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Sakanaction to Perform Live-Action Kin Kyori Renai Film's Theme Song

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
"Hasu no Hana" to feature in spinoff TV series that premieres next week

Japanese rock band Sakanaction will perform the theme song "Hasu no Hana" (Lotus Flower) for the live-action film adaptation of Rin Mikimoto's shōjo manga Kin Kyori Renai. The song will also serve as the theme for the Kin Kyori Ren ~Season Zero~ spinoff live-action television series that will premiere on NTV on July 19.

Kin Kyori Ren ~Season Zero~ will tell an all-new story about the manga's protagonist Haruka when he was in high school. Johnny's Jr. male idol group member Aran Abe will play Haruka before the character becomes a handsome tsundere (initially aloof and abrasive, but later kind-hearted) teacher in the manga and film's story.

Former NEWS group member Tomohisa Yamashita (Kurosagi, Dragon Zakura, Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Ashita no Joe) will star in the live-action film as tsundere teacher Haruka Sakurai. Commercial actress Nana Komatsu is making her film debut as Yuni Kururugi. Nozomu Kotaki (Kamen Teacher) will play Ikuhaba, a former delinquent and Yuni's classmate who is also in love with her. Mizuki Yamamoto (Black Butler, Zekkyō Gakkyū) will play Kikuko Nanami, Yuni's classmate and the only one who understands her. Additionally, Asami Mizukawa (Nodame Cantabile, Dark Water) will play Sakurai's ex-girlfriend Mirei Takizawa, and Hirofumi Arai (live-action Space Brothers, Kiki's Delivery Service) will play Yuni's cousin and Haruka's fellow teacher Akachi.

Mikimoto's original manga depicts the love story between the handsome tsundere teacher Haruka and the super cool genius female high school student Yuni. Haruka toys with every woman he sees — including Yuni — striking a balance between his cold demeanor and harsh language and actions that make women's hearts throb.

Mikimoto launched the series in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine in 2008, and Kodansha published the 10th and final compiled volume in 2011. Yui Tokiumi's novel adaptation shipped in Japan on Friday.

Live-action Kimi ni Todoke director Naoto Kumazawa is directing the film, which will open in Japan on October 11.

Source: Comic Natalie

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