Fukuda Saki & Gouriki Ayame to star in "IS" live-action drama
TV Tokyo announced that they are going to produce a live-action drama adaption of the award-winning manga "IS: Otoko demo Onna demo nai Sei", starring the two young actresses Fukuda Saki and Gouriki Ayame.
"IS" depicts the life of the intersexual Hoshino Haru (Fukuda) and his struggles with his family, life and love. He officially was born as a girl, but was raised as a boy throughout most of his childhood. He enrolls into a special senior high school in order to acquire the license of a cook, but due to his birth certificate stating that he is a girl, he is forced to become a female student at the new school. Things become even more difficult for him, when his body starts to become more feminine and he develops deeper feelings for a male student.
Having both male and female anatomical parts, it's extremely difficult for people with a gender identity disorder to chose either path, and to gain acceptance for who they are. Due to the low degree of recognition and society's prejudices, their lives are filled with pain and troubles. Hoshino feels the same pain, but yet he manages to always look like a very bright person.
Fukuda spoke up about this unique role, in which he said: "When I first heard the story for this drama, I considered it to be an extremely difficult theme. From now on, as an actress and as the person Fukuda Saki, I am going to be worried about what would be the best way to play this role in order to (correctly) convey the life of an intersexual to the viewers. It would be the greatest blessing for me as an actress if it were to increase the acknowledgment of intersexual people."
Gouriki, who used to read this manga during her junior high school days, will play the role of one of Hoshino's mysterious female classmates who tries to get closer to her for a specific reason. This will be Gouriki's first drama in a lead role.
She commented, "It feels like a dream that my first starring role is going to be in an adaption of the manga I love so much. In order to fully express my feelings and thoughts towards the drama and in order to grow as the person Gouriki Ayame, I'd like to put all of my effort into this project." Furthermore, she added, "I'd like to show you my best acting in order to convey the important message of the drama and to gain more acknowledgment for all intersexual people."
Other actors who will be making an appearance in the drama are Inoue Masahiro, Nishida Naomi and Mina Mikaho.
"IS: Otoko demo Onna demo nai Sei" is going to air every Monday at 10pm.
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