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Live-Action ReLIFE Film's 'Special Video' Streams Ahead of Premiere

posted on by Rai Kelly
Film premieres Saturday in Japan

Shochiku began streaming a "special video" for the live-action film of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga on Friday. The trailer showcases Arata, Chizuru, and the other main characters running through the rain in traditional yukata outfits.

The film opens in Japan on Saturday, April 15.

The ReLIFE manga's story revolves around Arata Kaizaki, an unemployed, single 27-year-old who has just been cut off from his parents' financial support. Unable to find a job due to his leaving his previous employer within three months, he is stuck. One night after drinking with a high school friend, Arata meets Ryō Yoake, a man who offers Arata pills to turn him back into a 17-year-old so he can redo his life. After agreeing to the experiment, Arata joins a high school class, and meets Chizuru Hishiro, a socially awkward silent beauty who yearns to have friends. Through connecting with her and other classmates, Arata must find what he lacks to live a happy life in the real world within a one-year time limit.

The cast includes:

Taishi Nakagawa (live-action Kyō no Kira-kun, Prison School) as the protagonist Arata Kaizaki and Yūna Taira (live-action Aozora Yell, Ankoku Joshi) as Chizuru Hishiro

Mahiro Takasugi (live-action P to JK) as Kazuomi Ōga

Elaiza Ikeda (live-action Wolf Girl & Black Prince) as Rena Kariu

Sae Okazaki (live-action Siren, Nou Shou Sakuretsu Girl) as An Onoya

Yudai Chiba (The File of Young Kindaichi Returns: The File of Inspector Akechi) as Ryō Yoake.

Takeshi Furusawa (live-action Another, Clover) is directing the film,which will have an original ending.

Yayoiso began her manga on the Comico free manga app in 2013, and it was green-lit for physical publication in 2014. Taibundo released the manga's seventh compiled volume in February 2017, and Crunchyroll is releasing the manga in English digitally, and has released six volumes.

The manga inspired an anime adaptation last year. All the episodes debuted at once on the Comico app before airing on television, and Crunchyroll streamed all 13 episodes at once in July 2016. Kensho Ono starred in the anime as Arata Kaizaki and reprised his role in a stage play adaptation in September 2016.

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