Hamabe Minami brought many to tears in "Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day", this time she's about to make us cry again. In "I Want to Eat Your Pancreas", Hamabe suffers from a pancreatic disease and is remembered by her classmate played by Kitamura Takumi, later to be portrayed by Oguri Shun. 

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas - Casting News

One day, I – a high schooler – found a paperback in the hospital. The “Disease Coexistence Journal” was its title. It was a diary that my classmate, Sakura Yamauchi, had written in secret. Inside, it was written that due to her pancreatic disease, her days were numbered. And thus, I coincidentally went from Just-a-Classmate to a Secret-Knowing-Classmate. It was as if I were being drawn to her, who was my polar opposite. However, the world presented the girl that was already suffering from an illness with an equally cruel reality… [ source ]

We first reported the casting news last September 2016, and it was only now that a trailer was released. 

In what can be described as a casting scoop for Yoshizawa Ryo, the up and coming Japanese actor - once again - teams up with the acclaimed Nikaido Fumi, but this time as her co-lead in Okazaki Kyoko River's Edge. Okazaki's previous manga - Helter Skelter - was adapted into film and stars Sawajiri Erika - her return to the big screen after a long hiatus. 

River's Edge - starring Nikaido Fumi, Yoshizawa Ryo

While there is no hiatus for Nikaido and Yoshizawa, the characters they are supposed to play are not ordinary in every sense of the word.

Haruna Wakakusa and Yamada become friends after she saves him several times from her boyfriend's constant bullying. Through him she gets to know Kozue Yoshikawa, a fellow student who also models professionally. The three emotionally stunted teens' lives briefly yet intensely intertwine for one semester before splintering from the aftereffects of one disastrous night. For both Wakakusa and Yamada, their emotional awakening fosters an unlikely friendship between the two battered souls. [ source ]

Though I had a sense of deja vu when I browsed the above plot and it reminded me - somehow - of Goth - that mystery/thriller movie starring Hongo Kanata. However, there is delineation from the plot already. So, let's see...

A star-studded cast for Takeru Satoh's new movie entitled Inuyashiki ( いぬやしき) was recently announced to the delight of both fans and movie lovers. At the same time, it would allow the famous Japanese actor (and box office draw) to portray a different role - that of a teen with superpowers and with a tendency to kill anyone who annoys him. Veteran actor Noritake Kinashi will play an elderly man who 'suffered' the same fate as Satoh's character.

Inuyashiki cast - live action: Takeru Satoh

Inuyashiki Ichiro is an elderly, friendless man with an uncaring family. One fateful day he is struck by a mysterious explosion in a public park, hinted to be of extraterrestrial origin, his body is replaced by an incredibly powerful, but still outwardly human, mechanical body. He quickly realizes the extent of his body's powers, and after saving a homeless man being beaten by a pack of teenagers, he decides to dedicate himself to doing good, using his powers to heal those with incurable diseases and fight crime. However, a teenager who was with him at the time of the explosion, Shishigami Hiro, had the same fate as Ichiro, but unlike Inuyashiki, Shishigami becomes a sociopath who uses his new found abilities to murder classmates he dislikes and innocent people, including young children, just for amusement. His acts of cruelty bring him the attention of the police, who can do nothing to stop him, and it does not take long for Hiro to become the most wanted criminal in the country. The series then keeps following these two different individuals who once shared the same, bizarre experience, as their paths are destined to clash. [The Wiki ]

Satoh has continued to evolve as an actor, with different movie and drama roles - a chef, a postman with a terminal illness, a dedicated man whose wife suffered an amnesia, a young career professional, a dangerous 'ajin' and terrorist, among others.

Instinct tells us when something is good or bad. In the case of March Comes In Like a Lion, there is no denying that it's good - great even. Of course, we have yet to watch the movie, but the anticipation is just as intense. There is a firm belief that this 2-part movie will be Ryunosuke Kamiki's biggest role to date, maybe even worthy of acting awards.

Masaki Suda, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Shota Sometani - Casting News

Speaking of intense, the recently released trailer for Teiichi no Kuni is worth a watch, even more, just for the scene reveals. With five movie projects alone for 2017, Masaki Suda is - once again - dominating the casting news. Having multiple projects may be bad for one's health, but I have yet to see a bad performance from Suda. My only problem is overexposure, but then again why would you complain if you're seeing the future of Japanese acting in Suda's enigmatic presence?

The splash by the hugely different and quite erotic Scum's Wish may finally put a small crack in the 'glass ceiling' of conservative Japanese television. It's about time that provocative and modern TV series are shown. It's about time Japanese TV producers and casting managers realize the lethargic effects of their own mediocrity. It's about time they show something with oomph!

Taishi Nakagawa promoting Today's Kira-kun

Case in Point: Korean and Thai coming of age, youth drama are fast becoming de rigueur - with interesting plotlines, excellent production values, but not necessarily breakthrough and acclaimed acting. After Solomon's Perjury, Korea is adopting Little Forrest, and the Thai's are now the gold standard when it comes to BL.

Case in point: Real life situations are not limited to being kawaii. Shows need to be more than about being 'cute'. There is more to young lives than bullying and romantic issues because there are also sex, identity crisis (read: gay), and intrigue. 

I have yet to see excellent performances from Asian actors who can match that of the French and some British, Dutch, and Hollywood young talents when it comes to romance and beyond (torrid kissing, sex, and more). Imagine anyone from Asia who would do a Dimitri Durdaine (Gael Morel's Notre Paradis), Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila (in Andre Techine's Quand on a 17 ans) and do full-frontal nudity in movies.  

Wow, and such wishful thinking!

Even the previously shown Prison School was so 'harang!' (ridiculously bland and censored). But then again, let's see some of the 'usual stuff' here...