Yui Aragaki and Iki Hayase co-star in the first cut of the movie “Ikoku Nikki” (released in 2024) (C) 2024 “Ikoku Nikki” Production Committee
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This work is based on the manga of the same name by Tomoko Yamashita, known for works such as “HER” and “Night Outside the Triangular Window”. A story about the age difference between a shy novelist and his niece, a junior high school student who lost her parents in an accident. The director is Natsuki Seta, who directed “PARKS” (2017) and “Diorama Boy Panorama Girl” (2020).
Hayase, who will be appearing in a movie for the first time as a main cast member and co-starring with Aragaki, said, “When I heard the news that I passed the audition, I was more relieved to be able to play Asa than I was happy.I was nervous. There were some things I didn’t understand, but I consulted the director and Mr. Aragaki about things I didn’t understand, and with their help I was able to finish filming safely.The presence of both of them was very reassuring.I was also supported by all my co-stars. , I am filled with gratitude,” he commented.
Director Seta explained the reason for choosing her, saying, “I was able to meet 15-year-old Ikuri Hayase, who is still new to the world.She has the intelligence to gently draw the complexities of a teenager into her.” ing.
Also cast are Kaho as Nana Daigo, Makio’s friend, Koji Seto as Shingo Kasamachi, Makio’s ex-lover, and Risa Komiyama as Emiri Nara, Asa’s best friend.
Kaho expressed her joy at participating, saying, “I’m very happy to be able to participate in the live-action adaptation of Ikoku Nikki, which I’ve always loved and read,” and Seto said, “I want to change for someone, and respect someone.” “I realized once again that it enriches my life in many ways,” he says of the real pleasure of the work. Komiyama is confident in her compatibility with Hayase, saying, “During the filming, I was always next to Hayase Iki-chan, who plays Asa, and I think I was able to naturally build a relationship similar to Asa and Emiri.” is peeking out.