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Itazura na Kiss Shōjo Romantic Comedy Manga Gets 2nd Live-Action Film

posted on by Egan Loo
Kanta Satō, Reina Bisa reprise roles in Campus-Hen sequel set in college

The second live-action film adaptation of Kaoru Tada's shōjo romantic comedy manga Itazura na Kiss has been green-lit for release this year. The title of the new film is Itazura na Kiss The Movie Part 2 Campus-Hen (Mischievious Kiss the Movie Part 2: Campus Arc).

In this sequel to this fall's upcoming Itazura na Kiss the Movie ~High School-Hen~ (Mischievious Kiss the Movie: High School Arc) film (pictured above), the characters go to college. The story follows the love polygon relationships that form with the introduction of the beautiful genius Yūko Matsumoto and the tennis club sempai Sudō.

Kanta Satō (top right in image above), a member of the EXILE-affiliated entertainment group Gekidan EXILE, and actress Reina Bisa (top center) return in the sequel as the main leads Irie and Kotoko, respectively. Also reprising their roles from the first film are Takanori Jinnai (live-action Detective Conan television movie's Kogoro Mori) as Kotoko's father, and Hidehiko Ishizuka (20th Century Boys' Maruo, Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow's Sōsetsu Kazehana) and Hikari Ishida (Futari, Hana no Asuka-gumi!) as Irie's father and mother, respectively. E-Girls member Nonoka Yamaguchi (bottom left) will return as the classmate Satomi.

Minoru Mizoguchi, a scriptwriter who has produced other Itazura na Kiss projects and a good friend of Tada's husband Shigeru Nishikawa, is writing and directing the film. Mire Factory is planning the project and producing it with Asia Pictures Entertainment. Filming will begin this April, and Asia Pictures Entertainment is holding cast auditions until the end of this month.

In Tada's classic unfinished manga, a high school girl named Kotoko Aihara finally tells a fellow senior named Naoki Irie that she has loved him from afar since she saw him on their first day of high school. However, Naoki, a haughty "super-ikemen" (handsome male) with 200 IQ and sports talent, rejects her offhand. Fate intervenes when a mild earthquake ruins Kotoko's family house. While the house gets rebuilt, Kotoko and her dad stay at the home of her dad's childhood friend...whose son is Naoki.

The original manga followed Naoki and Kotoko through high school and beyond, but the manga is unfinished because Tada passed away in an accident in 1999. The popular manga ran in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine from 1990 to 1999, and it has more than 30 million copies in print.

The story previously inspired a live-action television series in Japan in 1996, two live-action television series in Taiwan under the name It Started with a Kiss in 2005 and 2007, its first stage plays in 2008, and a live-action television series in South Korea in 2010. It also inspired a 2008 television anime. More recently, the manga received a second Japanese live-action television adaptation in 2013.

Digital Manga Inc. published the 10th manga volume in North America in 2014, and Discotek Media also released the 2008 television anime in 2014. DramaFever and Hulu streamed the first season of the most recent live-action television adaptation in 2013, and DramaFever and Crunchyroll also streamed the live-action television special Mischievous Kiss 2- Love in Okinawa (Itazura Kiss 2- Love in Okinawa) in 2014. Crunchyroll then streamed the second season in 2014.

Source: Comic Natalie

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