Hitoshi One has been tapped to write and direct the Japanese remake of hit Korean dramedy Sunny (써니), local media reported today.
Released in 2011, the Kang Hyun-chul film was about a housewife who gets her long-lost high school friends back together when she learns that one of them in dying of cancer. The CJ Entertainment release was a blockbuster hit in South Korea, earning ₩54 billion (US$47.2 million) from 7.36 million admissions.
Titled SUNNY 強い気持ち‧強い愛, the Japanese remake stars Ryoko Shinohara (The Unfair アンフェア series, Suite Dreams THE 有頂天ホテル) as the housewife and Suzu Hirose (Our Little Sister 海街diary, The Third Murder 三度目の殺人) as her younger self. The film also co-stars Yoko Maki as the dying best friend, with Eiko Koike, Rie Tomosaka and Naomi Watanabe rounding out the gang. The rest of the teenage cast has not been announced.
(Japanese speakers can read more about the roles of each actress in the image above)
While the flashbacks in the original film are set in the mid-80s, the Japanese remake’s flashback scenes will be set in the 1990s.
Genki Kawamura, who worked with One on Love Strikes! (モテキ) and Bakuman (バクマン。), will produce the film.
The press release that went out to Japanese media did not list the name of the production companies involved.
“I’ve longed to make a female-dominated film, and Sunny is the best possible way to do it,” One says in a statement. “I’m aiming to make an extremely fun party movie!”
“I’ve always loved the original film, and I’ve always wanted to be in the remake if there ever was one,” Hirose says in her statement, “I was born in 1998, so I’m thrilled to be playing a high school girl in the period that I was born.”
The Sunny Japanese remake is set to begin production this month. It is set for release some time in 2018.