Independent film distributor Axinite Digicinema has announced on Saturday that they will be screening the Japanese live-action film Snow Flower (Yuki no Hana) in local cinemas next month.
The distributor lists the upcoming movie’s premiere on Wednesday, February 6, which is just five days after its premiere in Japanese cinemas, but has yet to specify which local theater chains will carry the film.
Miyuki Hirai has always been physically weak, even as a child. One day, she receives a terminal diagnosis stating that she’ll be dying soon. Miyuki Hirai still dreams of going to Finland to see the Northern Lights.
One day, Miyuki Hirai is the victim of a theft. She can’t make a sound and drops down to the floor. At that moment, Yusuke Watabiki appears in front of her. Yusuke Watabiki is a honest and blunt young man who aims to become a glass craftsman. (Synopsis from AsianWiki)
Snow Flower is a Japanese live-action film, inspired by the song “Yuki no Hana”, sung by singer and actress Mika Nakashima, which was her 10th single released in 2003.
The single had peaked at Number 3 in the Oricon’s Weekly Singles Chart and listed at Number 53 in its Annual Singles Chart, with roughly 248,000 copies sold.
The song had been covered by many artists and translated in multiple languages, which includes Korean singer Park Hyo Shin, Singaporean singer Joi Chua, Mainland Chinese singer Han Xue and New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra.
The song was also used as the ending theme song for the eight episode of the popular romance anime series ReLIFE.
The live-action film has been directed by Kojiro Hashimoto, who previously worked on the 2015 live-action film adaptation of the romance manga Orange, while In This Corner of the World live-action drama scriptwriter Yoshikazu Okada handles the screenplay.
The film’s cast will be lead by Ayami Nakajo, who portrayed Chitoge Kirisaki in the 2018 live-action adaptation of Nisekoi: False Love, as “Miyuki Hirai” and Hiroomi Tosaka, who portrayed Hiroto Amamiya in the television and film adaptations of High & Low, as “Yusuke Watabiki”.
The film will be distributed in Japanese cinemas by Warner Bros. Japan, which will be released on February 1.