Kasumi Arimura to Star in Upcoming Movie 'Biri Gyaru'

Kasumi Arimura to Star in Upcoming Movie 'Biri Gyaru'
The movie Biri Gyaru will hit cinemas in 2015! Biri Gyaru is a heart-touching story of a high school girl who fulfilled her goal of getting accepted to Keio University. The story was originally published online and moved the hearts of many readers.

The Biri Gyaru book, published in December 2013, became a bestseller, selling more than 550,000 copies across Japan. Shinki Tsuboi, the author of the book and a teacher at a cram school, meets Sayaka, a gyaru fashion-obsessed high school sophomore with the apparent scholastic aptitude of a 4th-grader. By taking Shinki’s classes, Sayaka started enjoying studying, and within a year, she had her sights set on entering Keio University, which is one of Japan’s top institutes of higher learning.

The film will star Japanese actress Kasumi Arimura, who is best known for her role in NHK TV drama series Amachan, and her voiceover role in the new Ghibli movie When Marnie Was There. The movie was directed by Nobuhiro Doi (one of the most in-demand film directors in Japan who has worked on hit movies such as Ima, Aini Yukimasu, Nadasousou and Hanamizuki) and scripted by Hiroshi Hashimoto, who is known for his most recent well-acclaimed movie THERMAE ROMAE II.

<Kasumi Arimura>
When I first heard that I would be starring in the film as a gyaru, I was not sure if I would be able to do it to be honest. But as I read the script and the original book the movie is based on, I started to get to know her as a person and her earnest and straightforward attitude. The story is not just about Sayaka studying for exams to enter Keio. It’s about her pushing herself to the limit and working toward her goal with the help of her teacher, family and friends. Through my acting, I’ll try to express Sayaka’s personal growth and relationship with the people in her life. I’m a little bit nervous but I’m also very excited about the movie!
《Information》

■Biri Gyaru
Cast: Kasumi Arimura
Directed by: Nobuhiro Doi
Scripted by: Hiroshi Hashimoto

Biri Gyaru Official Website
http://birigal.jp/

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