Live-Action HaruChika Film's Trailer Highlights Haruta, Chika's Relationship

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Kanna Hashimoto, Shori Sato play leads in March 4 film

The official website for the live-action film of Sei Hatsuno's HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru "concert band youth mystery" novel series began streaming a trailer for the film on Wednesday. The trailer shows the relationship between Haruta and Chika, and shows Haruta collapsing during ensemble practice.

Rev. from DVL idol group member Kanna Hashimoto will play Chika (shown below), and Sexy Zone idol group member Shori Sato will play Haruta. Both Hashimoto and Sato learned how to play their characters' respective instruments (flute for Chika, French horn for Haruta) for the film.

Keisuke Koide (seen below in costume) will play instructor Shinjirō Kusakabe.

Additional cast members include:

The film will open in Japan on March 4, 2017.

The website's story describes the same basic premise of both the novels and the anime, with Chika and Haruta's concert band club at school lacking members and facing the possibility of being shut down. Both scramble to recruit club members for the band. However, the synopsis makes no mention of the love triangle Chika and Haruta have for their instructor and advisor Shinjirō Kusakabe, and emphasizes instead the relationship between Chika and Haruta. The synopsis also does not mention the mystery-solving aspect of the novels' story.

The film's director Masahide Ichii notes in a comment on the website that the movie will focus on portraying the theme of "people with pain in their hearts reclaiming the place where they belong" to craft an original story, and a different HaruChika.

The television anime of the novel series premiered on January 6, and Funimation streamed series. Funimation describes the story:

Things look bleak for the school's Wind Instrument Club until childhood friends Haruta and Chika step in to save the day. When they aren't practicing to perfect their own playing, they're working hard to save the club by recruiting new members. After a series of mysteries shock the school, they'll have to add junior detectives to their already impressive resumes.

Hatsuno released the first novel in the series in 2008, and Kadokawa published the fifth novel, Wakusei Karon (Planet Karon), last September. Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine has been serializing a manga adaptation by Buuta since October 2015.

Source: Mainchi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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