Live-Action Peach Girl Film Streams New Teaser, Trailer Videos
The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Miwa Ueda‘s Peach Girl manga began streaming a 30-second trailer and a teaser video on Friday. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” song, which will serve as the film’s theme song, can be heard in the trailer video. This will be the first time that a Japanese film features one of Jepsen’s songs.
The film’s official site also revealed a manga version of the film’s visual poster on Tuesday. Ueda illustrated the poster.
The website also posted an April Fool’s version of the visual on Saturday.
The film stars (from left to right in below image):
- Mackenyu (live-action Chihayafuru) as Kazuya “Tōji” Tōjigamori
- Mizuki Yamamoto (live-action Black Butler) as the protagonist Momo Adachi
- Hey! Say! JUMP‘s Kei Inoo as Kairi
- Mei Nagano (live-action Rurouni Kenshin) as Sae Kashiwagi
Additional cast members include (from left to right in below image):
- Yuika Motokariya as the school doctor, Misao Aki.
- Kensei Mikami as Kairi’s older brother, Ryō Okayasu.
- Takeshi Masu as Kairi’s father, Takashi Okayasu. An original character for the film.
- Momoko Kikuchi as the Momo’s mother, Sakurako Adachi. An original character for the film.
The film will open in Japan on May 20. Koji Shintoku (live-action Mars ~Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru!) is directing the film, and Junpei Yamaoka (live-action Gin to Kin drama) is writing the scripts. Kouichi Tsutaya (Konchū Monogatari Mitsubachi Hutch – Yūki no Melody) is composing the film’s music.
Ueda’s manga centers on an average high school girl named Momo whom everyone thinks sleeps around because of her tanned skin. The actual reason she is so tanned is because she was on the swim team and tans very easily. She has a crush on Toji, a boy whom she’s heard only likes non-tanned girls. Momo has low self-esteem and tries to remake herself into someone she thinks Toji would like, but she has a “friend” named Sae who enjoys going behind Momo’s back and making her life miserable.
The original shojo manga ran in Kodansha‘s Bessatsu Friend magazine from its October 1997 issue through its January 2004 issue. Ueda also published a spinoff manga, Peach Girl: Sae’s Story, in 2005. Tokyopop published both the original manga and the spinoff in North America, but split the original manga into two separate series: Peach Girl and Peach Girl: Change of Heart. Ueda launched a sequel manga series titled Peach Girl Next in Kodansha‘s Be-Love magazine on August 12. Kodansha shipped the first compiled book volume of the sequel series on January 13.
The series inspired a live-action drama in Taiwan in 2001 and a Japanese television anime in 2005. Funimation released the anime adaptation.