The live-action movie adaptation of CLAMP’s xxxHOLiC manga revealed the key visual, official trailer and theme song “Habit” performed by SEKAI NO OWARI. The movie will premiere on April 29 in Japan.
It was also announced that a ticket featuring the poster will also go on sale on March 4. As a first-come, first-serve bonus, a clear file with a photo of each character will be given to ticket purchasers.
Ryunosuke Kamiki plays the protagonist, Watanuki, while Kou Shibasaki plays Yūko. Hokuto Matsumura takes the role of Watanuki’s friend and rival Dōmeki, while Tina Tamashiro plays Watanuki’s love interest Himawari. Known photographer and film director Mika Ninagawa (live-action Sakuran, Helter Skelter) is directing the film, with a script by Erika Yoshida.
The theme song “Habit”, is performed by popular band SEKAI NO OWARI. The band says that they are very happy to be able to collaborate with director Mika Ninagawa, with whom they have worked many times in the form of photography, and they say that the new song expresses a side of SEKAI NO OWARI that they don’t usually show, while also matching with the bewitching worldview of the film.
The original xxxHOLiC manga’s story follows Kimihiro Watanuki, a high school student plagued by ayakashi spirits which are invisible to everyone else but him. The series begins when Watanuki stumbles, seemingly by chance, into a shop that grants wishes. The shop is owned by Yūko Ichihara, a mysterious witch of many names and esoteric renown.
For a price, she offers to grant Watanuki’s wish to be rid of the spirits. The price, according to Yūko, must be of equal value; so, as payment, he must become Yūko’s temporary, part-time cook and housekeeper. While his established job consists of household chores, Yūko increasingly sends him on errands of a supernatural or spiritual nature as the series develops.
▍Staff & Cast
Director: Mika Ninagawa
Starring: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Kō Shibasaki, Hokuto Matsumura, Tina Tamashiro, Shuri, DAOKO, Serena Motola, Nanase Nishino, Sakurako Ohara, Tenka Hashimoto, Ai Hashimoto, Hayato Isomura, Riho Yoshioka
Based on “xxxHOLiC” by CLAMP (serialized in Kodansha’s “Young Magazine”)
Screenplay: Erika Yoshida
Music: Keiichiro Shibuya
Production Company: “Holic” Film Production Commitee
Distributor in Japan : Shochiku, Asmik Ace