Yamada Yuki and Saitoh Azuka will play Kosuke and Mai in the Japanese version of Taiwanese hit You Are the Apple of my Eye, entitled Ano Koro, Kimi wo Oikaketa - あの頃、君を追いかけた. Based on the novel "Na Xie Nian, Wo Men Yi Qi Zhui De Nu Hai" by Giddens Ko, the original Taiwanese movie tells the tale of a group of high school students circa 1994 Changhua County, the smallest but most populated county in Taiwan. 

Ano Koro, Kimi wo Oikaketa - Casting of Lead actors

Giddens Ko's semi-autobiographical novel is literally translated as "Those Years, The Girl We Went After Together", and stars Ko Chen-tung as Ko Ching-teng, a prankster and a naughty student and Michelle Chen as Shen Chia-yi, an honor student who is very popular with the boys in her class. While everyone seems to be infatuated with Chia-yi, Ching-teng is hardly aware of her presence. However, when he was caught masturbating in class, Chia-yi was tasked to look after him.  

The biggest casting buzz at the end of September is the third installment of the Detective on the Bar franchise, and also the upcoming drama season that features a lot of young stars. Kinema Junpo continues to promote Suda Masaki, and his filmography remains solid. Spotlight on young actresses Sugisaki Hana, Shida Mirai, and Kawashima Umika for their new projects.

Detective in the Bar - 3rd Movie, starring Oizumi Yo and Matsuda Ryuhei

Let's begin with the duo of Oizumi Yo and Matsuda Ryuhei as they celebrate the third installment of their critically acclaimed movie franchise, Detective on the Bar (Tantei Wa Bar ni Iru). 

Variety film reporter Dave McNary reports that Hollywood is developing a version of Shinkai Makoto's box office hit, Your Name (Kimi no na Wa) under Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures. The body swapping anime featuring two youngster Taki (voice acted by Kamiki Ryunosuke) and Mitsuha (Kamishiraishi Mone) who entered each others' lives and eventually fell in love, was a big hit in Japan and around the globe.

Kimi No Na Wa - Your Name - to have a Hollywood live-action movie

The two companies announced Wednesday that they will work with Japan-based Toho Co., Ltd., the producers of the original animated film, to develop a live-action take on the story. Toho will handle distribution of the film in Japan. Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce for Bad Robot, along with Genki Kawamura, producer of the original film. Eric Heisserer, who received an Academy Award nomination for his “Arrival” screenplay, will write the screenplay for “Your Name.” [source]

What separates this Hollywood adaptation from previous attempts - for instance, Netflix's Death Note - is the people associated with the upcoming film.

The 30th Edition of Tokyo International Film Festival starts October 25 until November 3, 2017, at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater Roppongi and other venues in Tokyo. Film Festival screening tickets will be on sale from October 14. Heading the competition jury this year is Hollywood actor Tommy Lee Jones, with filmmaker Martin Provost, Iranian director/writer Reza Mirkarimi, Chinese actress/director Zhao Wei, and Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase as members of the jury.

Tokyo International Film Festival - 30th edition

In the Competition section, 15 films were selected from among 1,538 titles from 88 countries and regions. There are two Japanese films up for the major festival prizes, including Zeze Takahisa's The Lowlife and Ooku Akiko's Tremble All You Want.

Halloween, miracles, and the next teen-angst saga courtesy of Demekin are the latest casting scoop we have for you! A Japan Times' film critic rates The Miracles of the Namiya General Store a 3 out of 5 stars, and we'll have more of that, plus Tokyo Disney Resort takes their Holloween celebration to another level by launching a photoshoot featuring actors Nakagawa Taishi, Yoshizawa Ryo, and Chiba Yudai 'channeling' famous Disney villains.

Disney villains - Taishi Nakagawa, Ryo Yoshizawa, Yudai Chiba

A special feature with interview appears at Japanese entertainment site Natalie. This gives us an opportunity to look at their young, exciting careers as actors as well. Let's see...

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