The popular shoujo manga Itazura na Kiss (It Started with a Kiss) has officially crossed over to the zombie undead territory. How else to explain why this sweet but flimsy yarn is getting yet another live-action adaptation? Is anyone else still clamoring for the story of a dim-witted but persistent high school girl and the way she wore down and won the love of her brilliant and handsome classmate crush. I guess the only upside is that this new adaptation is changing mediums as a new Japanese live-action movie has just been confirmed and will head into casting shortly.
The first live-action was the 1996 same name dorama, followed by the TW-drama It Started with a Kiss (and the sequel They Kiss Again), then came the K-drama Playful Kiss, and finally the most recent incarnation was Itazura na Kiss: Love in Tokyo and the subsequent part two. Everyone has a favorite and most will agree there are more than one watchable adaptation among the list, which really begs the question of why another telling is necessary even in movie form. With that said, I didn’t like Love in Tokyo, its impossible to watch PK again considering the image of the leading man, and ISWAK is starting to feel dated, so maybe a breezy 2 hour movie with two perfectly cast leads might be an unexpected surprise.