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Kids on the Slope Live-Action Film Confirmed for 2018

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film adaptation of Yuki Kodama manga stars Yuri Chinen, Taishi Nakagawa, Nana Komatsu

Shogakukan opened a website on Friday to confirm that a live-action film adaptation of Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) manga has been green-lit. The film is slated to open in 2018.

The film stars Hey! Say! JUMP!'s Yuri Chinen as protagonist Kaoru Nishimi. Taishi Nakagawa (left in picture below) is playing Sentarō Kawabuchi, and Nana Komatsu (right) is playing Ritsuko Mukae.

Takahiro Miki (live-action Solanin, Aozora Yell) is directing the film, and Izumi Takahashi (live-action Solanin, Museum) is writing the script.

Chinen has been practicing the piano for the role since September last year. Likewise, Nakagawa bought his own drum set to practice at home. Nakagawa and Komatsu will both speak in the Sasebo dialect for their respective roles.

The manga follows a naive boy and a scruffy boy in a provincial town in Nagasaki Prefecture in the late 1960s. In the early summer of 1966, Kaoru transfers to the local high school from Yokosuka. Thanks to his family's nearly constant cycle of moving from town to town, Kaoru has only known school as a difficult place for readjusting. However, on his first day at this new school, he meets a boy and begins a new direction in life. The manga won the General Category of the Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2012.

Kodama launched the nine-volume manga in Monthly Flowers in 2007, and ended the series in March 2012. Shogakukan published a one-volume spinoff manga titled Sakamichi no Apollon: Bonus Track in November 2012.

The manga inspired a television anime adaptation on Fuji TV's late-night Noitamina programming block in April 2012. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired under the title Kids on the Slope, and Sentai Filmworks released the series on home video in 2013.

Source: Comic Natalie

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