See list of nominees and winners at the just concluded 39th Blue Dragon Film Awards. Movie “1987: When The Day Comes” won “Best Film,” “Best Actor” (Kim Yun-Seok) and “Best_Cinematography & Lighting,” while “The Spy Gone North” won “Best Director” (Yoon Jong-Bin) and “Best Art Design.” Actress Han Ji-Min also won “Best Actress” for movie “Miss Baek.”
Yui Okada, Kenichi Endo and Yuu Shirota are cast in new TV Asahi drama series “Watashi no Ojisan: Wataoji.” The drama series is scripted by Ayuka Kishimoto. In the drama series, Yui Okada plays Hikari Ichinose. She lands a new job as an assistant director at a variety show. She works under a foul-mouthed director played by Yuu Shirota. One day, she sees Oji-san (played by Oji-san) who introduces himself as a fairy.
“Watashi no Ojisan: Wataoji” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.
Teaser trailer added for upcoming live-action film “Kingdom” starring Kento Yamazaki, Ryo Yoshizawa and Kanna Hashimoto. The teaser trailer shows Shin (Kento Yamazaki) meeting Eisei (Ryo Yoshizawa). Eisei was disinherited from the throne and to recapture the throne, the resistance, having only 50 fighters (including Shin), takes on 80,000 enemy troops. Movie is based on manga series “Kingdom” by Yasuhisa Hara and directed by Shinsuke Sato (“Gantz“/”Bleach“).
“Kingdom” will be released April 19, 2019 in Japan.
Han Ye-Seul has been offered the lead female role in new SBS drama series “Big Issue.” Actor Joo Jin-Mo has already received an offer to play the lead male role for the drama series. Both performers are currently considering their offers. If Han Ye-Seul accepts, she will play Ji Soo-Hyun. She works as the chief editor of a paparazzi group and she is notorious at her work. Filming for the drama series will begin December, 2018.
“Big Issue” will first air February, 2019 taking over SBS’ Wednesday and Thursday 10PM time slot after “The Last Empress.”
Here’s the first still image of Masataka Kubota in live-action sequel film “Tokyo Ghoul 2” co-starring Shota Matsuda and Maika Yamamoto. The film is based on manga “Tokyo Ghoul” by Sui Ishida and follows 2017 live-action film “Tokyo Ghoul.” In the film, Masataka Kubota plays main character Ken Kaneki who is half-human and half-ghoul. Ghouls are monsters who look human, but eat human flesh.
In addition, release date for “Tokyo Ghoul 2” is now slotted for sometime during summer, 2019 in Japan.
Trailer added for movie “Restaurant From The Sky” starring Yo Oizumi, Manami Honjou and Masaki Okada. Movie is directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa (“In His Chart“) and scripted by Atsumi Tsuchi. The film is set on a cattle farm where they also produce cheese.
“Restaurant From The Sky” will be released January 25, 2019 in Japan.
Here’s the first teaser poster for upcoming movie “Malmoi” starring Yu Hae-Jin and Yoon Kye-Sang. The film is directed by Uhm Yoo-Na who previously wrote the screenplay for movie “A Taxi Driver.” “Malmoi” is set in the 1940’s when Korea was under Japanese rule. Speaking the Korean language was banned at that time and two men from different backgrounds work together to publish a Korean dictionary.
The teaser poster also reveals that “Malmoi” is scheduled for release January, 2019 in Japan.
Trailer and main cast announced for upcoming movie “Twelve Children Who Want to Die” (literal title). The movie is based on novel “Jyuni Nin no Shinitai Kodomotachi” by Tow Ubukata and directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (“20th Century Boys“). The twelve main cast members are Hana Sugisaki, Mackenyu Arata, Takumi Kitamura (member of ‘Dish’), Mahiro Takasugi, Yuina Kuroshima, Wariko Akika, Ai Yoshikawa, Riku Hagiwara, Yuto Fuchino, Ryota Bando, Kotone Furukawa and Aisa Takeuchi. The film follows 12 kids who gather at an abandoned hospital to die, but they find the body of a boy already dead there. They try to find the killer.
“Twelve Children Who Want to Die” will be released January 25, 2019.
Trailer for live-action film “The Island of Cats” starring Shinosuke Tatekawa, Kou Shibasaki and Kaoru Kobayashi. Movie is based on manga series “Neko to Jiichan” by Nekomaki and directed by Mitsuaki Iwago. The film follows 70-year-old Daikichi and his beloved cat. He lives on a small island. Kou Shibasak plays Michiko. She runs a cafe on the island.
“The Island of Cats” will be released February 22, 2019 in Japan.