The live action adaptation of the Daruma Matsuura manga Kasane announced its cast. Kyoko Yoshine will play Kasane Fuchi, and Tao Tsuchiya will play Nina Tanzawa.
Kasane, which is serialized in Kodansha’s Evening, is about a girl named Kasane who has a complex about her hideous appearance. She procures a magical lipstick that allows her to show her natural acting ability. Kasane, who has the power to steals people’s faces using the lipstick, obtains the face of a stage actress named Nina, who is very beautiful but is unable to blossom. In the movie, Tsuchiya will play Nina and Kasane when she is using Nina’s face while Yoshine will play Kasane and Nina when she has Kasane’s face.
Matsuura said about Nina’s actress, ‘Tsuchiya has a pure and cute aspect to her as well as a mysterious beauty, so I think that she is an actress who can skilfully express both Nina and Kasane.’ Matsuura said about Yoshine, ‘My impression of her is a cute, refreshing actress and I am fascinated that she took on the role of a hideous girl. However, I am sure that she will be able to express Kasane Fuchi’s violent emotion, sorrow, and conflict.’
The director of the film will be Yuichi Sato who has worked on Kisaragi and Strawberry Night. The screenplay will be done by Tsutomu Kuroiwa who worked on My Dangerous Wife and LIAR GAME The final stage. The film will be released in 2018.
Daruma Matsuura comment
About Tao Tsuchiya
‘Long before I heard her name in main roles, I remember seeing her picture used in lipstick advertisements on the train. Until then, my image of her was one of a strong healthy girl but after seeing her ethereal beauty in the lipstick advertisement, I thought ‘If she could play Nina…’ She has a pure, cute aspect to her as well as a mysterious beauty so I think that she is an actress who can skilful express both Nina and Kasane.’
About Kyoko Yoshine
‘Even though my impression of her is a cute, refreshing actress, I am fascinated that she took on the role of a hideous girl, which is so far removed from that impression. However, I am sure that she will be able to express Kasane Fuchi’s violent emotion, sorrow, and conflict. I want to witness the moment when the fictional character of Kasane Fuchi becomes a real person in the heart and body of Kyoko Yoshine; I want to witness the moment fiction becomes reality.’
Tao Tsuchiya comment
‘I think acting is something that people normally do over and over in their daily life, whether it be a way to bury expectation and reality or a step in expressing your thoughts. But if it is to hide your true self, it is also a dark magic that doesn’t allow you to ever truly be happy. The world depicted in Kasane is the forbidden world which stretches its hand into the darkness. What lies there is something that I want to experience and confirm together with the director, cast, and staff. Also, as an actress, I want to get drunk on the darkness of Kasane.’
Her impression of Yoshine
‘As I observe Yoshine’s eyes from up close, it sunk in that she is a very beautiful, sparkling person who is loved and protected by many people. Even though it is acting, I am nervous wondering if it is okay to switch places with a person such as Yoshine. At the same time, it is a real honor and I am looking forward to it. At this point in time, we haven’t spent much time together outside of practice as our characters, so I hope that from now on we will be able to relate to each other and become closer.’
Kyoko Yoshine comment
‘I am looking forward to entering the world of Kasane but I am also a little scared of what will happen to me during filming. This is my first experience playing two roles, and just imagining it, it seems like a lot of work. While biting back the excitement at being able to act together with Tsuchiya, I want to carefully build up the characters of Nina and Kasane.
While borrowing the power of makeup and costumes, I will try with all my might to find a version of me that is different to what you have seen before. I will explode!’
About Tao Tsuchiya
‘Even though she is small and snug, she is a very powerful person with a strong will. I was happy that she shook my hand and said “Let’s work hard.’” I think I will end up relying on her a lot, but I will work hard to support each other as we will create the characters of Nina and Kasane.’
Director Yuichi Sato comment
‘When I first met the 2 of them, in any case, I felt how energetic they are. I’m sure the two of them, as actresses and as people, absorb everything and want to express it plainly, challenging any and everything. It felt like that kind of emotion was overflowing. What kind of ugly conflict will these two cute actresses act out? What kind of egoistic heart will be exposed? What kind of chemical reaction will take place? As a director, I am facing it head on while looking forward to it.’
Producer Juichi Uehara comment
‘I came up with this project because I thought it would definitely be interesting to see these two actresses who are pure and full of energy express the real feelings of sordid people. Tsuchiya and Yoshine will both play the roles of Nina and Kasane. It is the challenging situation of one person playing two roles and two people playing one role so I want to make it into a work that could win Best Actress at the Japan Academy Awards.’
Original work: Kasane (serialzed in Kodansha’s Evening)
Director: Yuichi Sato
Screenplay: Tsutomu Kuroiwa
Production: Fuji Television
Production: Kyodo Television
Kasane Fuchi: Kyoko Yoshine
Nina Tanzawa: Tao Tsuchiya