This list consists of 27 live novel-based movies which will be released in 2019. All of these films are based on the stories of popular novels in Japan. The films include: Diner, Mitsubachi to Enrai, Machine no Owari ni, Hikkoshi Daimyo, Damashie no Kiba, Konomichi, Samurai Marason, Kimi wa Tsukiyo ni Hikarikagayaku, etc. Please read the storyline of each of these films and don’t forget the schedule can change at any time!

No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku)

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No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku)

No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) is Japanese Drama movie as a new version of the other Ningen Shikkaku film, adapted of Osamu Dazai’s novel of the same name published in 1948. Based on the true story of novelist Osamu Dazai, the film tells a young man who has felt since childhood utterly alien from others around him. Since that time he has learned to put on a face to hide his alienation. He feels incapable of belonging to the human society, especially so by society’s refusal to take him seriously.

Osamu Dazai (Shun Oguri) is the one of the most popular author in Japan, but he is absorbed in alcohol and love. He is married and has two lovers.

No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) is distributed by Shochiku and Asmik Ace Entertainment. Directed by Mika Ninagawa, with Osamu Dazai and Kaeko Hayafune was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Shun Oguri. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.

Kessan! Chushingura (The Chushingura Settlements!)

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Kessan! Chushingura (The Chushingura Settlements!)

Kessan! Chushingura is Japanese Action Drama Historical movie based on the Hirofumi Yamamoto’s nonfiction novel, Chushingura no Kessansho published in 2012 by Shinchosha. The film tells the story of Takuminokami Asano, a lord who is ordered commit harakiri (suicide) due to a scheme by Kozukenosuke Kira.

Having no time to mourn his lord’s death, Kuranosuke Oishi decides to take revenge on Kozukenosuke Kira. He plans an attack with the help of accountant Chosuke Yato, but they don’t have enough in their budget.

Kessan! Chushingura is distributed by Shochiku. Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura, with Hirofumi Yamamoto and Yoshihiro Nakamura was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Shinichi Tsutsumi and Takashi Okamura. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.

Murder at Shijinso (Shijinso no Satsujin, DetectParty: The Great House Murder Case)

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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)

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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.

At the End of the Matinee (Machine no Owari ni)

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At the End of the Matinee (Machine no Owari ni)

At the End of the Matinee (Machine no Owari ni) is Japanese Drama Romance movie based on the Keiichiro Hirano’s novelof the same name, published from 2015 to 2016 in major newspaper Mainichi Shimbun. The story centered on Satoshi Makino (Masaharu Fukuyama), a genius classical guitarist. One day he meets journalist Yoko Komine (Yuriko Ishida). They become attracted to each other, but Yoko Komine already has a fiance.

At the End of the Matinee (Machine no Owari ni) is produced by Fuji Television, Amuse, Toho, Cork, and distributed by Toho. Directed by Hiroshi Nishitani, with Yumiko Inoue and Keiichiro Hirano was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Masaharu Fukuyama and Yuriko Ishida. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.

Honeybees and Distant Thunder (Mitsubachi to Enrai)

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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.

Long Journey (Hikkoshi Daimyo)

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Long Journey (Hikkoshi Daimyo)

Long Journey (Hikkoshi Daimyo) is Japanese Action Drama Historical Samurai movie adaptation of the Akihiro Dobashi’s novel, Hikkoshi Daimyo Sanzenri published in 2016 by Haruki Bunko. The film is centered on Harunosuke Katagiri (Gen Hoshino), a samurai and a bookworm. He receives a mission to help a daimyo move. With the assistance of Genemon Takamura (Issey Takahashi) and Oran (Mitsuki Takahata), Harunosuke Katagiri carries out his mission.

Long Journey (Hikkoshi Daimyo) is produced by Shochiku. Directed by Isshin Inudo, with Akihiro Dobashi was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Gen Hoshino, Issei Takahashi, and Mitsuki Takahata. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.

Ichigo no Uta

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Ichigo no Uta

Ichigo no Uta is Japanese Drama Romance movie based on a novel of the same name by Yoshikazu Okada and Kazunobu Mineta, published in 2018 by Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc.. The novel is based on 7 songs by Kazunobu Mineta’s band Ging Nang Boyz: Hyoryu Kyoshitsu, Tokyo, Aishiterutte Yutteyone, Poadamu, Ginga Tetsudo no Yoru, Moshimo Kimi ga Naku Nara ba, and Koi wa Eien.

The story centers on Kota Sasazawa (Yutaro Furutachi) who works at a frozen foods manufacturing plant. When he was middle school student, he was friends with a boy named Shinji. They loved and admired Sennichi Amano (Shizuka Ishibashi). One day, Shinji died in an car accident, protecting Sennichi Amano from the accident. 10 years later, Kota Sasazawa happens to meet Sennichi Amano again.

Ichigo no Uta is distributed by Phantom Film. Directed by Shintaro Sugawara, with PPPROOODUUUUUUCERRRRRR as producer. Meanwhile, Yoshikazu Okada and Kazunobu Mineta was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Yutaro Furutachi, Shizuka Ishibashi, and Kazunobu Mineta. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.

Tezuka’s Barbara

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Tezuka’s Barbara

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.

Tao Genkyo Labyrinth

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Tao Genkyo Labyrinth

Tao Genkyo Labyrinth is Japanese Drama comedy Fantasy Romance movie based on the Hiromi Oka’s novel of the same name, tells about the owner and guard of the old Oshike family’s cafe, “Tao Genkyo” in Okaichi named Momotaro Kibi. Due to the good quality of possession and attractive natural atmosphere, the guests with various conditions come today under Momotaro. Everyone gathered there, all of the friends who had worked outside the city for a long time, also joined to restore the old memories together with Momotaro. But then, a suspicious person appeared in the cafe?

Tao Genkyo Labyrinth is directed by Jun Yoriko, with Hiromi Oka was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Yuki Torigoe, Kensuke Takahashi, Taishi Sugie, Kosuke Asuma, and Ikkei Yamamoto. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.

Damashie no Kiba

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Damashie no Kiba

Damashie no Kiba is Japanese Drama movie based on the Takeshi Shiota’s novel of the same name published from 2016 to 2016 in magazine Da Vinci. The story revolves around Teruya Hayami (Yo Oizumi]) who works as the chief editor of a magazine. He is an attractive man who talks wittily. One night, his boss gives him a hint that the magazine will be discontinued. Teruya Hayami struggles to save the magazine.

Damashie no Kiba is wrtitten by Takeshi Shiota. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Yo Oizumi. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.

This Old Road – Konomichi

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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

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Masquerade Hotel

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.

The Nikaidos’ Fall (Nikaido Family Story)

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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.

Sky’s Restaurant (Restaurant in the Sky)

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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.

12 Suicidal Teens (Juni-ri no shinitai kodomo-tachi)

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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.

Whistleblower (Nanatsu no kaigi)

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Whistleblower (Nanatsu no kaigi)

Whistleblower (Nanatsu no kaigi) is Japanese Drama Action Spy Sci-fi movie based on Jun Ikeido’s novel Nanatsu no Kaigi published November 5, 2012 by Nikkei Publishing Inc.. Previously this novel had been adapted into a television drama entitled The Seven Conferences in 2013. The film tells the story of Tamio Yasumi (Mansai Nomura) who works as a subsection chief for a company.

Yasumi has not received a promotion in a long time. Other members including Makoto Kitagawa (Teruyuki Kagawa) as the manager of the same department work very hard. One day, Banji Harashima (Mitsuhiro Oikawa) is assigned to work as the new vice manager in the department. It seems like there is a secret that is kept tight enough in the company.

Whistleblower (Nanatsu no kaigi) is produced by MacLotus, Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), and distributed by Toho (Japan). Directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa, with Hidenori Iyoda as producer. Meanwhile, Jun Ikeido, Jeong-mi Lee, and Kentarô Ushio was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Mansai Nomura, Teruyuki Kagawa, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Ainosuke Kataoka, Takuma Otoo, and Danshun Tatekawa. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on February 1, 2019.

Samurai Marathon 1855 (Samurai Marason)

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Samurai Marathon 1855 (Samurai Marason)

Samurai Marathon 1855 (Samurai Marason) is Japanese Action Drama Historical movie based on Akihiro Dobashi’s novel Bakumatsu Marason Samurai published 2014 by Kadokawa Haruki Corporation. This film is set at the end of Edo period. Annaka lord’s Katsuaki Itakura predicts the potential attacks from foreign invaders, and decides to train the samurais by traveling through ten Gosato (about 58 km) along the mountain road.

However, this movement is mistaken for treason by the shogunate, and decide to assassinate Katsuaki staying in the castle during the absence of samurais. Then assassins are sent to the hanshu’s castle.

Jinnai Karasawa also came to the castle which was sent as a spy. But he realizes that assassins are sent to the hanshu castle. To stop the assassins and clear up the misunderstanding, he is in order to stop the plan. But it won’t be easy, he starts running.

Samurai Marathon 1855 (Samurai Marason) is produced by Sedic International, Recorded Picture Company (RPC), Sedic Deux, and distributed by GAGA (Japan). Directed by Bernard Rose, with Takashi Iguchi, Tsutakasa Ikegami, Toshiaki Nakazawa, Takahiro Ohno, Motoi Sasaki, Jeremy Thomas, Seiji Yagi, and Kensuke Zushi as producers. Meanwhile, Akihiro Dobashi, Bernard Rose, Hiroshi Saitô, and Kikumi Yamagishi was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu, Mirai Moriyama, Shota Sometani, Munetaka Aoki, and Ryu Kohata. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on February 22, 2019.

Until I Meet September’s Love

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Until I Meet September’s Love

Until I Meet September’s Love is Japanese Fantasy Romance movie based on Yumi Matsuo’s novel Kugatsu no Koi to Deau Made published in 2007 by Shinchosha. This story follows Shiori Kitamura who just moved to a new apartment. She works at a company. Susumu Hirano lives next door to her. He aspires to become a novelist.

One evening, Shiori Kitamura hears a man’s voice coming through her wall saying “I am in the future 1 year later.” The voices asks to trail Susumu Hirano. She is unable to hear the man’s voice anymore. To solve the mystery, Shiori Kitamura begins to follow Susumu Hirano and she gets attracted to him.

Until I Meet September’s Love is distributed by Warner Bros. (Japan). Directed by Toru Yamamoto, with Yumi Matsuo was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Issey Takahashi, Haruna Kawaguchi, Kenta Hamano, Yuko Nakamura, Rina Kawaei, and Yutaro Furutachi. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on March 1, 2019.

You Shine in the Moonlit Night (Kimi wa Tsukiyo ni Hikarikagayaku)

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You Shine in the Moonlit Night (Kimi wa Tsukiyo ni Hikarikagayaku)

You Shine in the Moonlit Night (Kimi wa Tsukiyo ni Hikarikagayaku) is Japanese Drama Fantasy Romance School Youth movie based on Tetsuya Sano’s novel Kimi wa Tsukiyo ni Hikarikagayaku published 2017 by Kadokawa. This film follows Takuya Okada (Takumi Kitamura), a high school student. He had a classmate named Mamizu Watarase (Mei Nagano) who is lying weakly in a hospital due to a mysterious illness “Luminescence disease.” People who have the disease show a faint sparkle under the moonlight and the sparkle gets brighter as their death gets closer.

Mamizu Watarase is not allowed out of the hospital and she will not live long enough to become an adult. Takuya Okada offers to help her carry out her wishes before she passes away. He also tells her how he feels about her, but Mamizu Watarase’s death is approaching.

You Shine in the Moonlit Night (Kimi wa Tsukiyo ni Hikarikagayaku) is distributed by Toho. Directed by Sho Tsukikawa, with Tetsuya Sano was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Mei Nagano, Takumi Kitamura, Shouma Kai, Honoka Matsumoto, Mio Imada, and Yuka. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on March 15, 2019.

Makuko

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Makuko

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.

Just Only Love (Ai ga Nanda)

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Just Only Love (Ai ga Nanda)

Just Only Love (Ai ga Nanda) is Japanese Drama Romance movie based on the Mitsuyo Kakuta’s novel Ai ga Nanda published March, 2003 by Media Factory. The story centered on a 28 year old Office Lady named Teruko (Yukino Kishii). Five months ago, she fell in love with Mamoru at first sight. Since that time, she has does not have the slightest care about her work or her friends. Unsurprisingly, she then loses her job and her friends start ignoring her. Yet, Teruko is happy as long as she is with Mamoru. Meanwhile, Mamoru thinks Teruko is an easy woman for him to not love. Teruko’s unrequited love grows deeper.

Just Only Love (Ai ga Nanda) is distributed by Elephant House. Directed by Rikiya Imaizumi, with Mitsuyo Kakuta was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Yukino Kishii, Ryo Narita, Mai Fukagawa, Ryuya Wakaba, Reiko Kataoka, and Mariko Tsutsui. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on April, 2019.

A Gambler’s Odyssey 2020 (Mahjong Horoki 2020)

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A Gambler’s Odyssey 2020 (Mahjong Horoki 2020)

A Gambler’s Odyssey 2020 (Mahjong Horoki 2020) is Japanese Action Comedy Drama Sports movie based on the Takehiro Irokawa’s novel Mahjong Horoki published from 1969 to 1972 in magazine Shukan Taishu. The story follows Boyatetsu (Takumi Saito) who travels from the year 1945 to Tokyo in the year 2020.

In 2020, Tokyo is plagued by a decreasing population and an increase in unemployment. Boyatetsu is stunned by the ever worsening situation and struggles to play mahjong.

A Gambler’s Odyssey 2020 (Mahjong Horoki 2020) is distributed by Toei. Directed by Kazuya Shiraishi, with akehiro Irokawa and Sakichi Sato was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Takumi Saito, Momo, Naoto Takenaka, and Becky. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on April 5, 2019.

Cheer Boys!! (Chia danshi!!)

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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.

Inemuri Iwane

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Inemuri Iwane

Inemuri Iwane is Japanese Action Drama Historical movie based on Yasuhide Saeki’s novel series “Inemuri Iwane Edo Zoshi” published from 2002 to 2016 by Futaba Bunko. Previously this novel had been adapted into a TV series titled Kagero no Tsuji, consisted of 3 series series and aired from 2007 – 2009 by NHK. The story revolves around of Iwane Sakazaki (Tori Matsuzaka) who has two childhood friends: Kinpei Kobayashi (Tasuku Emoto) and Shinnosuke Kawade (Yosuke Sugino).

They received training at the same dojo. Kinpei Kobayashi’s younger sister Mai is married to Shinnosuke Kawade. Also Iwane Sakazaki will marry Nao (Kyoko Yoshine) who is the younger sister of Kinpei Kobayashi and Mai. The three friends are like brothers.

Shinnosuke Kawade then hears a rumor that his wife Mai is having an affair and he kills her. Kinpei Kobayashi becomes enraged that his younger sister is murdered and kills Shinnosuke Kawade. To punish Kinpei Kobayashi, Iwane Sakazaki is ordered to kill his friend.

Inemuri Iwane is distributed by Shochiku (Japan). Directed by Katsuhide Motoki, with Fujimoto was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Tori Matsuzaka, Fumino Kimura, Kyoko Yoshine, Tasuku Emoto, Yosuke Sugino, and Kuranosuke Sasaki. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on May 17, 2019.

Uchi no Shitsuji ga Iu Koto niwa (Say What Our Butlers Said)

Japanese Live Novel-based Movies of 2019

Uchi no Shitsuji ga Iu Koto niwa (Say What Our Butlers Said)

Uchi no Shitsuji ga Iu Koto niwa is Japanese Comedy Drama Historical movie based on the Shiina Takasato’s novel series of the same name, first published on March 25, 2014 by Kadokawa Bunko. The film’s story is centered on Kaei (Ren Nagase), a successor to the prestigious Karasuma family. After studying in the U.K., he returns to Japan. But instead he had to face the strange young man called Soma Kisaragi, who is now Kaei’s new butler. With the help of Soma Kisaragi, Kaei protects his family from a conspiracy.

Uchi no Shitsuji ga Iu Koto niwa is distributed by Toei. Directed by Shinji Kuma, with Shiina Takasato and Takeshi Aoshima was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Ren Nagase, Sho Kiyohara, Yuta Jinguji, Mio Yuki, Kamio Fuju, and Toshihiro Yashiba. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on May 17, 2019.

Parallel World Love Story

Japanese Live Novel-based Movies of 2019

Parallel World Love Story

Parallel World Love Story is Japanese Drama Romance movie based on Keigo Higashino’s novel with the same name published 1995 by Chuokoron-Shinsha. The story revolves around the lives of Takashi Tsurug (Yuta Tamamori) and Tomohiko Miwa (Shota Sometani).

“A world” – Takashi Tsurug (Yuta Tamamori) and Tomohiko Miwa (Shota sometani) are close friends. After graduating from a university, they begin work at a company which does brain research. One day, Tomohiko introduces Mayuko Tsuno (Riho Yoshioka) as his girlfriend. Takashi is stunned. When he was a university student, Takashi saw Mayuko Tsuno everyday on the train opposite from the one he rode. He became attracted to her back then.

“B world” – When Takashi Tsurug wakes up, his girlfriend Mayuko Tsuno makes breakfast as usual at his apartment. His friend Tomohiko Miwa introduced him to Mayuko and they have lived happily as a couple. Everything seems to be going smoothly, but Takashi begins to have doubts. Tomohiko, who worked with him at the same company, disappears and he can’t discern if his memory is real or imaginary.

Parallel World Love Story is distributed by Shochiku (Jepang). Directed by Yoshitaka Mori, with Keigo Higashino and Lion Hitoshizuku was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Yuta Tamamori, Riho Yoshioka, Shota Sometani, Michitaka Tsutsui, Mimura, Hiroya Shimizu, and Ron Mizuma. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on May 31, 2019.

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