This is a list of Japanese live spy (detective) films released in 2019. Here are the 4 best movies that are highly recommended for you to watch this year. The films are Touken Ranbu, Nanatsu no kaigi, Tonde Saitama, and The Fable. Please read the storyline of each of these films and don’t forget the schedule can change at any time!
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.
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)
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.
Tonde Saitama is Japanese Action Comedy Drama Fantasy Romance Spy movie based on the Mineo Maya manga series, Saitama Tonde which was published in 1982 to 1983 in Japanese shojo manga magazine, Hana to Yume. The film tells a world where people are discriminated based on their birthplace, Saitama Prefecture is particularly criticized by the people in Tokyo.
One day, a mysterious male student named Rei Asami transfers to Hakuhoudou Academy, a prestigious high school in Tokyo, from America. Momomi Hakuhoudou, the president of the school’s student council and the grandson of the director of the school, is gradually attracted by him.
However, Rei’s secret origin that he was born in Saitama is accidentally revealed. He returns to Saitama to join resistance movement to eliminate discrimination against Saitama citizens. When Momomi learns that a powerful politician tries to destroy Rei’s resistance group, he decides to go to Saitama to inform Rei of the danger.
Tonde Saitama is distributed by Toei. Directed by Hideki Takeuchi, with Mineo Maya and Tomokazu Tokunaga was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Fumi Nikaido, Gackt, Ryo Kato, Brother Tom, Kumiko Aso, and Shah Rukh Khan. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on February 22, 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.