Nov 25 2015

Main trailer for movie “Hotel Copain”

Main trailer added for upcoming film “Hotel Copain” starring Hayato Ichihara, Yoshimasa Kondo, Hikaru Osawa & Goki Maeda. Movie is directed by Naoto Monma and screenplay by Lion Hitoshizuku. Story for the film has Hayato Ichihara playing a former teacher who now works at a hotel. He quit his job after his inability to handle student bullying. A student of his committed suicide because of the bullying. Meanwhile, the hotel hosts a party for guests and the mother of the deceased student is there.

“Hotel Copain” will be released February 13, 2016 in Japan.

Nov 24 2015

Shun Oguri cast in live-action film “Museum”

Actor Shun Oguri is cast in live-action film “Museum.” The film is based on manga “Museum” by Ryosuke Tomoe and directed by Keishi Ohtomo (“Rurouni Kenshin“). Premise for the film has Shun Oguri playing a detective working on a serial murder case. The murders only take place on rainy days. He then realizes his wife and child are the killer’s next target. The prime suspect wears a frog mask.

Filming for “Museum” began November 8, 2015 and the movie will be released sometime next year in Japan.

Nov 24 2015

Teaser poster and trailer for movie “Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory”

Teaser poster and trailer added for upcoming movie “Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory” starring Aoi Nakamura and Moeka Nozaki. Movie is written and directed by Lisa Takeba (“The Pinkie“). “Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory” had its world premiere at the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam earlier this year and the movie will have its general release December 5, 2015 in Japan. Aoi Nakamura does play a television that is transformed into a person in the quirky film.

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.