Chihayafuru Part 1

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Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku
Chihayafuru Kami no Ku poster.jpeg
Japaneseちはやふる 上の句
Directed byNorihiro Koizumi [ja]
Screenplay byNorihiro Koizumi
Based onChihayafuru
by Yuki Suetsugu
StarringSuzu Hirose
Shūhei Nomura
Mone Kamishiraishi
Yūma Yamoto [ja]
Yūki Morinaga [ja]
Hiroya Shimizu [ja]
Miyuki Matsuda
Jun Kunimura
Music byMasaru Yokoyama
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • March 19, 2016 (2016-03-19)
Running time
111 minutes
Box office¥179 million[2]

Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku (ちはやふる 上の句) is a 2016 Japanese sports romantic teen drama film written and directed by Norihiro Koizumi [ja][3] and starring Suzu Hirose, Shūhei Nomura, Mackenyu, Mone Kamishiraishi, Yūma Yamoto [ja], Yūki Morinaga [ja], Hiroya Shimizu [ja], Miyuki Matsuda and Jun Kunimura. It is the first of three live action film adaptations of the manga series Chihayafuru, written and illustrated by Yuki Suetsugu.[4] The film was released in Japan by Toho on March 19, 2016.[5] It was followed by Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku, released in Japan on April 29, 2016. Chihayafuru: Musubi, the third and final film in the series, released in Japan on March 17, 2018.[6]


In elementary school, Chihaya Ayase forms a bond, through competitive karuta, with two of her Tokyo classmates; recent Fukui transfer student Arata Wataya and Taichi Mashima, her childhood friend. Arata is a prodigious karuta player whose dream is to become Meijin, the men's division karuta champion in Japan, equivalent to the women's division Queen title. He believes that Chihaya has the potential to become a great player. Inspired, Chihaya commits to a new dream, becoming Japan's best karuta player. Not content with only participating in their school's tournament, the trio team up and join a local karuta society. They are soon separated, at the end of primary school, when Arata moves back to Fukui while Taichi and Chihaya enrol in different middle schools. but not before promising each other to remain connected through karuta. In her first year in high school, karuta obsessed Chihaya is reunited with Taichi, when she is recruiting students to join her for karuta competitions. Together, they form the Mizusawa Karuta Club. Participation in tournaments enables them to reconnect with Arata. Unbeknownst to Chihaya, the two boys have fallen in love with her. With her teammates and friends supporting her, Chihaya continues to strive to become the best karuta player in the world, while forging relationships with other players.



The film was shot at the Omi Shrine in Shiga Prefecture.[7] The theme song of the two films is "FLASH" by the Japanese group Perfume.[8] The original soundtracks are composed by Masaru Yokoyama.


The release date of the film was announced in December 2015 for March 19, 2016.[7]


The film reached the fourth place by admissions at the Japanese box office on its opening weekend, with 146,299 admissions and a gross of ¥179 million.[2]


A sequel, titled Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku, was released in Japan on April 29, 2016.[7] Another sequel was announced at Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku's premiere. This third and final film, titled Chihayafuru: Musubi, was released March 17, 2018. Koizumi returned as director and the main cast reprised their roles. The conclusion of the story, set two years after the events of the first two films, features four new cast members, including Kaya Kiyohara who portrays Io Wagatsuma, a character written exclusively for the film. Kento Kaku appears as Hisashi Suō, Hayato Sano as Akihiro Tsukuba and Mio Yūki as Sumire Hanano.[6][9]


Year Award ceremony Category Recipients Result
2016 41st Hochi Film Award Best Picture Chihayafuru Nominated
Best Director Norihiro Koizumi Nominated
Best Actress Suzu Hirose Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Mayu Matsuoka Nominated
Best New Artist Nominated
Mackenyu Nominated
2017 40th Japan Academy Prize Best Actress Suzu Hirose Nominated
Newcomer of the Year Mackenyu Won


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  2. ^ a b "Japan Box Office Report – 3/19~3/20". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. March 22, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  3. ^ "ちはやふる -上の句-(2016)". allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "Live-Action ERASED Film Opens at #2, Chihayafuru at #4". Anime News Network. March 23, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "ちはやふる 上の句". (in Japanese). Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Chihayafuru Sequel Film Reveals 4 New Cast Members, 2018 Opening". April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Live-Action Chihayafuru Films Slated for March 19, April 29". Anime News Network. December 1, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "Perfume Sings Live-Action Chihayafuru Films' Theme Song". Anime News Network. December 3, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "ちはやふる 第一八一首" [Chihayafuru 181st song]. Be Love (in Japanese). No. 11. Tokyo: Kodansha. May 15, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2017.

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