HYOUKA: FORBIDDEN SECRETS Press Notes
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
HYOUKA: FORBIDDEN SECRETS (氷菓, Hyouka) is the film adaptation of author Yonezawa Honobu’s best-selling mystery novel. The movie is directed by Mari Asato of BILOCATION (バイロケーション, Bairokeeshon, 2013) and FATAL FRAME (劇場版 零 ゼロ, Gekijooban Rei Zero, 2014) and stars Kento Yamazaki (DEATH NOTE television series, LOVE FOR BEGINNERS, L♡DK – LIVING TOGETHER, WOLF GIRL & BLACK PRINCE, ONE WEEK FRIENDS) and Alice Hirose (THE SEA OF SEIRO: DETECTIVE MITARAI’S CASEBOOK, ACID BLACK CHERRY: L, SHINJUKU SWAN).
Hotaro Oreki doesn’t like to do things that he considers a waste of energy. However, things start to change when his sister forces him to join the Classics Club, a school group that is on the verge of dissolution. There he meets Eru Chitanda, a gorgeous yet mysterious girl with a strong sense of curiosity. Although she seems shy and reserved, once she utters the fateful words “I need to know!”, her tenacious curiosity is unstoppable.
One day, Eru asks Hotaro for his help in solving a 33-year-old mystery involving her uncle, a former Classics Club member who went missing. As Hotaro attempt to unearth the truth behind the disappearance of Eru’s uncle, he finds traces of clues that her uncle’s secret is locked inside a tragic tale, found within a club’s mysterious anthology entitled Hyouka (Frozen Dessert).
Japanese Theatrical Release Date: Friday, November 3, 2017 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Running Time: 114 Minutes
Hotaro Oreki: Kento Yamazaki
Eru Chitanda: Alice Hirose
Yoko Itoigawa: Yuki Saito
Shihori Kanjiya (Special Appearance)
Satoshi Fukube: Amane Okayama
Jun Sekiya: Kanata Hongo
Mayaka Ibara: Fujiko Kojima
Director: Mari Asato
Original Story: Hyou-ka by Yonezawa Honobu (published by Kadokawa Bunko)
Screenplay: Mari Asato
Producers: Tsuyoshi Kobayashi (Kadokawa), Ryosuke Yamagata
Production: “Hyouka” Film Partners (Kadokawa / Pony Canyon / Avex Group)
Production Company: Daiei Kadokawa Studio
International Sales: Kadokawa Corporation
About Kadokawa Pictures, Inc.
Kadokawa Pictures is part of Kadokawa Shoten, which forms the axis of the expansive KADOKAWA CORPORATION. Kadokawa Shoten has maintained the company’s traditions since its founding, while continuously seeking to innovate at the same time. With their core operations based in publishing and film, represented by the Kadokawa Paperback, Kadokawa Pictures, and Kadokawa Anime labels, they continually release a wide range of content targeted to all age groups.