Trailer for movie “Choki” starring Riko Masuda & Hisashi Yoshizawa. Movie is written & directed by Junichi Kanai (“Again“). Story for “Choki” involves the relationship between a man who runs a beauty salon and a girl who once learned calligraphy at a class taught by the man’s wife. The wife has passed away and the young girl is now a woman, but completely blind.
“Choki” will be released December 3, 2016 in Japan.
Junya Ikeda, Ryuya Wakaba and Eita Okuno are cast in live-action film “Laughing Under the Clouds” starring Sota Fukushi, Yuma Nakayama (‘NYC’) & Kirato Wakayama.
Junya Ikeda, Ryuya Wakaba and Eita Okuno will play original characters that are not from the original manga series “Donten ni Warau” by Karakara-Kemuri.
In the upcoming live-action film, Junya Ikeda plays Hayakage who has an overwhelming physical ability. Ryuya Wakaba plays Kiryu who does not express his feelings at all and Eita Okuno plays Raiga who is good at manipulating people. The three belong to the strongest ninja group. They engage in secret maneuvers at Ozu to dominate the world.
“Laughing Under the Clouds” will be released sometime next year in Japan.
Kento Yamazaki is cast in live-action film “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” to be directed by Takashi Miike. The movie is based on manga series “Jojo no Kimyona Boken Part 4 Daiyamondo wa Kudakenai“ by Hirohiko Araki. Cast in supporting roles are Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nana Komatsu, Masaki Okada, Mackenyu, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya,Jun Kunimura & Arisa Mizuki. Kento Yamazaki will play the character of Josuke Higashikata.
Filming for “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” will take place mostly around the suburbs of Barcelona, Spain. “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” will be released sometime during summer, 2017 in Japan.
Aya Ueto and Takumi Saito are cast in movie “Hirugao.” Movie is a continuation of 2014 Fuji TV drama series “Hirugao” (starring Aya Ueto and Takumi Saito) and is set 3 years after the drama series. Director Hiroshi Nishitani & screenwriter Yumiko Inoue are also taking part in the movie version.
“Hirugao” will be released sometime during summer, 2017 in Japan.
Teaser trailer for live-action film “Haruta & Chika” starring Shori Sato (‘Sexy Zone’) and Kanna Hashimoto. Movie is based on manga series “Haruchika” by Sei Hatsuno and directed by Masahide Ichii.
In addition, actor Keisuke Koide is now cast for the upcoming live-action film. Keisuke Koide will play Kusakabe. He used to be a promising conductor. He now instructs a music club which takes part in a contest.
Release date for “Haruta & Chika” is now set for March 4, 2017.
Gou Ayano & Nijiro Murakami are cast in new movie “Mukoku.” Movie is based on 2012 novel “Mukoku” by Shu Fujisawa and will be directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri. Story for the film follows Kengo Yatabe played by Gou Ayano. Kengo Yatabe is talented in kendo as was his now comatosed father. He gives up kendo and spends his time drinking and working as a security guard. He then meets a high school student played by Nijiro Murakami. The teenager rekindles his interest in kendo.
“Mukoku” will be released sometime next year in Japan.
Teaser trailer and poster for upcoming movie “Honnoji Hotel” starring Haruka Ayase & Shinichi Tsutsumi. Movie is scripted by Tomoko Aizawa & directed by Masayuki Suzuki.
Haruka Ayase, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Tomoko Aizawa & Masayuki Suzuki all previously worked together in 2011 movie “Princess Toyotomi.” In movie “Honnoji Hotel,” Haruka Ayase plays Mayuko. She stays at the Honnoji Hotel and there meets historical figure Nobunaga Oda played by Shinichi Tsutsumi.
“Honnoji Hotel” will be released January 14, 2017 in Japan.
Ryo Nishikido (‘Kanjani Eight’) is cast for the lead role in upcoming live-action film “Hitsuji no Ki.” Also cast in supporting roles for the film are Fumino Kimura, Kazuki Kitamura, Yuka, Mikako Ichikawa, Shingo Mizusawa, Min Tanaka and Ryuhei Matsuda. Movie is based on the manga series “Hitsuji no Ki” by Tatsuhiko Yamagami and directed by Daihachi Yoshida (“The Kirishima Thing“).
In the upcoming film, Ryo Nishikido will play Hajime Tsukisue. His character works as a city employee in the decaying port city of Uobuka. Six strangers move into the city and Hajime Tsukisue is tasked with welcoming to the city. The strangers carry a strange vibe about them. Hajime Tsukisue learns that the strangers are ex-prisoners, all convicted of murder and released under a new government parole system.
Filming for “Hitsuji no Ki” will begin October, 2016 and the movie is scheduled to be released sometime during 2018 in Japan.
Kaho Mizutani is cast in upcoming NHK drama series “The Sniffer” starring Hiroshi Abe. The drama series is a remake of Ukrainian TV series “The Sniffer.” Kaho Mizutani won the role after taking part in an audition among 50 other hopefuls, who were pulled from a pool of 400 applicants.
In the upcoming drama series, Kaho Mizutani will play Misato. She is the daughter of main character Shinichiro Hanaoka (Hiroshi Abe). Shinichiro Hanaoka works as a consultant who possesses a special sense of smell. He uses his special ability to solve cases.
“The Sniffer” first airs October 22, 2016 in Japan.
Teaser trailer for movie “Partners: The Movie IV” starring Yutaka Mizutani & Takashi Sorimachi.
In addition, supporting cast for the upcoming has been revealed. Actors who will play new characters in the film are Kazuki Kitamura, Mayu Yamaguchi and Takeshi Kaga. While, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Koji Ishizaka and Yukie Nakama will play their respective characters that they have done so previously in earlier “Partners”/”Aibou” titles.
“Partners: The Movie IV” will be released February 11, 2017 in Japan.