Matsumoto Jun and Ueno Juri to co-star in new movie 'Hidamari no Kanojo'
On December 3rd, it was announced that Arashi's Matsumoto Jun and actress Ueno Juri are going to star in the latest movie of director Miki Takahiro ('Solanin', 'Boku ga Ita'), 'Hidamari no Kanojo'. It has been five years since Matsumoto and three years since Ueno has appeared in a movie.
'Hidamari no Kanojo' is based on a novel of the same name by author Koshigaya Osamu, which has sold more than 350,000 copies up until now. It's said to be the number one love story girls want boys to read. The original story is set in Chiba, but the movie adaptation is going to move the setting to the region of Shonan along the coast of Sagami Bay. It's not just about the mere feeling of love that is awakening between two people, but about the kind of feeling that you can only experience once in a life time. The story also features some mystery and fantasy elements.
Okuda Kosuke (Matsumoto) has been working for this advertising company for three years, when he met Watarai Mao (Ueno) at the reception of a new client. Mao is his childhood friend from junior high school whom he hasn't seen for more than 10 years. Mao used to be the biggest fool at the school and was often bullied by the others, but now she has transformed into a beautiful and charming woman. Kosuke immediately falls in love with her and she is returning his feelings. It doesn't take long and they already decide to get married. However, Mao is keeping one big unbelievable secret to herself...
Matsumoto read both the novel and the script and expressed, "I immediately wanted to get this role. It's not just the romance between the two that's interesting, but the whole world view and the story in itself." He commented about Ueno and Miki, "Together with Ueno-san, I would like to send out this affectionate and warm fantasy. I already watched Director Miki's works before I got casted for this role and I'm really happy that we get to work together this time."
Ueno expressed, "I'm really happy, since it has been three years since my last movie. It's a really heart-warming and soothing story and I'll work my hardest to let the viewers feel the same way." She said about Matsumoto, "Acting, singing, variety shows. He's talented in so many ways and I really can't wait to work together with him."
Director Miki himself commented, "It's about a certain kind of feeling that is too pure and too honest to just be called love. I was touched that the feeling of loving someone earnestly. I'd like to perfectly create the atmosphere of a sunny spot (hidamari) with those two lovely actors."
'Hidamari no Kanojo' is slated to begin filming in January and to hit cinemas in October next year.
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