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Live-Action Lychee Light Club Film's Cast Roles Revealed

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Shūhei Nomura, Yūki Furukawa, Shōtarō Mamiya play Tamiya, Zera, Jaibo

The official Tumblr account for live-action film of Usamaru Furuya's Lychee Light Club manga revealed the roles that the cast members are playing on Tuesday.

The cast members' roles are:

(Top Row, From Left)

  • Shūhei Nomura (Taifū no Noruda, live-action Chihayafuru) as the club founder and leader Tamiya
  • Yūki Furukawa (live-action Itazura na Kiss, High School Debut) as the dictatorial Zera
  • Shōtarō Mamiya (live-action Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo) as Jaibo, the striking youth who is loyal to Zera and takes somewhat cruel and insane actions

(Middle Row, From Left)

  • Junya Ikeda (Digimon Adventure tri. Saikai, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger) as Niko
  • Ryō Matsuda (Kamen Rider Gaim) as Raizō
  • Junki Tozuka (Kamen Rider Wizard) as Dentaku

(Bottom Row, From Left)

  • Reiya Masaki (live-action All Esper Dayo!, Yarukkya Knight) as Dafu
  • Kisetsu Fujiwara as Kaneda
  • Amane Okayama (live-action Another, Gasso) as Yakobu

The film will open in Shinjuku Wald 9 and other theaters in Japan this winter, but it will first hold its world premiere at the 20th Busan International Film Festival, which will run from October 1 to October 10 in South Korea.

The manga is itself an adaptation of an earlier stage play by Norimizu Ameya's theatrical troupe Tokyo Grand Guignol. The story revolves around nine students at an all-boys school who create a god-like Lychee machine to capture the beautiful women of the world. However, the machine eventually becomes self-aware "and is soon equally capable of measuring beauty and executing justice."

Eisuke Naitō is directing the film and collaborating with Keisuke Tominaga on the script. The film will have an original story, though original manga creator Furuya stated, "I think the contents will not betray fans of the original work." The film will incoporate story elements from Tamiya's point of view from the Bokura no Hikari Club (Our Light Club) prequel manga.

Usamaru Furuya's one-volume Lychee Light Club manga ran in Manga Erotics F from 2005 to 2006. North American publisher Vertical released the manga in April 2011. Furuya also drew the Bokura no Hikari Club (Our Light Club) prequel manga, which ended in 2012. The manga was published online for free in Ohta Publishing's Pocopoco web manga magazine.

The manga also inspired a new stage play last year, and the play's cast voiced a television anime as well. Crunchyroll streamed the television anime into several countries as it aired in Japan.

Source: Comic Natalie


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