2018 Best Japanese Musical Movies – Including “Those Years, We Went After You”
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| 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.