Trailer added for upcoming movie “Junpei, Think Again” starring Shuhei Nomura and Yurina Yanagi. The trailer also reveals the movie’s theme song which is “Mabushii Yami no Melody” by Japanese rock band The Pillows. In addition, movie’s main poster above also reveals that the movie has been invited to the 42nd Montreal World Film Festival (August 23 – September 3, 2018) and will screen in the out of competition “World Greats” section. Movie is based on novel “Junpei, Kangaenaose” by Hideo Okuda and directed by Toshiyuki Morioka.
“Junpei, Think Again” will be released September 22, 2018 in Japan.
Teaser trailer and poster added for live-action film “Neko to Jiichan” starring Shinosuke Tatekawa. The film also features Kou Shibasaki, Tasuku Emoto, Yuko Tanaka and Kaoru Kobayashi in supporting character roles. Movie is based on manga series Neko to Jiichan” by Nekomaki. The film follows a 70-year-old man played by Shinosuke Tatekawa who lives with his cat Tama on a small island.
“Neko to Jiichan” will be released February 22, 2019 in Japan.
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Kiichi Nakai is cast in comedy film “Kioku ni Gozaimasen.” The film is written and directed by Koki Mitani. Also cast in supporting roles are Dean Fujioka, Yuriko Ishida, Masao Kusakari and Koichi Sato. In typical Koki Mitani fashion, the film stars Kiichi Nakai as the prime minister of Japan … but he has lost his memory after someone threw a rock at him. Filming for “Kioku ni Gozaimasen” began July 10, 2018 and finishes late August, 2018 in the suburbs of Tokyo.
“Kioku ni Gozaimasen” will be released sometime next year in Japan.
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Main trailer and teaser poster for movie “Hanalei Bay” starring Yo Yoshida, Reo Sano and Nijiro Murakami. Movie is based on short story “Hanalei Bay” by Haruki Murakami and directed by Daishi Matsunaga. The film deals with a mother and someone who resembles her deceased teenage son.
“Hanalei Bay” will be released October 19, 2018 in Japan.
Takako Matsu, Suzu Hirose, Masaharu Fukuyama and Ryunosuke Kamiki are cast in movie “Last Letter.” The film is written and directed by Shunji Iwai. For Takako Matsu and Shunji Iwai they previously worked together in 1998 movie “April Story.” Filming for “Last Letter” will begin July 24, 2018 and finish August, 2018. Shooting locations will include Sendai and other areas of Miyagi Prefecture and also Tokyo. The film is set in the present day and will have plenty of flashback scenes to the main character’s high school days. Takako Matsu will play Yuri Kishibeno. She goes to her late sister’s high school reunion to inform them of her sister’s passing, but she is mistaken for her sister. She then meets her first love played by Masaharu Fukuyama who also mistakes her for her late sister.
“Last Letter” will be released sometime next year in Japan.
Teaser trailer and poster added for movie “Day and Night” starring Shinnosuke Abe and Masanobu Ando. Movie is directed by Michihito Fujii (“Oh! Father“) and produced by popular actor Takayuki Yamada. Supporting cast for the film has also been revealed and they include Kaya Kiyohara, Tetsushi Tanaka, Manami Konishi, Aimi Satsukawa, Motoki Fukami, Ryo Fujimoto, Sho Kasamatsu, Reina Ikehata, Takashi Yamanaka, Yasushi Fuchikami, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Shigeru Muroi.
Lastly, release date for “Day and Night” is now set for January 26, 2019 in Japan.
Main trailer and poster added for movie “Koi no Shizuku” starring Rina Kawaei and Hayato Onozuka. Movie is directed by Naoki Segi and scripted by Yoshinobu Kamo. The film also features one of the last performances by Ren Osugi who passed away earlier this year. Story for “Koi no Shizuku” follows a young woman who begins working at a sake brewery.
“Koi no Shizuku” will be released October 20, 2018.
Teaser posters and teaser trailer added for upcoming movie “Killing” starring Sosuke Ikematsu and Yu Aoi. Movie is written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. The film is set in Edo era Japan and Sosuke Ikematsu plays the main character who is a ronin. “Killing” will screen in the competition section at this year’s Venice Film Festival (August 29-September 8, 2018) and will open November 24, 2018 in Japan.
Main trailer and poster for movie “Oz Land” starring Haru and Hidetoshi Nishijima. Movie is based on a novel “Ozu no Sekai” by Yoichi Komori and directed by Takafumi Hatano (“SP: The Motion Picture“). The film is set at an amusement park in a rural area. Main character Kurumi Namihiro (Haru) thought she landed a job with a high end hotel, but she is sent to work at its subsidiary … the amusement park.
“Oz Land” will be released October 26, 2018 in Japan.
Tatsuya Fujiwara is cast in movie “The Sun Does Not Move” (literal title) and WOWOW drama series “The Sun Does Not Move” (literal title). The movie version is based on Shuichi Yoshida novel’s “Taiyo wa Ugokanai” and “Mori wa Shitte Iru,” while the WOWOW drama series will have an original screenplay. In the movie and drama series, Tatsuya Fujiwara will play main character Kazuhiko Takano. He is part of a spy organization “An Tsuushin” and they are after innovative solar energy technology that other countries are attempting to attain. Filming for the movie and drama series will take place simultaneously and filming will take place in Japan and overseas. Eiichiro Hasumi will direct the movie and drama series.
Movie “The Sun Does Not Move” will be released in 2020 and the WOWOW drama series will air sometime in 2020.