While the television anime adaptation of Yuki Ayatsuji’s horror novel Another plays out a movie adaptation has been in the works. Now the official website has started to stream a teaser trailer.
The story takes place back in the Spring of 1998 at Yomiyama Kita middle school where a transfer student named Kouichi Sakakibara arrives from Tokyo and finds himself in a class under a curse which causes unavoidable death. It seems to be linked to the death of a student in 1972 but a code of silence has developed amongst pupils and teachers past and present. When classmates begin to die Kouichi finds himself drawn into the deadly curse with only the silent and mysterious Mei Misaki seemingly able to give answers.
Kento Yamazaki (Tatsuya in current Japanese chart hit Wings of the Kirin) plays Kouichi while Mei Misaki is played by Ai Hashimoto (a student in the film Confessions). The film is directed by Takeshi Furusawa (assistant director on the classic J-horror film Pulse and director of the so-so Ghost Train). It goes on theatrical release in Japan on the 4th of August. The anime has been licenced by Sentai Filmworks and will see a release digitally and on DVD and Blu-ray later this year.
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