Hayato Ichihara is starring in a new movie titled “Hotel Kopan” (out late 2014-early 2015)
He’ll play a former middle school teacher who quit teaching due to a bullying problem among students. Later on he discovers one of the bullied students committed suicide after he left. To escape his own guilt, he takes a menial job at a hotel in remote Nagano Prefecture but is soon confronted with a reminder of his past.
Toho has announced their 2014 lineup including a Studio Ghibli adaptation of Joan G. Robinson’s “When Marnie Was There” (Omoide no Marnie) directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
The story revolves around a girl named Anna who’s sent to live with an elderly couple in a seaside town. She initially keeps to herself and closes her heart to everyone around her, but one day she befriends a mysterious girl named Marnie who nobody else in the town seems to know exists.
The film will be released nation-wide in Japan next summer.
Masaki Okada and Ryoko Hirosue star in “Kanojo tono Jouzu na Wakarekata”
Masaki Okada and Ryoko Hirosue have started filming a new comedy titled “Kanojo tono Jouzu na Wakarekata” (out fall 2014).
Okada plays a selfish man named Gajirou who’s involved in an accident which claims the lives of four people in the other vehicle. When he wakes up, he’s confronted by the ghosts of the driver and 3 pole dancers who offer him money in exchange for his help fulfilling their dying wishes so that their spirits can pass over.
These tasks include Gajirou pole dancing, wearing a white wedding dress, becoming a firefighter, and making a passionate confession to a high school boy.
Horror manga artist Kazuo Umezu is directing an autobiographical movie titled “Mother” (out Sep 27, 2014)
Kabuki actor Ainosuke Kataoka plays Umezu as a publishing company makes his life the subject of an upcoming novel. While doing research on the creative influence of Umezu’s late mother Ichie (Kimie Shingyoji), the editor in charge of the project unwittingly unleashes Ichie’s ghostly grudge.
Tenka Hashimoto will get her first starring film role in a live-action adaptation of Mari Matsuzawa’s “Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiin Da Ga” (literally “Lately, my little sister’s been acting a bit strange, but…”, out spring 2014). Both her and gravure idol Mayu will appear fully nude for the first time.