In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Karasumi ni) will get a live action TV series from July 2018. The series will broadcast on TBS. An animated movie directed by Sunao Katabuchi was released in Japanese cinemas in 2016.
The historical manga series is set during the World War II. Heroine Suzu moves from Eba to Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture due to her marriage and starts her everyday life as a bride with the Hojo family. The manga has sold over 1.2 million volumes.
From left: Tori Matsuzaka as Shusaku Hojo, Honoka Matsumoto as Suzu
Suzu will be portrayed by 21-year-old Honoka Matsumoto, who recently starred alongside Ryunosuke Kamiki in a mobile phone advertisement. Matsumoto was chosen through an audition with 3,000 participants. As soon as her casting was decided, she was invited to Hiroshima’s Eba and Kure to experience the places Suzu lived.
To prepare for her role, Matsumoto slowly started to change small things in her everyday life, such as wearing geta (Japanese sandals made of wood) and not eating her favorite western sweets. She also takes special classes on cooking and sewing to understand Suzu as much as possible. She said about the series, ‘I hope it becomes a series where people start to think about what matters in life.’
Suzu’s husband, Shusaku Hojo, will be played by Tori Matsuzaka. He has taken on many roles before and acted in the movie Call Boy and the NHK TV series Warotenka. He said, ‘We are the generation that knows nothing about the war but I want to properly convey things to this era that only we from our generation now can do.’
The manga’s author, Fumiyo Kono, talked how happy she was when she first read the script, ‘I started to run with so much power, felt like an airplane during take-off and thought that I really could fly away any moment. I am also looking forward to the charming cast. I am confident this will become a masterpiece!’
Other members of the cast include Machiko Ono, Tomorowo Taguchi, Ran Ito, Sairi Ito, Kaho Tsuchimura, and Sayu Kubota. The screenwriter is Yoshikazu Okada (Churasan, Hiyokko), Nobuhiro Doi (Quartet) is directing the series and the music will be provided by Joe Hisaishi.
The live action series of In This Corner of the World will start airing every Sunday starting July 2018 from 21:00 (JST) on TBS.