Taking on lead and supporting roles, Higashide Masahiro dominates casting news for the week! Let's see, what's new for the model turned actor?

Overdrive - Casting

Overdrive (2018)
Netemosametemo (2018) - Baku / Ryohei
Before We Vanish | Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha (2017) - pastor
Sanposuru Shinryakusha (2017) - Drama series WOWOW
Sekigahara (2017) - Hideaki Kobayakawa

Let's start with Overdrive. Director Hasumi Eiichiro reveals that Overdrive will be the first its kind - a rich human drama that depicts the world of car racing.

July 2017 promises to be an exciting month for movies! Gintama, The Anthem of the Heart, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, The Time of Backlights, Love and Other Cults, Her Sketchbook, and Mitsushima Hikari's 'Umibe no Sei to Shi' are all set for release.

Yamazaki Kento - Jojo's Bizarre Adventures

On the international front, Yamazaki Kento's latest film, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable wins the Audience Award at the 17th Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival. 

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.