Live-Action Hyouka Mystery Film Casts Kento Yamazaki, Alice Hirose
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The staff for the live-action film of Honobu Yonezawa's mystery novel Hyouka confirmed the adaptation and announced the two main cast members on Tuesday. Kento Yamazaki (live-action Your Lie in April, Orange) will play Hōtarō Oreki, and Alice Hirose (live-action Silver Spoon, Maria Watches Over Us) will play Eru Chitanda. This film marks the third time the pair will perform together.
Mari Asato (Ju-On: Black Ghost, Bilocation, Real Onigokko 3-5) is directing the film, which is slated to open in Japan in 2017.
The official website of Annaka City in Gunma Prefecture posted a casting call for the film in April. The casting call sought extras and listed filming for the extras on April 6 and April 14 to April 16.
The story of Hyouka follows a boy named Hōtarō who is not assertive about getting involved, but was ordered by his older sister to join the classic literature club. In the club, he gets close to the truth about an incident, involving a female member's uncle, which happened 33 years ago. The "energy-saving" boy is joined by an inquisitive girl in this adolescent mystery.
Yonezawa published the original novel in 2001, and it inspired Kyoto Animation's 22-episode television anime adaptation in 2012, as well as a manga adaptation in Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine. Yonezawa also wrote the Shōshimin mystery novel series that has had several manga adaptations, including Anko Manjūya's Shunki Gentei Ichigo Tart Jiken (The Case of the Springtime Limited-Edition Strawberry Tart).