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Live-Action The World of Machida-kun Film's Teaser Video Highlights Cast Comments, Theme Song

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Newcomers Kanata Hosoda, Nagisa Sekimizu star in June 7 film

Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a teaser video for the live-action film adaptation of Yuki Andō's The World of Machida-kun manga on Monday. The teaser highlights the cast's comments on the film, and also features the film's theme song "Ite mo Tatte mo" (Can't Control Myself) by Ken Hirai.

Director Yūya Ishii (live-action The Great Passage) personally oversaw a large-scale audition with more than 1,000 participants and picked newcomers Kanata Hosoda (top left in image below) and Nagisa Sekimizu (top right in image below) to star as Hajime Machida and Nana Inohara, respectively.

Machida's classmates include (left to right in the middle row of the image above):

Other characters include (left to right in the bottom row):

(Note: Character name romanizations not confirmed.)

The film will open on June 7. Filming began in July 2018. The movie is Ishii's first film adaptation of a shōjo manga, and he filmed it on 35 mm film instead of the more modern digital format.

In the manga, Machida is a quiet, awkward, bespectacled boy, whose slightly below-average grades belie his appearance. He thinks there is nothing special about himself, but all around him there are people who treasure him.

Andō launched the manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in March 2015 and ended the series in April 2018. Shueisha published the manga's seventh and final compiled book volume in May 2018.

The manga ranked third on Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! list of top manga for female readers in 2015. The manga won Andō a new face award at the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2015 and the new creator prize at the 20th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards in 2016. The series was nominated for the Manga Taisho in 2016.

Sources: Warner Bros. Japan YouTube channel, Comic Natalie

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