The Fox International production company is negotiating to adapt Ai Yazawa’s Paradise Kiss fashion and romance manga into a Japanese-language, live-action film. The story centers around a high school student named Yukari who is discovered by “Paradise Kiss,” a group of up-and-coming fashion school students. The students transform Yukari into a fashion model, and she discovers a new passion for a future career and potential romance in her personal life.
Fox International is working with Japan’s IMJ production company to produce the film with a budget of US$3 million to US$4 million. The publisher Shodensha sold 6 million copies of the original manga.
Tokyopop began publishing the original manga in North America in 2001. An television anime version aired in Japan in 2005. Geneon Entertainment (USA) licensed the anime for North America, although Funimation is releasing the anime in DVD box sets now. Yazawa also created NANA, which was adapted into two hit live-action films and an television anime series.