Actor Matsuzaka Tori (23) will be the sole star of a movie for the first time. He will lead the stellar cast of “Tsunagu,” directed by Hirakawa Yuichiro (“ROOKIES”). The film is an adaptation of Tsujimura Mizuki’s 2010 novel of the same name, which won the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers.
“Tsunagu” (which means “to connect”) is a human drama revolving around a high school student named Ayumi (Matsuzaka) in training for the work of “connecting” people. Kiki Kirin plays his grandmother, who possesses the ability to reunite a living person with a deceased loved one, for one time only. Ayumi is in the middle of his apprenticeship to take over that work, and through the various requests he handles, he begins to re-examine his own life.
Filming for “Tsunagu” is scheduled to finish in early May, and the movie will open in theaters on October 6, 2012.