Casting News + Scoop! [Oct 10-12] Of Love, Birthday Cards, Death Notes, and Late-night diners!

Alice Hirose takes the spotlight in the fairy tale/romantic mystery mashup L-エル- (from filmmaker Ten Shimoyama who previously helmed Shinobi starring Joe Odagiri and Yukie Nakama).

As we previously reported, the cast includes Yuki Furukawa and Ryo Narita. 

Furukawa’s singular photo is a huge tease to fans, indicating the ‘look and feel’ of the movie. 


Ai Hashimoto and Aoi Miyazaki play daughter-mother in Birthday Card, with Aoi Nakamura, Yosuke Santamaria, and Kenta Suga. 

I’m quite interested in watching Ai Hashimoto and Nakamura together – I want to see what sort of onscreen chemistry they have. Oh, and yes, I would have thought they would cast Fumi Nikaido and Aoi Miyazaki together since many have observed the uncanny similarities between Nikaido and Miyazaki, but having Ai Hashimoto instead is still fine with me. These three actresses are top notch, so no complaints. 

Watch the updated teaser vid below!


Here’s what the movie is about:

Noriko (Ai Hashimoto) lost her mother Yoshie (Aoi Miyazaki) when she was only 10-years-old. Yoshie knew she would not be able to live long enough to see her children grow up and wrote birthday cards to her children in the future. Agonizing over relationships with friends, love, and marriage, Noriko grows up with hints and thoughts hidden on birthday cards which are sent from her mother every year. [ AsianWiki ]


The buzz surrounding Death Note: Light Up the New World has been going on for weeks. With the story development of introducing six death notes, and the casting of previous actors who played significant roles in the movies – Erika Toda and now Kenichi Matsuyama doing some scenes in the new film.

Of course, having Sosuke Ikematsu, Masaki Suda, and Masahiro Higashide together in the latest movie is more than enough to pique moviegoers’ interest!


Speaking of Sosuke Ikematsu, the recipient of Japan Academy’s Rookie, and winner of Best Supporting Actor for Pale Moon, is also part of the newest Late Night Canteen live-action series, starring Kaoru Kobayashi.

Shinya Shokudō (深夜食堂) also known in English as “Midnight Diner” is a Japanese manga series by Yarō Abe). It won the 55th Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga and it was nominated for the 2nd Manga Taishō. It was adapted into a 10-episode live-action television drama in 2009, followed by a second season in 2011. In 2015, a live action film was released by director Joji Matsuoka starring Kaoru Kobayashi as The Master. The show is about a late night diner open from midnight to dawn and the stories of its oddball patrons.

An article entitled Soothe your soul at ‘Midnight Diner’ written for The Korea Times by Baek Byung-yeul explained the appeal of the series to viewers:

Kaoru Kobayashi, 63, who plays the master in both the film and TV version, said during a recent visit to Seoul that he did not expect his film would get so much love from fans in East Asian countries, including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea. “The film was already well received in Hong Kong and Taiwan and it is a very exciting moment for me to see it screen in theaters in Korea,” Kobayashi said at a press conference at a theater in Wangsimni, Seoul, Monday. [ source ]


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