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Live-Action Tora-san Film's Trailer Shows Protagonist Reincarnated as a Cat

posted on by Karen Ressler
Poster visual also revealed for film opening in February

The official blog for Tora-san ~Boku ga Neko ni Natta Wake~, the live-action film adaptation of Mina Itaba's Tora-san manga, revealed a poster visual and a trailer on Tuesday.

The film will open in Japan on February 15, 2019. Masaya Kakehi is directing the film.

Kis-My-Ft2 band member Hiromitsu Kitayama stars in the film as protagonist Suzuo Takahata, while Mikako Tabe (center in picture below) stars as Suzuo's wife Natsuko. Kokoro Hirasawa (upper left) stars as Suzuo and Natsuko's daughter Miyū.

Additional cast includes (clockwise from upper left in photographs below):

  • Marie Iitoyo as Whitest, the spoiled cat that become's Suzuo/Tora-san's confidante
  • Eriko Tomiyama as Ako Sakuragi, Suzuo's editor
  • Bakarhythm (Hidetomo Masuno) as the afterlife's judge that sends Suzuo back to his family as the cat Tora-san
  • Jun Kaname as Eigō Uragami, a popular and charismatic manga creator

The manga's story centers on Suzuo Takahata, an unpopular manga artist who spends his days drinking and gambling until one day, he dies from an accident. In a place in the afterlife where people are assigned to their next lives, he manages to be reincarnated as a cat, and is able to return to his family for a limited time.

The manga launched in Shueisha's You magazine in 2014, and Shueisha published the manga's second compiled book volume in February 2017. To commemorate the film, the manga resumed serialization on You in the magazine's April issue on March 15, but will move to Shueisha's Cocohana magazine on November 28 since You ceased publication on October 15.

Sources: Tora-san film's website, Comic Natalie

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