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An ugly but talented actress gains the power to copy the bodies of beautiful actresses temporarily. But how long can she maintain the facade?

Director:

Yûichi Satô

Writers:

Daruma Matsuura (manga), Tsutomu Kuroiwa (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tao Tsuchiya ... Nina Tanzawa / Kasane
Kyôko Yoshine ... Kasane / Nina Tanzawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tadanobu Asano ... Kingo Habuta
Macaulay Callard Macaulay Callard ... Roia
Rei Dan ... Sukeyo Fuchi / Kasane's Mother
Tomoko Ikuta Tomoko Ikuta ... Nina's Mother
Kunio Murai Kunio Murai
Mariko Tsutsui
Yû Yokoyama Yû Yokoyama ... Reita Ugo
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Kasane is an ugly girl who is severely bullied by her classmates because of her appearance; making things worse, Kasane's mother was a beautiful actress to whom Kasane is a dark contrast, even though she is as talented as her mother. However, one day Kasane's mother dies and leaves her a tube of lipstick, which Kasane finds is magical: if she takes it and kisses someone, she takes on their appearance for a short time. Kasane makes a deal with Nina Tanzawa, a beautiful lady who wants to be an actress but isn't talented enough. Kasane finds success and appreciation as Nina, but Nina eventually wants to be recognized for herself. How long can Kasane continue her act, and how desperate will she become to keep her success?

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"I'll teach you what having an inferiority complex is all about." See more »


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Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 September 2018 (Japan) See more »

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Enjoyable adaptation if you ignore a few plot problems
13 March 2019 | by rwmjSee all my reviews

I quite randomly watched this film on a flight to Japan, but was very glad I decided to watch it as in all it was fun and held my attention right to the end.

The plot is about two aspiring actresses, one with beauty but not much in the way of talent, and the other scarred across her face but with an abundance of acting skill. Luckily (or perhaps not) the scarred one has a tube of magic lipstick given to her by her actress mother which allows her to borrow another woman's appearance temporarily, and using her talent and the beautiful actress's looks she quickly becomes a famous star.

There's one rather large plot device which is slightly unbelievable (yes, not just the lipstick), but in general it's a thoroughly enjoyable film all the way through.

The real stars here are the two real life actresses who have to play multiple "layers" of roles, sometimes playing a woman playing another woman playing another woman. At no point did I wonder who was who.


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