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Live-Action Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Film Screens at Virtually at Fantasia Int'l Film Fest

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Festival also streams live-action Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler film

Montreal's 24th Fantasia International Film Festival announced on Thursday that it will screen the live-action film adaptation of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku manga. The film will have its North American debut at the virtual film festival, which will stream from August 20 to September 2. The Fantasia International Film Festival describes the film:

Narumi is starting a new job and doing everything she can to hide the fact she is an otaku, but one of her new colleagues is a childhood friend who knows all about her passion for manga and anime. Thanks to the superb chemistry between Mitsuki Takahata (ALMOST A MIRACLE) and Kento Yamazaki (KINGDOM), the unique creativity of writer/director Yuichi Fukuda (HK: FORBIDDEN SUPERHERO), and musical numbers going from J-pop to jazz, WOTAKOI: LOVE IS HARD FOR OTAKU is the perfect immersion into the fascinating world of otaku culture.

The film originally premiered in Japan on February 7, and it debuted at #1 in its opening weekend.

Mitsuki Takahata and Kento Yamazaki are starring in the film as Narumi and Hirotaka, respectively. Nanao co-stars in the the film as Hanako Koyanagi, while Takumi Saitou plays Tarō Kabakura. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action Gintama) is directing the film. The film was originally slated to open in 2019, but it was delayed to 2020.

The Fantasia International Film Festival will also host the Canadian premiere of the live-action film adaptation of the writer Homura Kawamoto and artist Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga. The film opened in Japan in May 2019 and features four new original characters.

The festival earlier announced that it will also screen the live-action film adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Barbara manga.

Source: Press release


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