We're more than halfway in September, with plenty of articles to celebrate Food month still, and the casting news keeps on coming! Third Window Film's Love and Other Cults is a special viewing event with an upcoming review - just have to say Suga Kenta and Itoh Sairi deserve all the raves they get from critics and reviewers. We'll have more of Suga Kenta later, and a definite top placement for Itoh at our upcoming Top 30 hottest Japanese actress list. 

Ernesto - film starring Joe Odagiri

We begin our casting buzz with Ernesto, starring Odagiri Joe, Nagayama Kento, and Juan Miguel Valero Acosta. Odagiri plays a Japanese-Bolivian citizen named Freddy Maemura Hurtado who travels to Cuba to study medicine. He meets Che Guevarra. Years later, he joins Guevarra's army in Bolivia's civil war and was nicknamed Ernesto Medico. Nagayama plays a news reporter.

September is an exciting month for Japanese drama and live-action adaptations! The current drama season is filled with gems - aside from Eita's Hello Harinezumi, Takahata Mitsuki's Overprotected Kahoko deserves all the spotlight for a refreshing take on the coming of age theme, with Takeuchi Ryoma leveling up his acting as well. While the big screen is gearing up for the live-action Hyouka, Yokohama Ryusei, and Yamada Yuki get new movie projects. We'll also celebrate new photos from the upcoming Hibana movie starring Suda Masaki. 

 Hyouka live action - new poster

Hyouka (a.k.a. Frozen Desserts) is a school mystery drama with plenty of thrills but also features interesting intellectual discussions. 

This will be our final casting news for August as we will then celebrate September as our Food month! Yoshizawa Ryo and Mamiya Shotaro are getting some exciting new projects, which both of them deserve! Also in the news are Nino's food drama film, The Last Recipe, Suda Masaki-Kiritani Kenta movie version of Hibana (Sparks), and Inoue Mao's new drama at Fuji TV entitled Tomorrow's Promise.

 Marmalade Boy casting

I recall how Yoshizawa Ryo played second lead to the less talented, but popular Fukushi Sota way back in 2011 in Kamen Rider Fourze, which was followed up by “Boku ga Shokei Sareru Mirai” (“The Future Where I Am Executed”).

However, Yoshizawa (who is under Amuse) did not settle for anything less as he began to accumulate more projects and raves for his performances. Now, with a team up with Nikaido Fumi in River's Edge, Yoshizawa upped the ante with another prestige role in Marmalade Boy live-action.

Massive updates courtesy of Suga Kenta, Murakami Nijiro and the pair of Hayama Shono and Takasugi Mahiro, plus how effective is Matsuzaka Tori's agency in re-energizing his acting career? Let's take a closer look at Matsuzaka Tori first!

Impossibility Defense - poster

His short but memorable role in Her Love Boils Bathwater seems to signal the return of Matsuzaka Tori as one of Japan's enigmatic actors with still plenty of talent to show. Even his reunion with Suda Masaki in Kiseki: Sobito of That Day brightens up Japanese movie lovers who may be adventurous enough to watch the movie even without subs! And add four (4) more projects which stretch to 2018 including Birds Without Names (as Aoi Yu's love interest) and Yurigokoro, (co-starring Yoshitaka Yuriko) among others. [Those two movies we've featured already, so let's focus on Impossibility Defense for now]

An exclusive all-female casting buzz - Yoshitaka Yuriko, Ayase Haruka, Tsuchiya Tao, and Yoshine Kyoko! Let's take a look at Ayase first. 

 Tonight, At Romance Theater

A teaser trailer inspired by old Hollywood romantic movies (Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn come to mind) was launched featuring Japan's rom-com queen Ayase Haruka. She teams up with Sakaguchi Kentaro in Warner Bros' 'Tonight at Romance Theater', slated for a 2018 release.

A heroine who appears in black and white films and a young man who lives in the real world. If two people who were supposed to meet did meet - is that the beginning of romantic and painful love? A young man, Kenji (Sakaguchi Kentaro) who dreams of becoming a film director, meets a woman at jumps out of a romance movie inside the theater. She was Princess Miyuki (Ayase Haruka). Together with Kenji, she will discover a colorful and vibrant world. But she had a secret...