Actress Yu Yamada has landed her first starring role in a movie, titled ‘Kanna-san, Daiseikou Desu!’ Directed by Koichi Inoue, the film draws from the same source as last year’s Korean hit comedy ‘200 Pounds Beauty,’ which starred Kim Ah-jung.
‘Kanna-san, Daiseikou Desu!’ is originally a manga by Yumiko Suzuki. It tells the story of an unattractive woman named Kanna who undergoes plastic surgery and becomes a pop star. Yamada, who plays Kanna, is said to be a fan of the comic.
While the Korean adaptation was a romantic comedy, the Japanese version will stay truer to the manga and focus more on Kanna’s relationship with her friend Kabako, played by comedian Shizu-chan of Nankai Candies.
Other films Yu has done to date (via Wikipedia):
- “ROUTE 58” (2003)
- “Kiseki wa Sora kara Futte Kuru (2005)
- Akihabara@DEEP (2006)
- Pulukogi (2007)
- Surf’s Up (2007)