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Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge Adolescent Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2018

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Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World's Isao Yukisada helms film starring Fumi Nikaidō, Ryō Yoshizawa

A live-action film adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge manga has been green-lit. It will open in Japan in 2018. Fumi Nikaidō (Himizu, Inuyashiki, Wolf Girl & Black Prince) is playing Haruna Wakagusa, and Ryō Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze, Gintama, Tomodachi Game) is playing Ichirō Yamada. Isao Yukisada (Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World) is directing the film.

The manga centers Haruna Wakagusa, a high school girl living in a town during the 1990s, and Ichirō Yamada, a bullied gay teen. Haruna gets to know Ichirō after the former helps Ichirō while he was being bullied by Kannonzaki, Haruna's ex-boyfriend. While together, they see a dead body by the riverbank that becomes their shared secret.

Okazaki launched the manga in Takarajimasha's CUTiE magazine in 1993, and ended it in 1994. Takarajimasha published a compiled book volume of the manga in 2000, and again in a hardcover edition in 2008. Takarajimashi re-issued the manga again in 2015. All three versions have different covers (seen right is the 2015 reprint).

Another manga by Okazaki, Helter Skelter, also inspired a live-action film in 2012.

Source: Comic Natalie

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