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"Thermae Romae" to get live-action adaptation starring Abe Hiroshi & Ueto Aya

April 18, 2011 @ 5:24 am
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Top selling manga "Thermae Romae" is going to be made into a live-action film through Fuji TV. The film will star Abe Hiroshi (46) and Ueto Aya (25) and will be aimed to be released next year. It will be directed by Takeuchi Hideki and started shooting scenes in Italy.

"Thermae Romae" means "Rome's Bath" and depicts the story of Lucius, a bath design engineer who slips through time between Ancient Rome and modern Japan. The manga itself comically portrays Lucius's struggle and shock in bringing back modern Japan bathing cultures to Ancient Rome. Fuji TV expressed their hopes in depicting the cross between Ancient Roman cultures and modern Japanese culture well. The manga is written by Yamazaki Mari (43) and has received prestigious recognition such as "Manga Taisho 2010" and the "14th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize" for short stories.

Abe, being 189 cm tall and with defined facial features, was a stand out to be Lucius. With a simple reply of, "Sounds fun. I'll do it," he took on this job. Ueto was chosen to portray the character of an aspiring manga writer who encounters Lucius at the public bath. She was chosen to represent the "flat faced family (the Japanese people)" for her small face and very Japanese look. Abe commented that, "This is a very comical story with open relationships, but I will take this job serious," while Ueto commented, "Lucius is a very fun character so to represent the 'flat faced family' well, I will do my best."

To better fit in to his role as a Roman man, Abe had been working on his body. He has been doing intense workouts to tone his body, and when it was time for shooting, staff members were surprised at the end results, saying, "He looks like a real Roman man."

We look forward to seeing how the movie turns out!


Source & Photo: Sanspo

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