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    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Shochiku has provided information and large, high-res photos from the new comedy SPECIAL ACTORS (??????????, Supesharu Akut?zu), the second feature film from ONE CUT OF THE DEAD director Shinichiro Ueda. Ueda has taken a concept he has been incubating for many years and cast 15 unknown actors for this multiple protagonist movie. The seventh project produced under Shochiku Broadcasting`s original film banner, SPECIAL ACTORS leads the viewer down a mysterious road where nothing is what it appears to be... STORY Real actors acting fake...? Fake actors acting real...? Kazuto (Kazuhito Osawa) is not a typical actor...actually, he`s not an actor at all! He`s just a timid young guy who regularly faints from stress, hopelessly impressed with the psychic strength of the hero from the B-movie RESCUEMAN. Kazuto`s younger brother invites

    Stream A New Horror Movie Each Day In October For Free With No Ads, Commercials or Contracts on movieSPREE Apps and Website! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Barrett Evans The recently launched transaction-based streaming service movieSPREE,is thrilled to announce a spook-tacular promotion for the entire month of October. The 31 Nights of Frightwill offer a daily ‘Freebie Jeebie’- a free horror movie a day to stream without any interruptions, commitments and best of all, NO ADS! The entire bundle of 31 movies can be added to your movieSPREElibrary for a special, discounted price of only $10.31.

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to acclaimed cult director Takashi Miike’s FIRST LOVE (??, Hatsukoi) following the world premiere in Director’s Fortnight at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Doris Pfardrescher on behalf of Well Go USA and HanWay Films with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. It will be released in select theaters later this year, with the digital and home entertainment release scheduled for first quarter 2020. HanWay Films has also closed deals with Haut et Court (France), Eurovideo (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Nonstop (Scandinavia), Odeon (Greece), Mars (Turkey), Discovery (Former-Yugoslavia), Paradise (CIS, Baltics) and Frontrow (Middle East). FIRST LOVE marks the fourth collaboration between Academy Award winning producer Jeremy Thomas (THE LAST EMPEROR) and Takashi Miike

    Source: NYAFF press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Hang with NYAFF next Tuesday, September 17th at 7pm to catch FIRST LOVE (??, Hatsukoi) at the Angelika Film Center where the man himself, director Takashi Miike, will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A! Purchase tickets at Synopsis The film is the prolific auteur, Takashi Miike, at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo. FIRST LOVE will be released in select theaters by Well Go USA Entertainment on September 27th.

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co. has provided information and large, high-res photos from L?DK: TWO LOVES UNDER ONE ROOF (L?DK ?????????????????, L?DK Hitotsu Yane no Shita, (Suki) ga Futatsu). The movie is based on Ayu Watanabe’s 10 million-selling manga and a sequel to 2014’s live action film L?DK – LIVING TOGETHER (L?DK ????, L?DK Rabu D?kyo). Aoi lives together with the most handsome guy in high school, Shusei; however, his cousin, who joins them to live under the same roof, plots all sorts of nasty things to ruin their relationship. STORY High school third-year student Aoi Nishimori has a secret that she keeps from everyone in her school: she lives with Shusei Kugayama, the most handsome guy on campus, who other students call “Prince.” They initially met under awful circumstances, but gradually began

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Shochiku has provided information and large, high-res photos from IWANE: SWORD OF SERENITY (?????, Inemuri Iwane). This is the first movie based on the Inemuri Iwane Edo Zoshi novels by Yasuhide Saeki, which have sold more than 65 million copies. STORY This samurai has virtues that many of us have forgotten. Iwane Sakazaki returns to his homeland and gets caught in the middle of an incident that results in the tragic death of two of his best friends from childhood. He decides to leave his domain, parting with his fiancée Nao, and becomes a vagrant masterless samurai with nothing more to lose. Iwane begins living in a row house in Edo, filleting eels during the day and working as a bodyguard at night for Imazuya, a reputable money exchanger.

    Japanese media loves its tropes. While some of the worst tropes in Japanese anime shows are parents who`ve disappeared, predictable villain redemption arcs, and characters who become powerful by following secret training methods, there are others that viewers love to see. One of these is gambling. The gambling trope provides lots of potential storylines for characters, from big wins at the casino that translate into whirlwind adventures to gambling losses that mean the protagonist has to scramble to pay back debts, viewers are hugely entertained by gambling themes. What Are the Best Gambling Anime? Gambling is featured in many Japanese animes but some stand out more than others. One of these is TOHAI DENSETSU AKAGI: YAM NI MAIORITA TENSEI, also known as MAHJONG LEGEND AKAGI: THE GENIUS WHO DESCENDED INTO DARKNESS. The title of this anime is a bit of misnomer

    FlynnPictureCo. will produce the pop culture icon’s global feature debut, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release New Line Cinema, Sanrio and FlynnPictureCo. announced that they will be teaming up to develop an English language HELLO KITTY film for a worldwide audience for the first time in her 45-year history. The partnership marks the only time Sanrio has granted film rights to Hello Kitty and other popular characters -- including Gudetama, My Melody, Little Twin Stars and more from its expansive universe -- to a major film studio, giving audiences outside of Japan the opportunity to experience Hello Kitty as a feature film. Hello Kitty’s debut under the partnership will be produced by Beau Flynn and executive produced by Wendy Jacobson for FlynnPictureCo. in the culmination of a passionate, nearly five-year journey to secure the rights to develop Hello Kitty

    12 Months of Exclusive Content Direct From Studios and Distributors! Author: Keith Aiken SciFi Japan is proud to remain the one and ONLY English language website devoted to Japanese fantasy films and TV that is officially press registered with all five major Japanese studios (Toho, Toei, Shochiku, Nikkatsu and Kadokawa), several Japanese production companies, plus their distributors and licensees. While other sites will run information and images taken from Japanese news sources and publications, SciFi Japan regularly posts content provided directly to us by the companies and people making and releasing Japanese movies, programs and merchandise. This allows us to present our readers with accurate, verified information rather than rumors and speculation, and also run larger and higher quality photos and artwork than can be found elsewhere. Thanks to all our writers, contributors, sources and readers for your support! Be sure to check

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: (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: (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: (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: (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: (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: (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: (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: (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: (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

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