One Hitoshi, director of Moteki and Bakuman, has made his admirers proud - once again - with Scoop!, the movie starring Fukuyama Masaharu and Nikaido Fumi.

The couple portrays an unlikely reporter-cameraman crew for a weekly photo mag called Scoop!. The publication is notoriously known for dealing in sleaze, porn, and gossip, similar to the popular and equally notorious weekly Japanese mag Friday.

Movie Review - Scoop!

Shizuka (Fukuyama) is a freelance photographer who once was known for producing award-winning news snapshots but has succumbed to gambling and is now a member of the paparazzi. Nobi (Nikaido) is a rookie reporter who is assigned to work with Shizuka by her editor (Yoshida Yo). The pair appears to be going nowhere as Shizuka has no regards to the clueless and often fumbling Nobi, while the young girl frowns on the 40-something photographer's unscrupulous ways. 

Moriyamachu Driving School is the live-action adaptation of a seinen manga written by Shinzo Keigo, directed by Toyoshima Keisuke, and starring Kaku Kento and Nomura Shuhei.

It tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two former high school classmates who met during one summer in an unusual accident. While most of the movie centers on the kids learning how to drive, the personal circumstances of each pave the way for a more serious look at their coming of age.

Movie Review - Moriyamachu Driving School

Instead of one, there are now six death notes located around the world.

For the uninitiated in the Death Note universe, a death note is a supernatural leather-bound notebook from a shinigami (a death god). It grants its owner the ability to kill anyone whose name and face they know. Based on the manga series written by Ohba Tsugumi and illustrated by Obata Takeshi, Death Note has become one of Japan's most successful franchises and has spawned numerous adaptations including three movies, a drama series, an anime (obviously) and even a Hollywood LA from Blair Witch director Adam Wingard.

Movie Review - Death Note Light Up The New World

A timid, yet aspiring brass band member (Tsuchiya Tao) and an ambitious baseball player (Takeuchi Ryoma) take center stage in Aozora Yell (青空エール), a tale of young romance, ambition, and dreams. A lot has been said about the acting competence of the petite and alluring Miss Tsuchiya but in this case, her presence as the fumbling often mistreated and underestimated trumpet player is spot on. At 155 cm, her co-star Takeuchi (185 cm) towers above her, which makes their romantic team-up all the more unexpected. 

Aozora Yell Movie Review

The two protagonist first met while admiring the trophies won by the school's baseball team, Shirato. Yamada Daisuke (Takeuchi) is proud of his ambition to become an excellent baseball player. It's quite apparent that he wants to be the team’s next captain. Ono Tsubasa (Tsuchiya), on the other hand, feels modest of her chances to join the band. But seeing how Daisuke's eyes shine brightly upon her, she made her resolve to fight for a spot. No one has looked at her with such undisguised sense of camaraderie and affection. She will not let him down.

Based on the manga series "Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso" by Arakawa Naoshi, the live action adaptation of Your Lie in April (四月は君の嘘) centers on Arima Kosei (Yamazaki Kento), a shy, unassuming young boy and piano prodigy and Miyazono Kaori (Hirose Suzu), a free-spirited and fearless young girl who is a passionate violinist. Their lives intersect when a close friend (Ishii Anna) set up a date between Kaori and Watari Ryota (Nakagawa Taishi) with Kosei tagging as the friend's date.

Review - Your Lie in April

While the girl tries to be friendly with her match, it was Kosei she is eyeing all along. She later revealed to having known Kosei as the young musical genius who inspired her to take on the violin. Thus, a bond was formed which gets to be tested time and again as the duo joins a number of musical competition. 

It's not hard for Kosei to fall for Kaori since they are opposites - Kosei plays the piano with subtlety, technical competence, and honesty, while Kaori challenges conventions by doing her own interpretation without regard to what the judges (or the audience for that matter) might say.