Your Lie in April
Shigatsu wa kimi no uso
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
"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...