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Cheer Boys!! Novel Inspires Live-Action Film

posted on by Karen Ressler
Ryūsei Yokohama, Masaki Nakao star in film under 27-year-old director Hiroki Kazama

A live-action film adaptation of Ryō Asai's Cheer Danshi!! (Cheer Boys!!) novel has been green-lit for early summer 2019 in Japan. Filming begins this month.

The film stars Ryūsei Yokohama as Haruki Bandō and Masaki Nakao as Kazuma Hashimoto. 27-year-old director Hiroki Kazama (After the Rain and Teiichi no Kuni spinoff mini-series) is directing the film.

The original youth novel revolves around the "slightly odd and cute" members of a cheerleading squad at a men's university, and is loosely based on the real-life men's cheerleading team "Shockers." Shueisha published the novel in 2013.

Kenichi Kondō launched a manga adaptation in April 2016, an anime adaptation (pictured right) premiered in July 2016, and a stage play premiered in December 2016. Funimation streamed the anime with English subtitles as it aired in Japan, and later released the series on home video.

Sources: Mainichi Shinbun's Mantan Web, Eiga.com

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