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Paradise Kiss' Paradise is Hollywood-- Or Not?

Paradise Kiss gets a live-action movie from Fox! In Japan...

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Fox International is reportedly in talks to create a movie based on Ai Yazawa's popular fashion romance drama Paradise Kiss, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Set in the world of fashion, "Paradise Kiss" is based on a hit cartoon series by top female manga artist Ai Yazawa that is now in its fifth series and has sold more than 6 million copies. The series, published in Japan by Shodensha, has been translated into 10 languages and proved a hit through much of Asia. It is available in English through Tokyopop.


But before you get all excited about seeing the film on the big-screen, Fox isn't currently planning on adapting it as a Hollywood remake. No, it'll be a Japanese-language film, with a reportedly $3-4 million budget and involving the company IMJ Entertainment, which is also working on this year's adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's MW and which also worked with Yazawa before, on the Nana films.

On the other hand-- VIZ Pictures put out the Nana film in North America a while back, and by the time this movie is out, they'll have access to a handy-dandy movie theater in San Francisco. So there may yet be hope for fans to get a chance to see it. But it still won't be a Hollywood flick.

...If it WAS a Hollywood movie, though...how would you cast it?
Kiriskaon May 18, 2009 at 1:25 p.m.
See, this is what I don't understand. Shoujo series are so much more appropriate for film adaptation since they're generally slice of life and involve real people in real places and don't require outrageous monsters, special effects, or crazy backstories and motivation to make sense. It's much easier to condense a shoujo story into film format. I mean, come on. The [first] NANA movie was amazing. SO WHY AREN'T THEY shooting for something bigger with Paradise Kiss? Especially considering all the retarded effort they put into DBE? It isn't like chick flicks have no market in the States. I don't understand, Fox! I just don't understand!
giaon May 18, 2009 at 3:58 p.m.
Kiriska: I'm guessing it has to do with the audiences. Women are much more likely to buy into stuff that's geared towards male-friendly action tropes (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matrix, etc) than guys are willing to go to movies that are geared even slightly more towards women. This is as true in Japan as it is in Hollywood.

Hollywood's in trouble, and they're looking to work with stuff that has built-in fanbases. Even though Fruits Basket has been a top-selling manga for a long time, Naruto has a larger overall audience. So do Bleach and Death Note. Sad, but true.

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