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‘Close Range Love’ Re-Grabs Top Spot at Japanese Box Office

Tokyo: “Close Range Love” (Kinkyori Renai), Naoto Kumazawa’s drama about a high school student’s crush on her handsome English teacher, rebounded from No. 2 to No. 1 at the Japanese B.O. for the Oct. 18-19 weekend. It deposed the previous week’s top film, the Sayuri Yoshinaga starrer “Cape Nostalgia.” Based on Rin Mikimoto’s best-selling comic, the film earned $1.16 million on 100,766 admissions for the frame, or 69% of its previous weekend’s total. Its cume is $4.49 million on 381,493 admissions.

Meanwhile, competitor “Cape Nostalgia”’s total rose to $4.84 million on 453,756 admissions. The higher cume derives from its stronger performance on the weekdays than “Close Range Love,” whose teen target aud is attending classes then.

Bowing at No. 3 on 199 screens nationwide is “Grace of Monaco” with $755,665 on 64,542 admissions. The only other non-Japanese film in the top ten, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” slipped from the seventh to the ninth spot.
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Full trailer for the live-action adaptation of "Kimi ni Todoke"

The official website for Naoto Kumazawa‘s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Kimi ni Todoke” has been updated with a new full trailer and a second teaser trailer. The new footage shows a bit more of how the perma-adorable Mikako Tabe is initially supposed to be scary looking and misunderstood, although I’m still not buying it…

Based on a manga by Karuho Shiina which was later turned into an animated television series, the film stars Tabe as a high school student named Sawako Kuronuma. Because of her long dark hair and generally gloomy appearance, she’s commonly referred to as “Sadako” by other students—a reference to the character from Hideo Nakata’s 1998 horror film “Ring”. However, her life begins to change one day when a popular classmate named Shota Kazehaya (Haruma Miura) begins talking to her. His gesture of friendship gives her the confidence to be more outgoing and
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First teaser for live-action "Kimi ni Todoke"

The official website for Naoto Kumazawa‘s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Kimi ni Todoke” has been updated with a new teaser trailer.

Based on a manga by Karuho Shiina which was later turned into an animated television series, the film stars Mikako Tabe as a high school student named Sawako Kuronuma. Because of her long dark hair and generally gloomy appearance, she’s commonly referred to as “Sadako” by other students—a reference to the character from Hideo Nakata’s 1998 horror film “Ring”. However, her life begins to change one day when a popular classmate named Shota Kazehaya (Haruma Miura) begins talking to her. His gesture of friendship gives her the confidence to be more outgoing and try things she never would have tried before. Eventually, her gratitude toward him leads to a budding romance.

Toho will be releasing “Kimi ni Todoke” in Japan on September 25, 2010.
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Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura starring in live-action “Kimi ni Todoke”

Earlier today, it was announced that Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura have been cast in the lead roles of the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Kimi ni Todoke directed by Naoto Kumazawa (Rainbow Song, Oto-na-ri). The project was first revealed back in January, but no further details were announced until now.

The film is based on a manga by Karuho Shiina which has sold over 10 million copies and spawned an animated series which recently aired on Ntv.

Tabe will play a high school student named Sawako Kuronuma with long dark hair and a gloomy appearance who’s insultingly called “Sadako” by other students—a reference to the character from Hideo Nakata’s 1998 horror film “Ring”. Sawako is misunderstood and feared for her looks, but her life begins to change one day when a popular classmate named Shota Kazehaya (Miura) begins talking to her. His gesture of friendship gives her the
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