Feb 13 2018

Goro Inagaki, Hiroki Hasegawa, Chizuru Ikewaki cast in movie “Hansekai”

Goro Inagaki is cast for the lead role in movie “Hansekai.” Also cast in major supporting roles are Hiroki Hasegawa, Chizuru Ikewaki and Kiyohiko Shibukawa. The film will be written and directed Junji Sakamoto. The film will deal with a man (Goro Inagaki) who takes for granted his family and work, but after encountering a former friend (Hiroki Hasegawa) he changes his way.

Release date for “Hansekai” has not yet been decided.

Feb 13 2018

Jun Shison cast in NTV live-action drama series “Dolmen X” and live-action film “Dolmen X”

Jun Shison is cast for the lead role in new NTV live-action drama series “Dolmen X” and upcoming live-action film “Dolmen X.” Also cast in major supporting roles are Koudai AsakaYuuki OgoeTina TamashiroArata HoriiRen Kiriyama and Yoshimi Tokui. Both the drama series and movie are based on manga series “Dolmen X” by Yuna Takagi. The movie version will include more scenes of the alien group 15 years after the drama series.

Jun Shison, Koudai Asaka, Yuuki Ogoe, Tina Tamashiro and Arata Horii will play aliens who want to invade Earth without having war. They decide to become an idol group to help accomplish their goal. The idol group is named “Dolmen X.” Ren Kiriyama will play actor Shugo Sanemitsu and Yoshimi Tokui will play an entertainment company president.

NTV drama series “Dolmen X” will first air March 10, 2018 and the live-action film version will be released sometime later year in Japan..

Feb 12 2018

Junichi Okada, Nana Komatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki cast in Tetsuya Nakashima directed film “Kuru”

Junichi Okada, Nana Komatsu, Satoshi TsumabukiHaru Kuroki and Takako Matsu are cast in horror film “Kuru.” The film is based on 2015 novel “Bogiwan ga Kuru” by Ichi Sawamura and directed by Tetsuya Nakashima (“Confessions“). Story for “Kuru” follows a woman played by Nana Komatsu who has some type of powerful spirit/ghost around her. Her boyfriend played by Junichi Okada gathers with people from all over the country to fight against that.


“Kuru” will be released sometime next year in Japan.

Feb 9 2018

Hiromitsu Kitayama, Mikako Tabe & Kokoro Hirasawa cast in live-action film “Tora-san”

Hiromitsu Kitayama (‘Kis-My-Ft2’), Mikako Tabe & Kokoro Hirasawa are cast in live-action film “Tora-san.” The film is based on manga series “Tora san” by Mina Itaba. In the film, Hiromitsu Kitayama plays Suzuo Takahata, Mikako Tabe plays his wife Natsuko Takahata and Kokoro Hirasawa plays their daughter Miyu Takahata. The father is an unsuccessful manga writer and spends most of his time drinking and gambling. He then dies in a car accident, but is given a month to think about his life. He returns to this world as a cat.

“Tora-san” will be released 2019 in Japan.

Feb 9 2018

Yo Oizumi, Manami Honjou and Masaki Okada cast in movie “Sky’s Restaurant”

Yo Oizumi, Manami Honjou and Masaki Okada are cast in movie “Sky’s Restaurant” (literal title). In the film, Yo Oizumi will play main character Wataru. He runs a cattle farm and is married to Kotoe (Manami Honjou). They decide to open a restaurant after tasting a meal prepared by a chef using ingredients they produced. Masaki Okada will play a colleague of Wataru and he is a sheep farmer. Movie is directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa.

“Sky’s Restaurant” will be released spring, 2019 in Japan.

Feb 8 2018

Trailer for movie “Summer Blooms”

Trailer for movie “Summer Blooms” starring Aki Asakura. Movie is written and directed by Ryutaro Nakagawa. The film was awarded the FIPRESCI award at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival and also screened at the Taipei Film Festival. Story for “Summer Blooms” follows a waitress (Aki Asakura) who used to work as a teacher. She lost something very dear to her in her past. During the summer, she makes a confession about her past.

“Summer Blooms” opens May 12, 2018 in Japan.

Feb 8 2018

Gou Ayano cast in movie “Punk Samurai Slash Down”

Gou Ayano is cast in movie “Punk Samurai Slash Down.” The film is based on 2004 novel “Panku Zamurai Kirarete Soro” by Ko Machida. Movie is directed by Gakuryu Ishii (“Electric Dragon 80000V“) and screenplay by Kankuro Kudo. The film falls in the jidai shosetsu genre and follows a ronin played by Gou Ayano. He tries to join Kurokaze Han by warning them about a doomsday cult, but he then gets caught up in a power struggle.

“Punk Samurai Slash Down” will be released June 30, 2018 in Japan.


Feb 5 2018

Shuri, Masaki Suda, Riisa Naka cast in movie “Ikiteru Dake de, Ai”

ShuriMasaki Suda, and Riisa Naka are cast in movie “Ikiteru Dake de, Ai.” The film is the third feature film adapted from a novel by Yukiko Motoya (“Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!“/”Vengeance Can Wait“). Also cast for supporting roles are Tetsushi Tanaka, Naomi Nishida, Yutaka Matsushige, Shizuka Ishibashi and Lisa Oda. Story for “Ikiteru Dake de, Ai” follows a hikkimori girl with hypersomnia (Shuri), her seemingly indifferent boyfriend (Masaki Suda) and his ex-girlfriend (Riisa Naka).

Filming for “Ikiteru Dake de, Ai” began January 8, 2018 and already finished. Movie will be released sometime this autumn in Japan.

Feb 5 2018

Hana Sugisaki cast in live-action film “Bleach”

Hana Sugisaki is in upcoming live-action film “Bleach” starring Sota Fukushi. For the live-action film, Hana Sugisaki will play Rukia Kuchiki. She transfers her power as a Soul Reaper to Ichigo Kurosaki (Sota Fukushi) after she is injured while battling a Hollow. Until she is able to regain her powers, she lets Ichigo Kurosaki do her work as Soul Reaper and supports him. During this time she lives secretly in Ichigo Kurosaki’s closet and pretends to be ordinary female high school student. She attends the same high school as Ichigo Kurosaki does. Movie is based on manga “Bleach”by Tite Kubo.

In addition, release date for “Bleach” is now set for July 20, 2018 in Japan.