Live-Action River's Edge Film's Trailer Previews Kenji Ozawa Theme Song

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film based on Kyoko Okazaki's manga opens on Friday

Kino Films began streaming a trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge manga last week. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Arpeggio (Kitto Mahō no Tunnel no Saki)" (Surely It's Beyond the Magic Tunnel) by Kenji Ozawa.

The film opens in Japan on Friday. It will also screen on Thursday at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The film stars:

Fumi Nikaidō (Himizu, Inuyashiki, Wolf Girl & Black Prince) as Haruna Wakagusa

Ryō Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze, Gintama, Tomodachi Game) as Ichirō Yamada

The main cast also includes (clockwise from upper left in image below):

  • Aoi Morikawa as Kanna Tajima, a classmate of Yamada's who seems unconditionally kind to him
  • Shūhei Uesugi as Kannonzaki, Haruna's boyfriend who bullies Yamada
  • Shiori Doi as Rumi Koyama, Haruna's friend who gets pregnant but doesn't know who the father is
  • SUMIRE as Kozue Yoshikawa, a model with an eating disorder who grows closer to Haruna and Yamada

Isao Yukisada (Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World) is directing the film.

The manga centers on Haruna Wakagusa, a high school girl living in a town during the 1990s, and Ichirō Yamada, a bullied gay teen. Haruna gets to know Ichirō after she helps Ichirō while he was being bullied by Kannonzaki, Haruna's ex-boyfriend. While together, they see a dead body by the riverbank that becomes their shared secret.

Okazaki launched the manga in Takarajimasha's CUTiE magazine in 1993 and ended it in 1994. Takarajimasha published the one compiled book volume of the manga in 2000, and again in a hardcover edition in 2008. Takarajimashi re-issued the manga again in 2015. All three versions have different covers (seen left is the 2015 reprint).

Another manga by Okazaki, Helter Skelter, also inspired a live-action film in 2012.

Source: Comic Natalie

Update: Berlin Film Festival screening added. Thanks, #Verso.Sciolto.

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