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Live-Action Orange Film's Visual Shows Characters in Present and Future

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film starring Tao Tsuchiya, Kento Yamazaki opens in Japan on December 12

The staff for the live-action film of Ichigo Takano's Orange manga revealed a new visual for the film on Friday. The visual shows both the high-school age and the future 26-year old versions of the main characters (with the latter not featuring the character Kakeru Naruse).

A poster that the staff unveiled earlier this month featured a reenactment of the original manga's first volume cover in the upper left corner:

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 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.

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 whom Naho has a crush on, and whom 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 on November 12. Crunchyroll publishes the manga in English digitally. Seven Seas plans to release the complete series in two omnibus volumes.

Source: Comic Natalie

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