Paradise Kiss Live-Action

Posted by Loc on November 7th, 2010. Filters:

So I recently found out that another of Ai Yazawa’s manga will be turning into a live-action film come 2011. Some of you might know of her from the movie NANA, which was adapted from her manga series similarly named NANA. This time, her manga series Paradise Kiss will be turning into a film. The film stars Keiko Kitagawa as Yukari Hayasaka and Osamu Mukai as George.

Paradise Kiss centers around Yukari Hayasaka (nickname: Caroline) as she prepares for her university entrance exam when she was “kidnapped” by a group of fashion design students. Technically she just fainted so they took her to their hang out spot. The leader of the group is George Koizumi and the other members are Isabella, Miwako, and Arashi. Their school has a festival and naturally there will be a fashion show. Their clothing brand is “Paradise Kiss” hence the name of the show. Arashi, the first to spot Yukari, wants to ask if she would be their model for the show. Unfortunately, after waking up to find herself in a dimly lit room surrounded by people with piercings and dyed hair, Yukari wants to run for her life rather than calmly walk down the runway.

As the story unfolds, George convinces Yukari to be their model. Yukari discovers that as she interacts with the Paradise Kiss crew, different facets of her personality begins to surface. The show points out the importance of those around you and how much they can affect us. Before, Yukari had only thought about dutifully studying for her exams and hope it will pay off in her going to some fancy university her parents will be proud of. All the while, not knowing what she wants to do with her life. In meeting these weird fashion design students who she would never meet, if not for that chance encounter, Yukari finds a possible career for herself. She also discovers determination and courage to go after what she wants in life.

I’m excited to see the show in live-action. If the movie NANA was any indication, Ai Yazawa’s work has the ability to work in many mediums. Her stories are modern and has something people can connect with. My only gripe is how ridiculously pink all the promotions for the movie are. Yes the story is about a girl unexpectedly becoming a model, but geez. I feel the story talks about more than just clothes and make-up. Below is episode 1 of Paradise Kiss the anime (part of it) to show how different the visual is from the movie.

  • yonasu

    I haven’t seen the anime nor have I read the manga, but I’m excited anyways! The story sounds interesting, but I guess I’m mostly excited about it because of Keiko Kitagawa, haha^^;

    • Loc Lam | ロックラム

      lol Ths is my first time ever hearing about her. If she falls apart on screen, I’m gonna write it as it is so…please don’t fire me.

    • yonasu

      Oh haha :D By all means, speak your mind. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in her though. You should really watch Mop Girl, she’s hilarious in that drama^^

  • Chris Davis

    I’m more into J-Drama than anime these days so I’ll be definitely interested in checking it out. The last show I watched was Untouchable, that was pretty good!

    • yonasu

      So am I, I watch very little anime these days. Untouchable looks really good, I’m definitely gonna give it a try, most stuff with Nakama Yukie is good actually^^

    • Brad F.

      None of the anime running right now caught my attention either, except for Break Blade, but that’s a once a month deal.

    • Loc Lam | ロックラム

      :O Untouchable sounds really interesting! So many to watch, so little time!

  • Jenny

    I’m sorry but as a fan of the manga this looks awful.Neither Mukai nor Keiko look like the characters they are suppose to portray, Yukari becomes a international fashion model and Keiko just does not look like a int.model material.And where is the fashion, the lifestyle the glamour that the manga had example the highlight of the manga was Yukari wearing the blue dress that George designed.
    About the Nana movies, I liked them but Ai Yazawa disliked the results that’s why in the anime she herself chose who she wanted to sing(Anna Tsuchiya as Nana and Olivia Lufkin as Reira). Sorry for the rant ><

    • Loc Lam | ロックラム

      Haha no worries. I personally haven’t read the manga but did saw the anime so I can only base the movie on that. It’s still early to judge Keiko and Mukai’s portroyal’s of the characters since all we’re seeing is a 1min trailer here. Also don’t forget the supporting cast; who unfortunately didn’t appear in the trailer at all.

      As the story is about fashion, there’s no doubt there will be lots of it. The movie reportedly had a good budget of $3-4 million (ANN) so there should be enough to buy some good looking clothes. A pair of Prada glasses at least?

    • Jenny

      The manga actually isn’t that long only 5 volumes so it’s a quick read^^
      The only one whom actually I like in the cast so far is Isabella(Kento Kaku) the cross dressing member of the design team. The budget is big but a lot of changes were made into the story, the big fashion show was filmed at the Kobe fashion show and instead of the blue dress she wears this;

      It seems the underground fashion was made more main stream to maybe please more moviegoers.

    • Rokku

      : – / I’m no expert but the blue dress looks better. I guess the design would’ve contrast too much with the other looks at the show.

    • yonasu

      I’d have to agree on the fact that Keiko doesn’t look like an international fashion model. But as I’ve never read the manga or seen the anime (and never will), I don’t think that’s going to be much of an issue for me^^

  • redhead

    I’m a huge fan of the manga and the anime. . . and the live action characters don’t really look anything like in the anime. But I’m still super excited!!! really, anything that brings any attention to the work of Ai Yazawa is a good thing in my book.

    • yonasu

      It certainly sounds like I should check out Ai Yazawa’s stuff…^^;

  • knock

    “My only gripe is how ridiculously pink all the promotions for the movie are.”

    Yazawa Ai’s mangas are shoujo mangas (targeted towards girls), and Japanese girls love pink, so it makes sense.

  • Anonymous