2nd Itazura na Kiss Live-Action Film's Trailer Previews College Story

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2nd of 3-part film project opens in Japan in January

Oricon began streaming a trailer on Monday for Itazura na Kiss The Movie Part 2 Campus-Hen (Mischievious Kiss the Movie Part 2: Campus Arc), the second live-action film in the three-part film adaptation of Kaoru Tada's shōjo romantic comedy manga Itazura na Kiss. The video previews the characters' transition to college life.

In the second film, the characters move on to college after the first film's high-school story. The story follows the love polygon relationships that form with the introduction of the beautiful genius Yūko Matsumoto and the tennis club sempai Sudō. The second film will open in January.

The live-action film project announced earlier this month that it is expanding from two to three films. The third film, Itazura na Kiss the Movie 3 ~Propose-Hen~ (Itazura Kiss the Movie 3: The Proposal Arc), will open next spring.

The film project depicts plot details that original manga author Kaoru Tada wrote but never drew in manga form. The first film opened in Japan on November 25, after a special screening at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Minoru Mizoguchi, a scriptwriter who has produced other Itazura na Kiss projects and is a good friend of Tada's husband Shigeru Nishikawa, is directing the films.

The first film stars:

  • Reina Bisa as Kotoko Aihara
  • Kanta Satō as Naoki Irie
  • Shimon Okura as Kinnosuke Ikezawa
  • Atsuki Tomori as Jinko Komori
  • Nonoka Yamaguchi as Satomi Ishikawa
  • Hidehiko Ishizuka as Irie's father
  • Hikari Ishida as Irie's mother
  • Takanori Jinnai as Kotoko's father

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 35 million copies in print.

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