga 

15-year-old actress Moe Arai will star in Tomie: Unlimited, the Spring 2011 live-action film based on Junji Ito's popular horror manga series Tomie. The short stories in the original manga centered around a mysterious girl who appears again and again in various people's lives and haunts them until their eventual end.

Arai plays Tsukiko, a girl whose older sister is revived after an accident. 19-year-old actress and occasional manga creator Miu Nakamura will play Tomie herself. Director Noboru Iguchi began shooting the film on September 23.

Since 1999, there have been seven live-action theatrical Tomie films and one live-action television adaptation. (The last film, Tomie vs. Tomie, opened in Japan in 2007.) Other actresses who have played the heroines in the Tomie franchise include Aoi Miyazaki (NANA) and Sayaka Yamaguchi (Nodame Cantabile in Europe), while Miho Kanno (Hataraki Man) and Miki Sakai (SaiKano) have played the title character herself. ComicsOne and Dark Horse Comics published the original manga in North America, and Crunchyroll streamed several of the live-action installments last year. BCI/Eclipse and ADNESS released several live-action Tomie works on DVD in North America.

Arai had previously appeared in GeGeGe no Nyōbō (Spooky Wife), the recently concluded live-action television adaptation of an autobiography by GeGeGe no Kitarō author Shigeru Mizuki's wife Nunoe Mura.

Source: Sports Nippon

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