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Live-Action Orange Film Updates Trailer with Theme Song

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Film featuring Kobukuro's "Mirai" to open in Japan on December 12

The official website for the live-action film of Ichigo Takano's Orange manga began streaming a new trailer and second promotional video on Saturday. Both videos feature the band Kobukuro's theme song "Mirai" (Future).

The website also unveiled a new visual that features reenactments of the original manga's entire first volume cover:

The film's staff revealed a poster last week that features a reenactment of the front cover of the original manga's first volume.

Seven Seas Entertainment will publish the original manga in North America, and it describes the manga's story:

Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn't take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. But why? Naho must decide what to make of the letter and its cryptic warning, and what it means not only for her future, but for Kakeru's as well.

Mitsujirō Hashimoto (Sprout) is directing the film after his Suzuki Sensei series received The Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association's top live-action series award, the Galaxy Awards, and other honors. Orange is his first feature film in the director's chair. Arisa Kaneko (Densha Otoko film, Helter Skelter) wrote the scripts, and Yoshihide Otomo (Amachan, live-action Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru) composed the music. The band Kobukuro (Cross Game, Bakuman.) composed a song titled "Mirai" (Future) as the film's theme song.

Shooting for the film in Nagano Prefecture's Matsumoto City — the manga's real-life setting — began in September. The film's first trailer and teaser trailer also preview the film's story and scenes in the film's Matsumoto City setting. The staff of the film had announced that filming will take place until early October. The film will be completed by mid-November, and it will open throughout Japan on December 12. People who purchase advance tickets will be able to receive one of 20,000 ten-year calendars with illustrations from the original manga.

The main cast includes:

Tao Tsuchiya (live action Rurouni Kenshin, Library Wars) as Naho Takamiya, the manga's shy protagonist who receives a letter from herself 10 years in the future.

Kento Yamazaki (Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, Death Note live-action series) as Kakeru Naruse, the lonely boy that Naho has a crush on, and who Naho must save.

Ryō Ryūsei (Zyūden Sentai Kyoryuger) as Haruto Suwa, the soccer player who has feelings for Naho even as he supports her relationship with Kakeru

Hirona Yamazaki (Takashi Miike's live-action As the Gods Will) as Takako Chino, the cool, big-sister-type classmate

Dōri Sakurada (The Prince of Tennis musicals' Ryōma) as Saku Hagita, the strange, geeky classmate

Kurumi Shimizu (The Kirishima Thing) as Azusa Murasaka, the moodmaker of the group

Takano (Yume Miru Taiyō) began the shōjo manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in 2012, but moved it to Futabasha's seinen magazine Monthly Action in 2013. Takano ended the manga in the October issue of Monthly Action on August 25. Futabasha published the fourth compiled volume of the manga on February 20 and will publish the fifth and final volume later. Crunchyroll publishes the manga in English digitally. Seven Seas plans to release the complete series in two omnibus volumes.

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