12 Best Japanese Romantic Movies of 2018 – Including “Kids on the Slope” Yuri Chinen, Taishi Nakagawa, and Ritsuko Mukae

2018 Japanese Romantic Movies! Top New Romance Films

*.02.2018-JP| Tonight, At Romance Theater (Kon’ya Romance Gekijô De)

2018 Japanese Romantic Movies! Top New Romance Films

Kon’ya Romance Gekijô De

Tonight, At Romance Theater (2018) is a Japanese romance film that exposes a young aspiring movie director Kenji (Kentaro Sakaguchi). He falls in love with Princess Miyuki (Haruka Ayase) who came from a black‐and‐white movie.

Tonight, At Romance Theater (2018) is produced by Filmmakers, and distributed by Warner Bros. (Japan); Fuji Television Network (Japan TV). Directed by Hideki Takeuchi, with Keisuke Uyama was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Haruka Ayase, Kentaro Sakaguchi, Tsubasa Honda, Kazuki Kitamura, Akiyoshi Nakao, Akira Emoto, Anna Ishibashi, and Go Kato. The film premiere(d) in Japan on February, 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.

*.*.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| Perfect World (Pafekuto Warudo)

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Pafekuto Warudo

Perfect World (2018) is a Japanese romance film based on the manga series of the same title by Rie Aruga, tells Tsugumi Kawana (Hana Sugisaki), who works at an interior design company. She happens to meet her first love Itsuki Ayukawa (Takanori Iwata) from her high school days. He is now an architect and now in a wheelchair because of an accident.

Perfect World (2018) is directed by Kenji Shibayama, with Rie Aruga was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Takanori Iwata and Hana Sugisaki. The film premiere(d) in Japan on 2018.

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