May 11 2017

More castings for movie “Before We Vanish”

7 supporting actors have been announced for upcoming movie “Before We Vanish” starring Masami Nagasawa & Ryuhei Matsuda. The newly announced cast members are Atsuko Maeda, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Masahiro Higashide, Kyoko Koizumi, Kazuya Kojima, Ken Mitsuishi & Takashi Sasano. Movie is directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa and will have its world premiere in the “Un Certain Regard” section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28, 2017). Of note from the supporting characters, Atsuko Maeda will play the younger sister of Narumi Kase  (Masami Nagasawa) and Kyoko Koizumi will play a doctor who is key character in the film.

“Before We Vanish” opens September 9, 2017 in Japan.

May 9 2017

Trailer for movie “Umibe no Sei to Shi”

Trailer for movie “Umibe no Sei to Shi” starring Hikari Mitsushima & Kento Nagayama. Movie is based on the essay  “Umibe no Sei to Shi” and novel “Shima no Hate” by husband and wife Toshio Shimao and Miho Shimao. Story for the film is set at the end of World War II and revolves around an elementary school teacher (Hikari Mitsushima) on an island and a navy lieutenant (Kento Nagayama).

“Umibe no Sei to Shi” will be released July 29, 2017 in Japan.

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May 9 2017

Haruka Ayase and Kentaro Sakaguchi cast in movie “Tonight, At Romance Theater”

Haruka Ayase and Kentaro Sakaguchi are cast in movie “Tonight, At Romance Theater” (literal title). Movie is scripted by Keisuke Uyama and directed by Hideki Takeuchi. In the upcoming film, Kentaro Sakaguchi will play young movie director Kenji. He falls in love with Princess Miyuki played by Haruka Ayase. Princess Miyuki is character from a black and white movie.

Filming for “Tonight, At Romance Theater” takes place from April, 2017 through June, 2017.

May 6 2017

Sho Hirano and Yuna Taira cast in live-action film “Honey”

Sho Hirano (‘Kansai Johnnys’ Jr’) and Yuna Taira are cast in live-action film “Honey.” The movie is based on manga series “Honey” by Amu Meguro and will be directed by Koji Shintoku. In movie “Honey,” Yuna Taira will play high school student Nao Kogure. She is asked out by Taiga Onise (Sho Hirano) and she is too scared to turn him down. It turns out, he has sensitive qualities even though he seems like a bad boy. For the film, Sho Hirano had his hair dyed red and Yuna Taira had her hair cut.

“Honey” will be released during spring, 2018 in Japan.

May 3 2017

Teaser trailer #2 for movie “The Miracles of the Namiya General Store”

Teaser trailer #2 added for upcoming movie “The Miracles of the Namiya General Store” starring Ryosuke Yamada, Toshiyuki Nishida, Machiko Ono & Nijiro Murakami. Movie is based on 2011 novel “Namiya Zakkaten no Kiseki” by Keigo Higashino and directed by Ryuichi Hiroki. Storu for “The Miracles of the Namiya General Store” revolves around a mailbox at a general store that sends letter between the past and present. Teaser trailer #2 also features actual footage from the film for the first time.

“The Miracles of the Namiya General Store” opens September 23, 2017 in Japan.
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May 3 2017

Takuya Kimura and Kazunari Ninomiya cast in movie “Criminal for the Prosecution”

Takuya Kimura and Kazunari Ninomiya are cast in new suspense film “Criminal for the Prosecution” (literal title). The movie is based on 2013 novel “Kensatsugawa no Zainin” by Shusuke Shizukui and directed by Masato Harada. Amazingly, the movie marks the first time Takuya Kimura and Kazunari Ninomiya will have worked together. In the upcoming film, both Takuya Kimura and Kazunari Ninomiya will play Tokyo public prosecutors. They work on a case involving the death of a money lender and a suspect who was previously involved in a murder case involving a middle school girl.

Filming for “Criminal for the Prosecution” takes place from July, 2017 to August, 2017 and the movie will be released sometime next year in Japan.

May 1 2017

Teaser trailer and poster for live-action film “The Time of Backlights”

Teaser trailer and poster added for upcoming live-action film “The Time of Backlights” starring Mahiro Takasugi & Wakana Aoi. Movie is based on manga “Gyakko no Koro” by Katsuki Tanaka and directed by Keiichi Kobayashi. Story for “The Time of Backlights” is set in picturesque Kyoto and follows the relationship between longtime friends Takatoyo Akada (Mahiro Takasugi) and Mikoto (Wakana Aoi).

Release date for “The Time of Backlights” is set for July 8, 2017 in Japan.

Apr 28 2017

Yuri Chinen, Taishi Nakagawa & Nana Komatsu cast in live-action film “Kids on the Slope”

Yuri Chinen (‘Hey! Say! JUMP’), Taishi Nakagawa and Nana Komatsu are cast in live-action film “Kids on the Slope.” The live-action film is based on manga “Sakamichi no Apollon” by Yuki Kodama and directed by Takahiro Miki. Story for “Kids on the Slope” has Yuri Chinen playing introverted freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi. He moves out to a new town because of his father’s job and meets two students played by Taishi Nakagawa & Nana Komatsu. Kaoru Nishimi discovers the joy of playing jazz music with his friends. Yuri Chinen & Taishi Nakagawa have been practicing playing the piano and drums since last year to play their roles.

“Kids on the Slope” will be released sometime next year in Japan.