Paradise Kiss Live-Action
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.