Haruka Ayase to star in upcoming live-action adaptation of manga “Umimachi Diary”

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For fans of Japanese drama, as well as the Japanese music scene, the name Haruka Ayase should be familiar to you. Starring in productions such as Socrates In Love and Hotaru No Hikari, as well as the film Ichi, Haruka has solidified her position as a well loved actress within Japan. To the surprise and happiness of many it has been announced that she has signed up to play the character Sachi Koda in director Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s live-action adaptation of Akimi Yoshida‘s manga Umimachi Diary (Seaside Town Diary).

Hirokazu Kore-eda is mostly known for his award winning movies such as Like Father Like Son, Nobody Knows, and Air Doll. Joining both Hirokazu and Haruka in the journey to make this live action a big hit are fellow actresses Masami Nagasawa (From Up On Poppy Hill, Detroit Metal City), Kaho (Otomen, Suna-Dokei) and Suzu Hirose (Crows Explode), all of whom have a decent background working in both J-drama and Japanese movies. When asked why he decided to cast Haruka as the oldest sister Hirokazu exclaimed, “I think the image of her roles so far are similar to the independent-minded second-oldest sister, but I wanted to film a different face of hers.”

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Keeping as close to the manga as possible the movie will take place in Kamakura with the story revolving around the three Koda sisters, Sachi (to be played by Haruka), Yoshino (to be played by Masami) and Chika (to be played by Kaho). They attend the funeral for their father, whom they know so little about after their mother divorced him years ago. Whilst at the funeral they finally meet their half-sister Suzu (to be played by Suzu). From here a new journey begins as a Suzu moves in with the Koda sisters.

Shooting for the movie has already begun, and images will be roaming the internet very soon. An official release date has not been set, but it has been said that an early release in 2015 is to be expected. Be sure to check back for more updates.

Source: Anime News Network

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