Love on catwalk
Barry C Chung
Manga writer and illustrator Ai Yazawa shot to fame with two of her best-known works, Nana and Paradise Kiss. Nana was made into a film and a sequel, while Paradise Kiss opens in Hong Kong cinemas tomorrow.
Yukari (Keiko Kitagawa) studies day and night to gain good grades. Her 'tiger mum' (Michiko Hada) wants her to gain a place at a respected university.
One day, Yukari is asked by a group of fashion design students - who have created their own brand, 'Paradise Kiss' - to be a model for their catwalk show featuring clothes they have created themselves. It's their final project before graduation.
Yukari is not sure that modelling is something worth her while, but she feels attracted to Paradise Kiss designer George (Osamu Mukai).
George sees Yukari as a source of inspiration and is determined to convince her to become a model for the show. Yukari must learn to follow her heart - even if it means confronting her biggest fear: that she will disappoint her mother.
Paradise Kiss opens tomorrow