In the list of Japanese live mystery films, there are 17 best movies that you should watch in 2019. The films are: Rakuen, Diner Dina, Arukimedesu no taisen, Tezuka’s Barbara, Gosuto Masuku, Tantei wa, Konya mo Yuuutsuna Yume wo Miru 2, His Lost Name, etc. Please read the storyline of each of these films and don’t forget the schedule can change at any time!
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.
Diner (Diner Dina)
Diner is Japanese Action Comedy Mystery movie based on the Yumeaki Hirayama’s novel of the same name published in 2012 by Poplar Publishing. The film tells about Kanako Oba who made a mistake by using a mysterious site to apply for part-time work. Consequently, her life is soon in jeopardy. She is then forced to work at the restaurant well-known as Diner as a waitress or she will be killed. Worse yet, this restaurant only has employees and customers who are contract killers – and the owner of this restaurant is Bombero (Tatsuya Fujiwara).
Diner is distributed by Warner Bros.. Written and directed by Mika Ninagawa. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Tatsuya Fujiwara. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
The Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana)
The Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana) is Japanese Drama Mystery Romance movie based on the Shuzo Oshimi’s manga series of the same name published from 2009 to 2014 in Japanese monthly manga magazine Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. The film revolves around a high school student named Takao Kasuga (Kentaro Ito). One day, he sees his popular classmate Aya Tokiwa (Marie Iitoyo) reading Charles Pierre Baudelaire’s “The Flowers of Evil” at a bookstore. When Takao Kasuga was in middle school, he admired the poetry collection “The Flowers of Evil.”
As a 2nd grade middle school student, Takao Kasuga found the gym clothes of popular classmate Nanako Saeki (Shiori Akita) in a classroom. He had a huge crush on her at the time. At that time, Takao Kasuga sensed someone’s presence near him and, without thought, he took off with Nanako Saeki’s gym clothes. The person who saw Takao Kasuga in the classroom was Sawa Nakamura (Tina Tamashiro).
The Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana) is distributed by Phantom Film. Directed by Noboru Iguchi, with Shuzo Oshimi and Mari Okada was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Kentaro Ito, Tina Tamashiro, Shiori Akita, and Marie Iitoyo. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
The Great War of Archimedes (Arukimedesu no taisen)
The Great War of Archimedes (Archimedes no Taisen) is Japanese Action Drama Historical Mystery War movie based on the Norifusa Mita’s manga series of the same name, first published in 2015 in manga magazine Weekly Young Magazine. The story is set in the 1930’s, when the headquarters of the Imperial Japanese Navy sets out to build the world’s biggest battleship Yamato.
Rear Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is opposed to that plan. Then he attracts Tadashi Kai (Masaki Suda) who is a genius mathematician. Tadashi Kai discovers discrepancies related to the estimated cost to build the battleship. He tries to uncover a conspiracy in the military.
The Great War of Archimedes (Archimedes no Taisen) is distributed by Toho. Directed by Takashi Yamazaki, with Norifusa Mita and Takashi Yamazaki was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Masaki Suda, Isao Hashizume, Min Tanaka, Minami Hamabe, Hiroshi Tachi, and Tasuku Emoto. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Tezuka’s Barbara is Japanese British German Fantasy Mystery movie based on a Osamu Tezuka’s manga series Barbara published from 1973 to 1974 by Big Comic. This is an adult-orientated fantasy tale filled with love and the occult from Osamu Tezuka’s reimagining of “The Tales of Hoffmann”. Its story deals with the erotic and bizarre experiences of a famous novelist called Yosuke Mikura whose life is tossed upside down by a mysterious girl named “Barbara”.
Yosuke Mikura, a famous author, wandering the packed tunnels of Shinjuku Station, where he makes a strange discovery: a drunk woman, her rags caked in mud, who can quote French poetry. Her name is Barbara. He takes her home for a bath and a drink, and before long Barbara has made herself into Mikura’s shadow, saving him from egotistical delusions and jealous enemies. But just as Mikura is no saint, Barbara is no benevolent guardian angel, and Mikura grows obsessed with discovering her secrets, tangling with thugs, sadists, magical curses and mythical beings – all the while wondering whether he himself is still sane.
Tezuka’s Barbara is produced by Thefool, Third Window Films, Rapid Eye Movies. Directed by Makoto Tezuka, with Shunsuke Koga and Adam Torel as producers. Meanwhile, Hisako Kurosawa and Osamu Tezuka was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Fumi Nikaido, Goro Inagaki, Shizuka Ishibashi, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Minami Hinase, and Eri Watanabe. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Tantei wa, Konya mo Yuuutsuna Yume wo Miru 2
Tantei wa, Konya mo Yuuutsuna Yume wo Miru 2 is Drama Mystery movie as sequel of the 2017’s film Tantei wa, Konya mo Yuuutsuna Yume wo Miru directed by Shintaro Sakurai. Centered on Reiji Benii (Tomoki Hirose), one day, the leader of a strolling players troupe asks her to look into a missing sword that was used at their performance. Renji Benii infiltrates the strolling players troupe to investigate
Tantei wa, Konya mo Yuuutsuna Yume wo Miru 2 is distributed by United Entertainment, and directed by Yasutaka Mori. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Tomoki Hirose. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 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.
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.
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.
Fortuna’s Eye is Japanese Drama Fantasy Mystery Romance Sci-fi movie that tells the story of Shinichiro Kiyama (Ryunosuke Kamiki) who is lonely for two reasons. When Kiyama was little, his family died in a plane accident. Since then, he has not made any friends and he has lived a lonely existence. One day, he acquires a special ability.
His special ability is to see through the body of people who are about to die. Shinichiro Kiyama’s life changes because of this. Then Shinichiro Kiyama meets Aoi Kiryu (Kasumi Arimura) at a cellphone shop. He becomes attracted to her with her bright personality and Aoi Kiryu is also attracted to Shinichiro Kiyama. They enjoy happy days together, but, all of a sudden, Shinichiro Kiyama is able to see through Aoi Kiryu’s body.
Fortuna’s Eye is produced by Tohoo, and distributed by Toho Co. (Japan). Directed by Takahiro Miki, with Naoki Hyakuta and Riko Sakaguchi was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Kasumi Arimura, Jun Shison, DAIGO, Airi Matsui, and Yukiya Kitamura. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on February 15, 2019.
When Mother Died, I Thought That I Wanted to Eat Remains
When Mother Died, I Thought That I Wanted to Eat Remains is Japanese Drama Comedy Mystery movie based on Satoshi Miyagawa manga series Haha o Nakushita Toki, Boku wa Ikotsu o Tabetai to Omotta published 2014 by Shinchosha. The film tells the story of Satoshi’s life when he was little, and his mother, Akiko, always takes care of him. She was gentle, but strong mentally. Two years ago, Akiko was diagnosed with cancer. Now, it is Satoshi’s turn to takes care of his mother, while Satoshi’s girlfriend Mari gives him support. But then his mother could not be saved and passes away.
One year later, Satoshi, his father Toshiaki and his older brother Yuichi start new lives. Around that time, Satoshi receives a present from his mother. And that becomes a mystery.
When Mother Died, I Thought That I Wanted to Eat Remains is distributed by Asmik Ace Entertainment (Japan). Directed by Tatsushi Ohmori, with Gaku Kawasaki and Tomohiro Kobayashi as producers. Meanwhile, Satoshi Miyagawa and Tatsushi Omori was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Ken Yasuda, Mitsuko Baisho, Nao Matsushita, Jun Murakami, and Renji Ishibashi. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on February 22, 2019.
Rin is Japanese Drama Mystery movie which follows a legend in a village about a child who disappears from the village once in 100 years. The story will leads to a mysterious transfer student and a village legend, the secret of a hidden person, and a kidnapper.
A high school group try to friends with a seasonal transfer student from Tokyo. Now is the second winter of middle school. Youth ‘s days spent playing together with silly things. Until one day, one friend of the group disappeared. The existence of the legend crosses they minds. And then one more person disappeared.
Rin is directed by Katsuhiko Ikeda, with Naoki Matayoshi and Mako Watanabe was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Hayato Sano, Kanata Hongo, Kenta Suga, Yuki Kameda, Keisuke Sakurai, Hikaru Osawa, Yuna Taira, Oniyakko Tsubaki, Kunihiro Suda, Satoshi Kanada, Masao Yoshii, Jin Katagiri, Keisuke Horibe, Masanobu Katsumura, Hikari Ishida, and Sayaka Yamaguchi. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on February 22, 2019.
Makuko is Japanese Drama Fantasy Mystery movie based on the Kanako Nishi’s novel of the same name published February 25, 2016 by Fukuinkan Shoten. The story follows Satoshi (Hikaru Yamazaki), a 5th grade elementary school student. One day, he meets a beautiful transfer student Kozue (Ninon). At first Satoshi kept his distance, but Satoshi slowly began to get interested in her and started talking. She has a mysterious charm about her. And then Kozue revealed a secret that was very mysterious to him. Satoshi then learns the big secret.
Makuko is produced by “Makuko” Production Committee, and distributed by Nikkatsu (Japan). Directed by Keiko Tsuruoka, with Takehiro Yoda, Mika Kubo, Shinichi Takahashi, Satoshi Akagi, and Suguru Kubota as producers. Meanwhile, Kanako Nishi and Keiko Tsuruoka was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Hikaru Yamazaki, Ninon, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Risa Sudo, Miho Tsumiki, Jun Murakami, Atsushi Hashimoto, Reo Uchikawa, Toshie Negishi, and Hisahiro Ogura. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on March 15, 2019.