With an unprecedented theme of “literature”, the story is about an individualistic high school genius that appears from nowhere and ousts the formidable candidates to win both the Akutagawa Prize and the Naoki Prize! This genius’s values and behavior that are beyond the norm have an unfathomable effect on famous authors that cling onto their past glories as well as mediocre writers and her friends aspiring to become novelists. Her influence even transcends the literary world and changes social values.
The movie is directed by Sho Tsukikawa, whose previous title “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” released in 2017 earned 3.52 billion yen (US$35.2 million) at the box office and was the second top-grossing Japanese live-action film of the year. The screenplay was written by Masafumi Nishida, who also wrote live-action film Nobunaga Concerto of 2008 and Toto Neh-chan: Fatherly Sister, the NHK morning drama series of 2016. He excels at vivacious, amusing scripts conceived from rhythmic dialogue and structure. He is also an acclaimed author of human dramas and a rare screenwriter that can deliver both entertainment and emotional poignancy.
The editing department of a literary magazine. By chance, editor Fumi Hanai (25) reads a neglected manuscript she finds in the trash can and is flabbergasted by its quality. “Hibiki… Akui?” The manuscript only shows the author’s name. Meanwhile, Hibiki Akui (15) enters high school and joins the literature club.
She acts impulsively and does what she wants however she wants to, which frequently causes friction with the other club members. But Rika (16), the club leader and the daughter of legendary novelist Akihito Sobue (50), recognizes the immeasurable potential of the stories written by this extraordinary girl…
- Original Story
- Mitsuharu Yanamoto
- Sho Tsukikawa
- Masafumi Nishida
- Yurina Hirate