Live-Action Hyouka Film Casts Fujiko Kojima, Amane Okayama

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Film based on Honobu Yonezawa's mystery novel opens this fall

The staff for the live-action film of Honobu Yonezawa's mystery novel Hyouka revealed more cast members and the film's fall debut on Friday. Fujiko Kojima (pictured below left) and Amane Okayama (below right) both join the film's cast as classic literature club members.

Kento Yamazaki (live-action Your Lie in April, Orange) stars in the film as Hōtarō Oreki, and Alice Hirose (live-action Silver Spoon, Maria Watches Over Us) plays Eru Chitanda.

Mari Asato (Ju-On: Black Ghost, Bilocation, Real Onigokko 3-5) is directing the film.

The story of Hyouka follows a boy named Hōtarō who is not assertive about getting involved, but was ordered by his older sister to join the classic literature club. In the club, he gets close to the truth about an incident, involving a female member's uncle, which happened 33 years ago. The "energy-saving" boy is joined by an inquisitive girl in this adolescent mystery.

Yonezawa published the original novel in 2001, and it inspired Kyoto Animation's 22-episode television anime adaptation in 2012, as well as a manga adaptation in Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine. Yonezawa also wrote the Shōshimin mystery novel series that has had several manga adaptations, including Anko Manjūya's Shunki Gentei Ichigo Tart Jiken (The Case of the Springtime Limited-Edition Strawberry Tart).

Funimation announced in April that it had licensed the Hyouka television anime series, and will release the first part of the series on home video with an English dub on July 4.

Sources: Cinema Today, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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