This is a list of Japanese thrillers that will be released in 2019. This year there are at least 10 thriller films that are ready to be screened in theaters, starting from Paradise (Rakuen), Murder at Shijinso (Shijinso no Satsujin, DetectParty: The Great House Murder Case), Zenaku no Kuzu (The Stupidity of Good and Evil) , Ghost Mask: Scar (Gosuto Masuku), 12 Suicidal Teens (Juni-ri no shinitai kodomo-tachi), Day and Night, Bond of Justice: Kizuna, Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire (Meitantei Conan: Konjo no Fisuto) , The Fable, and VIDEOPHOBIA. The following is a summary of the story of each of these films, please read!
Paradise (Rakuen) is Japanese Crime Drama Mystery Thriller movie based on short stories Aota Y Jiro and Yorozuya Zenjiro from short story collection, A Collection of Crime Stories by Shuichi Yoshida published in 2016 by Shogakukan. The film revolves around a little girl is kidnapped along a Y-shaped road, but the kidnapper is not caught. Tsumugi (Hana Sugisaki), who was with the girl right before the kidnapping, is deeply hurt from the event.
12 years later, a girl goes missing along the same Y-shaped road. Takeshi (Gou Ayano) is a lonely young man and sells recyclable products with his mother. He is a suspect in the recent kidnapping case. He panics when he realizes he is a suspect and runs away to another city.
1 year later, Zenjiro (Koichi Sato) lives with his pet dog near the Y-shaped road where the two kidnapping cases took place. He carries out business to revitalize the village, but somehow he is blamed by the people there. He falls into madness and that leads to a horrific case.
Paradise (Rakuen) is distributed by Kadokawa Pictures. Directed by Takahisa Zeze, with Shuichi Yoshida and Takahisa Zeze was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Go Ayano, Hana Sugisaki, and Koichi Sato. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Ghost Mask: Scar (Gosuto Masuku)
Ghost Mask: Scar (Gosuto Masuku) is Japanese Drama Mystery Thriller movie that tell the story of Miyu, who went to Seoul, Korea to study and look for her older sister who went missing two years ago. One day Miyu got to know Hana who was a famous plastic surgeon and she reminded of her missing sister. Hana lives with her lover Hyoshin, but she got attracted by Miyu. And Nyoshin felt jealous of Miyu.
Miyu thought that Hana is actually her older sister and asked her to tell the truth. Hyoshin saw two of them talking and killed Hana because of jealous. Hyoshin tried to kill Miyu next and Miyu realized Hyoshin is her sister who had plastic surgery and changed her face. Finally Hana stuck a knife into herself because she knew Miyu always values her sister. Miyu survived, but lost her precious sister.
Ghost Mask: Scar (Gosuto Masuku) is produced by J Season Pictures and Lilyfilm. Directed by Takeshi Sone, with Minami Hikiko as producer. Meanwhile, Etsuo Hiratani was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Yurika Akane, Sô Hirosawa, Sayuri Itô, Kim Jerok, Ryô Katayama, Sumi Kokoro, Eun-woo Lee, Yuha Lee, Miya Sakimoto, Donghoon Seo, Ahn Sori, and Choi Yona. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Murder at Shijinso (Shijinso no Satsujin, DetectParty: The Great House Murder Case)
Murder at Shijinso (Shijinso no Satsujin) is Japanese Crime Horror Mystery Thriller Zombies movie based on the Masahiro Imamura ‘s novel of the same name published in 2017 by Tokyo Sogensha. The film tells the story about a university student and a fan of mystery novels named Yuzuru Hamura (Ryunosuke Kamiki). Against his will, he was forced to join the school’s mystery club. The club is led by Kyosuke Akechi (Tomoya Nakamura).
Meanwhile, Hiruko Kenzaki (Minami Hamabe) appears in front of them. She attends the same university and she is also a private detective. These 3 people attend a summer camp and stay at Shijinso pension in the mountains. On their first day there, they must barricade themselves in the pension. The next morning, they discover a murder has taken place there.
Murder at Shijinso (Shijinso no Satsujin) is distributed by Toho. Directed by Hisashi Kimura, with Mitsuharu Makita and Masahiro Imamura was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Minami Hamabe, Tomoya Nakamura, Hyun Bin, and Daniel Brühl. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Zenaku no Kuzu (The Stupidity of Good and Evil)
Zenaku no Kuzu is Japanese Action Crime Drama Thriller movie based on the Watanabe Daisuke’s manga of the same name, published from 2014 to 2016 by Shonen Gahosha in Young King magazine. It is a story of two man, Takeshi Kamonome (Kamo) who runs an old book store and Toranobu Shimada (Tora) taking charge of revenge under the crime victim’s request, to criminals who do not receive adequate judgment and reflect on crime even though they are hands-on hands. The cases appearing in the play have been adapted to motifs in the majority of cases that actually occurred.
Zenaku no Kuzu is directed by Koji Shiraishi, with Hideo Jojo and Watanabe Daisuke was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Hirofumi Arai, Kento Hayashi, and Fumika Baba. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
12 Suicidal Teens (Juni-ri no shinitai kodomo-tachi)
12 Suicidal Teens is Japanese Mystery Thriller movie based on a novel of the same name. The film revolves around mystery in a locked-room where 12 children go to a hospital that has long been abandoned to give up on life. In the room where they met, a boy was lying dead, and no one knew who he was.
12 Suicidal Teens is produced by Office Crescendo, Shizuoka Daiichi Television, Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, etc., and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan (Japan). Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi, with Nobuyuki Iinuma and Miho Kobayashi as producers. Meanwhile, Yutaka Kuramochi and Tow Ubukata was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Hana Sugisaki, Mackenyu, Takumi Kitamura, Mahiro Takasugi, Yuina Kuroshima, and Riko Akikawa. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 25, 2019.
Day and Night
Day and Night is Japanese Drama Crime Action Mystery Thriller Youth movie based on a television series of the same name. The film tells the story of Koji Akashi’s family who is now facing ruin. Due to Koji Akashi’s father (Shinnosuke Abe) who was a whistleblower, involving a large corporation, had committed suicide. On the other hand, Kitamura who works in an orphanage tries to approach Koji Akashi. To protect the children, Kitamura does not mind committing crimes. Due to Kitamura, Koji Akashi thinks of taking revenge.
Day and Night is produced by And Pictures, and distributed by Nikkatsu (Japan). Directed by Michihito Fujii, with Takayuki Yamada as producer. Meanwhile, Shinnosuke Abe, Kazuhisa Kodera, Michihito Fujii, and Takayuki Yamada was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Shinnosuke Abe, Masanobu Ando, Kaya Kiyohara, Tetsushi Tanaka, Manami Konishi, and Aimi Satsukawa. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 26, 2019.
Bond of Justice: Kizuna
Bond of Justice: Kizuna is Japanese English Chinese Action Drama Thriller movie centered on Kate, a rookie detective who happens to make mistakes in ongoing work and sees the murderers. One of them was Gen, assigned to kill him so that no witnesses saw the incident, but he takes pity on her and makes her swear that she will never reveal their identities.
Another day, as Kate’s best friend is murdered by Japanese mafia (Gondo’s), Kate finds out Gen to ask her friend’s revenge, but she is denied for poor compensation she brings.
Gen and other assassins accepted his desire to join as an assassin in the same conditions as them. She became a murderer and detective at one time. It is connected like a bond of justice that comes from friendship and love among the murderers.
Bond of Justice: Kizuna is produced by IKI Company. Directed by Ryu Yamakita, with Ivory Broome as producer. Meanwhile, Anna Andersen and Ryu Yamakita was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Sola Aoi, Sonny Chiba, Cortney Palm, John Blyth Barrymore, Nina Fujii, Matt William Knowles, and Chloe Farnworth. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on March 1, 2019.
Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire (Meitantei Conan: Konjo no Fisuto)
Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire is Japanese Anime Drama Crime Mystery Thriller movie as the twenty-third installment of the Case Closed film series based on the manga series of the same name by Gosho Aoyama, following the 2018 film Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer. The film tells about the world’s greatest blue sapphire, the “blue lapis fist”, said to have sunk in a pirate ship in the late 19th century, on the coasts of Singapore. A local millionaire plots to retrieve it, and when it’s exhibited in an exhibition at the Singaporean Marina Sands hotel, a murder takes place.
Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire is produced by TMS Entertainment, and distributed by Toho Company, Ltd.. Directed by Tomoka Nagaoka, with Takahiro Okura and Gosho Aoyama was applies as writers. Voices for the main characters in the film include: Minami Takayama, Wakana Yamazaki, Rikiya Koyama, Toru Furuya, Megumi Hayashibara, and Yukiko Iwai. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on April 12, 2019.
The Fable is Japanese Action Drama Spy Thriller movie based on Katsuhisa Minami’s manga series of the same name published from 2014 in Japanese manga magazine Weekly Young Magazine. Tells the story about a boy who was trained as a killer. He is now an elite contract killer and has the nickname of Fable. The man gets 1 year off from his job as a contract killer. He begin his life as an ordinary person in Osaka under the name Akira Sato.
The Fable is distributed by Shochiku (Japan). Directed by Kan Eguchi, with Katsuhisa Minami and Yusuke Watanabe was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Junichi Okada, Fumino Kimura, Mizuki Yamamoto, Sota Fukushi, Yuya Yagira, and Osamu Mukai. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on June 21, 2019.
VIDEOPHOBIA is Japanese Thriller movie which tells about someone who experienced a phobia after his personal video leaked and spread on the internet.
VIDEOPHOBIA is produced by DEEP END PICTURES. Directed by Daisuke Miyazaki, with Daisuke Miyazaki and Hiroshi Nishio as producers. Meanwhile, Naoto Akiyama and Daisuke Miyazaki was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Sumire Ashina, Shûgo Oshinari, Sahel Rosa, and Tomona Hirota. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on August 2019.