While love triangles in movies abound, so is featuring a dystopian future or in the case of Koi to Uso, a world where love is 'exiled' or suspended in favor of more logical partnership. By 'logical relationship' feelings are not considered as important in having a life-long partner.

Love and Lies - Aoi Morikawa

Lies are forbidden and love is doubly forbidden. In the near future, when young people in Japan turn sixteen, they are assigned a marriage partner by the government. People don't have to go through the trouble of looking for someone, and everyone accepts that the country will find a compatible partner to make them happy. Yukari Nejima is fifteen years old. He lives in a small corner of the country, and just can't seem to get ahead in life. Both academically and athletically he's below average. But within him, he hides a heart burning with passion! In this world in which love is forbidden, what will happen to him when he falls in love? [ source ]

Japan continues to be fascinated with love triangles, spinning similar tales with both young and matured characters.

I look forward to watching "P and JK" starring Tsuchiya Tao and Kame but that may not happen anytime soon. The only remedy to lessen the itch is to read what film critics have to say. Apparently, there is no one other than Mark Schilling at The Japan Times who have seen it locally. To garner an impressive 3 1/2 out of 5 stars is a big surprise, but then again, Mr. Schilling must have enjoyed the movie, right?

Policeman and Me (P & JK)

The film is accordingly tilted more toward light romantic comedy than serious drama about age-inappropriate love, though Kota, its cop hero played by pop idol/actor Kazuya Kamenashi, is the soul of sincerity. And, as his teenage fiancee Kako (Tao Tsuchiya) gleefully observes, he does look great in uniform. [ source

More of Tsuchiya Tao in this spotlight/news post.

At 24, Taiga's acting resume is comparable to his senior peers in the Japanese movie-drama scenes and may even surpass some of them. With about 28 full-length films and about half of that output in TV drama shows, Taiga is best known as a supporting player. However, in many of these secondary roles, he is always exceptional:

Poncho movie with Taiga

  • Au revoir l' ete | Hotori no Sakuko (2014) - As Takashi, Nikaido Fumi's romantic interest;
  • Kinki (2014) - Moto, the teenager sexual victim;
  • Aogeba Toutoshi (TBS / 2016) - Kinya Takamoku, a member of the high school gang led by Murakami Nijiro;
  • Koinaka (Fuji TV / 2015) - Kouhei Kanazawa, Fukushi Sota's good friend;
  • We're Millennials Got a Problem? | Yutori Desu ga Nani ka (NTV / 2016) - Hiromu Yamagishi, a disgruntled employee.

A new project - "Poncho ni yoake no kaze harama sete", with Nakamura Aoi, Yamato Yuma, and Sometani Shota is currently being crowdfunded over at Motion Gallery. It tells the story of 3 young boys during high school with a focal point during their road travel.

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...