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A new teaser trailer has been released for Shotaro Kobayashi’s live-action adaptation of “Maestro” (out Jan 31, 2015)..

Based on a manga by Akira Saso, the film stars Tori Matsuzaka as a genius violinist named Kosaka who rejoins an orchestra which was disbanded due to the recession. Toshiyuki Nishida co-stars as a mysterious conductor named Tendo whose unconventional style initially rubs Kosaka the wrong way, but eventually helps him gain confidence as a concertmaster.

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Teaser trailer for the live-action movie adaptation of “Princess Jellyfish” starring Rena Nounen and Masaki Suda (out Dec 27, 2014).

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Poster for live-action Princess Jellyfish starring Rena Nounen (out Dec 27, 2014)

Poster for live-action Princess Jellyfish starring Rena Nounen (out Dec 27, 2014)

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A teaser trailer has been released for Yosuke Fujita’s “Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats” (out Nov 8, 2014).

The film stars female comedian Miyuki Oshima as a socially awkward man named Tatsuo Fukuda, aka “Fuku-chan”, who lives in a rundown apartment complex. His friend Shimacchi (YoshiYoshi Arakawa) is always trying to set him up with his wife’s friends, but for a reason he initially keeps secret, he has no interest in dating.

One day, Fuku-chan is reunited a former junior high school classmate named Chiho (Asami Mizukawa). Chiho was his first love, but when she participated in a prank on him, his ability to interact with women was severely impacted. When they meet again, Chiho recognizes a quality in Fuku-chan’s face which makes him the perfect muse for her budding photography career.

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A new trailer has been released for Yu Irie’s live-action movie adaptation of “Hibi Rock” (out Nov 22, 2014).

Based on a manga by Katsumasa Enokiya, the film stars Shuhei Nomura as a young man named Takuro Hibinuma who finds his true calling as a member of a rock band after leading a life of mediocrity. After graduating from high school, he and his band “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Brothers” relocate to Tokyo and begin playing live shows. One day, Takuro meets a pop star named Saki Utagawa (Fumi Nikaido) and his fate is irrevocably altered when she asks him to write her a song.

The theme song featured in the trailer is “Owari Naki Gogo no Bokensha” by Bakudan Johnny.

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Toma Ikuta to star in live-action “Yokokuhan”

Toma Ikuta will star in the live-action adaptation of Tetsuya Tsutsui’s manga “Yokokuhan” (out 2015).

Ikuta will play a man named Gates who heads a mysterious group called “Shinbunshi” who don newspaper masks and post internet videos informing the public of their crimes of justice against people they deem guilty of things not punishable by law. Fellow gang members will be played by Gaku Hamada, Ryohei Suzuki, and YoshiYoshi Arakawa.

Actress Erika Toda will play Erika Yoshino, an elite inspector from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s cyber crime division who’s attempting to track down the members of Shinbunshi and put a stop to their crimes. However, the group gradually begins to win over the support of the public with their videos.

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Sota Fukushi and Kasumi Arimura to star in live-action “Strobe Edge” movie

Sota Fukushi and Kasumi Arimura will star in Ryuichi Hiroki’s live-action movie adaptation of Io Sakisaka’s manga “Strobe Edge” (out Mar 2015).

Arimura will play a high school freshman named Ninako Kinoshita who starts to develop feelings for her classmate Ren Ichinose (Fukushi). Unfortunately, he’s already dating an older girl named Mayuka. Meanwhile, several of their friends deal with their own love problems.

Additional co-stars include Yuki Yamada as Ren’s friend Takumi, Arisa Sato as Mayuka, Jingi Irie as Ninako’s childhood friend Daiki, and Yuina Kuroshima as younger student Mao.

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A photo has been released of the rookie actress who will star in “Solomon’s Perjury”, Izuru Narushima’s upcoming 2-part film adaptation of Miyuki Miyabe’s best-selling book trilogy.

The actress, whose name has yet to be disclosed, was selected from about 10,000 candidates to play 14-year-old Ryoko Fujino, a girl who organizes a student-run trial in her school when one of her classmates is murdered and adults attempt to label it a suicide.

A photo has been released of the rookie actress who will star in “Solomon’s Perjury”, Izuru Narushima’s upcoming 2-part film adaptation of Miyuki Miyabe’s best-selling book trilogy.

The actress, whose name has yet to be disclosed, was selected from about 10,000 candidates to play 14-year-old Ryoko Fujino, a girl who organizes a student-run trial in her school when one of her classmates is murdered and adults attempt to label it a suicide.

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New poster for Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen, out Sep 13, 2014)

New poster for Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen, out Sep 13, 2014)

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A new trailer has been released for “Mahoro Eikmae Kyoso-kyoku” (out Oct 18, 2014). The film is a follow-up to 2011’s “Tada’s Do-It-All House” and the 2013 TV Tokyo drama “Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi”.

In the movie, Tada (Eita) and Gyoten (Ryuhei Matsuda) babysit Gyoten’s daughter Haru while investigating a mysterious organization called the Home Health Food Association (HHFA) which threatens the suburb of Mahoro.

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