In a bit of a departure for the popular actor, Mukai will play a “himote” (nerdy, painfully shy, etc.) novelist who reflects back on his first love as an unpopular 15-year-old high school student 15 years in the past. He’ll also serve as narrator with the young version of himself being played by Taro Takeuchi.
The film is based on a novel by Eiichi Nakata, a pen name used by popular novelist Otsuichi. The story revolves around a high school relationship based on a lie. In order to silence rumors which have been circulating around school and salvage his relationship with class “madonna” Tetsuko (Anna Ishibashi), an upperclassman named Shun (Asuka Kudo) introduces dweebish Noboru (Takeuchi) to a quirky girl named Momose (Hayami) and convinces them to pretend to be dating each other for a while. Inevitably, pretending to be a couple leads to confusion and feelings of unrequited love.
Japanese rock trio WEAVER, who recently announced they’ll be moving to London together at the end of January to study English, will provide the film’s theme song.
“Momose, Kocchi wo Muite” will open at Shinjuku Piccadilly and other theaters nation-wide from May 10, 2014.
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