Kentaro Sakaguchi is cast in movie “Signal The Movie” and related drama special “Signal SP.” Both titles are sequels to 2018 Fuji TV drama series “Signal,” which is a remake of 2016 tvN drama series “Signal.” For the movie and drama special, Kentaro Sakaguchi will reprise his role of Police Officer Kento Saegusa. In the Fuji TV drama series, his character found a walkie talkie which allowed him to talk to a detective from the past.
Plot synopsis by AsianWiki: Story continues from the “Signal” drama series. Kento Saegusa (Kentaro Sakaguchi) and Misaki Sakurai (Michiko Kichise) head to the place where Takeshi Ooyama (Kazuki Kitamura) is in the present days.
“Signal The Movie” will be released sometime during 2021 in Japan and “Signal SP” will air around that time.
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Nana Seino & Tori Matsuzaka are cast in live-action film “Whisper of the Heart.” The film is based on manga series “Mimi o Sumaseba” by Aoi Hiiragi and directed by Yuichiro Hirakawa (“Erased“). The manga was adapted into 1995 anime film “Whisper of the Heart,” which was released by Studio Ghibli. Filming will begin mid-February, 2020 and finishes March, 2020.
Plot synopsis by AsianWiki: Shizuku Tsukishima (Nana Seino) is a 3rd grade middle school student. She likes reading books. Shizuku Tsukishima meets Seiji Amasawa (Tori Matsuzaka). He is in the same grade and school that Shizuku Tsukishima attends. At first, she does not like him, but she becomes fascinated with his pursuit of his dream. Seiji Amasawa also knows Shizuku Tsukishima’s dream is to become a novelist. They vow to each other to achieve their dreams.
10 years later, Shizuku Tsukishima is 24 years old. She gave up her dream of becoming a novelist and now works as an editor for a publishing company that specializes in children’s books. She struggles in her daily life at work. Meanwhile, Seiji Amasawa is abroad and still pursuing his dream.
“Whisper of the Heart” will be released September 18, 2020 in Japan.
Masaki Okada and Jun Shison are cast in live-action film “The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window.” The film is based on manga series “Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru” by Tomoko Yamashita and directed by Yukihiro Morigaki (“Goodbye, Grandpa“). Filming for the movie will begin January 15, 2020 and finish mid-February, 2020.
Plot synopsis by AsianWiki: Since Kosuke Mikado (Jun Shison) was a child, he has seen ghosts. He has had a difficult time because of that. One day, Rihito Hiyakawa (Masaki Okada) comes to the bookstore where Kosuke Mikado works at and tells Kosuke Mikado that if he is with him, he won’t be afraid anymore.
Rihito Hiyakawa is an exorcist. Kosuke Mikado decides to take part in exorcisms conducted by Rihito Hiyakawa. They then receive a request from a detective about a serial murder case. While investigating the case, Rihito Hiyakawa and Kosuke Mikado find a cursed dead body.
Main trailer and poster added for movie “Dancing Mita” (literal title) starring Amane Okayama, Konatsu Kato, and Yuichi Nakamura. Movie is written and directed by Toshimitsu Iizuka (“Poetry Angel“). Caption on the poster states in Japanese “Dancing is going to change everyone.”
“Dancing Mita” will be released March 7, 2020 in Japan.
Han Hyo-Joo and Byun Yo-Han are cast in Japanese film “The Sun Does Not Move” (literal title) starring Tatsuya Fujiwara. The film is based on two novels in the “Kazuhiko Takano Series” by Shuichi Yoshida (“Villain“) and directed by Eiichiro Hasumi (“Assassination Classroom“). Han Hyo-Joo previously co-starred in Japanese film “Miracle: Devil Claus’ Love and Magic,” while this is the first Japanese film for Byun Yo-Han. Han Hyo-Joo in “The Sun Does Not Move” will play an industrial spy of unknown origins and Byun Yo-Han will play industrial spy David Kim.
“The Sun Does Not Move” opens May 15, 2020 in Japan.
Hokuto Yoshino (‘The Rampage from Exile Tribe’) and Nonoka Yamaguchi (‘E-girls’) are cast for lead roles in live-action film “Kiss Him, Not Me.” Also cast in major supporting character roles are Fuju Kamio, Miu Tomita, Asahi Ito and So Okuno. The film is based on manga series “Watashi ga Motete Dosunda” by Junko and will be directed by Norihisa Hiranuma (“High & Low The Worst Episode.0“).
Plot synopsis by AsianWiki: Kae Serinuma (Miu Tomita) is a chubby female high school student. She is a fujoshi, who enjoys reading about romance between men. One day, her favorite animation character dies and she falls into shock. Kae Serinuma is unable to eat for a week and she ends up losing a lot of weight. The end result is that Kae Serinuma (Nonoka Yamaguchi) suddenly becomes popular at school. Four pretty male students fall for Kae Serinuma. The four boys are Asuma Mutsumi (Hokuto Yoshino), Yusuke Igarashi (Fuju Kamio), Nozomu Nanashima (Asahi Ito) and Hayato Shinomiya (So Okuno).
“Kiss Him, Not Me” will be released July 10, 2020 in Japan.
Teaser poster added for upcoming WOWOW drama series “Oedo Great Journey” starring Ryuhei Maruyama. The period drama series is based on 2016 novel “Daken Dochu Okage Mairi” by Akihiro Dobashi (“Samurai Marathon“) and directed by Katsuhide Motoki (“Samurai Hustle“) & Masanori Inoue.
Plot synopsis by AsianWiki: In the year 1830, Tatsugoro (Ryuhei Maruyama) was once known as a legendary gambler, but heavy losses in gambling causes him to fall deeply into debt. As a child, he grew up as an orphan and he is still all alone as an adult.
One day, Tatsugoro is selected by lots as a representative of a nagaya (multi-unit housing). He and others go to Ise Grand Shrine to worship. During the journey, Tatsugoro meets a dog Okinamaruo, a boy Miyoshi and a beautiful woman Saya. He pretends to be a family with them.
“Oedo Great Journey” will air sometime this year in Japan.
Here’s still images for upcoming movie “Step” starring Takayuki Yamada & Tamaki Shiratori. The film is based on 2009 novel “Step” by Kiyoshi Shigematsu (“Dear Etranger“) and directed by Ken Iizuka.
Plot synopsis by AsianWiki: Single father Kenichi (Takayuki Yamada) has raised his daughter Miki (Tamaki Shiratori) alone for the past 10 years. From when she attended nursery school until her graduation from elementary school. Kenichi is currently 30-years-old. His wife Tomoko died at a young age and he has raised Miki alone since that time. While raising his daughter alone, he has encountered various problems.
“Step” will be released April 3, 2020 in Japan.
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Trailer added for movie “Kizoku Korin: Prince of Legend” starring Alan Shirahama & Ryota Katayose. Movie is a sequel to 2018 NTV drama series “Prince of Legend” and 2019 movie “Prince of Legend.” The movie’s theme song has also been revealed, which is “Possible” by co-lead actor Ryota Katayose (‘Generations from Exile Tribe’). The theme song appears in the trailer.
Plot synopsis from AsianWiki: Shintaro Ando (Alan Shirahama) has become Noble Dori after various confrontations. Now, the noble group, who are led by Shintaro Ando, has battles over the title of Legend (“Densetsu”) against the prince group, who are led by Kanade Suzaku (Ryota Katayose).
“Kizoku Korin: Prince of Legend” will be released March 13, 2020 in Japan.
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Teaser trailer and teaser poster added for movie “Tapestry” starring Masaki Suda & Nana Komatsu. Movie is inspired by song “Ito” by Miyuki Nakajima and directed by Takahisa Zeze.
Plot synopsis by AsianWiki: Ren Takahashi (Masaki Suda) and Aoi Sonoda (Nana Komatsu) were both born in 1989. They met for the first time at the age of 13 and became each other’s first love, but they separated. At the age of 21, they met again. They were unable to undo their past. Now, they are 31-years-old.
“Tapestry” will be released April 24, 2020 in japan.