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A new trailer has been released for Masaharu Take’s “In the Hero” (out Sep 6, 2014).

The film stars Toshiaki Karasawa as a veteran suit actor and Bruce Lee fanatic named Wataru Honjo who clashes with a young action star named Ryo Ichinose (Sota Fukushi). However, through working together the two eventually find common ground and Honjo becomes a mentor to the young actor. When Ryo is cast in a big budget action film set in Japan, Wataru is tapped by the foreign staff to perform stunt work in a particularly dangerous scene.

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A teaser trailer has been released for Isshin Inudo’s Miracle: Debikuro-kun no Koi to Maho (out Nov 22, 2014).

Based on a novel by Kou Nakamura, the film stars Arashi’s Masaki Aiba as a bookstore employee and aspiring manga artist named Hikaru who distributes mysterious “Debikuro Communication” flyers at night. On one Christmas night, he experiences a miracle involving his childhood friend Anna (Nana Eikura), a renowned lighting designer named So-yeon (Han Hyo-joo), and a former university classmate named Kitayama (Toma Ikuta) who’s become a successful manga artist.

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A new 30-second teaser has been released for Naoto Kumazawa’s live-action adaptation of Kinkyori Renai (out Oct 11, 2014).

In the film, Nana Komatsu plays a genius high school student named Yuni Kururugi who begins falling in love with her temporary English teacher Haruka Sakurai (Tomohisa Yamashita) after several private tutoring sessions.

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A new trailer has been released for Koto Nagata’s yoga-themed movie “Shanti Days” (out Oct 25, 2014).

The film stars Mugi Kadowaki as a girl named Noa Honzawa who moves from Aomori to Tokyo. One day, she sees a beautiful yoga instructor named KUMI (Jessica Michibata) on television and an unexpected chain of events leads the two complete opposites to begin living together.

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New official poster and production stills from the live-action adaptation of Io Sakisaka’s Ao Haru Ride.

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A new 30-second teaser trailer has been released for Takashi Miike’s teen survival thriller “As the Gods Will”, a live-action adaptation of Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Akeji Fujimura’s manga “Kamisama no Iutoori”.

The film stars Sota Fukushi as a 2nd-year high school student named Shun Takawata who lives an ordinary teenage life until one day he’s suddenly forced to participate in a series of children’s games such as “Daruma-san ga Koronda” with death as the penalty for losing.

Today it was also announced that 42-year-old actor Nao Omori will play a 23-year-old hikikomori named Takumi and Lily Franky will play a homeless man with long hair.

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A new 30-second teaser trailer has been released for Takahiro Miki’s live-action movie adaptation of “Ao Haru Ride” (out Dec 13, 2014).

The film stars Tsubasa Honda as Futaba Yoshioka and Masahiro Higashide as Ko Mabuchi. The two were close in middle school, but Ko moved away before Futaba could tell him how she truly felt about him. Several years later, they’re reunited in high school, but Ko’s personality seems to have changed during their time apart.

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A teaser trailer has been released for Yoshihiro Fukagawa’s “Twilight Sasara Saya” (out Nov 8, 2014).

The film stars Yui Aragaki as a young mother named Saya whose husband Yutaro (Yo Oizumi) died in a car accident shortly after the birth of their son. Saya has no family to help her and faces various hardships as a single mother. Because of this, Yutaro’s spirit is unable to rest in peace and he begins possessing people’s bodies in an attempt to help her.

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A teaser trailer has been released for Yuya Ishii’s upcoming baseball movie “Vancouver no Asahi” (out Dec 20, 2014).

Based on a true story, the film stars Satoshi Tsumabuki as a second-generation Japanese-Canadian named Reggie Kasahara who works at a sawmill and plays shortstop for the Vancouver Asahi baseball team, which was well-known for bolstering the pride of other Japanese immigrants facing hardships in Canada before World War II.

Also featured in the clip are Ryo Katsuji as second baseman Kei Kitamoto, Yusuke Kamiji as catcher Tom Miyake, Kazuya Kamenashi as ace pitcher Roy Naganishi, Sosuke Ikematsu as third baseman Frank Nojima, Koichi Sato as Reggie’s father, and Aoi Miyazaki as Japanese language teacher Toyoko Sasaya.

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Toho has released an extended trailer for Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli’s animated film adaptation of Joan G. Robinson’s children’s novel “When Marnie Was There”, which comes out in Japan this Saturday.

The film revolves around a shy girl named Anna who’s sent to live with an elderly couple in a seaside town in Hokkaido. She spends most of her days alone, never opening her heart to anyone, but soon meets and becomes friends with a mysterious blonde girl named Marnie. However, she later discovers that no one else in the village seems to know Marnie exists.

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