“Kimi ni Todoke” is a live-action drama co-produced by TV Tokyo and Netflix. It will be distributed on Netflix from March 2023. The main character Sawako Kuronuma will be played by Sara Minami, and Shota Kazehaya will be played by Oji Suzuka.
The original is a manga of the same name by Karuho Shiina, which was serialized in Shueisha’s “Separate Volume Margaret” from 2006 to 2017. women and continued to fascinate people in various genres such as animation, live-action movies, and games. “We will deliver a new ‘Kimi ni Todoke’ in the form of a drama series.”
The director is Takehiko Arashiro, who has worked on romantic films based on shoujo manga such as ‘I Give You My First Love’ (2009) and ‘Kiyoku Yuku’ (2013), and ‘Dear Dear’ ‘ (2015). Takeo Kikuchi, who made his feature film debut and worked on ‘Hello Goodbye’ (2016) and ‘Nostalgia’ (2017).
Minami Sara (role of Sawako Kuronuma)
I was originally reading the original, so when I heard the story, I remember being genuinely surprised and happy at the same time, and it was a weird feeling. After I calmed down, to be honest, I was a little worried because it was being made into a movie.
While playing Sawako-chan, I read the original work over and over again, and tried to be as faithful to the original work as possible. I myself have been moved many times by Sawako-chan’s honest feelings, so I hope Sawako-chan’s feelings will reach the viewers.
This work is full of various forms of kindness, and I think it’s work that makes you realize the importance of things that are taken for granted. I hope the thoughts of this work will reach many people. I would be happy if you could look forward to it.
Comment by Karuho Shiina
I was looking forward to it with great anticipation, thinking it would be a wonderful drama since I heard about Mr. Minami’s sweet atmosphere and Mr. Suzuka’s innocent smile when I received the offer of make a drama out of it. The actors who are still kept secret are also great people.
Whether you’re a reader who supported the original story or the movie, or someone who didn’t know Kimi or Todoke, I hope you enjoy this drama together!
Executive Producer Nahomi Sato (Netflix)
I’m very honored to have the opportunity to adapt “Kimi ni Todoke”, which is still loved by fans around the world. Production is still ongoing, but I kept thinking about the importance of conveying the universal appeal of the original work and the strength of its storytelling in the form of live-action drama. We look forward to providing Netflix members around the world with the courage that will give them a little boost and the joy of seeing their thoughts reach them during the season of various encounters.
Producer Taku Matsumoto (TV Tokyo)
I am very happy to welcome Sara Minami and Oji Suzuka for the filming of “Kimi ni Todoke”.
At the crossroads of the corona crisis, in this world where it is difficult to feel the bonds, ties and affection between people, the youth ensemble drama depicted in “Kimi ni Todoke” is once again loved by many people. is something that resonates with my heart.
I hope that through this drama, I will be able to enrich my life a little more, by the modest happiness and the human warmth that I feel in my relaxed daily life. Please stay tuned.
Sawako Kuronuma, a high school freshman, was nicknamed “Sadako” because of her long black hair and pale skin, and was isolated from her class.
As she spends her school life alone, a male student appears who talks to Sawako not caring about the rumors. Shota Kazehaya is the central figure of the class who has a bright personality and is popular with both men and women. Only he knew that Sawako was undertaking unpleasant tasks for his classmates.
By interacting with Kazehaya, Sawako gradually opens up to her other classmates. As he spends his dream life in high school, his feelings for Kazehaya change…?