Fans of Chihayafuru must rejoice as a third installment was announced! Perhaps with an impressive box office showing, there could even be a 4th movie? 

New cast includes Yuuki Mio who will play a romantic interest, M!lk's Sano Hayato as a new member of the karuta team, and Kiyohara Kaya is a rival from a competing team perhaps? The consistent and often underrated Kaku Kento will star as a mentor. The new film is set for release in 2018.

Chihayafuru live action 3rd movie casting

The first two installments of the Chihayafuru LA represent one of the finest examples of how manga should be adapted to the silver screen. For me, the movies were successful because of many factors - (1) Director Koizumi Norihiro was able to condense the story and managed to include relevant scenes that provide smooth character development and story progression; (2) Acting from the leads, especially Mackenyu, Nomura Shuhei, and Matsuoka Mayu, was excellent; (3) The card game battles were both revealing and exciting, and (4) There are no side stories that would have complicated the movie and confuse the audience.

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.