Top 9 Japanese High School Movies Released in 2018 – Including “Those Years, We Went After You”
*.2.2018-JP| River’s Edge (Ribazu Ejji)
River’s Edge (2018) is a Japanese comedy film based on the manga series of the same title by Kyoko Okazaki, tells about Haruna Wakagusa (Fumi Nikaido), a high school student who lives with her mother. Ichiro Yamada (Ryo Yoshizawa) is “gay” and Haruna’s classmate. He is bullied at school, but Haruna sticks up for Ichiro. They become intimate and Ichiro tells Haruna his secret. He found a dead body along the riverside. A new body is soon found.
River’s Edge (2018) is produced by Kinoshita Group, and distributed by Kino Films (Japan); Kinoshita Group (Japan). Directed by Isao Yukisada, with Kyôko Okazaki and Misaki Setoyama was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Fumi Nikaido, Ryo Yoshizawa, Aoi Morikawa, Shuhei Uesugi, Sumire, and Shiori Doi. The film premiere(d) in Japan on February, 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.
*.*.2018-JP| Rainbow Days (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| Those Years, We Went After You (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)
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)
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| 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| 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.