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    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, Nippon Television Network Official Site: (Japan) Warner Bros. Pictures Japan will release MONSTERZ (??????, Monsutaazu) at the Shinjuku Piccadilly and theaters across Japan on Friday, May 30th, 2014. INTRODUCTION Your heart will pound faster. You will forget to breathe... MONSTERZ features Japan`s latest and hottest stars, seen together for the first time! In the wake of a series of box-office successes such as the DEATH NOTE (?????, Desu Noto, 2006) series and SHIELD OF STRAW (???, Wara no Tate, 2013) -- 2013 Cannes Competition -- Tatsuya Fujiwara plays the Man. Takayuki Yamada plays Shuichi, adding another engaging performance to an amazing career that includes MW (MW-??-, 2009) and MILOCRORZE - A LOVE STORY (??????, Mirokuroze, 2012). Satomi Ishihara (SADAKO 3D) plays Shuichi`s love interest. Also starring are Tae Kimura (KAIDAN) and Yutaka Matsushige (REAL). The director is

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: (Japan) Kadokawa Pictures presents "the birth of a new erotic × young girl action movie!" with RED X PINK (?×???, Aka × Pinku), opening at the Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku and other Japanese cinemas on February 22, 2014. Celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the company`s publishing imprint, Kadokawa Bunko, the film is adapted from the 2003 light novel written by Naoki Prize winner Kazuki Sakuraba and illustrated by Shin Takahashi. RED X PINK is the story of four young women who participate in "Girls Blood", an illegal mixed martial arts event held at an abandoned elementary school in Roppongi, Tokyo. Here, members of an underground fight club watch women in revealing cosplay outfits battle in an iron cage, night after night. One of the fighters, Satsuki, suffers from gender identity disorder. Another, Chinatsu, came to "Girls Blood" after

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: (Japan) You’ll be eliminated by another “you”. Kadokawa celebrates their Horror Bunko imprint with the 20th anniversary film, BILOCATION (????????, Bairokeeshon, 2013), premiering October 21st at the Tokyo International Film Festival. The movie will be released in Japanese cinemas on January 18, 2014. BILOCATION is based on Hojo Haruka’s debut novel of the same name (published October 23, 2010 by Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co.) and promises "an imaginative psychological thriller unlike anything you`ve ever seen". The story deals with a supernatural phenomenon that has been reported worldwide... an individual appears in two different places at the same time. What if this alter ego exceeds your own experience and ability? And what if he/she tries to prevent you from standing in their way? Can you accept it, or will you kill the other “you”? BILOCATION depicts the nightmare of an alter ego

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) Yomi Hirasaka`s light novel series Haganai: I Don`t Have Many Friends (????????, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai) has been adapted in multiple manga and anime series with a total circulation (as of October 2013) of 6.1 million units. Now the story comes to the big screen with a live-action movie version from Toei. HAGANAI: I DON`T HAVE MANY FRIENDS is written and directed by Takuro Oikawa, whose previous credits include the thriller SHUFFLE (?????, Shaffuru, 2011) and the manga adaptation KAN-KIN-TAN-TEI (????, Kankin Tantei, 2013). Headlining the cast is Koji Seto, star of the series MASKED RIDER KIVA (????????, Kamen Raidaa Kiba, 2008-2009) and its movie spin-offs. Seito has recently focused on the horror genre with roles in JU-ON: BLACK GHOST (???????, Ju-on: Kuroi Shoujo, 2009), SADAKO 3D (??3D, 2012) and SADAKO 3D 2 (??3D2, 2013). The female lead

    Source: Magnolia Pictures Official Site: (Japan), (US) Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of US film distributor Magnolia Pictures, will release action cinema master "Beat" Takeshi Kitano`s BEYOND OUTRAGE to theaters in January 2014. The film was previously released in Japan and overseas as OUTRAGE BEYOND (?????? ????, Autoreiji Biyondo, 2012). With BEYOND OUTRAGE, Kitano returns to the hard boiled characters, black comedy and unflinching violence of his yakuza saga, OUTRAGE (?????? Autoreiji, 2010). This time, a manipulative police crackdown on organized crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld. BEYOND OUTRAGE is now available On Demand and will open in American theaters on January 3, 2014. STORY The Sanno crime family has grown into a massive organization dominated by young executives whose new approach to running the family is causing frustration and pent-up resentment with the old-guard members.

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) Shochiku will release THE SNOW WHITE MURDER CASE (????????, Shirayuki Hime Satsujin Jiken) to Japanese cinemas on March 29, 2014. The movie is based on the novel by Kanae Minato, the best-seller novelist of Confessions and A Chorus of Angels, and directed by the talented Yoshihiro Nakamura (KAIBUTSU-KUN: THE MOVIE, GOLDEN SLUMBER). The cast includes Mao Inoue (REBIRTH, BOYS OVER FLOWERS series) and Go Ayano (RUROUNI KENSHIN, GANTZ). Noriko Miki (Nanao), a beautiful employee of Hinode Cosmetics, was murdered. People started to suspect one co-worker, Miki Shirono (Mao Inoue) as her killer. TV director Yuji Akahoshi (Go Ayano) investigates by interviewing their friends and families and also using multiple social media outlets. His efforts result in a devastating conclusion. Release Date: March 29, 2014 Cast Mao Inoue: Miki Shirono Yuji Akahoshi: Go Ayano Noriko Miki: Nanao Satoshi Shinoyama: Nobuaki

    Source: Pony Canyon, Inc., FilmPressPlus Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Richard Lormand SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from an upcoming Japanese movie. Pony Canyon and FilmPressPlus have issued more detailed production notes for THE MOLE SONG -UNDERCOVER AGENT REIJI- (???? ????? REIJI, Mogura no Uta Sennuu Sosakan REIJI). Based on Noboru Takahashi’s long-running crime manga, the film is an epic adventure from actor Toma Ikuta, director Takashi Miike (13 ASSASSINS, SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO, AUDITION, ICHI THE KILLER), and screenwriter Kankuro Kudo (PING PONG, MAIKO HAAAAN!!). THE MOLE SONG -UNDERCOVER AGENT REIJI- opens in Japanese cinemas on February 15, 2014. ? Introduction A very unpredictable undercover cop comedy -- where something crazy happens every five minutes! A star-studded cast goes wild on the screen!! You’ve never seen them like this before! Featuring... Shinichi Tsutsumi, Riisa Naka, Takayuki Yamada, Takashi Okamura,

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) JUDGE! (????!, Jajji!) is an original comedy from Satoshi Nagai, a young up-coming director who has made many popular TV commercials in Japan. The film stars Satoshi Tsumabuki (VILLAIN, TOKYO FAMILY, THE KIYOSU CONFERENCE) and Keiko Kitagawa (HANDSOME SUIT, THE AFTER-DINNER MYSTERIES, ROOMMATE). Kiichiro Ota (Satoshi Tsumabuki), a lazy employee for the top advertising agency in Japan, is ordered by his boss to embark on a special mission. Ota is to attend Santa Monica International Advertising Festival --the world`s largest advertisement award festival -- as a judge and win the Grand Prix award for his company`s TV ad. To help in his lobbying activities, Ota must attend festival parties every night. So he is forced to attend the festival with Hikari Ota (Keiko Kitagawa) -- another employee who happens to have the same last name

    Source: Pony Canyon, Inc. Official Site: (Japan) Scheduled for release in Japan in February 2014, THE MOLE SONG -UNDERCOVER AGENT REIJI- (???? ????? REIJI, Mogura no Uta Sennuu Sosakan REIJI) will have its world premiere in November at the International Rome Film Festival. Based on the hit manga series, the film is a collaboration between actor Toma Ikuta, director Takashi Miike, and screenwriter Kankuro Kudo. ? Introduction A very unpredictable undercover cop comedy -- where something crazy happens every five minutes! A star-studded cast goes wild on the screen!! You’ve never seen them like this before! Featuring... Shinichi Tsutsumi, Riisa Naka, Takayuki Yamada, Takashi Okamura, Yusuke Kamiji! And...! Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Kenichi Endou, Sarutoki Minagawa, Ren Ohsugi, Koichi Iwaki!! ? What is The Mole Song...? The Mole Song is a comic series by the talented Noboru Takahashi, which was featured in Weekly Young

    Source: Pony Canyon, Inc. Official Site: (Japan) A melody that led to lies. A song that led to love. From Kotomi Aoki`s best-selling manga series The Girl Who Loved Lies comes the live action feature film THE LIAR AND HIS LOVER (?????????????, Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru). The movie will be released in Japan by Toho this December. The following press notes are courtesy of international sales agent, Pony Canyon, Inc... Introduction In 2007 Kotomi Aoki’s hit comic I’m In Love With My Sister (????????, Boku wa Imouto ni Koi o Suru) was adapted into the feature film MY SISTER, MY LOVE. An adaptation of I Give My First Love To You (??????????, Boku No Hatsukoi o Kimi Ni Sasagu) followed in 2009. Now, her new manga series The Girl Who Loved Lies -- which has already sold over 2.9 million copies

    Source: Shochiku, GAGA Corporation Official Site: (Japan) A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING - A TRUE LOVE STORY (?????, Bushi no Kondate) is based on a real-life family from the Edo Period that survived countless upheavals with their culinary talents. Oharu (Aya Ueto, AZUMI and THERMAE ROMAE) has a great sense of taste and excellent skills of cooking, but her stubbornness leads her husband to divorce after only one year of marriage. The head chef of the Kaga clan, Dennai Funaki (Toshiyuki Nishida, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, OUTRAGE BEYOND), recognizes Oharu`s talent, and proposes that she marry his son and heir, Yasunobu (Kengo Kora, FISH STORY, A STORY OF YONOSUKE), four year her junior. The Funaki are well known as the “Kitchen Samurai” of the Kaga clan, but Yasunobu is more interested in sword fighting and cannot cook at all. In order to save the Funaki family name

    Source: SDP Inc. (Stardust Pictures) Official Site: (Japan) Additional Material: Nippon Connection An erotic costume drama in old time Japan. Romance beyond fate and cruel fighting between greedy men and zombies! Filmmaker Hajime Hashimoto (ANOTHER BATTLE/CONSPIRACY, AIBOU SERIES: X DAY) directs his third release for 2013; PRINCESS SAKURA: FORBIDDEN PLEASURES (??, Sakura Hime). The controversial story is adapted from the 1817 kabuki play Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsho (?????) by Nanboku Tsuruya IV, author of the classic ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan (????). PRINCESS SAKURA: FORBIDDEN PLEASURES stars Kyoko Hinami (VANISHED: AGE 7), Munetaka Aoki (HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI, RUROUNI KENSHIN), Yuma Asami (PHONE CALL TO THE BAR 2), Yusuke Hirayama (20TH CENTURY BOYS: BEGINNING OF THE END, WILD 7) and Denden (GOLDEN SLUMBER, HIMIZU). SYNOPSIS One night in the Edo period... A spring storm blows strongly while cherry blossoms flutter down in

    Source: Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia press release Official Site: Prolific director Takashi Miike, a leading figure that has a special connection with the upcoming Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain), returned to the festival for screenings of his latest works. Arriving from Japan on October 18th, Miike attended screenings of LESSON OF THE EVIL (????, Aku no Kyoten, 2012) and SHIELD OF STRAW (???, Wara no Tate, 2013), presented in collaboration with the Japan Foundation. The director was welcomed with a standing ovation in the master class he offered at the Festival and where the book dedicated to him by the Festival was also presented. The prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike said that he felt truly moved by his welcome at the Festival. The session also was put to good use to present the

    Press Notes for Upcoming Mystery Movie Source: Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc., Lotte Entertainment Official Site: (Japan) Based on the 1998 novel by Shiro Tsukasaki, the South Korean/Japanese co-production GENOME HAZARD will open in Toho Cinemas in Japan on January 24, 2014. Hidetoshi Nijishima (DOLLS, THE WIND RISES) stars as Ishigami, an average working-class man plunged into a nightmare. One day he comes home from work and discovers his wife dead. Just then, he receives a phone call from his wife and collapses in utter confusion. Suddenly, two strangers claiming to be the police barge in and accuse Ishigami of murdering his wife. Escaping from the strangers, Ishigami struggles to find out what happened to his wife. As he searches for answers, Ishigami begins to lose his memory and finds himself acting like someone else. Is he truly who he thinks he is,

    Source: NTV (Nippon Television Network), Tokyo International Film Festival Official Movie Site: (Japan) Can people love again after losing someone special? The summer they were 15, Kanna’s childhood friend Haruta died. “I’ll never love anybody again...” But when she meets Roku, time -- frozen since that day -- begins to tick again. Introduction BEYOND THE MEMORIES (????, Kiyoku Yawaku) is an exquisite, heart-wrenching tale of love. The movie is based on Kanna`s Story, the final chapter of Kiyoku Yawaku, a masterpiece by the charismatic Ryo Ikuemi, who has been a top girls manga artist for 30 years with a following of devoted fans. This legendary bestselling manga has sold over 2.95 million copies and is her first work to be adapted into film. In the role of the main character, Kanna is Masami Nagasawa, who brought Japan to tears in CRYING OUT

    Source: Nikkatsu Corporation Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Emico Kawai "SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT UNTIL YOU CANT SHOOT ANY MORE”. This is the debut feature film of Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, my chief assistant director for many of my own films. Be sure not to miss the launch of this future master. -- Takashi Miike Nikkatsu`s new horror/suspence film ARCANA (????, Arukana) opened in Japanese cinemas on October 19th. Based on Yua Kotegawa`s manga series of the same name -- serialized in Shueisha`s Weekly Young Jump from September 2000 to December -- film is directed by Takashi Miike alumnus, Yoshitaka Yamaguchi. ARCANA was shot in Joso, Ibaraki, in cooperation with the Joso Film Commission. STORY What would you do if you met yourself? While pursuing a gang of ruthless killers, Detective Murakami (Masataka Nakagauchi) is ordered to a gruesome crime scene. There he

    Press Notes and High-Res Photos from Horror Movie Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) Toei Co., Ltd. will release their new horror thriller ROOMMATE (??????, Rumumeito, 2013) in Japan on November 9, 2013. The film is based on the 1997 novel of the same name by author, Aya Imamura, who died early this year. ROOMMATE stars Keiko Kitagawa (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT, AKUMU-CHAN: THE MOVIE) and Kyoko Fukada (THE RING 2, YATTERMAN). Synopsis Harumi Hagio (Keiko Kitagawa), a 23-year old temp worker, is badly injured in a car accident. As she convalescences in the hospital, Harumi becomes friends with Reiko Nishimura (Kyoko Fukada), the kindly young nurse taking care of her. While Harumi and Reiko only met in the hospital as patient and nurse, they quickly establish a close connection to each other. As Harumi`s discharge from the

    Source: Fuji Television Network Official Site: (Japan) The movie the whole universe has been waiting for!! Director Koki Mitani’s newest masterpiece is a historical epic!! In 2011, critically acclaimed screenwriter, producer, film director and entertainment pioneer Koki Mitani secured his reputation as Japan`s leading writer-director with A GHOST OF A CHANCE (???????, Suteki na Kanashibari), the No.1 Japanese live-action film of the year. Now the filmmaker returns with his latest undertaking; the historical epic THE KIYOSU CONFERENCE (????, Kiyosu Kaigi, 2013) starring 26 of Japan`s top stars. In 1582, before the unification of Japan, Nobunaga Oda was forced to take his own life at Honno-ji Temple during a violent revolt led by Mitsuhide Akechi. Following Oda’s death, Japan held the Kiyosu Conference -- the “conference that changed the course of history” -- to resolve the Oda clan’s succession of leadership. Mitani gives

    Welcome to the World that No One Dares to Explore... Until Now! Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, Free Stone Productions, Silversalt PR Official Site: (Japan) SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from a new movie. INTRODUCTION Japan`s most absurdist auteur and one of the country`s leading comedians, Hitoshi Matsumoto, has captivated audiences all over the world with the unique storytelling and striking visual style of his films BIG MAN JAPAN (2007), SYMBOL (2009), and SCABBARD SAMURAI (2011). Now Matsumoto presents a whole new vision with his fourth directorial effort, R100 (2013), an intense sex comedy about a man who joins a mysterious club which opens the door to another world he has never before experienced. Whatever the subject, Matsumoto knows absolutely no boundaries, defying any filmmaking conventions. Each of his films is a planet of its own

    Source: T-Joy Co., Ltd., Loaded Films Ltd. Official Movie Site: (Japan) Additional Material: Venice International Film Festival This article contains adult language. Following an extraordinary, internationally praised run of films including LOVE EXPOSURE (??????, Ai no Mukidashi, 2009), COLD FISH (??????, Tsumetai Nettaigyo, 2011), GUILTY OF ROMANCE (??????, Koi no Tsumi, 2011), HIMIZU (???, 2012) and THE LAND OF HOPE (????, Kibou no Kuni, 2012), Sono wanted to take a break from overly serious subject matter. He recently made his debut as a standup comedian in Tokyo and dusted off a wild action-comedy screenplay he wrote in the early years of his career entitled WHY DON`T YOU PLAY IN HELL? (???????, Jigoku de Naze Warui). WHY DON`T YOU PLAY IN HELL? is a passionate love letter to film and filmmaking, brilliantly fusing pipe dreams of cinematic glory, violent yakuza wars and

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