Thursday, August 27, 2009

"My Darling is a Foreigner" explores the highs and lows of cross-cultural relationships

by Chris MaGee

Their certainly are a fair share of North American men with Japanese wives and girlfriends in my life and of course out and about in Canada and the U.S. in general, so it only makes sense that there's a film about these cross-cultural relationships on the horizon... and with a very apt title at that. Saori Oguri's autobiographical manga "My Darling is a Foreigner" is currently being adapted in to a live-action film. Oguri's manga tells the story of her life with husband Tony Laszlo, an American journalist. For this film version 22-year-old actress Mao Inoue will be playing Oguri's character while 35-year-old actor Jonathan Sherr will be taking on the role based on Laszlo.

With the original manga selling 2 million copies and stretching over four volumes I could see producers shooting for a sequel if this first film is a hit with Japanese audiences. For now, though, we have to look forward to just the one film set for release next year. Thanks to Tokyograph for the details on this and to Japanator for the above image of Inoue and Sherr.

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