The official website for the forthcoming live-action film adaptation of CLAMP's dark fantasy manga xxxHOLiC announced two additional cast members today.
Hokuto Matsumura, a 26-year-old member of Johnny & Associates male idol group SixTones, is cast as Shizuka Doumeki, a schoolmate of the protagonist Kimihiro Watanuki played by Ryunosuke Kamiki. As with Watanuki, he has a special ability that deepens his relationship with Watanuki.
Message from Hokuto Matsumura:
I have long been a fan of director Ninagawa's work, and have admired the world view that exists there. On the set, I spent my days feeling as if I were swallowed up in the Ninagawa world. I was pulled along by the persuasive power that Kamiki-san and Shibasaki-san presented through their performances. I tried my best to keep up with them. I am very happy to have been a part of this film that has stimulating images and sensitive messages.
Meanwhile, 24-year-old fashion model/actress Tina Tamashiro is cast as Himawari Kunogi, who is also Watanuki's classmate, and his love interest. She is always smiling in front of Watanuki and Doumeki, but she has a secret. Tamashiro's debut's 10th anniversary photobook "Sekai (World)" published in October 2021 was taken by this film's director, Mika Ninagawa.
Message from Tina Tamashiro:
This time, I am playing the role of Himawari Kunogi. She has high twin-tails and looks cute and energetic at first glance. "A girl like that in the Ninagawa team?" I was surprised for a moment, but of course, Himawari has her own secret, too (laughs). On the set, I had many scenes with Kamiki-san and Matsumura-san, and no matter how serious the scene was, once it was done, the three of us chatted like real classmates, or we were separated each other. The three of us with free spirits had a lot of fun while shooting. When I was in the same scene with Shibasaki-san, she looked just like her character, Yuko, so I listened to the director's direction while secretly feeling nervous. To the voices saying "A live-action version of xxxHOLiC?" and "How do you do that?," director Ninagawa responded like "That was unexpected!" She was very cool again.
The Ko Shibasaki (Mika in 47 Ronin) and Ryunosuke Kamiki (Taki Tachibana in Your Name.)-starring film is set to be released in Japan on April 29, 2022. According to director Mika Ninagawa (Sakuran, Helter Skelter), the shooting is already finished.
Ko Shibasaki as Yuko Ichihara:
Ryunosuke Kamiki as Kimihiro Watanuki:
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