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    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: railwaysmovie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Shochiku Co. has provided information and photos for OUR DEPARTURES (??????RAILWAYS ?????????, Kazoku Iro -Railways Watashitachi no Shuppatsu-). After a long absence, the RAILWAYS film series returns with its third entry... and the first about a female train engineer. OUR DEPARTURES is directed by Yasuhiro Yoshida (ENOSHIMA PRISM) and stars Kasumi Arimura (ERASED, I AM A HERO) and Jun Kunimura (KILL BILL Vol.1, SHIN GODZILLA). STORY Aki, who at 25 married Shuhei, a man with a son from a previous relationship, visits his hometown of Kagoshima to inform his father, Setsuo, of his sudden passing. Setsuo is dismayed by his son`s sudden death and flustered by his daughter-in-law and grandson Shunya who he meets for the first time. Aki and Shunya have lost their home in Tokyo, and they convince

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: ningyo-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Shochiku Co. has provided information and photos for THE HOUSE WHERE THE MERMAID SLEEPS (Ningyo-no Nemuru Ie), based on the 30th anniversary novel by best-selling mystery writer Keigo Higashino (Into the White Night, Suspect X). A couple is confronted by a tragedy involving their beloved child and ultimately must make a difficult choice. THE HOUSE WHERE THE MERMAID SLEEPS is directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (SANADA 10 BRAVES, TRICK) and stars Ryoko Shinohara (UNFAIR series, SAKURA GUARDIAN IN THE NORTH, SUNNY – OUR HEARTS BEAT TOGETHER) and Hidetoshi Nishijima (LICENSE TO LIVE, THE WIND RISES, WHILE THE WOMEN ARE SLEEPING, CREEPY). STORY Kazumasa (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and Kaoruko (Ryoko Shinohara) are in a troubled marriage and have agreed to divorce once their daughter`s elementary school entrance exams are over. However, just before they are to

    Source: Showgate Inc. Official Site: funohan.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Showgate Inc. has provided information and high-res photos from their upcoming release, MY DAD IS A HEEL WRESTLER (?????????????, Papa wa Warumono Chanpion). The live-action adaptation of the popular picture book series written by Masahiro Itabashi and illustrated by Hisanori Yoshida features the real-life professional wrestler Hiroshi Tanahashi, along with his colleagues from the wrestling world. STORY “Daddy’s job is to be a bad guy wrestler. At first, I was shocked...” 9 year-old Shota sneaks into his dad’s car to follow him to find out “What Daddy Does” to write for school. Then Shota sees for the first time that his dad, Takashi, was, in fact, the villain wrestler “Cockroach Mask”. Ashamed, Shota asks Takashi to quit his job, but Takashi says “If there’s no bad guys, the heroes don’t

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, Nippon Television Official Site: warnerbros.co.jp/marmaladeboy (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Warner Bros. Pictures Japan has provided information and large, high-res photos from MARMALADE BOY (?????????, Mamareedo Boi), the teen romance movie based on Yoshizumi Wataru`s best-selling manga series with 10 million copies in print. The film was directed by Ryuichi Hiroki (WOLF GIRL & BLACK PRINCE, POLICEMAN AND ME) and stars Ryo Yoshizawa (GINTAMA) and Hinako Sakurai. STORY Real love is not always sweet. Out of the blue one day, schoolgirl Miki Koishikawa`s (Hinako Sakurai) parents announce that they are getting a divorce. During their trip to Hawaii, they met another married couple, the Matsuuras, and Miki`s mom fell in love with the other husband, and Miki`s dad with the other wife, and hence the two couples are swapping partners and getting remarried. They also propose that

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: fuyu-kimi (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Warner Bros. Pictures Japan has provided information and large, high-res photos from LAST WINTER, WE PARTED (??????????, Kyonen no Fuyu Kimito Wakare), the film adaptation of Fuminori Nakamura`s novel of the same name. STORY Kyosuke Yakumo (Takanori Iwata), a young reporter looking for a scoop, is preparing for his upcoming wedding to his beloved Yuriko Matsuda (Mizuki Yamamoto). Intent on publishing a book, he chooses to write about a still unsolved incident involving the death of a beautiful blind woman in a fire. The prime suspect is the talented photographer, Yudai Kiharazaka (Takumi Saito). The closer Yakumo gets to the truth, the deeper he plunges into Kiharazaka`s devilry. CREDITS Japanese Theatrical Release: March 10, 2018 (Nationwide Roadshow) Running Time: 118 Minutes Cast Kyosuke Yakumo: Takanori

    Source: Nikkatsu Corporation A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The creative team behind THE DEVIL’S PATH (??, Kyoaku, 2013) -- director Kazuya Shiraishi and screenwriter Izumi Takahashi -- re-team for SUNNY (???/32, Sanii/32), an original story detailing what happens when the perpetrator of a crime that caused a nationwide uproar becomes entangled in a kidnapping. STORY It has been 14 years since the murder of an elementary school student by a classmate. The perpetrator was girl known by the nickname "Sunny" who was deified on the internet as a "the cutest murderer in criminal history". Akari Fujii (Rie Kitahara) is a middle school teacher whose private life and job are not going so well. On her 24th birthday she is kidnapped by two men (played by Pierre Taki and Lily Franky) who are fanatical followers of Sunny. The two men claim that she is

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: korou.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided press notes and high-res photos from THE BLOOD OF WOLVES (????, Korou no Chi). Kazuya Shiraishi (THE DEVIL’S PATH, TWISTED JUSTICE) directs the feature film adaptation of Yuzuki Yuko`s novel by the same title. Cops go up against the yakuza gangs while the gangs engage in violent in-fighting, set in Hiroshima in the days before the anti-organized crime law went into effect. STORY 1988, Hiroshima. Hioka (Tori Matsuzaka) gets assigned to the second investigative unit under Ogami (Koji Yakusho), a detective rumored to have mob ties, and he is put in charge of the missing persons case for an employee at a yakuza-affiliated finance company. Hioka confronts ruthless gang thugs while harboring doubts about the law-breaking Ogami. CREDITS Japanese Theatrical Release: May 12,

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: tsumafuri.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Kadokawa Pictures has provided information and photos for their new movie, When I get home, my wife always pretends to be dead. (?????????????????????, Ie ni kaeru to tsuma ga kanarazu shinda furi o shiteimasu.). The film is a romantic comedy that was inspired by a 2010 question on the Yahoo! Answers online community. A reply posted by user "K.Kajunsky" received 4.1 million views and more than 1700 responses, inspired an original song performed with the Vocaloid digital female singer Hatsune Miku, and was turned into a hit manga. The movie is directed by Toshio Lee (DETROIT METAL CITY, TIME TRIP APP) and stars Nana Eikura (THE FLOATING CASTLE, LIBRARY WARS) and Ken Yasuda (HK / FORBIDDEN SUPER HERO, IMPOSSIBILITY DEFENSE). STORY In his third year of marriage,

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: tkoubaske.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided press notes and high-res photos from RUN! T HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CLUB (???T???????, Hashire! T Ko Basuketto Bu), the live-action teen drama based on the same-named novel by Matsuzaki Hiroshi, which has sold more than 1.2 million copies in Japan. Toei describes the film as a "refreshing portrayal of a frustrated high school boy who grows up and nurtures friendships through basketball". RUN! T HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CLUB stars Jun Shison, who broke out as Right/ToQ No. 1 in the RESSHA SENTAI TOQGER (????????????, Ressha Sentai Tokkyuujaa, 2014-15) television series and spinoff movies. His film credits include SHIPPU RONDO (?????, 2016), SURVIVAL FAMILY (??????????, Sabaibaru Famirii, 2017), TEIICHI – BATTLE OF SUPREME HIGH – (????, Teiichi no Kuni, 2017) and THE LAST SHOT IN THE BAR (???BAR???3,

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: biblia-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Kadokawa Pictures has provided information and photos for their new movie, THE ANTIQUE. The film is based on the best-selling novel series by author En Mikami*, about the owner of a used book store who solves various mysteries involving books. THE ANTIQUE was directed by Yukiko Mishima (NIGHT’S TIGHTROPE, DEAR ETRANGER) and stars Haru Kuroki (SOLOMON`S PERJURY, THE BRIDE OF RIP VAN WINKLE), Shuhei Nomura (PUZZLE, CHIHAYAFURU), Ryo Narita (YOUR NAME, It’s Boring Here, Pick Me Up) and Kaho (GAMERA THE BRAVE, THE KODAI FAMILY). STORY Shioriko Shinokawa (Haru Kuroki) is the owner of Biblia Antiquarian Bookshop in Kita-Kamakura. She is beautiful but introverted, an expert on vintage books, and a great storyteller. Shioriko also has amazing powers of logical deduction, and can solve great mysteries from

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: bananakayo.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Shochiku Co. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for A BANANA? AT THIS TIME OF NIGHT? (??????????????????, Konna Yofuke ni Banana Kayo Itoshiki Jitsuwa), the film adaptation of author Kazufumi Watanabe`s non-fiction masterpiece. STORY Thirty-four-year-old Yasuaki Shikano (Yo Oizumi) can only move his neck and hands because of muscular dystrophy. He uses a wheelchair to get around. But he ditches the hospital in search of freedom and mobilizes volunteers so he can live exactly as he pleases. One day, a new volunteer named Misaki (Mitsuki Takahata) flips out at the self-indulgent Shikano. And Shikano`s response is to falls head over heels in love with her, but she has a boyfriend, medical student volunteer Tanaka (Haruma Miura). CREDITS Release Date: Friday, December 28, 2018 (Nationwide Roadshow) Running Time: 120

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: harumatsumovie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Warner Bros. Pictures Japan has provided information and large, high-res photos from WAITING FOR SPRING (?????, Haru Matsu Bokura), the live-action adaptation of Anashin`s popular comic of the same name. A teen love story, the film stars Tao Tsuchiya (ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE REVENGE OF BELIAL, RUROUNI KENSHIN series, YELL FOR THE BLUE SKY, POLICEMAN AND ME, THE 8-YEAR ENGAGEMENT) and is directed by Yuichiro Hirakawa (UNTIL THE BREAK OF DAWN, ERASED). STORY Lonely Mitsuki (Tao Tsuchiya) makes every effort to try and make friends when she entered high school, but is not successful. Then by chance, she meets the basketball team`s Towa (Takumi Kitamura) at work and they hit it off well. One day, she meets her childhood friend Aya (Yuta Koseki) again. CREDITS Japanese Theatrical Release: Friday, December

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: kakugo-joshi-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided press notes and high-res photos from LOCK-ON LOVE (???????????, Kakugo wa Iika Soko no Joshi), the live-action film based on Nana Shiiba’s manga, Are You Ready? Hey You Girl! Taishi Nakagawa (YOUR LIE IN APRIL, CLOSEST LOVE TO HEAVEN, ReLIFE, RAINBOW DAYS) stars as the "ultimate loser boy", high school student Towa Furuya, a role he originated in the ARE YOU READY? HEY YOU GIRL television drama that aired this past June. He is joined by two other returning cast mates... Jiei Wakabayashi (SOLOMON`S PERJURY) as Towa`s friend, Ryusei Kuze, and Teppei Koike (KIDS, SABUIBO MASK, EATING WOMEN) as teacher Ryuji Masaki. Rising star Erika Karata (ASAKO, LOVE X DOC) plays the object of Towa`s affection, the "cool beauty", Misono Miwa. LOCK-ON LOVE is directed by

    Directed by KIM Yong-wan & Starring Don LEE (MA Dong-seok) Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Rachel Villegas #Champion @wellgousa A former arm-wrestling champion raised in the U.S. returns to South Korea for a tournament that could return him to glory, but he finds his life complicated by the appearance of the biological family he never knew in the South Korean sports comedy CHAMPION (???, 2018), debuting on digital October 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Don LEE (MA Dong-seok), the star of hits TRAIN TO BUSAN and ALONG WITH THE GODS: THE TWO WORLDS, flexes his muscles as the arm-wrestling champion, with KWON Yul (THE ADMIRAL) and HAN Ye-ri (SERA FOG) offering support under the direction of newcomer KIM Yong-wan. Synopsis In this rousing crowd-pleaser, a former arm-wrestling champion raised in the US returns to South Korea

    Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Rachel Villegas #DetectiveKSecretOfTheLivingDead @wellgousa DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LIVING DEAD (?????: ????? ??, Joseon Myeongtamjeong: Heupyeolgoemaui Bimil, 2018), the third film in the popular South Korean action-mystery franchise, debuts on digital September 25 from Well Go USA Entertainment. KIM Myung-min and OH dal-su reprise their roles as bumbling sleuths investigating a string of strange murders that suggest the work of vampires. This hilarious outing follows the hugely popular DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE VIRTUOUS WIDOW (?????: ?????? ??, Joseon Myeongtamjeong: Gakshituku Ggotui Bimil, 2011) and DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LOST ISLAND (?????: ??? ?? ?, Joseon Myeongtamjeong: Sarajin Nobeui Ddal, 2015) and also stars Kim Ji-won (HORROR STORIES), Lee Min-ki (TIDAL WAVE) and Kim Bum (YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON). Synopsis When a series of unusual murders

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: nijiiro-days.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Shochiku Co. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for RAINBOW DAYS (?????, Nijiiro Deizu), their live action adaptation of the girl`s manga by artist Minami Mizuno. The film is a coming-of-age story about the friendship and love interests of four silly, playful high school boys enjoying their youth that “only comes around once.” RAINBOW DAYS is directed by Ken Iizuka (ARAKAWA UNDER THE BRIDGE, DROPS IN YOUR HAND, LAUGHING LUCKY CATS) and stars Reo Sano (HIGH AND LOW series), Taishi Nakagawa (YOUR LIE IN APRIL, CLOSEST LOVE TO HEAVEN, ReLIFE), Mahiro Takasugi (KAMEN RIDER GAIM, POLICEMAN AND ME, BEFORE WE VANISH), Ryusei Yokohama (RESSHA SENTAI TOQGER, WOLF GIRL & BLACK PRINCE, KISEKI -SOBITO OF THAT DAY-) and Ai Yoshikawa (AKKO-CHAN: THE MOVIE, ROOMMATE). STORY Natchan (Reo Sano), a

    Source: NTV (Nippon Television Network) and Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: akko-chan-movie.com (Japan) SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from a Japanese movie not yet released in the United States. Last August, SciFi Japan previewed the then-upcoming film, AKKO-CHAN: THE MOVIE (?? ??????????, Eiga Himitsu no Akko-chan, 2012). NTV is now offering AKKO-CHAN: THE MOVIE for international sales and has provided SFJ with English production notes for the film. The accompanying photos are courtesy of NTV and Shochiku, the movie`s domestic distributor... The compact lets her become whatever she wants to be. The magic words are... Introduction A must-see delight! A super adorable romantic entertainment movie! AKKO-CHAN: THE MOVIE is based on Akko-chan’s Got a Secret (??????????, Himitsu no Akko-chan), a classic manga by Fujio Akatsuka that shines in the history of Japanese comics. It was adapted as

    The incomparably talented director, Gakuryu Ishii, explodes extreme personalities in his world. “Ten guys” are searching for each other. A love story between “a girl” is a key for their battle. “A monkey” starts telling a surprising secret. Who will be killed in the end?! An extraordinary tale has begun... Starring Go Ayano + Story by Kankuro Kudo + Director Gakuryu Ishii The movie that Japan`s best performers fought to be in. A movie that entertains audiences in the most imaginative and unimaginable way. Providing enough fun for the universe to burst into laughter! Every decade has its iconic moment. In 1969 Apollo 11 landed men on the Moon. In 1989 the Berlin Wall came down. In 1991 the world got its first website. Now on June 30, 2018, the release of this monumental movie is the entertainment event of this decade. Many well-established actors fought to

    Source: HIDIVE press release HIDIVE announced today that it acquired the streaming rights to the live-action television series 100 SIGHTS OF ANCIENT CITIES premiering on June 27, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. CDT with two episodes releasing every week on Wednesdays in the United States, Canada and other territories. As Japan continues to modernize, much of its cultural history is being lost, but residents of the San-in region keep these time-honored myths and traditions alive in their everyday life. Explore the rich and deeply cherished customs in this television documentary series that has made the San-in region a place truly unique to the rest of Japan. Viewers will learn about the sights, crafts, food, festivals and much more to discover the beauty of these unique customs in 100 Sights of Ancient Cities. For more information, a full list of plan features, or to sign up for HIDIVE visit

    North America`s Largest Festival of New Japanese Cinema Announces First Confirmed Highlights for 12th Annual Installment Source: Japan Society press release Official Site: japan-cuts-2018 Special Thanks to Shannon Jowett Now entering its 12th year, JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film returns to present the best new movies made in and around Japan and the filmmakers and performers who made them, with new titles never before seen in New York and many screening for the first time outside Japan or in North America. Set for July 19 to 29, the 2018 edition will feature an exclusive premiere roster of nearly 30 feature films, ranging from big budget blockbusters to powerful shoestring indies, and includes spotlights on documentary cinema, experimental films, shorts and recent rediscoveries and restorations of classic Japanese favorites. With the full schedule to be announced in early June, first highlights include: • MORI, THE ARTIST`S

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