Details have been released regarding the planned live-action adaptation of Ochiai Naoyuki’s manga “Tsumi to Batsu: A Falsified Romance.” Actor Kora Kengo (24) will star, with a supporting cast that includes actress Mizukawa Asami (28).
“Tsumi to Batsu: A Falsified Romance” is a manga inspired by the literary classic “Crime and Punishment” (known as “Tsumi to Batsu” in Japanese) by Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. While the original novel revolved around a young man who struggles with himself after killing a pawnbroker, Ochiai’s manga tells the story of a college dropout and hikikomori (shut-in) who plans to kill a high school girl leading an enjo-kousai (compensated dating) group.
Kora plays the role of Tachi Miroku, a dropout and hikikomori who is aiming to become a writer. He lost his father to suicide, while his mother and older sister have high expectations for his future. He ends up deciding to murder a heartless young girl named Baba Hikaru (played by Hashimoto Ai), who is the leader of an enjo-kousai group.
The heroine of the drama will be the character Ameya Echika, played by Mizukawa. Other characters include the public prosecutor Goi Kurodo (Ibu Masato), the money courier Mikoshiba Haruka (Sometani Shota), and the mysterious man Sudo Kai (Tanaka Tetsushi).
The drama series will air on Sundays at 10:00pm on the satellite broadcasting channel WOWOW, beginning April 29. A total of 6 episodes are planned, and the first one will air for free.