ReLIFE Live-Action Film Reveals Lead Actor in Costume as 27-Year-Old Man, 17-Year-Old Student

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The official website for the live-action film of Yayoiso‘s ReLIFE manga unveiled a visual on Thursday, revealing the 18-year-old actor Taishi Nakagawa) as both the 17-year-old (pictured right) and 27-year-old (pictured left) versions of the protagonist Arata Kaizaki.

The manga’s story revolves around Arata Kaizaki, an unemployed, single 27-year-old who has just been cut off from his parents’ financial support. Unable to find a job due to his leaving his previous employer within three months, he is stuck. One night after drinking with a high school friend, Arata meets Ryō Yoake, a man who offers Arata pills to turn him back into a 17-year old so he can redo his life. After agreeing to the experiment, Arata joins a high school class, and meets Chizuru Hishiro, a socially awkward silent beauty who yearns to have friends. Through connecting with her and other classmates, Arata must find what he lacks to live a happy life in the real world within a one-year time limit.

The previously announced cast includes:

Taishi Nakagawa (live-action Kyō no Kira-kun, Prison School and GTO 2012) as the protagonist Arata Kaizaki and Yūna Taira (live-action Aozora Yell, Ankoku Joshi) as Chizuru Hishiro.
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Mahiro Takasugi (live-action P to JK) as Kazuomi Ōga
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Elaiza Ikeda (live-action Wolf Girl & Black Prince) as Rena Kariu
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Sae Okazaki (live-action Siren, Nou Shou Sakuretsu Girl) as An Onoya
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Yudai Chiba (The File of Young Kindaichi Returns: The File of Inspector Akechi) as Ryō Yoake.
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Takeshi Furusawa (live-action Another, Clover) is directing the film. The film is slated to debut in Japanese theaters on April 15, 2017, and it will have an original ending.

Yayoiso began her manga on the Comico free manga app in 2013, and it was green-lit for physical publication in 2014. Taibundo released the manga’s sixth compiled volume in August, and Crunchyroll is releasing the manga in English digitally.

The manga inspired an anime adaptation this year. All the episodes debuted at once on the Comico app before airing on television, and Crunchyroll streamed all 13 episodes at once in July. Kensho Ono starred in the anime as Arata Kaizaki and reprised his role in a stage play adaptation in September.

 

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