Although the original time setting of the novel was in 1994, the Japanese version will be changed to the 2000s. Yamada will play Mizushima Kousuke, a senior high school student who is always playing tricks on others with his group of buddies and the story will describe the love story between him and a good student in his classs named Hayase Mai (Saito) who is appointed by a teacher to keep an eye on him. Despite their vastly different characters, they become drawn to each other over time but their relationship undergoes a series of ups and downs over the next 10 years. Co-stars include Matsumoto Honoka, Sakumoto Takara, Kunishima Naoki, Nakata Keisuke and Yusa Ryosuke.
Yamada commented that when he watched the original movie, he was touched and impressed by the raw emotions of the high school students in the story that he cried for the first time in a long while. Although he is pressurised to be taking on the remake of such a successful movie, he hopes to be able to convey the same type of feelings to the audience in order to make them feel touched. As for Saito who is making her debut in a movie through this film, she commented that she never imagined herself to be playing the heroine in her first movie and pledged to work hard for this film.
Filming started on 27 September is expected to be wrapped up by January 2018.
Sources: Nikkansports / Eiga.com