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A new trailer has been released for Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s “My Man” (out June 14, 2014)

Puritanical NSFW Warning: There’s a butt.

Based on a Naoki Prize-winning novel by Kazuki Sakuraba, the movie stars Fumi Nikaido as a girl named Hana who’s taken in by a distant relative named Jungo (Tadanobu Asano) after losing both her parents in a natural disaster. The two form a relationship like father and daughter, but when things turn physical, conflicts arise with the people around them. Years later, as Hana prepares for her wedding, she reflects back on her time with Jungo.

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Rena Nounen to star in live-action “Princess Jellyfish” film

Rena Nounen will star in a live-action movie adaptation of Akiko Higashimura’s manga Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime, out Dec 2014).

She’ll play an aspiring illustrator named Tsukimi who’s obsessed with jellyfish and lives in an apartment complex with other otaku women. When the building is threatened with demolition, a cross-dressing young man named Kuranosuke (Masaki Suda) helps the girls try to save it.

Additional co-stars include Hiroki Hasegawa, Chizuru Ikewaki, Lina Ohta, Tomoe Shinohara, and Azusa Babazono.

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Full trailer for Yuichi Fukuda’s upcoming film “Joshizu” featuring the theme song “ASAP” by E-Girls

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A new trailer has been released for Tetsuya Nakashima’s “The World of Kanako” (out July 4, 2014).

Based on a mystery novel by Akio Fukamachi, the film stars Koji Yakusho as a gritty, deeply flawed former detective named Akihiro Fujishima who begins a frantic investigation to find his missing daughter Kanako (Nana Komatsu) in hopes of repairing his broken family. As he begins tracking down leads and delving deeper into her life, he discovers his pristine image of her was completely wrong.

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Trailer for Kooichi Ueno’s upcoming horror movie “Nemurihime: Dream On Dreamer” starring Reina Fujie and Miyu Takeuchi.

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Kengo Kora will star in Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s “Itamuhito”, a film adaptation of Arata Tendo’s Naoki Prize-winning 2008 novel.

Kora will play a man named Shizuto Sakatsuki who travels between places where people have died in order to mourn for them, in spite of having no connection to them while they were alive. Yuriko Ishida will co-star as a woman named Yukiyo Nagi who follows him on his journey.

Kengo Kora will star in Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s “Itamuhito”, a film adaptation of Arata Tendo’s Naoki Prize-winning 2008 novel.

Kora will play a man named Shizuto Sakatsuki who travels between places where people have died in order to mourn for them, in spite of having no connection to them while they were alive. Yuriko Ishida will co-star as a woman named Yukiyo Nagi who follows him on his journey.

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From Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body (out Aug 23, 2014)

From Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body (out Aug 23, 2014)

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First teaser for Takashi Miike’s upcoming horror movie “Over Your Dead Body” (Kuime) starring Ebizo Ichikawa, Kou Shibasaki, and Hideaki Ito.

The movie is a modern take of the classic Japanese horror story “Yotsuya Kaidan”. Ichikawa and Shibasaki play actors in the stage play version, Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan. Over time, the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred as the murderous, vengeful themes of the play bleed into their own personal relationship.

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A new 2-minute trailer has been released for Noboru Iguchi’s upcoming survival thriller “Live” (out May 10).

The film is based on a novel by Yusuke Yamada and involves a televised “death race” in which participants compete knowing that their loved ones will be killed if they refuse. Yuki Yamada, Ito Ono, and Yuki Morinaga star.

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New cast members announced for Sion Sono’s live-action “Tokyo Tribes” film

Last August it was announced that Ryohei Suzuki and rapper YOUNG DAIS would co-star in Sion Sono’s live-action adaptation of “Tokyo Tribes”. Today a new round of additions were revealed:

Ryuta Sato as Tera
Shunsuke Daito as Iwao
Takuya Ishida as Kim
Yui Ichikawa as Nori-chan
Mika Kano as Erendia
Shoko Nakagawa as KESHA
Shota Sometani as MC SHOW
Denden as Daishisai
Yosuke Kubozuka as Nkoi
Riki Takeuchi as Buppa

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