The Cinema Today website began streaming a 101-second full trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Ikki Kajiwara‘s Ai to Makoto (Ai and Makoto) romance manga on Saturday. Prolific director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Crows Zero, Yatterman, Ace Attorney).
Emi Takei (live-action Rurouni Kenshin) plays an angelic high school girl named Ai Saotome, and Satoshi Tsumabuki (live-action Dororo, Dragon Head, Ikebukuro West Gate Park) plays the “ultra” high school delinquent Makoto Taiga in the love story.
Kajiwara (Ashita no Joe, Kyojin no Hoshi, Tiger Mask) wrote the original manga with illustrations by Takumi Nagayasu (Mibu Gishiden, The Legend of Mother Sarah) for Kodansha‘s Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 1973 to 1976. Takayuki Takuma (live-action Hana Yori Dango) adapted the manga for the silver screen, and Takeshi Kobayashi (Halfway, Bandage) composed the soundtrack. You Hitoto (Aishiteru ze Baby, Zetman) performed the opening theme song “Ai to Makoto no Fantasia” and Kariyushi58 (LD&K) performed the ending theme “Waratetekure yo”; both songs can be heard in the trailer.
36 years after its last live-action adaptation, Ai to Makoto will open in theaters across Japan on June 16. The Ai to Makoto romance manga inspired a live-action television adaptation in 1974 as well as three live-action films in 1974, 1975 and 1976.