Yamazaki Kento's much-anticipated LA Jojo's Bizarre Adventures: Diamond Is Unbreakable: Chapter 1 is set to premiere tomorrow, July 2 at 17th Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival. The Asahi Shimbun reported that despite initial impressions that the anime is deemed 'impossible to turn into a live-action', having Mikee Takashi as director proved to be a turning point.

Kento Yamazaki promoting his movie Jojo's Bizarre Adventures

The film is based on the fourth story arc of the long-running manga by Hirohiko Araki, which started serialization 30 years ago. It currently spans more than 100 comic book volumes with more than 90 million copies in print. The “Diamond Is Unbreakable” arc was also adapted into an animated TV series in 2016. [read more]

The movie will open in Japan on August 4th.

If the teaser trailers are any indication of how good some upcoming Japanese films are, then we're in for a treat! Satoh Takeru's Ajin: Demi-Human leads the way with a trailer that showcases action, suspense, and drama, complemented with a soundtrack that is catchy, modern and enticing! The new movie poster also has the same exciting vibes!

Ajin:Demi-Human poster

Toho (with Iwai Shunji's name attached to it) reverses the trend in Japanese movie production by launching an anime after the live-action version! In the case of Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?(Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka?) that's exactly what's happening. The LA version (drama) was shown in 1993. Yesterday, the anime's official LINE blog announces the casting of acclaimed actress Matsu Takako. 

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Already part of the cast is Hirose Suzu as Nazuna, Suda Masaki as Norimichi and Miyano Mamoru as Yusuke. Japanese film trailblazers are also attached to the anime - One Hitoshi will write the script based on Iwai Shunji's original work, Studio SHAFT featuring Takeuchi Nobuyuki and Simbo Akiyuki will lead directorial efforts.

Two live action movies that deal with young romance and heartache grab the headlines for our first June 2017 casting buzz - Anthem of the Heart and Honey. Nakajima Kento, Yoshine Kyoko are cast to play the main characters of Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda (心が叫びたがってるんだ。) where the title can also mean 'Where the Heart Wants to Shout', aside from the more well-known 'Anthem of the Heart'. 

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The anime was released in 2015 by Aniplex and centers on a young girl named Naruse Jun who is regarded as a 'chatterbox'. All things changed when she blurted out something completely accidental yet shatters her family to pieces.

The second trailer for Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable is released by Warner Bros. Japan just a few minutes ago. The 1 minute, 30 seconds trailer is already garnering a lot of attention and buzz! Suffice to say, it's Yamazaki Kento's overwhelming popularity ( not my word, but the description bestowed upon him by the official channel itself) is doing wonders to his latest character - the fearless and confident Higashikata Josuke!

 Jojo Bizarre Adventures: Diamond is Unbreakable - second trailer

A lot has been said about inferior special effects from the Japanese, but it seems we have a big winner in this latest live-action film from Warner Bros. and Toho. The trailer right after the jump!