Massive updates courtesy of Suga Kenta, Murakami Nijiro and the pair of Hayama Shono and Takasugi Mahiro, plus how effective is Matsuzaka Tori's agency in re-energizing his acting career? Let's take a closer look at Matsuzaka Tori first!

Impossibility Defense - poster

His short but memorable role in Her Love Boils Bathwater seems to signal the return of Matsuzaka Tori as one of Japan's enigmatic actors with still plenty of talent to show. Even his reunion with Suda Masaki in Kiseki: Sobito of That Day brightens up Japanese movie lovers who may be adventurous enough to watch the movie even without subs! And add four (4) more projects which stretch to 2018 including Birds Without Names (as Aoi Yu's love interest) and Yurigokoro, (co-starring Yoshitaka Yuriko) among others. [Those two movies we've featured already, so let's focus on Impossibility Defense for now]

An exclusive all-female casting buzz - Yoshitaka Yuriko, Ayase Haruka, Tsuchiya Tao, and Yoshine Kyoko! Let's take a look at Ayase first. 

 Tonight, At Romance Theater

A teaser trailer inspired by old Hollywood romantic movies (Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn come to mind) was launched featuring Japan's rom-com queen Ayase Haruka. She teams up with Sakaguchi Kentaro in Warner Bros' 'Tonight at Romance Theater', slated for a 2018 release.

A heroine who appears in black and white films and a young man who lives in the real world. If two people who were supposed to meet did meet - is that the beginning of romantic and painful love? A young man, Kenji (Sakaguchi Kentaro) who dreams of becoming a film director, meets a woman at jumps out of a romance movie inside the theater. She was Princess Miyuki (Ayase Haruka). Together with Kenji, she will discover a colorful and vibrant world. But she had a secret...

Kamiki Ryunosuke teams up with Nomura Shuhei for the first time in a docudrama, Fukushi Sota's Laughing Under the Clouds has a first teaser trailer, while Hongo Kanata's Akagi gets a second season. Also this week, spotlight on 'up and coming' Sugino Yusuke from Top Coat.

Tales of Chigasaki: My Little Hometown  - cast

Japanese filmmaker Kumasaka Izuru who did the TV drama Kogure Photo Studio reunites with Kamiki Ryunosuke in a documentary-drama entitled Tales of Chigasaki: My Little Hometown (茅ヶ崎物語~MY LITTLE HOMETOWN~).

There are plenty of casting news featuring Japan's more established actors, including Tsumabuki Satoshi, Eita, Mitsushima Hikari, Aragaki Yui, and Ikuta Toma. This post is dedicated to their new movies and TV drama and more!

One Hitoshi's latest project - Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy to Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Garu - features the unlikely 'team-up' of Tsumabuki Satoshi and Mizuhara Kiko as 'lovers' or are they? 

Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy to Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Garu 

The story centers on Kōroki, a 35-year old man who uses the life of Japanese singer and songwriter Tamio Okuda as a guide for his own life. He works as an editor at the lifestyle magazine "Mare," where he meets Akari Amami, a mischievous fashion press writer, and falls in love with her at first sight. The manga chronicles the joy and sadness of his relationship.

Imagine having two of Japan's most sought-after actors under one agency - Stardust! In the case of Jojo's Bizarre Adventures and Tokyo Ghoul, that's Kubota Masataka and Yamazaki Kento. A few drama seasons ago, it was the same two actors who revived audience's interest in Death Note and with that their rivalry. Now they are portraying two of the most interesting characters to ever grace the silver screen - Higashikata Yosuke and Kaneki Ken.

Yamazaki Kento and Kubota Masataka 

What's the verdict coming from early reviews? 

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