Haruka Abe: Kiss Me First (Netflix)

Date - 11 November, 2017, All News Television

Haruka Abe stars in the new drama Kiss Me First as series regular Tippi. Written by Bryan Elsely, the creator of Skins, six hourlong episodes will premiere on E4 with Netflix streaming the series globally.

Kiss Me First is an adaptation of Lottie Moggach’s best-selling young adult novel and explores the creation of identity in the digital world. The series tells the story of Leila, a lonely 17-year-old girl who is addicted to a fictional online gaming site called Agora. While in Agora, Leila meets Tess, a cool and confident party girl who harbors a dark secret. In the real world, the two girls become friends, but after Tess disappears Leila decides to assume her friend’s identity and in doing so is quickly drawn into unravelling the mystery behind her disappearance.

The series will combine live action with computer-generated virtual world of Agora and the stories of the young people who meet clandestinely there. This virtual world alongside live-action narrative will provide a platform for exploring the loneliness and isolation experienced by young people, and the disparity between appearance and reality in the social media age.

Principal photography started in December 2016 in London and Croatia and is expected to end in the middle of 2017.

Overview

Japanese born Haruka Abe spent her youth split between Tokyo and New York before settling in London.

She gained UK wide recognition playing the role of Miko in all 5 series of the hit comedy Ideal opposite Johnny Vegas and My Phone Genie for ITV1.

Other notable screen credits include Cucumber, About Time for Working Title Films, 47 Ronin for Universal Pictures, The Knife That Killed Me, Random 11 for Vertigo Films, and Emerald City for NBC.

Her multi award winning short films Stanley Pickle and Yuki have won worldwide critical acclaim.

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