by Chris MaGee
Japanese fashion has become more and more popular on North American shores in the past couple of years with the endorsement of stars like Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku Girls, the release of books about the street fashion magazine Fruits hitting high end book stores and even some young people adopting full on Gothi-Loli and Visual Kei fashions in their daily life. It seems that a film based around contemporary Japanese style would be a huge hit if it were to be released right now, and it looks like that's going to happen.
Fox International is currently in negotiations to produce a live-action adaptation of Ai Yazawa's josei manga (or "women's manga") "Paradise Kiss" that tells the story of high school student Yukari who is enlisted by a group of fashion design students to model their new line of alternative street styles. Yazawa is the creator of the manga "Nana" which was already adapted to the big screen by director Kentarô Ôtani and IMJ Entertainment in 2005, and now Fox would like to join forces with IMJ on this project.
"Paradise Kiss" has already got the anime treatment four years ago with an animated series that aired on FujiTV back in 2005. To give you a taste of "Paradise Kiss" check out this fan made video for the TV version's theme song "Lonely in Gorgeous" care of YouTube. Thanks to Anime News Network for this story.
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