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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30 Essential Japanese Coming-of-Age Movies (Part 1)

Inspired by the recent Cannes Film Festival win of Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda’s “Like Father, Like Son”, we are compiling 30 of the best Japanese movies dealing with the coming-of-age theme! Think Billy Elliot, Pretty in Pink, Stand by MeStrayed, Dead Poets’ Society and Good Will Hunting in different lights, settings, and circumstances and with English subtitles!

In a country where family dramas rule TV and plenty of exciting young talents, movies about the joy of growing up are meant to be celebrated. But some of the movies also deal with the dark side of society and of the family – bullying, incest, suicide, abandonment, and separation.

The aim is to compile a diverse list of not only critically acclaimed titles but also ordinary moviegoers’ favorites. Part 1 after the jump!

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13 Modern Japanese Samurai Movies [Part 2 of 3 Parts]

Part 2 of our 13 Modern Japanese Samurai Movies list features two different kinds of comedy, a dark, gloomy but poignant tale of a young Samurai still on the verge of manhood, and the story of a fearless, independent lady who rules Samurai and commoners in an era of death and disease.

People usually expect Samurai movies to have flashy and violent fight scenes – with dismembered limbs and lots of blood and gore. But there are also a good number of films that deal with these amazing warriors that look closely at their daily lives.

Part 2 of our Samurai movie list after the jump!

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