10 Best Japanese Mystery Movies of 2018 – Including “Hard Core” Takayuki Yamada and Takeru Satoh
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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.
27.01.2018-JP| The Crimes That Bind (Inori no Maku ga Oriru Toki)
The Crimes That Bind (2018) is a Japanese crime mystery film based on the novel Inori no Maku ga Oriru Toki by Keigo Higashino, tells about Michiko Oshitani, who lived in Shiga Prefecture, is found dead at an apartment in Tokyo. She was strangled to death. Mutsuo Koshikawa is the owner of the apartment and he goes missing. Detectives including Yuhei Matsumiya (Junpei Mizobata), who is a cousin of Detective Kyoichiro Kaga (Hiroshi Abe), have difficulties in solving the case. They can’t find a connection between Michiko Oshitani and Mutsuo Koshikawa.
They soon learn that Michiko Oshitani came to Tokyo to visit Hiromi Asai (Nanako Matsushima). They graduated from the same school, but there isn’t a connection between Hiromi Asai and Mutsuo Koshikawa. Detective Yuhei Matsumiya finds something near Michiko Oshitani’s body. That something has the names of 12 bridges surrounding the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Detective Kyoichiro Kaga learns of the clue and becomes agitated. There’s a connection with his late mother.
The Crimes That Bind (2018) is distributed by Toho, and directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa, with Keigo Higashino was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Hiroshi Abe, Nanako Matsushima, Junpei Mizobata, Rena Tanaka, Midoriko Kimura, Setsuko Karasuma, Shota Shunputei and Takuma Otoo. The film premiere(d) in Japan on January 27, 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.
*.05.2018-JP| Yuuzai (Friend Sin)
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.
Bleach (2018) is a Japanese action adventure animation mystery Sci-Fi film based on the manga series of the same name by Tite Kubo, tells about Ichigo Kurosaki is a High School student, living in Karakura town. He is able to see ghost, as well as hollows. Later he meet up with Kuchiki Rukia, a death god in Japan later he found out himself he is a death god as well. Ichigo Kurosaki now with the power are able to protect the Karakura town from hollows. As the creator of “Bleach”, the only thing worried by Tite Kubo is Ichigo’s orange hair color, which he thinks strange to the Japanese.
Ichigo Kurosaki (Sota Fukushi) sees the Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki – who came to eradicate evil spirits. At first Ichigo does not believe Rukia, but he becomes to believe that he is being attacked by the evil spirit Hollow – who consumes the human spirit. Ichigo tries to protect his family from Hollow, but he is far to weark. And Rukia tries to protect Ichigo, but is injured. Under this desperate situation, Rukia transfers half of her powers to Ichigo as a last resort. Ichigo is able to eradicate Horou, but Ichigo absorbs more power than planned and Rukia becomes trapped in a human body. Rukia asks Ichigo to replace her as a Soul Reaper until her power is restored. Ichigo agrees. One day, Ichigo’s classmate Uryu Ishida contends for victory. Due to this, Hollows appear in the Karakuchi town.
Bleach (2018) is distributed by Warner Bros.. Directed by Shinsuke Sato, with Tite Kubo was applies as writer(s). Cast for the main characters in the film include(s): Sôta Fukushi. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 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.
*.*.2018-JP| Laplace’s Witch (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)
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| Hard Core (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.