Best-selling romantic manga series ‘Your Lie in April’ gets live-action

Award-winning and best-selling romantic manga series “Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso” by Naoshi Arakawa is now a live-action film “Your Lie in April” starring promising young actors Suzu Hirose and Kento Yamazaki that will open in Philippine cinemas on December 7.

The much-awaited teen manga drama, “Your Lie in April” stars up-and-coming actors Suzu Hirose and Kento Yamazaki in a coming-of-age story inspired by music. The exciting cast includes Anna Ishii, actress and member of the popular girl group E-Girls and the hot, young actor Taishi Nakagawa. Their heartrending tapestry of love is not to be missed!

A master of the loves story genre, Takehiko Shinjo of “Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu (I Give My First Love to You)” and “Kiyoku Yawaku (Beyond the Memories)” will direct the film.

Director Shinjo describes “Your Lie in April” as a story of the wonders and value of love, but also the pain, tears and heartbreak that often accompany it. “My goal is to deliver a film that leaves the viewers with a warm, gentle feeling. With the charm of Suzu Hirose, the sincerity of Kento Yamazaki, and a young, talented cast including Anna Ishii and Taishi Nakagawa, I hope to weave a tale of brilliant and heartfelt love,” shared Shinjo.

“Your Lie in April” follows a musician with absolute perfection and mechanical precision, piano prodigy Kosie Arima (Yamazaki), is considered a human metronome. But Kosie lost his ability to play when he lost his mother. In April of his sophomore year in high school, Kosei’s childhood friends Tsubaki Sawabe (Anna Ishii) and Ryota Watari (Taishi Nakagawa) introduced him to a violinist named Kaori Miyazono (Hirose). Kaori is a willful free spirit, as ethereal as the clouds in the sky, and Kosei finds himself drawn to her unrestrained, exuberant performance. “Kaori aggressively urges Kosei to play with her, forcing him to face the painful memories of his mother. But one day, Kosei discovers that Kaori has a secret.

“When I read the script, I pictured a beautiful span of time, in which each character battles his or her own, personal issues. In preparing for the role of Kaori, I touched a violin for the first time. It’s still a struggle, but day by day, I am coming to terms with the violin as well as the role. Together with the director and cast, I hope to make “Your Lie in April” a beautiful film brimming with color,” says Hirose of the film.

Likewise, Kento Yamazaki shared that the film taught him that everyday, life is full of color. “Portraying the struggles and challenges of a musical prodigy is challenging, but with the support of Director Shinjo, the staff and cast members, I tried my best to embody Kosei Arima. The concert scenes in the original manga are so dynamic that you can almost hear the music. I’m new to the piano, but I’m practicing hard every day so I can express Kosei’s flux of emotions in the music. I hope “Your Lie in April” adds color to the viewer’s world as well.”

Get your hankies and tissues ready for the painful truth masked in the sweetest of lies that will break your heart in “Your Lie in April” when it opens in cinemas on December 7, 2016 nationwide from Pioneer Films.

Dan Fogler steals spotlight in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

Critics have singled him out as the “heart” of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for his moving and adorable portrayal of Jacob, who is the only one in the four-man principal cast without magical powers. Ironically, this may be the very reason that has endeared American actor Dan Fogler to audiences: his effortless relatability.

“At his core, Jacob is just a simple palooka who just happens into this magical situation, something he’s clearly not used to,” Fogler says of his character. “He’s a baker who has been trying to open his own bakery because he loves making people happy with his cooking. He may not be able to perform magic, but he can make a little pastry that’ll knock your socks off. I felt like I knew the character well because my great-grandfather was a baker, who was known for the best pumpernickel in New York, so it’s in my blood.”

Director David Yates notes, “Jacob is an everyman with a big heart who believes in the best of everyone. He accepts people for who they are. He’s a No-Maj [humans who have no magic] who suddenly finds himself in this remarkable world and embraces the joy of that world for all its differences and idiosyncrasies. And Jacob is one of us, so we get to experience it all from his point of view.”

“Imagine getting caught up in this wizarding universe as someone who has never experienced real magic before,” producer David Heyman suggests. “That sense of wonder is seen and felt by the audience through Jacob.”

Fogler could easily relate to that aspect of his character. “I felt like Jacob entering this world and being in awe of everything,” says the actor who was a Harry Potter fan long before being cast in “Fantastic Beasts.” In fact, he learned he won the role while attending the largest fan gathering on the planet. He recalls, “I was at Comic-Con in San Diego when I got the call from David Yates and David Heyman. They asked me where I was and I said, ‘I’m at Comic-Con,’ and they said, ‘Well, Comic-Con is going to be a lot different for you next year!’ They were both so supportive and excited for me; it was such a warm, happy feeling and that remained for the whole shoot. I will always think of them as the people who came into my life and changed it forever.”

Fogler, who is joined in the lead cast by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol, concludes, “Even though ‘Fantastic Beasts’ is an adventure that runs the gamut of action and humor, and with gigantic sets and effects, they did an amazing job honing in on the relationships and the chemistry between these characters. I think audiences will really see themselves in these people…these quirky misfits who form this little team.”

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is now playing across the Philippines in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.