Nov 9 2016

Trailer and teaser poster for Sion Sono’s “Shinjuku Swan 2”

Trailer and teaser poster added for Sion Sono directed film “Shinjuku Swan 2” starring Gou Ayano & Tadanobu Asano. Movie is based on manga series “Shinjuku Swan Kabukicho Skauto Sabaibaru” by Ken Wakui. Story for “Shinjuku Swan 2” has Tatsuhiko Shiratori (“Gou Ayano”) moving out to Yokohama from Shinjuku. He runs afoul of the CEO of a scouting company there played by Tadanobu Asano.

Release date for “Shinjuku Swan 2” has now been set for January 21, 2017 in Japan.

Nov 8 2016

Atsushi Ito cast in movie “Neko Atsume no Ie”

Atsushi Ito is cast in new movie “Neko Atsume no Ie.” The movie is based on the video game “Neko Atsume” which was developed by Hit-Point for iOS and Android phones. Movie is directed by Masatoshi Kurakata & screenplay by Yuji Nagamori. In the upcoming movie, Atsushi Ito will play main character Masaru Sakumoto. He is a successful novelist, but going through a severe case of writer’s block. He decides to move into a new home for inspiration and becomes involved with cats that come into his yard.

“Neko Atsume no Ie” will be released sometime next year in Japan.

Nov 7 2016

Supporting cast announced for live-action film “Blade of the Immortal”

Supporting cast has been announced for upcoming live-action film “Blade of the Immortal” starring Takuya Kimura & Hana Sugisaki. Cast in supporting roles are Sota Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda, Ebizo Ichikawa, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Min Tanaka, Kazuki Kitamura, Chiaki Kuriyama & Shinnosuke Mitsushima. Movie is directed by Takashi Miike & based on manga series “Mugen no Junin” by Hiroaki Samura.

Some background information on the supporting characters. Sota Fukushi will play Kagehisa Anotsu. He is a leader of Itto Ryu. Hayato Ichihara will play Shira. He suggests to Manji (Takuya Kimura) that they should fight together against Kagehisa Anotsu (Sota Fukushi ).  Erika Toda will play Makie Otonotachibana. She is a swordswoman whom Kagehisa Anotsu trusts.

“Blade of the Immortal” will be released April 29, 2017 in Japan.

Nov 5 2016

Main trailer for movie “Honnouji Hotel”

Main trailer added for upcoming movie “Honnouji Hotel” starring Haruka Ayase & Shinichi Tsutsumi. Although movie isn’t a sequel of 2011 film “Princess Toyotomi,” it does feature Haruka Ayase, Shinichi Tsutsumi, director Masayuki Suzuki and screenwriter Tomoko Aizawa working together again. Story for the film also features a hotel that allows a woman played by Haruka Ayase to go back in time and meet legendary daimyo Oda Nobunaga (Shinichi Tsutsumi).

“Honnouji Hotel” opens January 14, 2017 in Japan.

Nov 4 2016

Takeru Satoh cast in live-action film “Ajin: Demi-Human”

Takeru Satoh is cast in new live-action film “Ajin: Demi-Human.” Movie is based on manga series “Ajin” by Gamon Sakurai and directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro (“Bayside Shakedown“). In the movie, Takeru Satoh will play main character Kei Nagai. After dying in a car accident and then coming back to life, he learns that he is a type of immortal known as “Ajin.” “Ajin” are hated by humans for being dangerous and the government soon learns of Kei Nagai being an “Ajin.” He is sent to a government laboratory to undergo research.

“Ajin: Demi-Human” will be released sometime next year in Japan.

Nov 1 2016

Hana Sugisaki cast in live-action film “Blade of the Immortal”

Hana Sugisaki cast in upcoming live-action film “Blade of the Immortal” starring Takuya Kimura. The live-action film is based on manga series “Mugen no Junin” by Hiroaki Samura and directed by Takashi Miike.

For movie “Blade of the Immortal,” Hana Sugisaki will play lead female character Rin Asano. Her character seeks out to avenge the murders of her family. She hires Manji (Takuya Kimura) as a bodyguard in her quest for revenge. “Blade of the Immortal” is now set for release April 29, 2017 in Japan.

Oct 31 2016

Ayame Misaki cast in movie “Hikari”

Ayame Misaki is cast in new movie “Hikari” co-starring Masatoshi Nagase. The film is written and directed by Cannes Film Festival winner Naomi Kawase. In the upcoming movie, Ayame Misaki will play lead female character Misako. The movie will follow the interactions of Misako with cameraman Masaya played by Masatoshi Nagase.

Filming for “Hikari” began October 16, 2016 and filming is expected to finish next month. “Hikari” will be released sometime 2017 in Japan.