Hi there, CR! For my class assignment we have to design an opening sequence for a movie based on a book of our choice. The book is Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami and the story is as follows (Spoiler tag for those who plan to read the book later)
Anonymous protagonist (You) wakes up from a recurring dream in his Shibuya apartment. He dreams of a woman, a high class prostitute that he used to sleep with. This woman (whose name he doesn't remember until later) seems to beckon him to a hotel where they used to stay in. The Dolphin Hotel.
Perplexed because she kept calling for him in the dream, he decided to go to the hotel in Sapporo. There he met with a attractive but strait-laced bespectacled hotel receptionist, Yumiyoshi which he later falls in love with. It's also here that he met with a very bewitchingly beautiful 13 year old, Yuki, who has a psychic ability to see what other's can't.
The story is a mixture of suspense, dark or off the wall humor, and psychedelic or sometimes morbid sequence. But despite everything it has a lightness to it.
I have to think of a cast for the movie but I'm not quite sure who to put since I haven't watched any J-Drama lately. Any recommendations for these casts:
Protagonist (you): 30-something journalist, good cook. Somewhat charismatic and aloof but somewhat approachable still. Drives a Subaru. Imagination often runs wild. Fatherly, but not overly mature. I'm imagining him as Ken Hirai.
Yumiyoshi: Attractive and professional bespectacled hotel receptionist. Very strict on clear division between business relationship and personal relationship. Gets nervous quite easily when people are watching her.
Yuki: 13 year old, psychic, rebel. Overall very aloof and very rude. Has an attitude typical of teenagers her age. Kinda emo not in a sad way, but more in a bitchy way, but that was because of her upbringing and condition. In the book reportedly she's very very beautiful with silky straight hair. Her relationship with the protagonist is very close because she felt like he understands her.
Ame: Yuki's mother. A famous and genius photographer who is very eccentric. She's so into her art that she flies around the world to take pictures and sometimes even forgot about Yuki. Because of her antics Yuki was often neglected. Frivolous, can't take care of herself, so she often finds a boyfriend to take care of him. Quite young
Makimura: Yuki's father, but divorced from Ame. He was very talented novelist until he married Ame. Since then it was like his talent was sucked dry. He then became rich doing variety shows and since then been living the high life and spending money frivolously
Gotanda: Protagonist' friend from middle school. An actor. Looks perfect, everything he does is perfect, he's a nice guy, nice personality. Overall perfect person.
Kiki: A high class prostitute that the protagonist is searching for throughout the book. Very beautiful, with nice ears.
Mei: A high class prostitute that Gotanda called to ask about Kiki. Protagonist slept with her and liked her a lot, before she was murdered.
I think that's all for now. If you can think of a good actor/actress to fill in a role, please tell me I'll be so grateful! Thank you.