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A bittersweet coming-of-age love story
about a miracle created by a lie

INTRODUCTION

Your Lie in April is a manga series serialized from May 2011 to March 2015 on Monthly Shonen Magazine (Kodansha) that has been highly acclaimed in a variety of fields. It won the 37th Kodansha Manga Award as a "tear-jerking love story," and the anime, which started airing in October 2014, won first prize in the anime section of SUGOI JAPAN Award 2016. This bestseller series with over 5 million copies in print has finally been made into a movie.

Playing the heroine, Kaori Miyazono, an audacious free-spirited violinist, is Suzu Hirose, who captured media attention in Umimachi diary (Our Little Sister) and appears in popular movies of 2016 such as Chihayafuru Part1 & Part2 and Ikari (RAGE), as well as many TV dramas and commercials. Playing Kosei Arima, a piano genius who falls in love with Kaori, is the young and talented Kento Yamazaki, who appears in widely talked-about productions such as NHK's Mare, movie No Longer Heroine, orange, and Okami Shojo to Kuro-oji (Wolf Girl & Black Prince). The two most sought-after actors star together for the first time in this coming-of-age story about a love fostered by music.
Anna Ishii plays Tsubaki Sawabe, Kosei's childhood friend who develops romantic feelings for him. Ishii, a member of E-girls, is active not only in the music industry but also as an actress. She appears in movies Solomon no Gisho (Solomon's Perjury) and Sekai kara Neko ga Kietanara (If all the world's cats were to vanish) and TV drama Aogeba Tohtoshi. Taishi Nakagawa plays Ryota Watari, Kosei's childhood friend who Kaori has a crush on. Nakagawa, a superstar hopeful of the next generation, entered the spotlight with his role in Kaseifu no Mita (I'm Mita, Your Housekeeper) and appears this summer in NHK's Sanada Maru. The cast is a combination of such up-and-coming actors, and their characters' bittersweet love story is a must see.
The movie is directed by Takehiko Shinjo, the master of romance movies. He is known for intricately portraying subtle shifts in emotions as seen in his other directorial films such as Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimini Sasagu (I Give My First Love to You) (2009) and Kiyoku Yawaku (Beyond the Memories) (2013). The theme song is "Last Scene," a medium-tempo ballad written for the movie by Ikimonogakari. The warm melody and the singer's gentle voice colorfully illuminate this pure-hearted love story.

Youth x music x love story woven by popular young actors of today
Tears are sure to flow when the heartbreaking truth hidden in a compassionate lie is revealed


STORY

"I began to see the world in color the day I met you"

Kosei Arima (Kento Yamazaki), a piano genius with flawless technique who is dubbed a human metronome, loses his ability to play the piano when his mother dies. One day in April just as he starts year 2 of high school, he meets violinist Kaori Miyazono (Suzu Hirose) through his childhood friends Tsubaki Sawabe (Anna Ishii) and Ryota Watari (Taishi Nakagawa). Kaori is audacious and free-spirited and elusive like a cloud floating in the sky. Kosei is attracted to her fancy-free, vibrant, delightful performances. When Kaori insists that he be her accompanist in a competition, Kosei begins to confront his feelings about the piano and his memories of his mother. Time finally starts moving for Kosei. However, Kaori suffers a serious illness...

CAST

Suzu Hirose as Kaori Miyazono
Born June 19, 1998. From Shizuoka prefecture. In 2012, she started modeling exclusively for magazine Seventeen, and in 2013, made her acting debut in TV drama Kasukana Kanojo. In 2015, she was cast in her first starring role in TV drama Gakko no Kaidan. She won the Japan Academy Prize for Newcomer of the Year and numerous other prizes for her role in Umimachi diary (Our Little Sister) (2015). She had her first solo starring role in Chihayafuru Kaminoku Shimonoku (2016) and will also appear in upcoming films such as Ikari (2016) and Chia★dan (to be released in 2017).

Kento Yamazaki as Kosei Arima
Born September 7, 1994. From Tokyo. In 2010, he made is acting debut in TV drama Atami no Sosakan. He was cast in his first starring role in a movie in Kanseito (Control Tower) (2011). He became a popular actor to a wide range of audiences through his roles in NHK's Mare and Death Note. He also appeared in Heroine Shikkaku (No Longer Heroine) (2015) and orange (2015) which became big box office hits. He is a recipient of numerous prizes including the Japan Academy Prize for Newcomer of the Year. His filmography includes LDK (2014), Ookami Shojo to Kuro-oji (Wolf Girl and Black Prince) (2016) and Isshukan Friends (One Week Friends) (to be released in 2017). He is currently appearing in CX's "9 drama" Sukina Hito ga Irukoto (A Girl & Three Sweethearts).

DIRECTOR

Takehiko Shinjo
Born in 1962. From Tokyo.
A director and producer of TV dramas since the 1990s. He directed popular TV dramas such as Asunaro Hakusho (Asunaro White Paper) (1993) and Iguana no Musume (Iguana Girl) (1996). He won the 1998 ATP Awards Grand Prize with Kimino Tega Sasayaiteru (1997) and in 2003, the Drama Category Excellence Prize of the same awards with Flowers for Algernon (2002). In 2006, he made his first feature-length movie for theaters, Tada Kimiwo Aishiteru (Just, Loving You). His other works include Tengoku de Kimini Aetara (Life: Tears in Heaven) (2007), Bokuno Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu (I Give My First Love to You) (2009), Paradise Kiss (2011), and Kiyoku Yawaku (Beyond the Memories) (2013).

CREDIT

Cast: Suzu HiroseKento Yamazaki
Anna IshiiTaishi NakagawaMasahiro KomotoHakutaro Honda
Yuka ItayaRei Dan

Original story: Your Lie in April by Naoshi Arakawa (serialized in Monthly Shonen Magazine by Kodansha)
Screenplay by Yukari Tatsui
Music by Ryo Yoshimata
Directed by Takehiko Shinjo
Theme song: gLast Sceneh performed by Ikimonogakari (EPIC Records Japan)
Featured song: gKimi-nandayoh performed by wacci (EPIC Records Japan)


© 2016 Fuji Television, Kodansha, Toho
© Naoshi Arakawa (Kodansha)

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