39 Anticipated Japanese Drama Movies of 2018! Including “Rainbow Days” Reo Sano, Taishi Nakagawa, Mahiro Takasugi, and Ryusei Yokohama
Do you like Japanese drama movies? Of course you like it, therefore you are here. So, here’s the Japanese dramas you’ve been waiting for: Starting from Itô kun A to E until You tachi Happy Eigaban Himawari.
12.01.2018-JP| 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.
20.01.2018-JP| Woman Who Loves Lie (Uso wo Aisuru Onna)
Woman Who Loves Lie (2018) is a Japanese drama mystery film that tells about Yukari Kawahara (Masami Nagasawa) who works at a drink manufacturer. She works hard and achieves recognition for her work. Yukari Kawahara is dating research doctor Kippei Koide (Issei Takahashi). They have lived together for 5 years. One day, Kippei Koide collapses from a brain hemorrhage. Yukari Kawahara soon learns that everything she knew about her boyfriend was a lie. She hires private detective Takumi Kaibara (Kotaro Yoshida) to investigate Kippei Koide.
Woman Who Loves Lie (2018) is produced by Robot Communications, and distributed by Toho Company (Japan). Directed by Kazuhito Nakae, with Koichi Murakami as producers. Meanwhile, Nozomi Kondo and Kazuhito Nakae was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Masami Nagasawa, Issei Takahashi, Kotaro Yoshida, Daigo, Rina Kawaei, and Hitomi Kuroki. The film premiere(d) in Japan on January 20, 2018.
01.02.2018-JP| Impossibility Defense (Funohan)
Impossibility Defense (2018) is a Japanese action drama mystery film based on the manga series “Funohan” written by Arata Miyatsuki and illustrated by Yuya Kanzaki, tells a contract killer Tadashi Usobuki (Tori Matsuzaka), and nobody knows about his past. He receives requests from clients who are filled with desire or hate. He carries out his work using methods like the power of suggestion which makes the killings nearly impossible to trace.
Impossibility Defense (2018) is distributed by Showgate, and irected by Kôji Shiraishi, with Junpei Yamaoka, Koji Shiraishi, Yûya Kanzaki and Arata Miyatsuki was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Tori Matsuzaka, Erika Sawajiri, Mackenyu Arata, Shotaro Mamiya, Tet Wada, Tetsuya Sugaya, Sae Okazaki, Erina Mano, Shugo Oshinari, Kensei Mikami, Kyoka Minakami, Hiroki Konno, Akane Hotta, Sei Ashina, and Akiko Yada. The film premiere(d) in Japan on February 1, 2018.
03.02.2018-JP| The Scythian Lamb (Hitsuji no Ki)
The Scythian Lamb (2018) is a Japanese drama fantasy mystery thriller film based on the manga series “Hitsuji no Ki” written by Tatsuhiko Yamagami & illustrated by Mikio Igarashi, about 6 strangers who move into the decaying port city of Uobuka and the city clerk Hajime Tsukisue (Ryo Nishikido) receives an order to accept them. Around this time, Fumi (Fumino Kimura), who graduated from the same high school as Hajime, comes back to Uobuka. Something seems amiss about the 6 strangers. They act uncomfortably and do not look normal. They also have a suspicious companion.
Hajime learns more shocking details about the 6 strangers. These strangers are ex-prisoners who all committed murder. Due to a new parole system, the 6 prisoners are relocated to Uobuka. The residents are not supposed to know about their criminal backgrounds, but the residents’ lives begin to change due to the strangers.
The Scythian Lamb (2018) is distributed by Asmik Ace Entertainment, and directed by Daihachi Yoshida, with Tatsuhiko Yamagami and Mikio Igarashi was applies as writer(s). Cast for the main characters in the film include(s): Ryo Nishikido, Fumino Kimura, Kazuki Kitamura, Yuka, Mikako Ichikawa, Shingo Mizusawa, Min Tanaka, Ryuhei Matsuda, and Tamae Ando. The film premiere(d) in Japan on February 3, 2018.
24.02.2018-JP| Does The Flower Bloom (Hana wa Saku ka)
Does The Flower Bloom (2018) is a Japanese drama film based on the manga series Hana wa Saku ka by Shoko Hidaka, about Kazuaki Sakurai (Hironari Amano), a 37-year-old man working at an advertising agency. For a CM shooting, he goes to a beautiful house. At the house, he meets Yoichi Mizukawa (Tsurugi Watanabe) while he is painting a picture. Yoichi Mizukawa is a 19-year-old art student. He lives with his cousins in the big old house. Kazuaki Sakurai becomes attracted to Yoichi Mizukawa. Meanwhile, Yoichi Mizukawa is only interested paining, but he begins to take an interest in Kazuaki Sakurai. The two men get closer, but Kazuaki Sakurai gets transferred to Osaka.
Does The Flower Bloom (2018) is distributed by Toei Video. Directed by Kaori Tanimoto, with Shoko Hidaka and Natsuko Takahashi was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Tsurugi Watanabe and Hironari Amano. The film premiere(d) in Japan on February 24, 2018.
03.03.2018-JP| 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.
03.03.2018-JP| Principal: Am I a Heroine Who Is In Love
Principal: Am I a Heroine Who Is In Love (2018) is a Japanese comedy drama romance film based on the manga series “Principal” by Ryo Ikuemi, about Shima Sumitomo (Yuina Kuroshima) lived with mother, after her parents divorced. She felt uncomfortable living with her stepfather and she was unable to hang out with people at her high school. Shima Sumitomo decides to move to Hokkaido where her father lives. At her new high school in Hokkaido, she meets classmate Gen Tatebayashi (Nozomu Kotaki) and Wao Sakurai (Mahiro Takasugi). They are the two most popular boys at her school. A principle of her school is that “Gen and Wao are for everyone.” If anyone breaks the rule, that person will be ostracized. Shima Sumitomo gets closer to Gen and Wao.
Principal: Am I a Heroine Who Is In Love (2018) is directed by Tetsuo Shinohara, with Ryo Ikuemi and Yukiko Mochiji was applies as writer(s). Cast for the main characters in the film include(s): Yuina Kuroshima, Nozomu Kotaki, Mahiro Takasugi, Rina Kawaei, Mizuki Tanimura, Tomohiro Ichikawa, Mashiro Ayano, Shiori Ishikawa, Sawa Suzuki, Miho Shiraishi, Kumi Nakamura, and Hiroyuki Morisaki. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 3, 2018.
10.03.2018-JP| Kids on the Slope
Kids on the Slope (2018) is a Japanese drama historical musical romance film based on the manga series Sakamichi no Apollon by Yuki Kodama, tells Kaoru Nishimi (Yuri Chinen), moves out to Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan because of his father’s work. He is a first grade high school student with an introverted personality. He meets classmates Sentaro Kawabuchi (Taishi Nakagawa), who is labelled as a disorderly student, and Ritsuko Mukae (Nana Komatsu), who is a beautiful student. Kaoru Nishimi falls in love with beautiful Ritsuko Mukae. Kaoru Nishimi is talented with the piano, but he only plays classics. Due to Ritsuko Mukae, Kaoru Nishimi begins to play jazz. To make this movie successful, Yuri Chinen has practiced playing the piano since September, 2016 to play Kaoru Nishimi. Taishi Nakagawa played the drums for approximately one year while in elementary school and he began practicing the drums since July, 2017 to play Sentaro Kawabuchi.
Kids on the Slope (2018) is distributed by Toho; Asmik Ace Entertainment, and directed by Takahiro Miki, with Yuki Kodama and Izumi Takahashi was applies as writer(s). Cast for the main characters in the film include(s): Yuri Chinen, Taishi Nakagawa, Nana Komatsu, Erina Mano, Yorie Yamashita Hokuto Matsumura Toru Nomaguchi Baijaku Nakamura, and Dean Fujioka. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 10, 2018.
10.03.2018-JP| Last Winter, We Parted (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.
17.03.2018-JP| Chihayafuru Part 3 (Chihayafuru Conclusion)
Chihayafuru Part 3 (2018) is a Japanese comedy drama romance sports film based on the manga series Chihayafuru by Yuki Suetsugu, as the third and final installment in Chihayafuru trilogy. Story takes place 2 years after “Chihayafuru Part 2” and Chihaya (Suzu Hirose) is now a high school senior. Chihayafuru has won 2 Manga Taishō (annual Japanese manga award) in 2009.
Chihayafuru Part 3 (2018) is produced by Robot, and distributed by Toho. Directed by Norihiro Koizumi, with Yuki Suetsugu and Norihiro Koizumi was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Suzu Hirose, Shūhei Nomura, Mackenyu Arata, Mone Kamishiraishi, Yūma Yamoto, Yūki Morinaga, Hiroya Shimizu, Mayu Matsuoka, Miyuki Matsuda, and Jun Kunimura. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 17, 2018.