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The newly released trailer for Shinjuku Swan is very promising - with hints of the relationship between scout Tatsuhiko Shiratori (played by Gou Ayano) and Ageha (Erika Sawajiri). Will there be fireworks? Hopefully so. The other members of the cast - Yusuke Iseya and Takayuki Yamada are also in their element.
UVERWorld's "Collide" is also featured in the trailer, just watch it!
Based on the manga series "Shinjuku Swan Kabukicho Skauto Sabaibaru" by Ken Wakui, Shinjuku Swan tells the struggles of Tatsuhiko as he enters the dark side of the entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Enter interesting characters who will tranform his life - among them Matora (Yusuke Iseya) his mentor and Ageha (Erika Sawajiri) one of the girls working in the area.
Boys Love (BL) Manga "Seven Days" is having a live action adaptation starring James Takeshi Yamada and Tomoki Hirose. The production team behind the movie also did the popular Takumi kun series and No Touch. The posters below is nothing less than provocative - an indication of the kind of relationship between the two leads.
MangaFox (via Vices and Devices) posted the storyline and access to the two volumes can be browsed there as well:
Bright and early one Monday morning, Shino Yuzuru (James Takeshi Yama) asks Seryou Touji (Tomoki Hirose) out on a lark when they run into each other at the school gate. Seryou, who's immensely popular, has the odd habit of going out with anyone who asks him out first at the beginning of the week, then promptly dumping them at the end of it. "Anyone" apparently includes male upperclassmen like Shino, and as a boyfriend, Seryou is perfect--unfailingly thoughtful and kind. Shino, obviously, has no intention of being in a serious relationship with Seryou. It's not like it's actually love or anything like that. ...Right? [ source ]
This will be James Takeshi Yamada's first major role. He did supporting parts in L-DK and Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe and also appeared in the drama Hell Teacher Nube. Tomoki Hirose (who is already in his late twenties but still looks like a schoolboy) is known for Gachiban Trial (2012) and Gachiban Worst Max(2012). His blog @Amoeba shows a lot of his acting activities.
Seven Days (Monday-Thursday) will be released in June 6th, while Part 2 (Friday-Sunday) will be shown on the following month, on July 4th 2015.
[ Via EigaNews ]
We share the excitement as Third Window Films wrapped up their shooting for "Lowlife Love". It took them just 8 days to finish the shoot and will then go into post-production.
"Lowlife Love" is the first venture of the company into fimmaking, details are below:
Lowlife Love (tentative title - Japanese title is 下衆の愛 - Gesu no Ai) is a slacker comedy about Tetsuo, a film loving, though up his own ass low-life whose bitterness about a failed career as a director is taken out on those around him. He makes porn films to keep money in his pocket, but won't go against his 'artistic integrity' which he uses as a tool to exploit women and others. One day he comes across a perfect script and a young, fresh actress, but will he be able to make the film which will reignite his career as a director, or will his past exploits catch up on him?
Third Window's Adam Torel told us that it took them 27 hours to finish the final scenes during their last day:
... 18 scenes and 30 pages with no breaks! Next up we've got all the post production: editing, colour correction, sound mixing, etc which should all hopefully be finished by end of May.
I'm not sure how I look at Ren Kiriyama in terms of acting. I have not seen enough to make a judgment, but he was cool playing the Kamen Rider hero - Shotaro Hidari. I think his team up with Masaki Suda was one of the best for the series. It's a pity that his co-star Suda has already surpassed him when it comes to playing serious, challenging roles and has won numerous acting awards.
In the recent L-DK, Kiriyama plays the senpai and competed with Kento Yamazaki for the heart of Ayame Gouriki's character. I hope he won't settle for just playing a filler in the movies. He got the looks and he certainly can do better than succumb to the second lead symdrome (or third even).
In Gunjyou Iro no, Toori Michi, Kiriyama is Yoshiyuki Mayama. According to AsianWiki, the movie commemorates the 10th anniversary of the merger between the former Ota City, Ojima Town, Nitta Town and Yabuzukahon Town into the new Ota City.
A man, who moved to Tokyo to become a musician, returns to his hometown for the first time in 10 years. He sees the beautiful scenery of his childhood years and the kind people who supports him. [ source ]
The movie is directed by award-winning Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Sasabe (Half a Confession) and will be released this coming April across Japan.
Update: The teaser trailer without the commentaries is up!
A short video clip showing actual footage of the live action adaptation of Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin ) was posted yesterday. Kotaku was one of the first to post the news about the clip and several sites have began to speculate on another topic that Sony Pictures registered related domains - Attack on the Titan - which brings to the question, Is that movie studio going to do a live action too? Or are they just preparing to market the film?
Air Herald points out the upcoming release of the movie version:
It may be awhile until we have a second season of the Attack on Titan anime, but that doesn’t mean there will be any Attack on Titan content in the meantime. For those of you wondering if there would be an Attack on Titan movie, it appears that Sony Pictures USA has registered a few domain names related to the upcoming films.
There are two live action movies in the works, both of which will release in August and September in Japan respectively. There is no word on whether or not the movies will be released officially outside of Japan, but it appears as though there will be a good opportunity for them to be released or at least remade for other markets. Since its release as a manga, Attack on Titan has been extremely popular, and only gained in popularity with the release of the anime. [ read more ]
There were quite a number of discussion here regarding the quality of special effects that Japanese productions are capable of and that they remain "amateurish" and mediocre compared to the quality produced in the United States. But the short clip above - if they are to be incorporated in the movie itself - looks pretty much awesome to me.
We're only talking here about the special effects and not the actors!Read more...
I'm probably one of the many who was surprised when the cast of Koreeda's Umimachi Diary was first announced. Can Haruka Ayase and Masami Nagasawa do justice to their roles? I have no argument with Kaho - she has always been a consistent and capable actress who can tackle any sort of movie character, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Suzu Hirose playing the step-sister. She has a charming, pleasant personality that could rival Rena Nounen, but more serious and perhaps more capable - acting wise.
Let's see now...
Haruka Ayase is extremely popular in Japan. She's the queen of romantic comedies and most of her roles deal with love, individuality and family. She's very much into comedy, but lately she has explored roles that seem to challenge her more - deep, serious characters unlike previous ones (she was a dumb but good-natured teacher in Oppai Volleyball, a pleasing but clueless stewardess in Happy Flight). Of her more than 20 movies, it was only in Umimachi Diary that we may finally find out the range of her acting (or the lack thereof).
I love her in Cyborg-She and it's one of the J-movies that I keep on watching even today. You never grow tired seeing her and Keisuke Koide in this romantic story about a female cyborg and a young man - who is actully responsible for her creation. One of her latest drama, Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu, was quite good. With co-stars Sota Fukushi and Hiroshi Tamaki, she demonstrated - once again - why people love her. She played an endearing character who at her thirties, has yet to get into a romantic reltionship. But compared to the more season dramatic actresses like Sakura Ando, Hikari Mitsushima and Chizuru Ikewaki, her acting resume is not as impressive.Read more...
You may want to look up our previous article regarding Strayer's Chronicle, after you watch the clip below - firstly because you will be curious about the movie's plot and why there is a red team and blue team... second, you may wonder who are the people behind the film because it seems so damn good!
After seeing some footages of the upcoming Attack on Titan live action, I daresay the special effects for Strayer's Chronicle may be even better - the actors are better too! I mean, Shota Sometani and Masaki Okada !!!
Aside from Masaki Okada and Shota Sometani, the other actors have - indeed - amazing powers. There's someone who obviously has speed (like the Flash perhaps?), another with a deadly metal-like "ala-Wolverine" blade on his hand, one of the girls spit deadly marble-like tiny darts and Riko Narumi can hear from long distances.
There are echoes of X-men... I have no idea about the source (it was supposedly based on the novel "Strayer's Chronicle" by Takayoshi Honda) so it's hard to say it's just an X-Men rip-off for now.
I had an interesting discussion about Masaki Suda in twitter on what sort of roles he may find challenging - since, he's been doing such variety of roles that playing a cross-dresser or a bully - seem so easy already. Some may argue about our assessment that Masaki Suda is one of Japan's best young actors at the moment - in the same league as Shota Sometani, Yuya Yagira and Sosuke Ikematsu.
The three young actors we've mentioned have been getting a lot of attention lately - Sometani with high profile movies like Parasyte and Strayer's Chronicles, Ikematsu portraying matured roles in such movies Paper Moon and Love's Whirpool, while Yuya Yagira goes all-out in Crows Explode, Ushijima, the Loan Shark and Again. Of course, one may argue, Suda needs to get more challenging roles to be in the same league as Sometani, et al - perhaps another Tomogui?
Masaki Suda just grabbed numerous acting awards for his role in The Light Shines Only There. His upcoming movies, including Assassination Classroom, Akegarasu and Pink and Gray (together with Yuya Yagira for the first time) may even further his acting horizons.
In a recent interview, Suda was quoted that he enjoyed the company of his co-star Ryosuke Yamada in Assassination Classroom and the "musculine-feminine" nature of humans as explored by their characters. Suda plays Karuma Akabane, one of the students who were forced to train themselves in order to kill the alien who wants to destroy Earth.
Yamasuda♥ "I want to work together again with ryosuke" - masaki suda pic.twitter.com/zBKyHHCwok— 山ニャ❤くるすけ (@ichigo_951) March 13, 2015
The same can be said when he and co-star Aoi Morikawa were asked about their roles in Chokolietta.
Just like our recent article on Shota Sometani, we're answering the same four questions we we're asked before...Read more...
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