“Yokomichi Yonosuke,” a novel by award-winning author Yoshida Shuichi, is being adapted as a theatrical film by director Okita Shuichi. The movie will star actor Kora Kengo with actress Yoshitaka Yuriko as the heroine, bringing them together for the first time since “Snakes and Earrings” in 2008.
Yoshida is well known for several works that have also had movie adaptations, including “Parade,” “Christmas on July 24th Avenue,” and “Akunin.” “Yokomichi Yonosuke” was originally serialized in The Mainichi Shimbun between 2008 and 2009, and it won multiple awards when it was released in book form in 2010.
For the movie adaptation of “Yokomichi Yonosuke,” director Okita is handling the screenplay, together with playwright and author Maeda Jiro. The story is set during the 1980s, following the life of a good-natured college student named Yokomichi Yonosuke (played by Kora), who has come to Tokyo from Nagasaki. Yoshitaka plays his girlfriend Yoko.
Principal photography is scheduled to start in late March. Theatrical release is slated for 2013.