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5:27 pm - 01/11/2012

Sawajiri Erika confirmed to star in Ninagawa Mika’s adaptation of “Helter Skelter” manga

Actress Sawajiri Erika (25) is confirmed to be making her return to the big screen with a live-action adaptation of Okazaki Kyoko’s manga “Helter Skelter.” The movie will be just the second feature film directed by photographer Ninagawa Mika, who directed “Sakuran” in 2007.

Sawajiri has not starred in a movie since “Closed Note” in 2007, due to her unprofessional conduct at a PR event for the film. She recently has begun regularly appearing in television commercials again, and she also is starring in a mobile drama that begins next month.

“Helter Skelter” began publication in 2003, and the following year it won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The story revolves around a woman named Ririko (Sawajiri), a top model in the entertainment industry. However, her perfect beauty has been attained entirely through plastic surgery, a secret that she cannot reveal to anyone.

Ninagawa said that she has been wanting to adapt “Helter Skelter” since even before she worked on “Sakuran.” Producer Uda Mitsuru also revealed that he first talked with Sawajiri about starring in the movie about three years ago, before the adaptation rights had been obtained and the screenplay had been written.

Because the original manga includes mature topics such as sex and drugs, there is some speculation that Sawajiri may have a nude scene in the film. A source familiar with the matter neither confirmed nor denied the possibility.

The supporting cast includes Omori Nao as a prosecutor investigating an incident at the clinic where Ririko underwent surgery, Terajima Shinobu as Ririko’s manager, Kiko Mizuhara as a younger model kohai, Kubozuka Yosuke as Ririko’s boyfriend, Momoi Kaori as the president of Ririko’s agency, and Harada Mieko as the head of the clinic. Ayano Go (must be the bf of ririko's assistant), Arai Hirofumi, Anne Suzuki (probably ririko's assistant), Terajima Susumu and Aikawa Sho have also been cast.

“Helter Skelter” opens in theaters on July 14, 2012.

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devilsatin 11th-Jan-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
omg i cant BREAThe
devilsatin 11th-Jan-2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
except i wish no one else was in the movie (especially not kiko mizuhara) and erykah just put on different wigs to play every character
soraohno 11th-Jan-2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
.....Isn't she the director of AKB48's Heavy Rotation?
tomoeicemaiden 11th-Jan-2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's a shame.
rabu_parade 11th-Jan-2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Sooo excited
doujoushin 11th-Jan-2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
cant wait.
doujoushin 11th-Jan-2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
omg wtf aikawa sho. <3
goto 11th-Jan-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
muzik comeback next plz
ohprecioustime 11th-Jan-2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
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mrs_nogood 11th-Jan-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
ohprecioustime 11th-Jan-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
yay! wish the director gave a helping hand to a old friend and casted Anna Tsuchiya somewhere in this,I really want her back on screen ;@;
but still excited!
.............oh and blah Kiko

Edited at 2012-01-11 05:23 pm (UTC)
___varying 11th-Jan-2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Goodness, the cast sounds about perfect.
izabera 11th-Jan-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
"may" have a nude scene?
I don't see the point of this adaptation if they skip the adult content.
lenra 11th-Jan-2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
omg this is happening!
feel_my_mind 11th-Jan-2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
She is actually going to act again?!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!?

Makes me happy ♥
sparklymonster 11th-Jan-2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited! ♥
shonen_key 11th-Jan-2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Kubozuka Yosuke

Kubozuka Yosuke

Kubozuka Yosuke

I'm sold.
helios_spade 11th-Jan-2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
I agree so effing much with this comment.
I thought I was the only one who's excited that
Kubozuka Yosuke was in this!
clash_style 11th-Jan-2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
lightspeedsquid 11th-Jan-2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
omg kiko mizuhara is perfect to play kozue
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