Casting News + Scoop! [Sept 24-Oct 2] Detective on the Bar gets a third movie + Setoutsumi drama is underway + Suda Masaki, Sugisaki Hana and Shida Mirai on spotlight!

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.

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). 

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Casting News + Scoop! [Sept 19-23] Kentaro’s Demekin + Nakagawa Taishi, Yoshizawa Ryo, Yudai Chiba channel Disney villains + Yamada’s The Miracles of Namiya General Store!

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.

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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Casting News + Scoop! [Sept 12-18] Odagiri Joe’s Ernesto + Spotlight on Suga Kenta + Romancing Tsuchiya Tao + Mrs. GREEN Apple’s ‘Poetry Angel’ video + Yoshizawa Ryo and his brand of ‘comedy’!

We’re more than halfway in September, with plenty of articles to celebrate Food month still, and the casting news keeps on coming! Third Window Film’s Love and Other Cults is a special viewing event with an upcoming review – just have to say Suga Kenta and Itoh Sairi deserve all the raves they get from critics and reviewers. We’ll have more of Suga Kenta later, and a definite top placement for Itoh at our upcoming Top 30 hottest Japanese actress list. 

We begin our casting buzz with Ernesto, starring Odagiri Joe, Nagayama Kento, and Juan Miguel Valero Acosta. Odagiri plays a Japanese-Bolivian citizen named Freddy Maemura Hurtado who travels to Cuba to study medicine. He meets Che Guevarra. Years later, he joins Guevarra’s army in Bolivia’s civil war and was nicknamed Ernesto Medico. Nagayama plays a news reporter.

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Casting News + Scoop! [Sept 1-11] Hongo Kanata on spotlight! + Yamazaki Kento’s Hyouka LA new trailer! + Yokohama Ryusei and Yamada Yuki new projects + More ‘Hibana’ analysis + Overprotected Kahoko buzz with Takahata Mitsuki!

September is an exciting month for Japanese drama and live-action adaptations! The current drama season is filled with gems – aside from Eita’s Hello Harinezumi, Takahata Mitsuki’s Overprotected Kahoko deserves all the spotlight for a refreshing take on the coming of age theme, with Takeuchi Ryoma leveling up his acting as well. While the big screen is gearing up for the live-action Hyouka, Yokohama Ryusei, and Yamada Yuki get new movie projects. We’ll also celebrate new photos from the upcoming Hibana movie starring Suda Masaki. 

 

Hyouka (a.k.a. Frozen Desserts) is a school mystery drama with plenty of thrills but also features interesting intellectual discussions. 

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Casting News + Scoop! [Aug 12-30] Yoshizawa Ryo, Suda Masaki, Mamiya Shotaro, Kazunari Ninomiya and Inoue Mao dominate casting news with exciting projects!

This will be our final casting news for August as we will then celebrate September as our Food month! Yoshizawa Ryo and Mamiya Shotaro are getting some exciting new projects, which both of them deserve! Also in the news are Nino’s food drama film, The Last Recipe, Suda Masaki-Kiritani Kenta movie version of Hibana (Sparks), and Inoue Mao’s new drama at Fuji TV entitled Tomorrow’s Promise.

 

I recall how Yoshizawa Ryo played second lead to the less talented, but popular Fukushi Sota way back in 2011 in Kamen Rider Fourze, which was followed up by “Boku ga Shokei Sareru Mirai” (“The Future Where I Am Executed”).

However, Yoshizawa (who is under Amuse) did not settle for anything less as he began to accumulate more projects and raves for his performances. Now, with a team up with Nikaido Fumi in River’s Edge, Yoshizawa upped the ante with another prestige role in Marmalade Boy live-action.

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Casting News + Scoop! [Aug 5-11] Suga Kenta’s Chotto Mate Yakyubu! + Murakami Nijiro”s time travels + Setoutsumi re-casting of Hayama Shono & Takasugi Mahiro + Energizing Matsuzaka Tori’s acting career!

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!

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]

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Casting News + Scoop! [July 18-26] Updating Japanese-Korean movie collaboration hitlist + The buzz on Eita, Mitsushima Hikari and Tsumabuki Satoshi + Ikuta Toma’s Sensei!

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? 

 

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.

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Casting News + Scoop! [July 12-17] Higashide Masahiro’s casting domination – Sanposuru Shinryakusha, Netemo Sametemo and Overdrive + Nakajo Ayami’s flicks! + Spotlight on Awesome CMs!

Taking on lead and supporting roles, Higashide Masahiro dominates casting news for the week! Let’s see, what’s new for the model turned actor?

Overdrive (2018)
Netemosametemo (2018) – Baku / Ryohei
Before We Vanish | Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha (2017) – pastor
Sanposuru Shinryakusha (2017) – Drama series WOWOW
Sekigahara (2017) – Hideaki Kobayakawa

Let’s start with Overdrive. Director Hasumi Eiichiro reveals that Overdrive will be the first its kind – a rich human drama that depicts the world of car racing.

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Casting News + Scoop! [June 9-30] Exciting updates on Ajin:Demi-Human, Hyouka & Tokyo Ghoul + Tao Tsuchiya’s Tori Girl + Nino joins the star-studded cast of The Last Recipe!

If the teaser trailers are any indication of how good some upcoming Japanese films are, then we’re in for a treat! Satoh Takeru’s Ajin: Demi-Human leads the way with a trailer that showcases action, suspense, and drama, complemented with a soundtrack that is catchy, modern and enticing! The new movie poster also has the same exciting vibes!

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