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A new 90-second trailer has been released for Michihito Fujii’s partially crowd-funded film “Phantom Limb” (out Sep 27, 2014).

Based on a novel by Soji Shimada, the movie stars Ryo Yoshiki as a medical student named Masato Kanbara who is involved in a serious accident which leaves him seriously injured and his girlfriend Haruka (Mitsuki Tanimura) dead. Afterward, he suffers from severe depression due to memory loss and doctors begin treating him with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). However, once he begins the treatments, he starts having visions of his dead girlfriend.

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A full trailer has been released for “A Courtesan with Flowered Skin” (Hanayoi Dochu, out Nov 8, 2014).

The film is based on a prize-winning novel by Ayako Miyagi which was later adapted to a manga that went on to sell over 300,000 copies. Yumi Adachi stars as a girl named Asagiri who was raised as a prostitute in Yoshiwara, knowing neither joy or sadness. She looks forward to the end of her apprenticeship when she can live that life behind for good, but that changes one day when she falls in love with an artisan named Hanjirou (Yasushi Fuchikami).

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A new 60s trailer has been released for Kazuo Umezu’s directorial debut “Mother” (out Sept. 27, 2014).

The film stars Ainosuke Kataoka as a younger version of Umezu as a young book editor named Sakura Wakakusa (Mimi Maihane) delves into his past relationship with his late mother and its impact on his subsequent work as a horror manga pioneer. As the investigation continues, bizarre incidents begin occurring one after another.

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Live-action “Attack on Titan” movie cast revealed

On Wednesday in Japan the official website for Shinji Higuchi’s live-action movie adaptation of Attack on Titan (out 2015) was updated with a full cast list.

Back in April it was announced that Haruma Miura will star in the film. Today’s new additions include Hiroki Hasegawa, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongo, Takahiro Miura, Nanami Sakuraba, Satoru Matsuo, Satomi Ishihara, Pierre Taki, Jun Kunimura, Shu Watanabe, Ayame Misaki, and Rina Takeda. Unfortunately, their specific roles were not revealed in the announcement.

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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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