Double Mints, the latest directorial project of Uchida Eiji (Low Life Love, Greatful Dead) is a tale of two Japanese men named 'Mitsuo Ichikawa'. The movie tackles both men's intense gay relationship and one's domination over the other. It also deals with their equally intense and difficult relationship with the Yakuza. 

Double Mints

The live-action movie was crowdfunded and is based on the manga by popular Yaoi author Nakamura Asimiko. Asimiko is famously known for her work in Doukyusei (同級生- "Classmates") which was made into an anime last year and earned significantly at the box office. 

"I've killed a woman." The domineering voice on the phone was that of a high school classmate, Mitsuo Ichikawa. Buried memories from the past resurface in the heart of a man with the same name, Mitsuo Ichikawa. It drags him right back into the passions of the past. They reunite as accomplices, yet their relationship as master and servant slowly changes into something new... [source]

The latest casting news for Kubota Masataka's Boku-tachi ga Yarimashita, Kentaro's Demekin, and Yoshizawa Ryo's Tomodachi Game is up! From One Litre of Tears, Hana Yori Dango and Gokusen to the more recent Suzuki Sensei, 35-Year-Old Highschool Student and Aogeba Toutoshi, Japanese school dramatic saga (not to mention the horror-thriller genre) continues! 

Kubota Masataka, Nagano Mei, Mackenyu

Aside from such a tradition, we have come to expect actors in their early thirties to don the high school uniform and play teens notwithstanding their bulkier physique and matured facial features. But then again, who can argue against the likes of Oguri Shun, Ando Sakura, Tsumabuki Satoshi, Saitoh Takumi, Takei Emi, and Matsuyama Kenichi playing high school students? Is it even fair to ask producers if they could possibly cast younger actors instead? 

We'll be having a special report on Death Note, including some history lessons of a sort, plus this week there are plenty of casting news! Okada Junichi is on a roll - aside from the historical drama/thriller Sekigahara (関ヶ原), the actor is set to join another film entitled Chiri Tsubaki (散り椿 - which literally translates to "Falling Camellia"). 

Chiri Tsumaki cast led by Junichi Okada and Haru Kuroki

The new film is under the helm of award-winning cinematographer and writer Kimura Daisaku. The ensemble cast includes Nishijima Hidetoshi, Kuroki Haru, Ikematsu Sosuke, and Yagira Yuya. [ More details about the movie to follow soon ]

This week's casting news roundup features the up and coming Kentaro, the super-talented Taiga, and one of Japan's best actors, Kubozuka Yosuke and their latest projects, plus updates on the latest Japanese BL entitled I Hear the Sunspot with Stardust's Onadera Akira and Tawada Hideya.

First off, a new movie starring Odagiri Joe, Usuda Asami and Taiga is the latest in Japan's slice of life genre.

Pumpkin and Mayonnaise - casting  

Based on the manga Kabocha to Mayonezu (Pumpkin and Mayonnaise) by Nananan Kiriko, the movie tells the story of an aspiring musician, Seiichi (Taiga), and his relationship with his girlfriend Tsuchida (Usuda Asami) who unbeknownst to him is working in a bar and maybe engaged in prostitution. Their relationship is complicated by his lack of a job and the entrance of Tsuchida's former boyfriend, Hagio (played by Odagiri Joe). 

The romantic team up of Suda Masaki and Tsuchiya Tao is a surprising casting choice for Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster - となりの怪物くん).

Though I'm not surprised that the film partners for this LA chose Tsuchiya Tao, we often watch Sudacchi play weird, dark, even disturbing characters. And while a role reversal for Tsuchiya appeals to me, - I want Tao to play dark, even seductive types in the tradition of her Suzuki Sensei character - I also welcome Suda in Yamazaki Kento's playing field anytime. 

My Little Monster - Masaki Suda, Tao Tsuchiya