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Sensei! Live-Action Film Reveals October 28 Premiere, More Cast

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Akiko Yagi, Reo Morimoto join cast of film based on My Love Story!! creator Kawahara's manga

The official website for the live-action film of Kazune Kawahara's Sensei! manga began streaming a teaser earlier this month, revealing the film's October 28 opening date. The video also reveals that Akiko Yagi and Reo Morimoto are joining the cast.

Toma Ikuta (Akihabara @ DEEP's Box, Bokura ga Ita/We Were There's Motoharu Yano) will play Kōsaku Itō, a high school teacher, while Suzu Hirose (The Boy and The Beast's Kaede, live-action Chihayafuru's Chihaya, live-action Your Lie in April's Kaori) will play Hibiki Shimada, a girl who falls in love with Kōsaku.

Additional cast members are as follows:

Takahiro Miki (live-action Solanin, Ao Haru Ride) is directing the film, with Mari Okada (anohana, The Anthem of the Heart, Toradora!) penning the script, making the film her second announced live-action project.

The story centers on second-year high school student Hibiki Shimada, who is in love with her teacher Kōsaku Itō, a cold man who seems to hate girls, but is actually kind. The story begins when she accidentally puts a love letter entrusted to her by a friend in Kōsaku's shoe locker.

Kawahara launched the manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in 1996, and ended it in 2003. Shueisha published 20 compiled book volumes for the manga. Kawahara collaborated with artist Aruko for the My Love Story!! manga, which inspired both a television anime in spring 2015, and a live-action film in October 2015. The manga ended on July 13. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks released the anime series on home video with an English dub in December.

Kawahara's Aozora Yell manga also inspired a live-action film, which opened in Japan last August. Additionally, Kawahara's High School Debut manga inspired a live-action film in April 2011.

Kawahara launched her latest Suteki na Kareshi manga in Bessatsu Margaret magazine in January.

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