Ko Shibasaki & Ryunosuke Kamiki to Star in xxxHOLiC Live-action film for Release in April 2022

Mika Ninagawa (Sakuran, Helter Skelter) serves as director



A live-action film adaptation of CLAMP's dark fantasy manga xxxHOLiC is set to be released in Japan on April 29, 2022. Ko Shibasaki (40 / Mika in 47 Ronin) and Ryunosuke Kamiki (28/Taki Tachibana in Your Name.) are cast as the film's two main characters, Yuko Ichihara and Kimihiro Watanuki, respectively. More cast members and additional information will be announced for the next two weeks in a row.  


The manga, one of CLAMP's representative works, was originally serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine and Bessatsu Shonen Magazine from 2003 to 2011, then its sequel series xxxHOLiC: Rei followed from 2013 to 2017. The total number of copies of the series has reached 14 million. It has been adapted to various media including TV anime (2006, 2008), anime feature film (2005), live-action drama (2013), and most recent stage play (2021). In the live-action TV drama, Yuko Ichihara and Kimihiro Watakuni were played by Anne and Shota Sometani.


The film is directed by Mika Ninagawa (Sakuran, Helter Skelter), also known as a photographer. According to her comment, the shooting is already finished.


She says, "It's been about ten years since I said at our first meeting, 'I really want to make xxxHOLiC into a movie!' After overcoming many obstacles, the film is finally completed. When it's done, I felt a certain kind of 'inevitability' in being able to release the film at this time. We experienced the moment when the world changed with loud sound, and it is only now that what is told in 'xxxHOLiC' can be felt more deeply. In this world, everyone is involved with someone and shares something with them. The choice is yours, and the future lies beyond your choices. Guided by the power of the original work, I think I was able to reach a new expression. I have done my best. Please come to the theater."



All the photos below are taken by Ninagawa herself.



Key visual:



Ko Shibasaki as Yuko Ichihara:



Ryunosuke Kamiki as Kimihiro Watanuki:





Source: "xxxHOLiC" live-action film official website / Twitter


©2022 Movie "HOLiC" Production Committee ©CLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD./KODANSHA


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