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.

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12.01.2018-JP| Itô kun A to E

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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.

03.03.2018-JP| Principal: Am I a Heroine Who Is In Love

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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

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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)

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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.

17.03.2018-JP| Chihayafuru Part 3 (Chihayafuru Conclusion)

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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.

31.03.2018-JP| Honey

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Honey

Honey (2018) is a Japanese comedy drama romance film based on the manga series “Honey” by Amu Meguro, tells Nao Kogure (Yuna Taira), a shy and cute high school student. One day, Taiga Onise (Sho Hirano) asks her “would you like to date with me on the promise that we will get married?” Nao Kogure is unable to turn down his proposal, because she is scared of him. Taiga has red hair and piercing eyes. His appearance gives off the impression that he is a bad boy, but he is actually considerate to others and good at cooking. After getting to know Taiga Onise, Nao Kogure begins to have feelings for him.

Honey (2018) is distributed by Toei; Showgate, and directed by Koji Shintoku, with Amu Meguro was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Sho Hirano, Yuna Taira, Ryusei Yokohama, Kaho Mizutani, Nana Asakawa, Gaku Sano, Asami Usuda, Shinobu Nakayama, Yu Takahashi, and Tadashi Sakata. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 31, 2018.

*.03.2018-JP| Dynamite Graffiti (Suteki na Dainamaito Sukyandaru)

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Suteki na Dainamaito Sukyandaru

Dynamite Graffiti (2018) is a Japanese drama film based on the autobiographical essay Suteki na Dainamaito Sukyandaru by Akira Suei, tells about Suei (Tasuku Emoto), when she was little his mother had an affair with a young man who lived next door. Suei’s mother and the young man killed themselves by using dynamite. After Suei graduated from high school, he worked at a factory before quitting his job. He then went to Tokyo and began working in the erotic magazine industry. Suei eventually became the chief editor of a famous erotic magazine in the 1980’s.

Dynamite Graffiti (2018) is distributed by Tokyo Theatres, and directed by Masanori Tominaga, with Akira Suei and Masanori Tominaga was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Tasuku Emoto, Atsuko Maeda, Toko Miura, Machiko Ono, Kazunobu Mineta, Yutaka Matsushige, and Jun Murakami. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March, 2018.

*.04.2018-JP| Crayon Shin-chan: Burst Serving! Kung Fu Boys ~Ramen Rebellion~ (Kureyon Shinchan: Bakumori! Kanfū Bōizu ~Rāmen Tairan~)

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Kureyon Shinchan: Bakumori! Kanfū Bōizu ~Rāmen Tairan~

Crayon Shin-chan: Burst Serving! Kung Fu Boys ~Ramen Rebellion~ (2018) is a Japanese action comedy drama Sci-fi film based on the manga series Crayon Shin-chan written and illustrated by Yoshito Usui, depictured Shin-chan all set to challenge Kung Fu in the Chinatown of Kasukabe city, known as “Aiyā Town”. Shinnosuke and Kasukabe Defence Group are going to put up a totally no-stunt Kung Fu challenge on the stage. It is the 26th film of the popular comedy manga and anime series Crayon Shin-chan.

Crayon Shin-chan: Burst Serving! Kung Fu Boys ~Ramen Rebellion~ (2018) is produced by Shin-Ei Animation; TV Asahi; ADK; Futabasha, and distributed by Toho. Directed by Wataru Takahashi, with Kimiko Ueno and Yoshito Usui was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Akiko Yajima and Miki Narahashi. The film premiere(d) in Japan on April 2018.

*.05.2018-JP| Run Through Sea (Umi wo kakeru)

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Umi wo kakeru

Run Through Sea (2018) is a Japanese-Indonesian drama film that tells about an Indonesian town by the sea has been ruined by war and tsunami. A man is found on the coast there by Atsuko (Mayu Tsuruta) and her son Takashi (Taiga). They are working in disaster recovery. The man speaks poor Japanese and Indonesian. They name him Rau which means sea in Indonesian and protect him. Soon, Rau is connected with many miraculous cases.

Run Through Sea (2018) is distributed by Tokyo Theatres, directed and written by Kôji Fukada. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Dean Fujioka, Mayu Tsuruta, Taiga, and Junko Abe. The film premiere(d) in Japan on May, 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| Kasane (2018)

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Kasane

Kasane (2018) is a Japanese action drama fantasy mystery thriller film based on the manga series of the same name by Daruma Matsuura, about Kasane, an ugly girl who is severely bullied by her classmates because of her appearance; making things worse, Kasane’s mother was a beautiful actress to whom Kasane is a dark contrast, even though she is as talented as her mother. Kasane has excellent acting skills as well, but she is not attractive. She has a hard time due to her unattractiveness.

However, one day Kasane’s mother dies and leaves her a tube of lipstick, which Kasane finds is magical: if she applies the lipstick and kisses someone, she takes that person’s face. Then, Kasane makes a deal with Nina Tanzawa, a beautiful lady who wants to be an actress but isn’t talented enough. Kasane finds success and appreciation as Nina, but Nina eventually wants to be recognized for herself. How long can Kasane continue her act, and how desperate will she become to keep her success?

Kasane (2018) is directed by Yûichi Satô, with Toshikazu Uehara as producer(s). Meanwhile, Daruma Matsuura and Tsutomu Kuroiwa was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Tao Tsuchiya and Kyoko Yoshine. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Marmalade Boy (Mamaredo Boi)

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Mamaredo Boi

Marmalade Boy (2018) is a Japanese comedy drama romantic film based on the manga series of the same name by Wataru Yoshizumi about Miki (Hinako Sakurai), a high school student. One day, her parents tell her that they are going to divorce and swap partners with the Matsuuras, a couple they met on a trip to Hawaii. Miki’s parents also tell her that the Matsuura couple have a son named Yuu (Ryo Yoshizawa). They will all live together in the same house. After that, the two families begin to live together and Miki becomes attracted to Yuu. He does not talk much, but is kind person.

Marmalade Boy (2018) is produced by Plus D, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Ryūichi Hiroki, with Wataru Yoshizumi and Taeko Asano was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Hinako Sakurai and Ryô Yoshizawa. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| My Little Monster (Tonari no kaibutsu kun)

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Tonari no kaibutsu kun

My Little Monster (2018) is a Japanese comedy drama romance film based on the manga series of the same name by Robico, tells Haru Yoshida is a high school student who viewed as a problem child with an unpredictable behavior. He also doesn’t have any friends. Shizuku Mizutani is a high school student who studies too much. She is cold and also doesn’t have any friends. Haru Yoshida and Shizuku Mizutani sit next to each other in a classroom. A small thing causes Haru Yoshida to have feelings for Shizuku Mizutani. He confesses to her about how he feels.

My Little Monster (2018) is produced by Toho Pictures, and distributed by Toho Company. Directed by Shô Tsukikawa, with Robico and Arisa Kaneko was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Masaki Suda and Tao Tsuchiya. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Deizu)

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Nijiiro Deizu

Rainbow Days (2018) is a Japanese comedy drama musical romance film based on the manga series of the same name by Minami Mizuno, tells a group of high school students. They are very close friends, even though they have different personalities and hobbies. Their days are spent happily and vibrantly. Natsuki Hashiba gets a crush on female high school student Anna Kobayakawa and their daily lives begin to change. They are Natsuki Hashiba (Reo Sano), Tomoya Matsunaga (Taishi Nakagawa), Tsuyoshi Naoe (Mahiro Takasugi) and Keiichi Katakura (Ryusei Yokohama).

Rainbow Days (2018) is produced by Shochiku Company, and distributed by Shochiku Company (Japan). Directed by Ken Iizuka, with Minami Mizuno, Rika Nezu, and Ken Iizuka was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Reo Sano, Taishi Nakagawa, Mahiro Takasugi, and Ryusei Yokohama. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Sunny: Strong Mind Strong Love (Sunny: Tsuyoi Kimochi Tsuyoi Ai)

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Sunny: Tsuyoi Kimochi Tsuyoi Ai

Sunny: Strong Mind Strong Love (2018) is a Japanese comedy drama romance film as remake of the 2011 film directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol Sunny, tells a 40-year-old housewife, Nami (Ryoko Shinohara) meets her high school friend Serika (Yoko Maki) for the first time in many years, but Serika now has terminal cancer. Serika tells Nami that she wants to meet her old friends from the “Sunny” club before she dies. Nami attempts to round up their friends for a reunion. The film alternates between two timelines: the present day where the women are middle-aged, and the 1980s when they were in high school.

Sunny: Strong Mind Strong Love (2018) is produced by CJ E&M; Office Crescendo, and distributed by Toho Company (Japan). Directed by Hitoshi Ône, with Genki Kawamura as producer. Meanwhile, Hyeong-Cheol Kang and Hitoshi Ône was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Ryôko Shinohara, Suzu Hirose, Yôko Maki, Eiko Koike, Rie Tomosaka, and Naomi Watanabe. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 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| 3D Kanojo Real Girl (3D Kanojo Riaru Garu)

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3D Kanojo Riaru Garu

3D Kanojo Real Girl (2018) is a Japanese drama comedy romance film based on the manga series of the same name by Mao Nanami, tells Hikaru Tsutsui (Hayato Sano), a high school student, who enjoys animation and video games in the virtual world, but he doesn’t enjoy his real life. People at his school don’t even know he exists. One day, he cleans up the pool at his school with beautiful Iroha Ikarashi (Ayami Nakajo). Iroha Ikarashi approaches Hikaru Tsutsui and confesses that she likes him.

3D Kanojo Real Girl (2018) is distributed by Warner Bros.. Directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa, with Mao Nanami was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Ayami Nakajo and Hayato Sano. 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| Anoko no Toriko

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Anoko no Toriko

Anoko no Toriko (2018) is a Japanese drama comedy film based on the manga series of the same name by Yuki Shiraishi, about Yori Suzuki (Ryo Yoshizawa), Shizuku Tachibana (Yuko Araki) and Subaru Tojo (Yosuke Sugino) who had been friends when they were children. They promised that they would all become stars, but they moved away.

Now, Yori Suzuki is a high school student. He looks rather plain with glasses, but Shizuku Tachibana is a popular model and Subaru Tojo is a popular actor. Yori Suzuki decides to pursue his dream. He also has feelings for Shizuku Tachibana and transfers to the high school where she attends. Yori and Shizuku meet again. Yori becomes an assistant for Shizuku on her CM shootings. He happens to appear in a CM and gains popularity as the “mysterious boy.”

Meanwhile, Shizuku Tachibana and Subaru Tojo are cast for a stage performance. When the curtain drops after their successful first performance, Subaru Tojo confesses his feelings to Shizuku Tachibana. Yori Suzuki also overhears his words.

Anoko no Toriko (2018) is distributed by Showgate, and directed by Ryô Miyawaki, with Yuki Shiraishi and Taeko Asano was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include(s): Ryo Yoshizawa, Yuko Araki, and Yosuke Sugino. 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)

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

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)

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

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)

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

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| Hard Core (Hado Koa)

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

Hado Koa

Hard Core (2018) is a Japanese drama mystery film based on the manga series Hado Koa Heisei Jigoku Burazazu by Takashi Imashiro, tells about Ukon Gondo (Takayuki Yamada), who does not get along well with people. He digs for gold deep in the mountains in Gunma Prefecture. The only person he is friendly with is fellow gold miner Ushiyama (YosiYosi Arakawa). Ukon and Ushiyama began to work together by the arrangement of a mysterious person. Ukon’s younger brother Sakon (Takeru Satoh) works at a trading company. Sakon worries about his older brother, but he also envies a little bit his carefree lifestyle. One day, Ukon and Ushiyama find an old robot at an abandoned factory where Ushiyama lives. Sakon looks at the old robot and discovers the robot is able to perform remarkably well.

Hard Core (2018) is directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita, with Takayuki Yamada as producer. Meanwhile, Takashi Imashiro was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Takayuki Yamada, Takeru Satoh, and YosiYosi Arakawa. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| Ikiru Machi

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

Ikiru Machi

Ikiru Machi (2018) is a Japanese drama film that tells about Chieko Sato (Mari Natsuki), lives in the seaside town of Ishinomaki where she was born and raised. She has lived a happy life with her fisherman husband and 2 children. Her life changed after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Her husband has not come back since that day and the lives of her two children have been damaged. Do-Hyun (Lee Jong-Hyun) once lived in Ishinomaki, but he went back to South Korea. He returns to the seaside town and tells Chieko Sato something about her husband that she did not know.

Ikiru Machi (2018) is distributed by ARK Entertainment; Uzumasa, and directed by Hideo Sakaki. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Mari Natsuki and Lee Jong-Hyun. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

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

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

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| Love X Doc (2018)

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

Love X Doc

Love X Doc (2018) is a Japanese drama comedy film that tells about lives a 40-year-old pastry chef who runs a sweets store named Asuka Goda (Yo Yoshida). She works with pastry chef Seiya Hanada (Shuhei Nomura), who is younger than her, and Kenichi Gonda (Atsushi Shinohara), who wants to become a pastry chef. One day, Seiya Hanada confesses to Asuka Goda about his feelings for her. Her situation brings back bad memories to what happened 5 years earlier. At that time, Asuka Goda was in an affair with store owner Junji Awai (Kotaro Yoshida) and also in a relationship with gym trainer Shunsuke Nomura (Hiroshi Tamaki).

Love X Doc (2018) is directed by Osamu Suzuki, with Masako Yamada as producer. Meanwhile, Osamu Suzuki was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Yo Yoshida, Shuhei Nomura, Atsushi Shinohara, Kotaro Yoshida, and Hiroshi Tamaki. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

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

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

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)

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

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)

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

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.

*.*.2018-JP| Ui Love (Ui Rabu; First Love)

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

Ui Rabu; First Love

Ui Love (2018) is a Japanese drama film based on the manga series Ui Rabu -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- by Yukimo Hoshimori, tells about Rin (Sho Hirano), Yuu (Hinako Sakurai), Koyomi (Tina Tamashiro) and Keita (Hayato Isomura), are friends at high school. They all live in the same apartment building. Rin and Yuu like each other, but they don’t tell each other how they feel. To hide his feelings for Yuu, Rin often makes biting remarks to her. Yuu doesn’t know that Rin likes her and she isn’t confident enough to tell him her feelings. Kazuma (Kentaro) then appears in front of them.

Ui Love (2018) is directed by Yuichi Sato, with Yukimo Hoshimori and Natsuko Takahashi was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Sho Hirano, Hinako Sakurai, Tina Tamashiro, Hayato Isomura, and Kentaro. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends to be Dead (Ie ni Kaeru to Tsuma ga Kanarazu Shinda Furi wo Shite Imasu)

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

Ie ni Kaeru to Tsuma ga Kanarazu Shinda Furi wo Shite Imasu

When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends to be Dead (2018) is a Japanese drama film based on a 2010 response by username K.Kajunsky on a Yahoo! Answers topic about his wife’s eccentric behavior. Tells when salaryman Jun (Ken Yasuda) gets home, he finds his wife Chie (Nana Eikura) bleeding from her mouth and lying on the floor. He is shocked by the scene, but it turns out the blood is just ketchup and she is pretending to be dead. Without telling him why, Chie pretends to be dead everyday. Jun is dumbfounded by his wife’s behavior, but he begins to feel uneasy with her.

When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends to be Dead (2018) is distributed by Kadokawa Pictures, directed by Toshio Lee, with PK.Kajunsky Ichida and Fumi Tsubota was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Nana Eikura and Ken Yasuda . The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

*.*.2018-JP| You tachi Happy Eigaban Himawari

The 2018 Best Japanese Movies to Watch

You tachi Happy Eigaban Himawari

You tachi Happy Eigaban Himawari (2018) is a Japanese drama film, exposes two female high school students who live in Nasukarasuyama, Japan. They help out a local community FM station. The radio station has been set up to help revive the town. Natsuo (Shunsuke Daito) and Ryuji (Takara Sakumoto) came to Nasukarasuyama to run the radio station. They are looking for local material for their program. They learn that the local festival “Yamaage Matsuri” has difficulties in being held. The 2 female high school students struggle to solve the situation.

You tachi Happy Eigaban Himawari (2018) is directed by Toru Sugimoto, with Tatsuya Kanazawa was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Shunsuke Daito, Takara Sakumoto, Tokuma Nishioka, and Narumi Kuranoo. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.