xxxHOLIC is getting a live-action movie adaptation that will release in Japan on April 29, 2022. CLAMP announced that veteran actress Kou Shibasaki will play Yuko Ichihara, while actor Kamiki Ryunosuke will play Kimihiro Watanuki. The company also revealed the first key visual for the upcoming movie alongside the official website. [Thanks, ryokutya!]
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Directing the live-action movie is Mika Ninagawa, who previously directed the live-action adaptation of Helter Skelter in 2012. In a short message to fans, Ninagawa reveals that she originally pitched the adaptation of xxxHOLIC almost ten years ago. The upcoming movie isn’t the first live-action adaptation of xxxHOLIC. From February to April 2013, a live-action series aired in Japan.
Kou Shibasaki is a Japanese television and film actress, known for appearing in other popular adaptations such as Battle Royale back in 2000. Shibasaki highlights the movie’s set and costume design, makeup, and hairstyling as key points to enjoy. Kamiki Ryunosuke is also a veteran voice actor, who has voiced characters in Howl’s Moving Castle, Your Name, Summer Wars, and many other anime adaptations.
In other news, CLAMP announced earlier this year that it would re-release Tokyo Babylon as part of its CLAMP Premium Collection. The new tankobon series will feature updated illustrations, and release sometime in Summer 2022. The company is also re-releasing xxxHOLIC each month as part of the premium collection.
The xxxHOLIC live-action movie adaptation will release in Japanese theatres on April 29, 2022.