My Darling Is a Foreigner
|My Darling Is a Foreigner|
|Written by||Saori Oguri|
|Published by||Media Factory|
|Original run||2002 – present|
My Darling Is a Foreigner (ダーリンは外国人 Dārin wa Gaikokujin?) is a manga series written by Saori Oguri. The English subtitle of the Japanese editions of the first two entries is "My darling is ambidextrous"; the official English version is called My Darling is a Foreigner.
The series is about Oguri's relationship with Tony László, an American writer of half-Hungarian half-Italian descent who lives in Tokyo. The book Is He Turning Japanese?, a spin-off of the main manga written by László and illustrated by Oguri, was published by Digital Manga Publishing in North America.
|My Darling Is a Foreigner|
|Directed by||Kazuaki Ue|
|Screenplay by||Satomi Oshima|
|Music by||Tokio Noguchi|
|Edited by||Yoshimasa Kogure|
A film adaptation of the manga was produced in 2010. Official media related to the film version spell the title in English as My darling is a foreigner.
- Mao Inoue as Saori Oguri
- Jonathan Sherr as Tony László
- Ryoko Kuninaka as Mika Oguri
- Naho Toda as Orange Pop Editor
- Jun Kunimura as Saori's dad
- Shinobu Otake as Saori's mom
- Daijiro Kawaoka
- Dante Carver
- Masato Irie
- Takumi Bando
- Mai Demizu (cameo)
Mark Shilling of The Japan Times gave the film a rating of 2.5 stars out of a total of 5 stars. He praised actor Jonathan Sherr as "miles above the usual foreign actor in Japanese films, meaning he is not totally embarrassing to watch", but added that when he is "required to show something deeper than affability, he is lost". The Hollywood Reporter also gave the film an average review. Variety stated that "narrative tension flounders due to excessive fidelity to Oguri's experience. Sherr has little to do but be sweet and understanding; Inoue is more rounded, but can't transcend the script's limitations. Occasional use of Oguri-style animation will appeal to the manga's fans, but merely emphasize the charm that's mostly missing. Helming and lensing are as flat as Sherr's character. Tech credits are solid." Joe Kern in Metropolis criticized its stereotyped portrayals.
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