Announced back in April, we’ve had a couple of minor nods in regards to the production of the live-action feature film adaptation of the Chihayafuru manga. With the really nicely done poster released previously to mirror the first volume of the manga and a teaser promo from TOHO back in October, we now have the actual dates for the film beyond just the months. The first film is set for a March 19th, 2016 debut with the subtitle Upper Phrase while the second part will arrive on April 29th, 2016 with the subtitle Lower Phrase.
The film is being directed by Norihiro Koizumi, who has four films under his belt prior to this. It stars Yuki Morinaga, Yuma Yamato, Shuhei Nomura, Suzu Hirose, Mackenyu and Mone Kamishiraishi.
Plot concept: Chihaya Ayase is a frank and ebullient girl who becomes fascinated by the obscure world of competitive karuta, a card game based on Japanese poetry. Introduced to the aggressive style of the game by a quiet and thoughtful elementary school classmate named Arata Wataya, the two quickly become close friends. They start playing as a group with Taichi Mashima, Chihaya’s smart and athletic childhood friend, until they have to part ways during their middle school years due to several circumstances. As their high school life begins, they meet once again.