This is a list of Japanese live musical movies consisting of the 7 best films that are highly recommended for you to watch in 2019. The films are: Dance with Me, Honeybees and Distant Thunder, Walking Man, My Promise To Nakuhito, Prince of Legend, Eiga Shonen Tachi, and Cheer Boys!!. Please read the storylines of each of these films and don’t forget the schedule can change at any time!
Dance with Me (Dansu Wizu Mi)
Dance with Me (Dansu Wizu Mi) is Japanese Comedy drama Musical movie centered on Shizuka Suzuki (Ayaka Miyoshi) who works at a big trading company. One day, she is hypnotized by someone, and the consequently, every time she hears music, even if it’s a ringtone from a cellphone, he can’t help but sing even dance. After realizing the ridiculousness, Shizuka Suzuki went to meet the person who had hypnotized her to stop the spell attached to her, but he was not there.
Dance with Me (Dansu Wizu Mi) is produced by Altamira Pictures, and distributed by Warner Bros.. Written and directed by Shinobu Yaguchi. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Ayaka Miyoshi, Yu Yashiro, Chay, Takahiro Miura, Tsuyoshi Muro, and Akira Takarada. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Honeybees and Distant Thunder (Mitsubachi to Enrai)
Honeybees and Distant Thunder (Mitsubachi to Enrai) is Japanese Drama Musical Romance movie based on the Riku Onda’s novel of the same name published in 2016 by Gentosha. The story revolves around 4 young pianists: Aya Eiden (Mayu Matsuoka), Akashi Takashima (Tori Matsuzaka), Masaru C Revy Anatoru (Win Morisaki) and Jin Kazama (Oji Suzuka) who compete in the preliminary round of an international piano competition with all the shortcoming and encouragement they have.
Aya Eiden was known as a child prodigy for playing the piano, but her mother, who understood her the most, passed away. Aya Eiden then stopped playing the piano at the age of 13. Now, at the age of 20, Aya Eiden decides to take part in the international piano competition.
Akashi Takashima (Tori Matsuzaka) graduated from a music university, but he now works at a musical instrument store. He enrolls in the international piano competition as a last challenge due to his age.
Masaru C Revy Anatoru (Win Morisaki) attends the Juilliard School. He is favored to win the preliminary round. 16-year-old Jin Kazama (Oji Suzuka) is unknown and appears in the competition. He has a recommendation letter from a late pianist who was recognized as the best in the world.
Honeybees and Distant Thunder (Mitsubachi to Enrai) is distributed by Toho. Directed by Kei Ishikawa, with Riku Onda and Kei Ishikawa was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Mayu Matsuoka, Tori Matsuzaka, Win Morisaki, and Suzuka Oji. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Walking Man is Japanese Drama Musical movie based on real life experiences of rapper Anarchy. The film is centered on Atomu (Shuhei Nomura) who was raised by his mother in a poor environment. He is now a young adult, but he stutters and has timid personality. To support himself, Atomu works part-time for a used junk collecting company. Until Atomu finds inspiration in rap music and his life changes.
Walking Man is distributed by Avex Pictures. Directed by Anarchy, with Mitsuru Uda as producer. Meanwhile, Aki Kajiwara was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Shuhei Nomura. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Ai Uta: Yakusoku no Nakuhito (My Promise To Nakuhito)
Ai Uta: Yakusoku no Nakuhito is Japanese 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.
Prince of Legend
Prince of Legend is Japanese Action Drama Musical School Youth movie based on television series of the same name aired on NTV in 2018. The story revolves around a school that has a competition every three years where they choose a ‘Prince of Legend’. 14 males students including Kanade Suzaku (Ryota Katayose) take part in the competition.
Suzaku Kanade is the scion of the Suzaku Group who is a bilingual “straight A” student with good looks and great athletic abilities. He is deemed a “celebrity prince” with graceful manners. One day, through his father’s introduction, Kanade meets “bad boy prince” Kyogoku Takato who is a charismatic figure among the bad boys in the downtown area.
Kanade and Takato who live in completely different worlds and have totally opposite personality start to compete for an “important thing”.
However, Takato’s little brother Kyogoku Ryu, student-union president prince Ayanokoji Aoi, dance prince Red – Tendo Koki, teacher prince Yuki Riichi, and beautician prince Sagasawa Haru also join the competition.
Prince of Legend is distributed by Toho (Japan). Directed by Hayato Kawai and Kentarô Moriya, with Naoto Fujimura and Mio Morita as producers. Meanwhile, Yûko Matsuda was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Ryota Katayose, Hiroki Iijima, Akihisa Shiono, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Ichiuma Kawamura, and Reo Sano. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on March 21, 2019.
Cheer Boys!! (Chia danshi!!)
Cheer Boys!! is Japanese Comedy drama Musical Sports movie adaptation of the Ryo Asai’s novel of the same name published on October 5, 2010 by Shueisha. The story follows Haruki Bando (Ryusei Yokohama), a first grade university student. He has been doing judo since he was little, but an injury causes him quit the sport. His childhood friend Kazuma Hashimoto (Masaki Nakao) also quit judo and asks Haruki Bando to form cheerleading group “Breakers” with him.
Disheartened with judo, Haruki with Kazuma Hashimot finally tried to create “BREAKERS”, an unprecedented boys’ cheerleading team. Those that came to join all were very characteristic in nature: argumentative Mizoguchi, voracious Ton, frivolous Kansai boys Gen and Soichiro, and Sho, who has cheerleading experience.
Cheer Boys!! is distributed by Bandai Visual and Pony Canyon. Directed by Hiroki Kazama, with Ryo Asai and Yuichi Toyone was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Ryusei Yokohama, Masaki Nakao, Kodai Asaka, Toshiki Seto, Shogo Iwaya, and Ken Sugawara. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on May, 2019.