MY TOMORROW, YOUR YESTERDAY. Production Notes & High-Res Photos from Toho
Source: Toho Co., Ltd.
Official Site: bokuasu-movie.com (Japan)
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
The miraculous tale following 30 days of the lives of two lovers destined to be separated.
Toho has provided production notes and high-res images from their upcoming sci-fi romance, MY TOMORROW, YOUR YESTERDAY. (ぼくは明日、昨日のきみとデートする, Boku wa Ashita, Kinou no Kimi to Date Suru). The movie opens in Japan on December 17th.
A newly story first released as a paperback novel in August 2014, the book My tomorrow, Your yesterday. has kept its place at no.1 on the “bookmeter” web page and has sold more than 1 million copies to date.
The melancholy love story of two young lovers, with shocking reveals intertwining, and a separation scene driving viewers to tears has been made into a feature film as a new genuine love story. The director is Takahiro Miki (WE WERE THERE, HOT ROAD, YELL FOR THE BLUE SKY) who, representing a generation, is known for his beautiful imagery and fresh depiction of young drama. The screenplay has been done by Miki’s frequent collaborator Tomoko Yoshida, one of the most popular script writers known for her “tearful” stories and rich ideas for structure and dialogue.
The movie was actually shot in Kyoto, where the story takes place. The beautiful scenery also colors the film and enhances the novel’s fantasy-like settings and the sadness of farewell. With such points, the film is a “tear jerking” hit as a conventional film like BE WITH YOU (2004 box office income 4 billion 800 million yen).
Takatoshi Minamiyama (Sota Fukushi), a sophomore art school student in Kyoto falls in love with Emi Fukuju (Nana Komatsu), a girl he met on the train to school. He musters up his courage and talks to her. Though she bursts into tears the first time, they get to know each other and start talking every day. Takatoshi falls deeper and deeper in love with Emi, who supports his awkward personality with an adult-like maturity. At the urging of his friend Ueyama, he finally confesses his feelings for her on their first date, and she responds likewise.
Though Takatoshi is thrilled with his potential true love, he also starts finding certain actions of Emi peculiar, such as her premonitions. One day, he stumbles upon a note written by her. On the note is a date in the future and their foreseen actions. Just as he starts raising questions, he gets a phone call from Emi: “I have to tell you something”.
The next day, unbelievable words pour out of Emi’s mouth. She explained that she is a being from a different world, and she can only be within the same time as Takatoshi for 30 days every 5 years. To make things even more complicated, those days are in reverse for Takatoshi and Emi, making the 1st day for Takatoshi the 30th day for Emi. That means “yesterday’s Emi” for Takatoshi was actually tomorrow’s unforeseen self for Emi, making them impossible to ever truly live in the “same time”. While nothing makes sense to him, undeniable proof forces Takatoshi to accept the situation. Takatoshi continues dating Emi with mixed feelings, yet ends up treating the “all-knowing Emi” in a frigid manner.
Although initially dazed by the situation, Takatoshi realizes that he does not have much time left with Emi and that she is suffering far more than he is, and determines to spend the limited time with her. Takatoshi supports Emi as he gains memories and she loses them. However, Takatoshi finally breaks down and cannot bear the thought of being separated when his parents, after meeting Emi, tell him that they want to see her again. Yet time cruelly brings the last day (the first day for Emi) upon them…
Japanese Release Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Takatoshi Minamiyama: Sota Fukushi
Emi Fukuju: Nana Komatsu
Hayashi: Yuki Yamada
Emi Fukuju: Kaya Kiyohara
Shoichi Kaminoyama: Masahiro Higashide
Takamori Minamiyama: Akira Otaka
Eiko Minamiyama: Yoshiko Miyazaki
Director: Takahiro Miki
Original Story: My tomorrow, Your yesterday. by Takafumi Nanatsuki (Published by Takarajimasha)
Screenplay: Tomoko Yoshida
Producers: Kei Haruna, Hisashi Usui, Tomoya Nishino
Cinematographer: Kosuke Yamada
Music: Taku Matsuya
Production: “My tomorrow, Your yesterday.” Film Partners
Distributor: Toho Co., Ltd.
World Sales: Toho Co., Ltd.
© 2016 “My tomorrow, Your yesterday.” Film Partners
About Toho Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-nine Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan (both domestic and foreign) every year since 2003. The company is also, throughout Japan, the leading producer of theatrical works and one of the largest owners of office buildings and theaters.