Hideki Takeuchi (Thermae Romae)-directed comedy hits Japanese theaters February 22, 2019
The official Twitter for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Mineo Maya (Patarillo!)'s comedy manga in the 1980s Tonde Saitama revealed visuals of its four main cast in costume: Nikaido Fumi as Momomi Dannoura, GACKT as Rei Asami, Yusuke Iseya as Sho Akutsu, and Masaki Kyomoto as Duke Saitama.
Both 45-year-old singer/actor GACKT and 23-year-old actress Fumi Nikaidou (Wolf Girl and Black Prince live-action film in 2016) play high school student characters in the film. 42-year-old Iseya's character is a butler who serves for Tokyo Governor, and 59-year-old Kyomoto portrays the legendary Saitama native character. The Hideki Takeuchi (Nodame Cantabile, Thermae Romae)-directed film is set to be released in Japan on February 22, 2019.
Yusuke Iseya as Sho Akutsu/Nikaido Fumi as Momomi Dannoura
GACKT as Asami Rei/Masaki Kyomoto as Duke Saitama
The three-part manga was originally published in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine from 1982
to 1983, then compiled in one-volume tankobon, and didn't achieved much success at the time.
30 years later, it suddenly started gaining internet buzz, and Takarajimasha released its reprint edition
in 2015. Even more surprisingly, it has printed over 300,000 copies so far, which was ten times more
than originally planned.
The story is set in a fictional Japan where people are discriminated based on their birthplace and
residence. Saitama Prefecture is particularly hated by the people in Tokyo. One day, a mysterious
male student named Rei Asami transfers to Dannoura Academy, a prestigious high school in Tokyo,
from America. Momomi Dannoura, the male president of the school's student council and the grandson
of the director of the school, is gradually attracted by him. However, Rei's secret origin that he was
born in Saitama is accidentally revealed. He returns to Saitama to join resistance movement to eliminate
discrimination against Saitama citizens. When Momomi learns that a powerful politician tries to destroy
Rei's resistance group, he decides to go to Saitama to inform Rei of the danger.
"Tonde Saitama" manga reprint edition cover
(C)2019 Movie "Tonde Saitama" Production Committee
(C) Mineo Maya "Kono Manga ga Sugoi! comics Tonde Saitama"/Takarajimasha