Live-Action Boku dake ga Inai Machi Film Casts Child Actors Rio Suzuki, Tsubasa Nakagawa
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Kei Sanbe's Boku dake ga Inai Machi (The Town Where Only I Am Missing) manga revealed on Thursday that the project has cast child actress Rio Suzuki (pictured below, top row left) in the role of Kayo Hinazuki, Satoru's elementary school classmate who is key to the story. In addition, child actor Tsubasa Nakagawa (top row center) has been cast as elementary school-aged Satoru. The website also revealed that Tetta Sugimoto (top row right), Kento Hayashi (bottom row left), Seiji Fukushi (bottom row center), and Kanna Mori (bottom row right) will also play roles in the film.
They will join the previously announced cast, which includes:
- Tatsuya Fujiwara (live-action Death Note, Rurouni Kenshin) as the protagonist Satoru Fujinuma.
- Kasumi Arimura (When Marnie Was There, live-action Strobe Edge) as Airi Katagiri, Satoru's part-time job coworker.
- Yuriko Ishida (Princess Mononoke, From Up On Poppy Hill) as Satoru's mother.
- Mitsuhiro Oikawa (Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie, live-action Nodame Cantabile) as Satoru's elementary school teacher.
Director Yūichirō Hirakawa (Rookies: Graduation) stated that he first noticed Suzuki (live-action 37.5°C no Namida) for her performance in the Yae no Sakura and Woman TV series. Nakagawa (live-action Heroine Shikkaku) was picked from among about 300 other children auditioning for the role. Hirakawa commented that he noticed Nakagawa's resemblance to Fujiwara during the auditions.
Hirakawa is directing the film off scripts by Noriko Gotō. The film is slated to open in Japan in spring 2016.
The manga's story follows Satoru, a struggling manga artist who has the ability to turn back time and prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he turns back time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his classmate Kayo.
Sanbe began the manga in 2012 and it is currently serialized in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine. Kadokawa shipped the sixth compiled volume on July 4. The manga was nominated for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize 'Reader Award' in 2014 and this year's Manga Taisho Awards.
An anime adaptation has also been green-lit and will premiere in January.
Source: The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web