Live-Action Himizu Film to Be Screened in L.A. in January

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Adaptation of Minoru Furuya's psychological drama manga opened in Japan in January

The award-winning live-action film adaptation of Minoru Furuya's psychological drama manga Himizu will play at Los Angeles' Cinefamily theater in January. The film will screen on January 18-24 and tickets are currently on sale for US$12.

Shion Sono (Suicide Circle, Strange Circus) wrote and directed the film. Sono revealed that he had to rewrite the film's story before shooting, due to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.

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

Sono received the Deauville Asian Film Festival's Critics Award for the second consecutive year with Himizu in April. The film also competed and won at last year's Venice International Film Fest, and won the Audience Award at the fourth annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival in April.

Himizu opened in theaters across Japan on January 14. Third Window Films released the film on home video in the United Kingdom in August.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

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