Nov 26 2015

Supporting cast revealed for live-action film “Himitsu The Top Secret”

More cast members has been revealed for upcoming live-action film “Himitsu The Top Secret” starring Toma Ikuta, Masaki Okada, Chiaki Kuriyama and Nao Omori. Supporting cast members now include Tori Matsuzaka, Kippei Shiina, Lily Franky, Koji Ookura, Haruka Kinami and Yusuke Hirayama.

In the live-action movie Tori Matsuzaka will play Katsuhiro Suzuki. His character has been friends with Tsuyoshi Maki (Toma Ikuta) since their college days. They started the 9th Forensics Laboratory. Kippei Shiina will play Koichi Tsuyuguchi. His character is a death-row convict, charged with killing his own family. Lily Franky will play Junichiro Saito. His character is a psychiatrist who is aware of Katsuhiro Suzuki’s past trauma. Lilly Franky’s character of Junichiro Saito is original to the movie and the only character in the film not found in the manga series.

Movie “Himitsu The Top Secret” is based on manga series”Himitsu – Toppu Shiikuretto” by Reiko Shimizu and directed by Keishi Ohtomo (“Rurouni Kenshin“). Release date for “Himitsu The Top Secret” is now set for August, 2016 in Japan.

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 25 2015

Fuji TV to air omnibus drama special “Josei Sakka Mysteries Utsukushiki Mitsu no Uso”

Fuji TV is set to air omnibus drama special “Josei Sakka Mysteries Utsukushiki Mitsu no Uso.” The drama special consists of 3 episodes which are based on stories by popular authors Kanae Minato (“Confessions“), Shion Miura (“The Great Passage“) & Mitsuyo Kakuta (“Rebirth“). Each of these author’s past original works (“Confessions,” “The Great Passage,” and “Rebirth”) are recipients of the “Picture of the Year” and “Best Screenplay” awards at the Japan Academy Prize (Japan’s equivalent to the Academy Awards in the U.S.). The segments will be directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa (“In His Chart“), Ryuichi Hiroki (“Vibrator“) & Takahisa Zeze (“Heaven’s Story“).

Cast members for “Josei Sakka Mysteries Utsukushiki Mitsu no Uso” include Hiromi Nagasaku, Rei Dan, Tao Tsuchiya, Mugi Kadowaki, Kyoka Suzuki, Shinobu Terajima & Shota Sometani. “Josei Sakka Mysteries Utsukushiki Mitsu no Uso” will air January 4, 2015 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.