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Netflix U.S. to Stream Live-Action River's Edge Film

posted on by Karen Ressler
Adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's manga streams on March 1

Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will stream the live-action film adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge manga in the United States on March 1.

The film opened in Japan on February 15.

Fumi Nikaidō (Himizu, Inuyashiki, Wolf Girl & Black Prince) and Ryō Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze, Gintama, Tomodachi Game) star in the film as Haruna Wakagusa and Ichirō Yamada, respectively. 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: Press Release

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