Live-Action Peach Girl Film's Newest Video Compares Manga to Movie

posted on 2017-05-14 04:30 EDT
Film based on Miwa Ueda's shōjo manga opens on May 20

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Miwa Ueda's Peach Girl manga began streaming a "film x comic special movie" trailer for the film on Saturday. The video features Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" song, which is serving as the film's theme song.

The film stars (from left to right in below image):

Additional cast members include (from left to right in below image):

  • Yuika Motokariya as the school doctor, Misao Aki.
  • Kensei Mikami as Kairi's older brother, Ryō Okayasu.
  • Takeshi Masu as Kairi's father, Takashi Okayasu. An original character for the film.
  • Momoko Kikuchi as the Momo's mother, Sakurako Adachi. An original character for the film.

The film will open in Japan on May 20. Koji Shintoku (live-action Mars ~Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru!) is directing the film, and Junpei Yamaoka (live-action Gin to Kin drama) is writing the scripts. Kouichi Tsutaya (Konchū Monogatari Mitsubachi Hutch - Yūki no Melody) is composing the film's music.

Ueda's manga centers on an average high school girl named Momo whom everyone thinks sleeps around because of her tanned skin. The actual reason she is so tanned is because she was on the swim team and tans very easily. She has a crush on Toji, a boy whom she's heard only likes non-tanned girls. Momo has low self-esteem and tries to remake herself into someone she thinks Toji would like, but she has a "friend" named Sae who enjoys going behind Momo's back and making her life miserable.

The original shōjo manga ran in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine from its October 1997 issue through its January 2004 issue. Ueda also published a spinoff manga, Peach Girl: Sae's Story, in 2005. Tokyopop published both the original manga and the spinoff in North America, but split the original manga into two separate series: Peach Girl and Peach Girl: Change of Heart. Ueda launched a sequel manga series titled Peach Girl Next in Kodansha's Be-Love magazine on August 12. Kodansha shipped the second compiled book volume of the sequel series on April 13.

The series inspired a live-action drama in Taiwan in 2001 and a Japanese television anime in 2005. Funimation released the anime adaptation.

Source: Comic Natalie

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