Fuji TV has revealed plans to cast Yuya Yagira -- the 15-year-oldwinner of the 2004 Cannes Best Actor prize for his work in HirokazuKore-eda's NobodyKnows -in Sugar and Spice Fumizekka (Sugarand Spice - Great Flavour), a romantic dramabased on a bestselling novel by Amy Yamada.
Yagira's previous film for Fuji TV, Shining Boy and Little Randy,in which he played a teenage elephant trainer, grossed $19m (Y2.3bn) followingits July release.
Also starring is Erika Sawajiri,an in-demand model who has made a successful switch to acting, beginning withthe lead role in Kazuyuki Izutsu's 2004 Romeo andJuliet romance Pacchigi.The producer is Toru Ota, whose credits include the hit TV drama
Published last May, Yamada's novel about thetrials and tribulations of teenage love has sold 107,000 copies and was votedthe best romantic novel of 2005 in a readers pollconducted by Da
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