Yuki Suetsugu’s Chihayafuru manga is getting a live-action adaptation in the form of two films, which open in Japan March and April of next year, respectively. The films are being directed by Norihiro Koizumi (Midnight Sun, Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru).
The first of the two is titled Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku (Chihayafuru: Upper Phrase) and the second is titled Chiyahafuru: Shimo no Ku (Chihayafuru: Lower Phrase), referencing the two halves of a poem key to Japanese card game karuta. Yūki Morinaga plays Tsutomu Komano, Yūma Yamato plays Yūsei Nishida, Shūhei Nomura plays Taichi Mashima, Suzu Hirose plays Chihaya Ayase, Mackenyu plays Arata Wataya, and Mone Kamishiraishi plays Kanade Ōe.
You can see the stars from left to right below, with director Koizumi on the far right:
The staff recently revealed the film’s first visual (left), which is modeled after the cover of the manga’s second volume (right).