Nov 24 2015

Ryu Morioka, Tomoya Maeno, Haru Kuroki & Hirofumi Arai cast in movie “Emiabi no Hajimari to Hajimari”

Ryu Morioka, Tomoya Maeno, Haru Kuroki & Hirofumi Arai are all cast in movie “Emiabi no Hajimari to Hajimari.” The movie is written and directed by Kensaku Watanabe. Kensaku Watanabe won the best screenplay award at the 37th Japan Academy Prize for his screenplay adaptation of “The Great Passage.”

Story for “Emiabi no Hajimari to Hajimari” has Ryu Morioka playing Sanemichi. His character is a member of popular manzai comedy duo “Emiabi.’ His partner (Tomoya Maeno) though dies in a car accident. Sanemich then goes with Natsumi (Haru Kuroki) to visit a young girl whose older brother died in the car accident.

“Emiabi no Hajimari to Hajimari” will be released sometime next year in Japan.

Nov 19 2015

Haru Kuroki, Gou Ayano, Cocco cast in Shunji Iwai’s “The Bride of Rip Van Winkle”

Haru Kuroki, Gou Ayano & Cocco are cast in new movie “The Bride of Rip Van Winkle” written and directed by Shunji Iwai (“Swallowtail Butterfly“/”Hana and Alice“). Story for the film follows Nanami Minagawa (Haru Kuroki) who decides to get married and hires an agency run by Amuro (Gou Ayano) to place people at her wedding as her family members. Later, she gets kicked out of her house and works odd part-time jobs for Amuro.

In addition, the first teaser trailer for “The Bride of Rip Van Winkle” can be viewed at AsianWiki. “The Bride of Rip Van Winkle” will be released March 26, 2016 in Japan.

Nov 11 2015

Masaharu Fukuyama & Fumi Nikaido cast in movie “Scoop!”

Masaharu Fukuyama & Fumi Nikaido are cast in new movie “Scoop!” The film is a remake of 1985 film “Tosha 1/250 byo Out of Focus” written and directed by Masato Harada. “Scoop!” will be directed by Hitoshi One (“Love Strikes!”). Also cast in supporting roles are Yo Yoshida, Kenichi Takito & Lily Franky.

Story for “Scoop!” has Masaharu Fukuyama playing a freelance paparazzi photographer. He is pretty good at his craft, but gambling has led him into debt. He then teams up with a rookie reporter played by Fumi Nikaido, who works at his old weekly magazine place of employment, to chase after a major scoop.

“Scoop!” will be released next autumn in Japan.

Nov 10 2015

supporting cast revealed for movie “Tono, Risoku de Gozaru!”

Additional cast members have been revealed for upcoming movie “Tono, Risoku de Gozaru” starring Sadao Abe, Eita, Satoshi Tsumabuki and Karen Iwata. The newly announced supporting actors are: Yuko Takeuchi, Ryuhei Matsuda, Yasufumi Terawaki, Yudai Chiba, Kitaro, Ichiro Hashimoto, Ken Nakamoto, Masahiko Nishimura, Mitsuko Kusabue and Tsutomu Yamazaki. The period film is based on a story from 2012 novel “Mushi no Nihonjin” by Michifumi Isoda and is directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura.

Story for the film follows local residents in Edo era Japan as they deal with a financial crisis. The residents come up with an idea of loaning money out and distributing the interest to its residents.

“Tono, Risoku de Gozaru!” will be released May 14, 2016 in Japan.

Nov 6 2015

2nd teaser trailer for Takashi Miike’s live-action film “Terra Formars”

2nd teaser trailer for upcoming live-action film “Terra Formars” starring Hideaki Ito, Emi Takei, Takayuki Yamada & Shun Oguri. The teaser trailer features the main characters for the first time and also briefly reveals the genetically mutated cockroaches. “Terra Formars” is based on manga series “Tera Fomazu” by Yu Sasuga and directed by Takashi Miike (“13 Assassins“).

“Terra Formars” will be released April 29, 2016 in Japan.

Nov 6 2015

Haruka Ayase & Takumi Saito cast live-action film “Kodaike no Hitobito”

Haruka Ayase and Takumi Saito are cast upcoming live-action film “Kodaike no Hitobito.” Also cast in the romantic-comedy are Kiko Mizuhara, Shotaro Mamiya, Mao Daichi and Masachika Ichimura. The movie is based on manga “Kodaike no Hitobito” by Kozueko Morimoto (“Gokusen“) and directed by Masato Hijikata (“The After-Dinner Mysteries“).

Story for “Kodaike no Hitobito” follows the romance between a typical OL (Haruka Ayase) with a large scale imagination and a higher level co-worker (Takumi Saito) who is telepathic. Their romance then experiences turbulence due to his family.

“Kodaike no Hitobito” will be released June, 2016 in Japan.

Nov 5 2015

Junichi Okada cast in movie “A Man Called Pirate”

Junichi Okada (‘V6’) is cast in new movie “A Man Called Pirate.” The film is based on 2012 novel “”Kaizoku to Yobareta Otoko” by Naoki Hyakuta and directed by Takashi Yamazaki (“Always: Sunset on Third Street“/”The Eternal Zero“).

Story for “A Man Called Pirate” follows a businessman (Junichi Okaada) as he encounters financial troubles due to the end of World War 2. He then finds success in the oil industry.

“A Man Called Pirate” will be released sometime during winter, 2016 in Japan.