On September 1st, the famous shōjo comedy classic manga series ひみつのアッコちゃん(Himitsu no Akko-chan) by Fujio Akatsuka will be in theaters as a live adaption movie in Japan! Himitsu no Akko-chan was published in Ribon(Japanese monthly shojo manga magazine) from July, 1962 – September 1965. The role of Akko-chan is played by Haruka Ayase. The plot of this movie is totally different from the original but the concept is the same- a 10 year old girl in possession of a magical compact mirror. Also, Masaki Okada plays Akko-chan’s love interest Naoto Hayase.
26-year-old actress Haruka Ayase (Socrates in Love, Ichi) is starring in the live-action film adaptation of Himitsu no Akko-chan, the shōjo comedy classic by the late creator Fujio Akatsuka. Director Yasuhiro Kawamura (Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo, Nodame Cantabile: The Final Score Part II) will begin shooting the project in late October for release next September. This film is not only the first live-action film of Himitsu no Akko-chan, but also the first live-action film adaptation of any manga by Akatsuka.
In the manga, the title fifth-grader Akko-chan receives a magical compact from the mirror spirit. With the compact, Akko-chan can cast spells and transform herself into anything or anyone she wishes, and she uses the power to help others.
In the original romantic fantasy story for the film, Akko-chan transforms into a 22-year-old woman who meets her fateful love. 22-year-old Masaki Okada (Otomen, Mahō Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, Space Bros./Uchū Kyōdai) will play the love interest, an “elite salaryman.” Over the course of the film, Ayase will transform into a figure skater, an airline cabin attendant, an office lady, a female police officer, a motorcycle racer, and more.
Watch the trailer below!(in Japanese only)