Live adaptation of Ouran High School Host Club to hit cinemas next spring

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

A live-action adaptation of the offbeat manga series “Ouran High School Host Club” will hit cinemas nationwide in March 2012, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc. (TBS) announced.

The announcement was made on Aug. 25 at a fan event called “Ouran Host Club Summer Party,” which featured the main cast members of a live-action TV adaptation of the manga. About 100 members of the official fan club were invited to the venue, which is the set of the TV series.

The feature film version will also be produced by the production team responsible for the TV series. The cast members including Haruna Kawaguchi, who plays the role of Haruhi Fujioka, in addition to Yusuke Yamamoto, Ryo Ryusei, Masaya Nakamura, Yudai Chiba, Shinpei Takagi, Manpei Takagi and Shunsuke Daito will appear in the same roles as in the TV series.

“I’m excited because this will be my first film role,” Kawaguchi said. “I want to show another side of me that didn’t show in the drama series.”

“The director told me to act in a moderate manner for the TV series, so I want to unleash 120 percent of me on the screen,” Yamamoto said.

“Ouran High School Host Club” is a popular manga by Bisco Hattori that ran in Hakusensha Inc.’s monthly LaLa comic magazine from 2002 to 2010.

The romantic comedy is set in the fictitious Ouran High School, a prestigious school where most of the students come from super-rich families.

Haruhi is a girl from an ordinary family. One day she wanders into the school’s “host club,” where male students cater to female customers and accidentally breaks an expensive vase. To repay her debt, Haruhi has to serve as a male host at the club.

An animated TV adaptation produced by anime studio Bones Inc. aired in 2006 also proved popular.

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