I want to start this casting update by quoting Gretchen Rubin about Loneliness:

Keep in mind that to avoid loneliness, many people need both a social circle and an intimate attachment. Having just one of two may still leave you feeling lonely.

I think it applies to the anime March Comes in Like a Lion and the soon to be released 2-part live action movies starring Ryunosuke Kamiki. 

The thing is, I have always wanted to see how Kamiki will level up his acting by playing a role with a complex personality. Of course, you may rave about his characterization of Soujiro Seta in Rurouni Kenshin or the special way he treated his Bakuman character Akito Takagi, but both are supporting parts that rely quite heavily on the main characters. If you've watched him play previous roles like Little DJ and Into the Far Away Sky, you may notice a certain "loneliness" in his portrayals. 

In Nanimono (Somebody) - 何者, Daisuke Miura directs some of Japan's most exciting young talents as University students on the verge of finding a job, in a time of Tweets and Facebook likes.

Takuto Ninomiya (Takeru Satoh) observes those around him. His roommate Kotaro Kamiya (Masaki Suda) has a bright personality and communicates well with others. Mizuki Tanabe (Kasumi Arimura) is Kotaro Kamiya’s ex-girlfriend. Takuto Ninomiya has feelings for his roommate's ex-girlfriend. Rika Kobayakawa (Fumi Nikaido) is determined to land a job. Takayoshi Miyamoto (Masaki Okada) is critical of job-seeking activities, but he later tries to get a job. [ AsianWiki ]

The movie is a live-action adaptation of Ryo Asai novel of the same title. Asai was only 23 years old when his novel Nanimono won the prestigious Naoki Prize:

... is about the job-hunting ordeals of university students. The story advances with students’ Twitter posts as they go about the job-hunting process and depicts their frustration at being unable to become a “nanimono” (somebody). [ source ]

There was a previous ensemble cast for Parade, directed by Isao Yukisada, where the main characters live in a shared apartment, but the comparison ends there. While Parade has both dramatic-thriller sexually explicit content, Somebody is more dramatic in nature.

Movie and Acting awards season have officially begun when TAMA New Wave announces its 2016 winners! We're still waiting for more buzz from the Japan Academy Prize and the hitlist from Kinema Junpou but enough to say that this may be an exciting year in Japan for movie talents and their fans.

Nobuhiro Yamashita's Over The Fence, starring Joe Odagiri, Yu Aoi, and Shota Matsuda won one of the two Best Picture recipients for the 2016 edition of the TAMA New Wave - an organization in Japan described as a community that promotes the advancement of Japanese cinema industry.

Alice Hirose takes the spotlight in the fairy tale/romantic mystery mashup L-エル- (from filmmaker Ten Shimoyama who previously helmed Shinobi starring Joe Odagiri and Yukie Nakama).

As we previously reported, the cast includes Yuki Furukawa and Ryo Narita. 

The Tokyo International Film Festival may not be as high profile and famous as Busan, but it certainly has its unique way of showcasing talents from all over the world.

Since its inception, the Tokyo International Film Festival has been dedicated to discovering and cultivating new talent, and has contributed to the careers of countless international filmmakers. Past award winners include such directors as Michel Hazanavicius, whose 2011 film The Artist won five Academy Awards, and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, who went on to win Academy Awards for Best Director for two consecutive years withBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) in 2015 and The Revenant in 2016. Koji Fukada, whose work has also been featured several times in the festival, received the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival with Harmonium. This year marks the 29th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), the only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).* TIFF started in 1985 as Japan’s first major film festival. Since then, it has grown to become one of the biggest film festivals in Asia. TIFF seeks out excellent films from around the world and brings them to Tokyo, where filmmakers and film fans can enjoy them, meet emerging filmmakers, and be inspired. [ source ]

Our top picks of Japanese movies shown on the festival, right after the jump!