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Yuki Shiraishi’s Ano Ko no, Toriko will be adapted into a live action movie. The main characters, Yori Suzuki, Shizuku Tachibana, and Subaru Tojo will be played by Ryo Yoshizawa, Yuko Araki, and Yosuke Sugino respectively. The movie will be released in 2018.
Ano Ko no, Toriko is set in the entertainment industry and is a love story that revolves around three childhood friends who, when they were younger, promised to become actors. The main character Yori moved to the countryside and became a plain bespectacled boy that girls never give a second glance. The story begins with him returning to his friend Shizuku and Subaru, who are active as popular models and actors. The comic is currently being serialized in Shogakukan’s Sho-Comi and there are four paperbacks available .
The director of the movie, Ryo Miyawaki, is known for TV drama series such as Saikou no Rikon and First Class. The screenplay was written by Taeko Asano who is known for TV drama series such as Last Friends and movies such as NANA, Ooku, and Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu.
Shiraishi said, ‘I think the characters will sparkle even more in the live action movie.’ Yoshizawa also gave his honest feelings, ‘The main character is a dense boy so the fact that the story about his personal growth is a shojo manga is interesting. Therefore, I have to cause hearts to pound with my acting and expressions as if I were in love. So there is quite a bit of pressure.’
‘I was very surprised when I was contacted about a live action adaptation. Ryo Yoshizawa is an actor with experience playing many different characters so I am excited to see how he will play Yori. Yuko Araki has the image of a very tense girl so I think she is perfect for Shizuku. Yosuke Sugino seems to play many kinds of characters so I think he will betray expectations in a good way. I think the characters will sparkle even more in the live action movie. With Director Miyawaki’s skill, there is no doubt that it will be a good film and I am excited for the finished product as any other viewer.’
‘When I read the manga, I felt it was rare for a shojo story to take place from the boy’s point of view. The main character is a dense boy so the fact that his personal growth is a shojo manga is interesting. Therefore, I have to cause hearts to pound with my acting and expressions as if I were in love. So it’s quite a bit of pressure. The character played by Sugino, Subaru, is very flashy so I want to be conscious of my expression of Yori’s personal growth so as to not lose to Subaru. I will try my hardest until the end.’
‘The manga has all the points that would cause a girl’s heart to pound so I enjoyed reading it. Also, the three main characters being in the entertainment industry is very modern. I think this film will be one that encourages those who have an interest in entertainment. While expressing the Shizuku that many people are expecting, I will also include the Shizuku that I imagined and finish the filming with no regrets.’
‘The speed of the manga’s development surprised me. However, I felt that was very modern. It was interesting to the dream-like entertainment world portrayed but I also feel like it will be difficult to recreate that onscreen. The boy called Subaru Tojo is a very charismatic and flashy boy who is also very vague. I will also work hard to portray him. Please look forward to it.’
‘I was drawn in by the simplicity of the title. High schoolers and dreams. I think the charm of the work is the weaving together of these two elements as the story develops. Everyone sparkles when they like someone. The image of someone chasing their dreams also sparkles. I want to show the moment the main characters’ hearts move. I would like everyone to be excited as they watch the changes in these young people as they fall in love.’
Original work: Yuki Shiraishi Ano Ko no, Toriko (Shogakukan)
Director: Ryo Miyawaki
Screenplay: Taeko Asano
Starring: Ryo Yoshizawa, Yuko Araki, Yosuke Sugino.