SAY “I LOVE YOU” Manga Becomes Live-Action Movie
Shochiku will release SAY “I LOVE YOU” (好きっていいなよ。, Sukitte Ii Nayo) in Japanese cinemas on July 12th. The film is based on Kanae Hazuki’s bestselling manga series Sukitte Ii Nayo, which debuted in the April 2008 issue of Kodansha’s Dessert magazine and has sold over 5 million copies to date.
The story of SAY “I LOVE YOU” was adapted by director/screenwriter Asako Hyuga (PRESENTS -A SPARE KEY-, THE DAYS OF MORISAKI BOOKSTORE). Publicity materials for the film vow that audiences will get a lump in their throat as the movie recreates the feelings of “first love”… the first kiss, holding hands, the sadness and jealousy as the main character comes to know true love and kindness.
The romantic leads are played by Haruna Kawaguchi and Sota Fukushi. Kawaguchi’s credits include the feature films OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB (桜蘭高校ホスト部, Gekijooban Oran Koko Hosutobu, 2012) and THE APOLOGY KING (謝罪の王様, Shazai no Ousama, 2013). Fukushi is best known as Gentaro Kisaragi/Kamen Rider Fourze in the KAMEN RIDER FOURZE (仮面ライダーフォーゼ, Kamen Raidaa Fooze, 2011-2012) television series and several films, including KAMEN RIDER FOURZE & OOO: MOVIE WAR MEGA MAX (仮面ライダー×仮面ライダー フォーゼ＆オーズ MOVIE大戦 MEGA MAX, Kamen Raidaa × Kamen Raidaa Fooze ando Oozu: Muubii Taisen Mega Makkusu, 2011), KAMEN RIDER X SUPER SENTAI: SUPER HERO TAISEN (仮面ライダー×スーパー戦隊 スーパーヒーロー大戦, Kamen Raidaa × Suupaa Sentai: Suupaa Hiiroo Taisen, 2012), KAMEN RIDER FOURZE THE MOVIE (仮面ライダーフォーゼ THE MOVIE みんなで宇宙キターッ!, Kamen Raidaa Fooze Za Muubii Min’nade Uchuu Kitaaa!, 2012) and KAMEN RIDER X KAMEN RIDER WIZARD & FOURZE: MOVIE WAR ULTIMATUM (仮面ライダー×仮面ライダー MOVIE大戦 アルティメイタム, Kamen Raidaa × Kamen Raidaa Uizaado Ando Fooze Muubii Taisen Arutimeitamu, 2012). He also appeared in the live-action film version of LIBRARY WARS (図書館戦争, Toshokan Senso, 2013).
Mei Tachibana (Haruna Kawaguchi) is a 16 year-old high school student. Traumatized by a childhood event, she has cut herself off emotionally from other people, living alone without friends or a boyfriend.
One day, Mei accidentally hurts Yamato Kurosawa (Sota Fukushi), the most popular boy in school. But Yamato takes an instant liking to her, announcing that she is now his friend. And when Mei is later harassed by a man, Yamato comes to her aid by acting as her boyfriend… and steals a kiss for himself.
Release Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014 (Roadshow)
Mei Tachibana: Haruna Kawaguchi
Yamato Kurosawa: Sota Fukushi
Kai Takemura: Tomohiro Ichikawa
Kenji Nakanishi: Tasuku Nagase
Masashi Tachikawa: Ryosuke Yamamoto
Aiko Muto: Rika Adachi
Asami Oikawa: Rima Nishizaki
Megumi Kitagawa: Arisa Yagi
Director: Asako Hyuga
Original Story: Sukitte Iinayo by Kanae Hazuki (Kodansha)
Screenplay: Asako Hyuga
Production: SAY “I LOVE YOU” Film Partners