The official website for the live-action film My Broken Mariko revealed a new visual for the film on July 11, 2022. The film will hit the Japanese theatres on Sep 30, 2022.
The movie will get a world premiere on July 14 at the opening night of Montreal’s 26th Fantasia International Film Festival.
2003 song “Ikinobashi” by Japanese rockband, The Pees, will be the ending theme for the movie, as per the request of the director Yuki Tanada. According to Tanada, there is no better song to express the worldview of this work.
“When I first heard this song a long time ago, the lyrics, ‘I want to die in the morning, I’m still awake, I’m still alive until tomorrow,’ really hit me in the brain, or rather, it resonated directly with me. It was like, ‘I’m living in a shitty everyday life with shitty thoughts, but I have no choice but to live until the day I die,’ or something like that. I don’t think there is a better song to express the world of this work,” Yuki Tanada commented.
Yuki Tanada will be the director, and Kosuke Mukai will be in charge of the script with Tanada. The film will be produced by Happinet Phantom Studio and Express and distributed by Kadokawa.
The cast includes:
- Mei Nagano as Shiino
- Nao as Mariko Ikagawa
- Masataka Kubota as Makio, a young man Shiino meets on her journey
- Toshinori Omi as Mariko’s father
- Yō Yoshida as Kyōko Tamura, the second wife of Mariko’s father
Waka Hirako‘s My Broken Mariko was serialized for four episodes in KADOKAWA’s Comic BRIDGE online from July to December 2019 as Hirako’s first serialization work. It received a lot of attention after its one-volume tankobon was published in January 2020.
The manga won the New Face Award at the 24th Japan Media Arts Festival’s Manga Awards in 2021.
Yen Press published the English edition in November 2020. The publisher explains the story as:
Shiino is an ill-tempered office assistant, but when her friend Mariko dies unexpectedly, she becomes determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. Portraying the soulful connection between girls, this is a striking story of sisterhood and romance.
Source: My Broken Mariko Live-Action Official Website
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