2018 Japanese Fantasy Movies! Start from “The Scythian Lamb” Ryo Nishikido and Fumino Kimura
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.
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.
21.03.2018-JP| Laughing Under the Clouds (Donten ni warau)
Laughing Under the Clouds (2018) is a Japanese live-action adventure fantasy historical film based on the manga series Donten ni Warau by Karakara-Kemuri, set after the Meiji Restoration in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, lives the Kumo family, who succeeds the Kumo shrine, have 3 sons. The eldest son is Tenka ( Sota Fukushi), the second is Soramaru and the youngest Chutaro. The 3 brothers attempt to block the power of Orochi. Is a giant snake with enormous power. The giant snake revives once every 300 years and brings disaster to the people. This year is the year of Orochi’s revival.
Meanwhile, special forces Yamainu try to seal again the power of Orochi to bring peace to Japan, but the ninja group “Anyaku” from the Fuma clan begin their move to gain the power of Orochi to overthrow the government. Surrounding the Orochi’s revival a three-way battle takes place between the brothers, special forces Yamainu and ninja group Anyaku from Fuma clan.
Laughing Under the Clouds (2018) is produced by At Movie; Shochiku Company; Shochiku Studio Co., and distributed by Shochiku Company (Japan). Directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro, with Kemuri Karakara and Yûya Takahashi was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Sota Fukushi, Yuma Nakayama, Yuki Furukawa, Ren Kiriyama, Shunsuke Daito, Yuta Koseki, Tomohiro Ichikawa, Masaki Kaji, and Kirato Wakayama. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 21, 2018.
*.*.2018-JP| Kasane (2018)
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.