Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura starring in live-action “Kimi ni Todoke”

By kevin on April 01, 2010 at 11:11pm EDT

Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura

Earlier today, it was announced that Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura have been cast in the lead roles of the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Kimi ni Todoke directed by Naoto Kumazawa (Rainbow Song, Romantic Prelude). The project was first revealed back in January, but no further details were announced until now.

The film is based on a manga by Karuho Shiina which has sold over 10 million copies and spawned an animated series which recently aired on NTV.

Tabe will play a high school student named Sawako Kuronuma with long dark hair and a gloomy appearance who’s insultingly called “Sadako” by other students—a reference to the character from Hideo Nakata’s 1998 horror film “Ring”. Sawako is misunderstood and feared for her looks, but her life begins to change one day when a popular classmate named Shota Kazehaya (Miura) begins talking to her. His gesture of friendship gives her the confidence to be more outgoing and try things she never would have tried before. Eventually, her gratitude toward him leads to a budding romance.

“Kimi ni Todoke” will be released by Toho in Japan on September 25, 2010.

Sources: Tokyograph, Cinema Today

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