It has been announced that Kanjani8‘s Okura Tadayoshi will play the lead role in “100-kai naku koto (Cry 100 Times)” movie adaptation to be directed by Ryuichi Hiroki.
Model/actress Kiritani Mirei will play the heroine in this tearjerker love story based from Ko Nakamura‘s bestselling novel of the same title. “100-kai naku koto (Cry 100 Times)” have sold 550,000 copies during its run last 2005.
The story revolves around a man who lost a year’s worth of memory after an accident; he then met a woman suffering from ovarian cancer. A story about true love between two people torn between their own pain.
Okura will be the 2nd member from Kanjani8 who gets a movie lead role after Ryo Nishikido (Chonmage Pudding). This will also be Okura’s 3rd movie, he has done a bit role in “Ooku: The Inner Palace” (starring Arashi’s Ninomiya Kazunari and Kou Shibasaki), and previously with Kanjani8 members in “EIGHT RANGER” (still showing).
Okura and Kiritani were chosen by giving emphasis on “freshness” factor, good looks, and for being enthusiastic with their respective work.
“100-kai naku koto (Cry 100 Times)” is similar to Sekai no Chuushin de, Ai wo Sakebu (Crying out love, in the center of the world) (2004) and Hiroki’s own tearjerker romance, “April Bride” (2009).
Filming will start by the end of August and the movie will be released next year.