Mar 31 2020

Honoka Matsumoto cast in movie “My Name is Yours”

Honoka Matsumoto is cast for the lead role in movie “My Name is Yours” (“Kimi ga Sekai no Hajimari”). The film is based on novels “En” & “Blue Hearts wo Kiita Yoru, Kimi to Kiss Shite Sayonara” by Momoko Fukuda and she also directs the film. She previously directed 2019 movie “My Father, the Bride.” A brief teaser trailer for the is added on AsianWiki.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: At midnight, in a residential area of Osaka, a middle aged man is murdered. The person who killed the man is a high school student.

En (Honoka Matsumoto) is a 2nd grade high school student. She spends her boring days with her friend Kotoko, who tends to change boyfriends frequently. Kotoko falls in love with Narihira-kun at first sight. Narihira-kun is a soccer player at their high school. Since then, the relationship between En and Kotoko changes.

“My Name is Yours” will be released sometime this summer in Japan.

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Mar 28 2020

Takeru Satoh & Hiroshi Abe cast in movie “To Those Who Were Not Protected”

Takeru Satoh & Hiroshi Abe are cast in movie “To Those Who Were Not Protected” (literal title). The movie is based on 2018 novel “Mamorarenakatta Monotachi e” by Shichiri Nakayama (“Goodbye Debussy“) and directed by Takahisa Zeze. Also cast in the film for supporting roles are Kaya Kiyohara, Mitsuko Baisho, Hidetaka Yoshioka, & Kento Hayashi.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: 9 years after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, two murder cases take place in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. The two victims are assumed to have been murdered by the same person. Both of the victims were tied all over their body and starved to death. Yasuhisa Tone (Takeru Satoh) emerges as a suspect in the murders. Yasuhisa Tone was just recently released from prison. In his past, he committed arson and injured someone to protect his acquaintance. Detective Seiichiro Tomashino (Hiroshi Abe) discovers a common link between the two victims and chases after Yasuhisa Tone.

Filming for the movie will take place from April to May, 2020. “To Those Who Were Not Protected” will be released sometime later this year in Japan.

Mar 27 2020

Hidetoshi Nishijima & Seiyo Uchino cast in live-action film “What Did You Eat Yesterday?”

Hidetoshi Nishijima & Seiyo Uchino are cast in live-action film “What Did You Eat Yesterday?” (literal title). The film is based on manga series “Kinou Nani Tabeta?” by Fumi Yoshinaga (“The Lady Shogun and Her Men“) and follows 2019 TV Tokyo drama series “What Did You Eat Yesterday?” Hidetoshi Nishijima & Seiyo Uchino will reprise their characters of Shiro Kakei and Kenji Yabuki from the drama series. Also set to appear in the live-film version and reprise their roles from the drama series are Koji Yamamoto, Hayato Isomura, Makita Sports, Misako Tanaka, and Meiko Kaji.

“What Did You Eat Yesterday?” will be released sometime next year in Japan.

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Mar 25 2020

Asami Mizukawa, Kodai Asaka, and Uta Yorikawa cast in movie “The Runway”

Asami Mizukawa, Kodai Asaka, and Uta Yorikawa are cast in movie “The Runway” (literal title). The film is based on poem collection poems “Kashu Kassoro” by Shinichiro Hagihara. Asami Mizukawa will play the lead character role.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Midori (Asami Mizukawa) is in her late 30’s and is a cutout picture artist. She has anxiety about her future. Takano (Kodai Asaka) is a 25-year-old bureaucrat at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. He is under a heavy workload and he becomes lethargic at his workplace. One day, he sees a list of people who committed suicide due to temporary employment. On that list, he becomes interested in a 25-year-old young man who killed himself. Takano begins to investigate the background of that young man.

“The Runway” will be released autumn, 2020 in Japan.

Mar 24 2020

Trailer #2 for movie “The Sun Does Not Move”

Trailer #2 added for upcoming movie “The Sun Does Not Move” (literal title) starring Tatsuya Fujiwara & Ryoma Takeuchi. The film also features Korean actors Han Hyo-Joo & Byun Yo-Han in major supporting character roles. The film is based on two different novels in the “Kazuhiko Takano Series” by Shuichi Yoshida. Meanwhile, the movie’s theme song has been revealed, which is “Awa” by pop-rock group King Gnu. “Awa” is featured in trailer #2 as well.

“The Sun Does Not Move” will be released May 15, 2020 in Japan.

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Mar 23 2020

Teaser poster and release date for movie “Mio-Tsukushi Ryouri-Chou”

Teaser poster and release date added for movie “Mio-Tsukushi Ryouri-Chou” starring Honoka Matsumoto and Nao. The film is based on novel “Mi wo Tsukushi Ryoricho” by Kaoru Takada and directed by Haruki Kadokawa (“The Laughing Policeman“). The novel was previously adapted into two TV Asahi drama specials (2012 & 2014) and a 2017 NHK drama series.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: When Mio (Honoka Matsumoto) was young, she lost her parents in a great flood and also became separated from her best friend Noe (Nao). Afterwards, Mio found her talent in cooking and eventually became a cook. Meanwhile, Noe has become an oiran (high-ranking courtesan).

“Mio-Tsukushi Ryouri-Chou is now set for release October 16, 2020 in Japan.

Mar 20 2020

Main trailer & poster for biopic film “Hokusai”

Main trailer and poster added for biopic film “Hokusai” starring Yuya Yagira, Min Tanaka, and Hiroshi Abe. The film is based on the life of artist Hokusai Katsushika. Caption on the poster states in Japanese “With this brush, I will change the world.”

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: As a young man, Hokusai Katsushika (Yuya Yagira) is an unpopular painter. He is conflicted by his work, but he decides to keep painting.

As an old man, Hokusai Katsushika (Min Tanaka) still has passion for painting and strives to improve his work.

“Hokusai” will be released May 29, 2020 in Japan.

Mar 19 2020

Kasumi Arimura cast in upcoming “Rurouni Kenshin” films

Kasumi Arimura is cast in movies “Rurouni Kenshin: The Final” and “Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning” starring Takeru Satoh and Emi Takei. For the two films, Kasumi Arimura will play Tomoe Yukishiro. Her character is the wife of Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh). She was the only person he loved and she is related to how Kenshin Himura got the “Jujishou” mark on his face. Above is a promotional visual poster of her in the movies.

“Rurouni Kenshin: The Final” will be released July 3, 2020 and “Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning” will be released August 7, 2020 in Japan.

Mar 17 2020

Teaser trailer & still images for live-action film “Tonkatsu DJ Age-Taro”

Teaser trailer and still images for live-action film “Tonkatsu DJ Age-Taro” starring Takumi Kitamura. Movie is based on manga series “Tonkatsu DJ Age-Taro” by Iipyao and directed by Ken Ninomiya. Still images above and below are of Takumi Kitamura as Agetaro Katsumata. He works at a family owned pork cutlet restaurant, but becomes enthralled with DJing.

“Tonkatsu DJ Age-Taro” will be released June 19, 2020 in Japan.

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