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12.01.2018-JP| Itô kun A to E

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Itô kun A to E

Itô kun A to E (2018) is a Japanese drama comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Asako Yuzuki, is about Seijiro Ito (Masaki Okada) who possesses good looks, but also has an overinflated ego. He gets involved with five different women. Rio Yazaki (Fumino Kimura) is one of the women involved with Seijiro Ito. She wants to revive her career as a screenwriter, by using other people’s unhappiness.

Itô kun A to E (2018) is distributed by Showgate, directed by Ryuichi Hiroki, with Kei Haruna as producer. Meanwhile, Asako Yuzuki and Kôhei Kiyasu was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Masaki Okada, Fumino Kimura, Nozomi Sasaki, Mirai Shida, Elaiza Ikeda, Kaho, Kei Tanaka, and Tomoya Nakamura. The film premiere(d) in Japan on January 12, 2018.

27.01.2018-JP| The Crimes That Bind (Inori no Maku ga Oriru Toki)

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Inori no Maku ga Oriru Toki

The Crimes That Bind (2018) is a Japanese crime mystery film based on the novel Inori no Maku ga Oriru Toki by Keigo Higashino, tells about Michiko Oshitani, who lived in Shiga Prefecture, is found dead at an apartment in Tokyo. She was strangled to death. Mutsuo Koshikawa is the owner of the apartment and he goes missing. Detectives including Yuhei Matsumiya (Junpei Mizobata), who is a cousin of Detective Kyoichiro Kaga (Hiroshi Abe), have difficulties in solving the case. They can’t find a connection between Michiko Oshitani and Mutsuo Koshikawa.

They soon learn that Michiko Oshitani came to Tokyo to visit Hiromi Asai (Nanako Matsushima). They graduated from the same school, but there isn’t a connection between Hiromi Asai and Mutsuo Koshikawa. Detective Yuhei Matsumiya finds something near Michiko Oshitani’s body. That something has the names of 12 bridges surrounding the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Detective Kyoichiro Kaga learns of the clue and becomes agitated. There’s a connection with his late mother.

The Crimes That Bind (2018) is distributed by Toho, and directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa, with Keigo Higashino was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Hiroshi Abe, Nanako Matsushima, Junpei Mizobata, Rena Tanaka, Midoriko Kimura, Setsuko Karasuma, Shota Shunputei and Takuma Otoo. The film premiere(d) in Japan on January 27, 2018.

03.03.2018-JP| Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island

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Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island

Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island (2018) is a Japanese action adventure children’s drama film based on manga series Doraemon written and illustrated by Fujiko F. Fujio and a Treasure Island novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, tells about the adventures of Doraemon, Nobita, Shizuka, Gian, and Suneo set out in the Caribbean Sea. Nobita is the captain of a ship and fights his enemies on board. Shizuka gets kidnapped, and a storm impedes their journey. Mini-Dora help Nobita and friends on their journey. When the adventurers finally find the mysterious Treasure Island, they discover it is more than just an ordinary island.

Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island (2018) is produced by Shin-Ei Animation, and distributed by Toho. Directed by Kazuaki Imai, with Fujiko Fujio and Genki Kawamura was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Wasabi Mizuta, Megumi Ohara, Yumi Kakazu, Tomokazu Seki, and Subaru Kimura. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 3, 2018.

10.03.2018-JP| Last Winter, We Parted (Kyonen no fuyu, kimi to wakare)

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Kyonen no fuyu, kimi to wakare

Last Winter, We Parted (2018) is a Japanese drama fantasy romance film based on the novel Kyonen no Fuyu, Kimi to Wakare by Fuminori Nakamura, tells Kyosuke Yakumo (Takanori Iwata) who works as a reportage writer. His fiance is Yuriko Matsuda (Mizuki Yamamoto) and they will marry soon. For his next book, Kyosuke Yakumo begins research on a burned to death murder case involving a beautiful blind woman. The suspect in the case is photographer Zakayudai Kihara (Takumi Saito). What happen nexts?

Last Winter, We Parted (2018) is produced by C&I Entertainment, and distributed by Warner Bros. (Japan). Directed by Tomoyuki Takimoto, with Tetsuya Oishi and Fuminori Nakamura was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Takanori Iwata, Mizuki Yamamoto, Kazuki Kitamura, Takumi Saito, and Reina Asami. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 10, 2018.

*.05.2018-JP| Yuuzai (Friend Sin)

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Yuuzai

Yuuzai (2018) is a Japanese drama mystery film based on the novel of the same title by Gaku Yakumaru, about Masuda (Toma Ikuta) who hoped to become a journalist, but he did not achieve his dream. Instead, he begins to work at a small factory. There, Masuda meets co-worker Suzuki (Eita). Suzuki doesn’t like to talk with anyone around him and he doesn’t talk about his past with anyone. Masuda and Suzuki, being roughly the same age and develop a friendship. Due to an incident, Masuda suspects Suzuki is the serial killer responsible for killing children 17 years ago.

Yuuzai (2018) is distributed by Gaga Corporation, directed by Takahisa Zeze, with Gaku Yakumaru was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Toma Ikuta and Eita. The film premiere(d) in Japan on May, 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Those Years, We Went After You (Ano Koro, Kimi wo Oikaketa)

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Ano Koro, Kimi wo Oikaketa

Those Years, We Went After You (2018) is a Japanese drama musical romance film based on the novel Na Xie Nian, Wo Men Yi Qi Zhui De Nu Hai by Giddens Ko, tells about Kosuke Mizushima (Yuki Yamada), a high school student at a provincial city and enjoys a comfortable life. One day, due to Kosuke Mizushima’s excessive joke, his class is interrupted. The teacher gets upset and makes model student Mai Hayase (Asuka Saito) keep an eye on Kosuke Mizushima. Kosuke Mizushima and his 4 friends all had crushes on Mai when they were in middle school. Due to a small incident, Kosuke Mizushima and Mai Hayase get close. The film was also becomes a remake of the 2011 Taiwan Movies You Are the Apple of My Eye (Na Xie Nian, Wo Men Yi Qi Zhui De Nu Hai) which is directed by Giddens Ko itself.

Those Years, We Went After You (2018) is directed by Yasuo Hasegawa, with Giddens Ko and Kenzaburo Iida was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Yuki Yamada, Asuka Saito, Honoka Matsumoto, Takara Sakumoto, Naoki Kunishima, and Keisuke Nakata. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Forest of Sheep and Steel (Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori)

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Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori

Forest of Sheep and Steel (2018) is a Japanese comedy drama musical film based on the novel of the same name by Natsu Miyashita, tells the story about a high school student who lives in Hokkaido, Naoki Tomura (Kento Yamazaki), meets piano tuner Soichiro Itadori (Tomokazu Miura) at his school. Naoki could smell the forest from the piano tuned by Soichiro. Naoki is touched by his work and begins to work at the musical instruments store where Soichiro works. Naoki develops relationships with many people related with the piano and he meets Kazune and Yuni. They are sister pianists and high school students.

Forest of Sheep and Steel (2018) is directed by Kôjirô Hashimoto, with Natsu Miyashita was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Kento Yamazaki, Macaulay Callard, and Tomokazu Miura. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Recall (The Flying Tire; Soratobu Taiya)

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The Flying Tire; Soratobu Taiya

Recall (2018) is a Japanese drama film based on the novel Soratobu Taiya by Jun Ikeido, about a businessman who runs a company engaged in transportation, Tokuro Akamatsu (Tomoya Nagase). One day, a truck owned by Tokuro Akamatsu is involved in an accident. A tire came off the truck and killed passengers in another car. At first, Tokuro Akamatsu doubts that poor maintenance was the cause and he soon discovers a defect in the truck. Tokuro Akamatsu demands a reexamination by car manufacturer Hopu. The company moves slowly in their reexamination which causes Tokuro Akamatsu to investigate the issue by himself. He uncovers a truth that the Hopu is trying to hide.

Recall (2018) is produced by Shochiku Company; Shochiku Studio Co., and distributed by Shochiku Company (Japan). Directed by Katsuhide Motoki, with Jun Ikeido and Tamio Hayashi was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Tomoya Nagase, Dean Fujioka, Issei Takahashi, Kyoko Fukada, Ittoku Kishibe, Takashi Sasano, Yasufumi Terawaki, Eiko Koike, Aran Abe, and Tsuyoshi Muro. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Call Boy (Shônen)

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Shônen

Call Boy (2018) is a Japanese drama comedy based on the novel of the same name by Ira Ishida that tells about Ryo Morinaka (Tori Matsuzaka), a university student who works part-time at a bar. He is bored with his daily life and exists in a state of torpor. One day, his friend Shinya Tajima brings the owner of a host bar over to the place where Ryo Morinaka works. Shizuka Mido is the owner of the host bar. Soon, Ryo Morinaka begins to work for Shizuka Mido at the members only host bar. He feels embarrassment initially, but he fulfills the desires of women and develops a sense of purpose.

Call Boy (2018) is produced by Fuji Television Network; Kyodo Television, and distributed by Toho Company (Japan). Directed by Daisuke Miura, with Ira Ishida and Tsutomu Kuroiwa was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Tori Matsuzaka. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Laplace’s Witch (Rapurasu no majo)

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Rapurasu no majo

Laplace’s Witch (2018) is a Japanese drama mystery thriller film based on the novel Rapurasu no Majo by Keigo Higashino, tells about two people are poisoned to death by hydrogen sulfide at hot springs located in different regions. The police ask Professor Shusuke Aoe (Sho Sakurai), who is a geochemist, to determine whether the deaths were caused by freak accidents or were murders. While investigating the cases, Shusuke Aoe comes across Madoka Uhara (Suzu Hirose). She guesses correctly that a natural phenomenon will take place. The police begin to suspect Madoka might be related to the deaths and a 3rd case takes place.

Laplace’s Witch (2018) is produced by Oriental Light and Magic (OLM); Rakueisha; Toho Pictures, and distributed by Toho Company (Japan). Directed by Takashi Miike, with Keigo Higashino and Hiroyuki Yatsu was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Sho Sakurai, Suzu Hirose, Sota Fukushi, Tao, Masanobu Takashima, Mirai Shida, Eriko Sato, Rei Dan, Hiroshi Tamaki, Lily Franky, and Etsushi Toyokawa. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Criminal for the Prosecution (Kensatsugawa no zainin)

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Kensatsugawa no zainin

Criminal for the Prosecution (2018) is a Japanese drama mystery film based on the novel Kensatsugawa no Zainin by Shusuke Shizukui, depictured Keiichiro Okino (Kazunari Ninomiya), Young Public Prosecutor who assigned to the department of Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office which deals with violent cases. He is thrilled to work with Takeshi Mogami (Takuya Kimura) whom he admires. One day, an elderly money lender is killed and Shigeo Matsukura is identified as a suspect. He borrowed money from the victim. In his past, Shigeo Matsukura testified in a female middle school murder case. Takeshi Mogami is aware of the heavy grief carried by the deceased girl’s family and he tries his best to prove Shigeo Matsukura’s guilt.

Criminal for the Prosecution (2018) is produced by Toho Company; Toho Pictures, and distributed by Toho Company (Japan). Directed by Masato Harada, with Shusuke Shizukui was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include(s): Takuya Kimura, Kazunari Ninomiya, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Yutaka Matsushige, Takehiro Hira, Norito Yashima, Koji Ookura, and Tsutomu Yamazaki. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Fumiko’s Feet (Fumiko no Ashi)

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Fumiko no Ashi

Fumiko’s Feet (2018) is a Japanese drama film based on the novel Fumiko no Ashi by Junichiro Tanizaki, about old man named Tsukakoshi. His mistress is Geisha Fumiko and he is fascinated by her beautiful feet. He requests Unokichi to paint a picture of Fumiko as model. This movie is the second film in a 3 part project titled “Tanizaki Tribute.” All three 3 films are based on novels by Junichiro Tanizaki.

Fumiko’s Feet (2018) is produced by Libertas (co-production); TBS Service, and distributed by TBS Service (Japan). Directed by Atsushi Ueda, with Tomohiko Satô as producers. Meanwhile, Jun’ichirô Tanizaki was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Moemi Katayama, Yasushi Fuchikami, and Denden. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| The Longest Picture In The World (Sekai de Ichiban Nagi Shashin)

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Sekai de Ichiban Nagi Shashin

The Longest Picture In The World (2018) is a Japanese drama film based on the novel Sekai de Ichiban Nagi Shashin by Tetsuya Honda, tells Hironobu (Mahiro Takasugi) who goes through his boring days aimlessly. Until he finds a camera at a recycle shop which is owned by his grandfather. The camera is able to take the longest panoramic photo. Hironobu’s life soon changes.

The Longest Picture In The World (2018) is distributed by Starcat; Canter, and directed by Shogo Kusano, with Tetsuya Honda was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Mahiro Takasugi and Rina Takeda. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Nakimushi Shottan no Kiseki

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Nakimushi Shottan no Kiseki

Nakimushi Shottan no Kiseki (2018) is a Japanese drama film based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Shoji Segawa, about a quiet and inconspicuous boy, but, for the first time, he is recognized by people after winning the National Middle School Shogi Tournament. At the age of 26, Shoji Segawa (Ryuhei Matsuda) has a dream of becoming a professional shogi player collapses due to an age restriction. After he quits playing shogi, he becomes desperate. With the support of his peers, including Yuya Suzuki (Yojiro Noda), and his love of shogi, Shoji Segawa begins to play shogi again. A miracle happens to him.

Nakimushi Shottan no Kiseki (2018) is produced by F Project; Wowow Films, and directed by Toshiaki Toyoda, with Kyôichi Mori as producer. Meanwhile, Shôji Segawa and Toshiaki Toyoda was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Ryuhei Matsuda and Yojiro Noda. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Sleeping or Waking (Netemosametemo)

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Netemosametemo

Sleeping or Waking (2018) is a Japanese drama film based on the novel Netemosametemo by Tomoka Shibasaki, about a 21-year-old woman named Asako (Erika Karata), living in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku (Masahiro Higashide) who has a free spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. 2 years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and she meets meets Ryohei (Masahiro Higashide). He looks just like her ex-boyfriend Baku, but he has a completely different personality. Ryohei is a salaryman, with a sincere personality, and Asako falls in love with Ryohei.

Sleeping or Waking (2018) is produced by C&I Entertainment, and distributed by Bitters End (Japan). Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, with Tomoka Shibasaki was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Masahiro Higashide, Erika Karata, Koji Seto, Rio Yamashita, Sairi Itoh, Daichi Watanabe, Koji Nakamoto, and Misako Tanaka. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Tabineko Report (Tabineko Ripoto)

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Tabineko Ripoto

Tabineko Report (2018) is a Japanese drama film based on the novel Tabineko Ripoto by Hiro Arikawa, tells about a young man with a warm heart Satoru (Sota Fukushi), has a cat named Nana, but, due to circumstances, he can’t raise Nana anymore. He travels with Nana to find a person who will take care of Nana. During his travels, he meets various people like his childhood friend and his first love. His unknown past and secret are revealed.

Tabineko Report (2018) is distributed by Shochiku, and directed by Kôichirô Miki, with Hiro Arikawa and Emiko Hiramatsu was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Sôta Fukushi. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.