Chihayafuru Part 1
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|Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku|
|Directed by||Norihiro Koizumi|
|Screenplay by||Norihiro Koizumi|
by Yuki Suetsugu
|Starring||Suzu Hirose |
|Box office||¥179 million|
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 and starring Suzu Hirose, Shūhei Nomura, Mackenyu, Mone Kamishiraishi, Yūma Yamoto, Yūki Morinaga, Hiroya Shimizu, 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. The film was released in Japan by Toho on March 19, 2016. 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.
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.
- Suzu Hirose as Chihaya Ayase
- Shūhei Nomura as Taichi Mashima
- Mackenyu as Arata Wataya
- Mone Kamishiraishi as Kanade Ōe
- Yūma Yamoto as Yūsei Nishida
- Yūki Morinaga as Tsutomu Komano
- Hiroya Shimizu as Akihito Sudō
- Mayu Matsuoka as Shinobu Wakamiya
- Miyuki Matsuda as Taeko Miyauchi
- Jun Kunimura as Harada Hideo
- Ryōtarō Sakaguchi as Hiro Kinashi
- Alice Hirose as Chitose Ayase, Chihaya's sister (cameo)
- Masane Tsukayama as Hajime Wataya
The release date of the film was announced in December 2015 for March 19, 2016.
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.
A sequel, titled Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku, was released in Japan on April 29, 2016. 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.
|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|
|2017||40th Japan Academy Prize||Best Actress||Suzu Hirose||Nominated|
|Newcomer of the Year||Mackenyu||Won|
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