This is a list of Japanese movies scheduled to be released in January 2019, and here, there are 19 movies that we will discuss. The films are: (1) Divine Justice, (2) Demolition Girl, (3) Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over The Rainbow, (4) Made in Abyss the Movie, (5) Astral Abnormal Suzuki-san (Asutoraru·Abunomaru Suzuki-san), (6) This Old Road – Konomichi, (7) Masquerade Hotel, (8) Touken Ranbu: The Movie, (9) Chiwawa, (10) His Lost Name (Yoake), (11) The Nikaidos’ Fall (Nikaido Family Story), (12) Even if the World Will End Tomorrow (Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo), (13) Sky’s Restaurant (Restaurant in the Sky), (14) Ai Uta: Yakusoku no Nakuhito (My Promise To Nakuhito), (15) 12 Suicidal Teens (Juni-ri no shinitai kodomo-tachi), (16) School-Live! (Gakko Gurashi!), (17) Build New World: Kamen Rider Cross-Z (Birudo Nyu Warudo Kamen Raida Kurozu), (18) Psycho-Pass SS (Sinners of the System), and (19) Day and Night.
Divine Justice is Japanese Comedy Crime Drama movie that tells of a black comedy about a man who works out a plan to change his life. This is the 4th directorial effort of a well known playwright and director of stage productions from his own screenplay.
Divine Justice is produced by Soul Age Co., and distributed by High Brow Cinema (Japan). Directed by Takayuki Takuma, with Hiroyuki Aiba as producer. Meanwhile, Takayuki Takuma was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Hiroshi Mikami, Kazuki Namioka, Rie Shibata, Tsuyoshi Abe, Wakana Sakai, Moe Miura, Kazusada Higuchi, and Takashi Itô. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 2019.
Demolition Girl is Japanese Crime Drama movie which tells of a high-school girl who lives in a rural town in Japan struggles to define her own way in life. To help her impoverished family she works as a video fetish performer which leads to problems for her and her family with a criminal underworld.
Demolition Girl is directed by Genta Matsugami, with Yoshitaka Kasui and Genta Matsugami was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Aya Kitai, Hiroki Ino, Haruka Imo, Yura Komuro, Yota Kawase, Ko Maehara, Ryohei Abe, and Nobu Morimoto. Reportedly this film aired in USA on January 2019.
Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over The Rainbow
Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over The Rainbow is Japanese Anime Drama Comedy-drama Musical Sci-fi Idol Youth movie as a spin-off of Love Live! which was launched in April 2015 with music CDs and anime music videos, followed by a manga version in 2016. This anime revolves around a group of nine schoolgirls who become idols in order to save their school from shutting down, just like the idol group from the original series.
Love Live Sunshine!! is set in Uchiura, Numazu, Shizuoka where one of its schools, the seaside Uranohoshi Girls’ Academy, is planned to be shut down and merged with another high school in Numazu. Chika Takami, a girl who lacks desires, is inspired by µ’s to gather friends and form her own school idol group called Aqours. To prevent their school from shutting down, Aqours enters the “Love Live” school idol contest which has become more competitive since µ’s won. When Kanan and Dia disappear while visiting Mari on Italy, Chika and the rest of the Aqours have no choice but to reach the “Belpaese” themselves and search for them.
Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over The Rainbow is produced by Sunrise, and directed by Kazuo Sakai, with Jukki Hanada was applies as writer. Voices for the main characters in the film include: Arisa Komiya, Rikako Aida, Anju Inami, Nanaka Suwa, Ai Furihata, Shuka Saito, Kanako Takatsuki, Aina Suzuki, and Aika Kobayashi. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 4, 2019.
Made in Abyss the Movie
Made in Abyss the Movie is Japanese Anime Adventure fantasy sci-fi movie based on the Akihito Tsukushi’s manga “Meido in Abisu” published from 2012 by Takeshobo. An anime television series adaptation by Kinema Citrus aired its first season from July 7 to September 29, 2017, and reportedly a sequel to the television series is in production.
As for the anime film series, it will be divided into two compilation films, titled Made in Abyss: Horo Suru Tasogare (Journey’s Dawn) and Made in Abyss: Horo Suru Tasogare (Wandering Twilight). This film revolves around a young girl who finds and befriends a humanoid robot and descends with him into the titular Abyss in search of her mother.
An orphan girl named Rico who lives in a city on the edge of the Abyss, a large hole and an unexplored underground maze. It is full of hidden relics and possessions that have not yet been found by humans, but also carries harsh dangers.
The further people travel into the abyss, the more likely they will succumb to the terrible disease called “Curse of the Abyss” on their way back. This curse can be anything, from nausea in the upper levels, madness, to the loss of humanity or even death. That is, very few people can come back to tell their adventures.
On the way down the Abyss she meets half a boy, a half-robot named Reg and he decides to go with her on her journey. Encouraged by the record left by her mother to meet her at the bottom of the Abyss, Rico decided to plunge without caring about the danger that awaited her, even though she would most likely never return.
Made in Abyss the Movie is produced by Sentai Filmworks. Directed by Masayuki Kojima, with Hideyuki Kurata and Akihito Tsukushi was applies as writers. Reportedly Tabidachi no Yoake (Part 1) aired in Japan on January 4, 2019, and Horo Suru Tasogare (Part 2) aired on January 18, 2019.
Astral Abnormal Suzuki-san (Asutoraru•Abunomaru Suzuki-san)
Astral Abnormal Suzuki-san is Japanese Comedy Drama movie follows Rara Suzuki (Honoka Matsumoto) who is left behind in the countryside. She becomes a youtuber and she goes crazy.
Astral Abnormal Suzuki-san is distributed by Spotted Productions. Directed by Daisuke Ono, with Ryohei Ueno as producer. Meanwhile, Daisuke Ono was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Honoka Matsumoto, Mayuko Nishiyama, Taketo Tanaka, Kotoha Hiroyama, Tomokoi Kimura, Tani Nobara, and Kei Kato. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 5, 2019.
This Old Road – Konomichi
This Old Road – Konomichi is Japanese Historical, Fantasy, Drama, Action, Romance movie based on a children’s novel, This is a New Year’s Eve (Coming of Age Day) film. This film tells the story of Hakushu Kitahara is a genius poet and lives his life with reckless abandon. He often drinks excessively and has affairs with married women. Meanwhile, Kosaku Yamada is a hard working musician.
They are asked by Miekichi Suzuki, who runs a magazine on children literature, to write children’s songs together. Even though these two men have totally different personalities and argue frequently, they are able to make lots of songs to cheer up the children. They are then ordered to write a war song to send children into the battlefield.
This Old Road – Konomichi is directed by Kiyoshi Sasabe, with Riko Sakaguchi was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Nao Omori, Akira, Shihori Kanjiya, Wakana Matsumoto, Fujiko Kojima, and Saori Yuki. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 11, 2019.
Masquerade Hotel is Japanese Fantasy Drama Adventure Mystery movie based on by Keigo Higashino’s novel with the same title. Tells the story about Three murder cases take place in Tokyo. Numbers are left at the murder scenes, possibly hinting at where the next murder will take place. An investigation begins of the serial killer and Detective Kosuke Nitta (Takuya Kimura) works on the case. He believes the next murder will take place at Hotel Koruteshia Tokyo. To catch the killer, Kosuke Nitta goes undercover and begins working at the front desk of the hotel.
Naomi Yamagishi (Masami Nagasawa) also works at the front desk of Hotel Koruteshia Tokyo. She is selected to train Kosuke Nitta for his front desk job, but they can’t get along. Kosuke Nitta is focused on catching the killer, but Naomi Yamagishi prioritizes the safety of the guests. As they begin to understand each others differences, they also begin to build a trust between each other.
Masquerade Hotel is produced by Cine Bazar, Fuji Television Network, and distributed by Toho Company (Japan). Directed by Masayuki Suzuki, with Juichi Uehara as producer. Meanwhile, Keigo Higashino (novel) and Michitaka Okada (screenplay) was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Takuya Kimura, Masami Nagasawa, Fumiyo Kohinata, Zen Kajiwara, Yuki Izumisawa, and Toshihide Tonesaku. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 18, 2019.
Touken Ranbu: The Movie
Touken Ranbu: The Movie is Japanese Fantasy, Drama, Action, Spy, History film based on a video game series of the same name published by DMM Games and Nitroplus. The cast from Stage: Touken Ranbu will be reprising their roles in this movie. Tells a story of A sage travels to the past and collects a set of legendary swords, which he brings to life as a gang of talented but dysfunctional young men, to fight a battle against evil.
They came from 8 great swords morph that turned into 8 handsome warriors including Munechika Mikazuki (Hiroki Suzuki). The warriors know that Nobunaga Oda was supposed to die at the Honno-ji incident in 1582, but he did not die. To revert back to the original history, they go back in time to assassinate Nobunaga Oda and protect the history.
Touken Ranbu: The Movie is produced by Tohokushinsha Film, BBC Films, Working Title Films, and distributed by Toho (Japan) and Universal Pictures. Directed by Saiji Yakumo, with Yoshihiro Furusawa and Takeshi Date as producers. Meanwhile, Yasuko Kobayashi was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Hiroki Suzuki, Yoshihiko Aramaki, Ryo Kitamura, Masanari Wada, Hiroaki Iwanaga, and Sadamoto Fuma. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 18, 2019.
Chiwawa is Japanese Youth Romance Crime Drama Mystery movie based on a Kyoko Okazaki’s Chiwawa-chan manga series published 1996 by Kadokawa Shoten. The film tells a story about Chiwawa (Shiori Yoshida), one of the girls who is quite popular in Tokyo. But one day, her dead body is found in Tokyo Bay. Her body are in pieces. Chiwawa’s friends gather to remember her, but they realize they do not know anything about her like her real name or her background. What really happened to him?
Chiwawa is produced by Geek Sight, Toei Video Company, and distributed by Kadokawa Pictures (Japan). Directed by Ken Ninomiya, with Ken Ninomiya and Kyôko Okazaki was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Chiaki Kuriyama, Tadanobu Asano, Nijirô Murakami, Mugi Kadowaki, Tina Tamashiro, Ryô Narita, Shiori Yoshida, Kan’ichirô Satô, and Kotone Furukawa. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 18, 2019.
His Lost Name (Yoake)
His Lost Name (Yoake) is Japanese Drama Mystery movie centers on Tetsuro (Kaoru Kobayashi), when he walks along the riverside and finds a collapsed young man. Tetsuro takes the young man to his home, where he lives alone, and takes care of him. The young man tells him that his name is Shinichi (Yuya Yagira).
Tetsuro takes Shinichi to the woodworking shop that he runs. Tetsuro teaches him skills and the people around Tetsuro accept Shinichi, but Shinichi isn’t his real name and he has a secret about his real name. Meanwhile, Tetsuro has a secret that he has never forgotten.
His Lost Name (Yoake) is distributed by Magic Hour Inc.. Directed by Nanako Hirose, with Asako Nishikawa and Taichi Ito as producers. Meanwhile, Nanako Hirose was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Kaoru Kobayashi, Yuya Yagira, Young Dais, Tsunekichi Suzuki, and Keiko Horiuchi. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 18, 2019.
The Nikaidos’ Fall (Nikaido Family Story)
The Nikaidos’ Fall (Nikaido-ke Monogatari) is Japanese Historical Drama Comedy Romance movie based on a children’s novel. Tells the story of Tatsuya Nikaido, a middle-aged divorcee who runs an agricultural company and lives in a suburb with his daughter and mother. After his only son’s death, he has been pressured by his fate to save his family name and ancestral line as a only male in the family. Tatsuya’s daughter Yuko can’t help feeling responsible for her family’s survival despite her resistance against the traditional mind.
The film is centers in Sasazawa City (Yutaro Furutachi) who works in a frozen food factory. When he was a middle school student, he became friends with a boy named Shinji. They love and admire Sennichi Amano (Shizuka Ishibashi). One day, Shinji died in a car accident, protecting Sennichi Amano from the accident. 10 years later, Sasazawa City met Sennichi Amano again.
The Nikaidos’ Fall (Nikaido-ke Monogatari) is produced by Wild Bunch, and distributed by High Brow Cinema. Directed by Ida Panahandeh, with Arsalan Amiri and Ida Panahandeh was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Masaya Kato, Shizuka Ishibashi, Keita Machida, Yoji Tanaka, Kazuko Shirakawa, and Hana Hizuki. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 25, 2019.
Even if the World Will End Tomorrow (Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo)
Even if the World Will End Tomorrow is Japanese Anime Sci-Fi movie based on the Japanese CG web Anime series which aired in 2017, planned and produced by Craftar. The film will follow a slightly altered plot with the staff and most of the main cast of the ONA will returning to reprise their roles.
The film centers on Shin Hazama and his childhood friend who has always watched over him, Kotori Izumi. Now they have become third grade students in a high school. Shin lost his parents when he was little, and since then he has a tendency to close himself off. One day, he encounters a version of himself who has spent a different life in another Japan, Jin. That’s when he knew that the everyday life he has starts to crack, and battle between another world and another self begins.
Even if the World Will End Tomorrow is produced by Craftar Studio, and distributed by Shochiku. Written and directed by Yuhei Sakuragi. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 25, 2019.
Sky’s Restaurant (Restaurant in the Sky)
Sky’s Restaurant (Restaurant in the Sky) is Japanese Drama Comedy Family Science fantasy movie based on a children’s novel. The film revolves around Wataru (Yo Oizumi) who lives with his wife Kotoe (Manami Honjou) and his daughter Shiori on a cattle ranch in Setana, Hokkidao. He is a visiting chef cooks an unforgettable meal with his ingredients, which prompts the family to open their own restaurant and reproduce the magic.
Wataru inherited the cattle ranch from his father and he also runs a cheese workshop. He isn’t as a skilled in making cheese and he is scolded often by his strict teacher. Yet, he has a good time with his colleagues including Kanbe (Masaki Okada) who was moved to the area from Tokyo and does sheep farming.
One day, a chef from a famous restaurant in Sapporo arrives and makes a meal with materials from their ranch. The chef gives high praise to the food ingredients. Watau then comes up with an idea. He wants to open a restaurant for only 1 day to let people know about the food ingredients from Setana. They struggle to open the restaurant, but suddenly Otani (Fumiyo Kohinata) collapses.
Sky’s Restaurant (Restaurant in the Sky) is produced by Atmovie, and distributed by Tokyo Theatres (Japan). Directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa, with Atsumi Tsuchi was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Yo Oizumi, Manami Honjo, Masaki Okada, Makita Sports, Tsutomu Takahashi, and Huwie Ishizaki. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 25, 2019.
Ai Uta: Yakusoku no Nakuhito (My Promise To Nakuhito)
Ai Uta: Yakusoku no Nakuhito is Japanese Drama Comedy-drama Romance Musical Idol Youth movie based on the song Ai Uta by pop rock group GReeeeN. Tells the story of Toru Norimiya who became an adult without having the courage to love, which changed after he was reunited with Takuya Sato and a poetry.
He meets his old friend Tatsuya (Hiroki Iijima) and he happens to find a poem which changes his fate. Due to these two things, Toru gains the courage to face love. He meets a girl Nagi (Kaya Kiyohara) who is part of his fate. In fact Nagi also has a secret.
Ai Uta: Yakusoku no Nakuhito is produced by Happinet, and distributed by Toei (Japan). Directed by Yasuhiro Kawamura, with Kentaro Koike as producer. Meanwhile, GReeeeN and Masashi Shimizu was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Ryusei Yokohama, Kaya Kiyohara, Hiroki Iijima, Yuri Nakamura, Tony Nomaguchi, and Riko Narumi. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 25, 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.
School-Live! (Gakko Gurashi!)
School-Live! is Japanese Horror movie based on the Kaihou Norimitsu’s manga of the same name, illustrated by Chiba Sadoru which was published from 2012 by Houbunsha. The film focuses on Yuki Takeya (Midori Nagatsuki), a cheerful high school girl who lives at Megurigaoka Private High School and spends time with the School Living Club alongside other fellow members: Kurumi Ebisuzawa, Yuri Wakasa, and Miki Naoki. When a plague attacks residents in the city, they are the only survivors of the zombie apocalypse.
School-Live! is directed by Issei Shibata, with Norimitsu Kaiho was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Midori Nagatsuki, Nanami Abe, Wakana Majima, Rio Kiyohara, and Nonoka Ono. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 25, 2019.
Build New World: Kamen Rider Cross-Z (Birudo Nyu Warudo Kamen Raida Kurozu)
Build New World: Kamen Rider Cross-Z is Japanese Action Sci-fi Superhero movie based on the Toei Company’s Kamen Rider series, first aired in 2017. This film will focus on the character of Ryuga Banjo (Kamen Rider Cross-Z) as well as introducing the Muscle Galaxy Fullbottle. It takes place after the main series’ final episode. The film also features a new villain Rider named Kamen Rider Killbas (Kamen Raida Kirubasu).
Build New World: Kamen Rider Cross-Z is produced by V-Cinema. Directed by Kyohei Yamaguchi, with Muto Shogo was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Akaso Eiji, Nagao Mariya, Shindo Gaku, Inukai Atsuhiro, Takada Kaho, Taki Yukari, Takeda Kouhei, Mikami Kensei, and Yuki Ochi. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 25, 2019.
Psycho-Pass SS (Sinners of the System)
Psycho-Pass SS is Japanese trilogy Anime crime mystery movie based on the anime television series, Psycho-Pass premiered in 2012 which broadcasted in Japan on Fuji TV’s Noitamina. Followed by the 11 episode Psycho-Pass 2 television anime series premiered in October 2014, and the Psycho-Pass movie opened in Japan in January 2015.
This Anime series set in an authoritarian future dystopia, where omnipresent public sensors continuously scan the mental states of every passing citizen. When a person commits a crime in excess of the specified threshold, which is based on the Crime Coefficient index, he or she will be pursued, arrested, and killed if necessary by police forces.
The trilogy is Psycho-Pass SS Case 1: Crime and Punishment, Psycho-Pass SS Case 2: First Guardian, and Psycho-Pass SS case 3: On the Other Side of Love and Hate. Case 1 will focus on Nobuchika Ginoza and Mika Shimotsuki. Case 2 will focus on Tomomi Masaoka and Teppei Sugo. Case 3 will focus on Shinya Kogami.
Psycho-Pass SS is produced by Production I.G. Directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani, with Ryo Yoshigami and Makoto Fukami was applies as writers. Voices for the main characters in the film include: Kenji Nojima, Ayane Sakura, Hiroki Touchi, Kinryuu Arimoto, and Tomokazu Seki. The plan for Psycho-Pass SS Case 1 will premiere in Japan on January 25, 2019, Case 2 on February 15, 2019, and Case 3 on March 8, 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.