Sakura no Ame Live-Action Film's Teaser Reveals March 5 Opening
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website of the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Vocaloid composer halyosy's song "Sakura no Ame" (Rain of Cherry Blossoms) began streaming a teaser video for the film on Wednesday. The video reveals the film's March 5 opening in Japan.
The website unveiled the film's poster, which contains the text "Even if we end up in different places, we're still friends. You don't need to ask."
The film's story is set in Shizuoka, where a shy girl named Miku sings as part of her school choir. Though she likes their choir leader Haru, she doesn't yet know if she can call it love. When their strict adviser Meiko announces that she will resign, she also says that she will strive to win the grand prize at the choir competition. Though the choir members want to sing the song "Sakura no Ame," she goes against them, and prepares a difficult song for them to practice. Miku and the other members really want to perform the song, and soon have to make a big decision.
Maika Yamamoto will play Miku as her first main character role (she previously played Kaede in the live-action Assassination Classroom film). Kōdai Asaka will play Haru, the leader of the choir, who the main character falls in love with. Other members of the cast include Ryōhei Hirota (live-action Kiki's Delivery Service) as Ren, and Ikumi Hisamitsu (live-action GTO) as Ruka.
Atsushi Ueda is directing the film, and Hirotoshi Kobayashi is penning the script.
The original song tells the story of a Japanese school's graduation. After its release in 2008, the song was performed at various graduation ceremonies throughout Japan during 2009 and 2010. The song also inspired a novel (cover seen right) with a cover illustration by Yū and a story by Tōru Fujita.