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Live-Action xxxHOLiC Film’s Clip Previews When Watanuki, Yuuko First Meet

The official website for Shochiku and ASMIK Ace’s live-action film of CLAMP’s xxxHOLiC manga posted a “Sore ga Kono Sekai no Rule” (Those Are the Rules of This World) clip on Thursday. The video previews when the two main leads Yuuko and Watanuki first meet.

Live-Action xxxHOLiC Film's Clip Previews When Watanuki, Yuuko First Meet

The original xxxHOLiC manga’s story follows Yuuko — a witch who grants people’s wishes, but in return, the person has to give up something precious — and Kimihiro Watanuki, a man who has visions. One day, Watanuki encounters Yuuko and she promises to get rid of the spirits that torment him. In return, Watanuki must work in Yuuko’s shop and help her grant other people’s wishes.

Ryunosuke Kamiki (left in visual right) plays Kimihiro Watanuki, while Kou Shibasaki (right) plays Yuuko Ichihara.

Other cast members include:

  • Hokuto Matsumura as Shizuka Doumeki
  • Tina Tamashiro as Himawari Kunogi
  • Daoko as Marudashi “Maru”
  • Serena Motola as Morodashi “Moro”
  • Shuri as Misaki
  • Nanase Nishino as Nekomusume
  • Sakurako Ōhara as a guest who is possessed by an ayakashi
  • Tenchim as a customer at Yuuko’s shop who wants her wish granted
  • Ai Hashimoto as a Zashiki-Warashi spirit in love
  • Riho Yoshioka as Jorо̄gumo
  • Hayato Isomura as Akagumo, a movie-original character

Mika Ninagawa (live-action Sakuran, Helter Skelter) is directing the film, with a script by Erika Yoshida. Keiichirō Shibuya is composing the musical soundtrack. The band SEKAI NO OWARI performs the theme song “Habit.”

The film will open in Japan on April 29.

CLAMP serialized the original xxxHOLiC manga in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine and Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine from 2003 to 2011, although it was renamed xxxHOLiC: Rō in 2009. xxxHOLiC: Rei is the latest manga, which launched in 2013 (but is currently on hiatus). The franchise spawned an anime film, two television anime seasons, and several original video anime projects.

The manga inspired a stage play adaptation that ran in Tokyo and Kyoto in September and October.

Sources: xxxHOLiC live-action film’s website, Comic Natalie

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