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Neofilms Screens Live-Action Sensei! Film in Hong Kong in Early 2018

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film based on Kazune Kawahara's manga opened in Japan on October 28

Hong Kong film distributor Neofilms revealed last Friday that it will screen the live-action film of Kazune Kawahara's Sensei! manga in early 2018.

The film opened in Japan on October 28.

Toma Ikuta (Akihabara @ DEEP's Box, Bokura ga Ita/We Were There's Motoharu Yano) played Kōsaku Itō, a high school teacher, while Suzu Hirose (The Boy and The Beast's Kaede, live-action Chihayafuru's Chihaya, live-action Your Lie in April's Kaori) played Hibiki Shimada, a girl who falls in love with Kōsaku.

Additional cast members are as follows:

Takahiro Miki (live-action Solanin, Ao Haru Ride) directed the film, while Mari Okada (anohana, The Anthem of the Heart, Toradora!) penned the script, making the film her second announced live-action project.

The story centers on second-year high school student Hibiki Shimada, who is in love with her teacher Kōsaku Itō, a cold man who seems to hate girls, but is actually kind. The story begins when she accidentally puts a love letter entrusted to her by a friend in Kōsaku's shoe locker.

Kawahara launched the manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in 1996, and ended it in 2003. Shueisha published 20 compiled book volumes for the manga. Kawahara published a two-page side story for the manga in Bessatsu Margaret last month.

Kawahara collaborated with artist Aruko for the My Love Story!! manga, which inspired both a television anime in spring 2015, and a live-action film in October 2015. The manga ended in July 2016.

Kawahara's Aozora Yell manga also inspired a live-action film, which opened in Japan in August 2016. Additionally, Kawahara's High School Debut manga inspired a live-action film in April 2011.

Kawahara launched her latest Suteki na Kareshi manga in Bessatsu Margaret magazine in January 2016.

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