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A new 90-second trailer 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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Singer-songwriter Naoto Inti Raymi will making his acting debut in Toshio Lee’s “Kamisama wa Bali ni Iru” (out spring 2015).

The film stars Machiko Ono as a woman named Sachiko who flees to Bali after the failure of her konkatsu (marriage hunting) business. While there, she meets a Japanese-born multimillionaire named “Aniki” (Shinichi Tsutsumi) and begins learning under him in hopes of making a comeback.

Naoto will play a man named Sugita who’s also involved in konkatsu.

Singer-songwriter Naoto Inti Raymi will making his acting debut in Toshio Lee’s “Kamisama wa Bali ni Iru” (out spring 2015).

The film stars Machiko Ono as a woman named Sachiko who flees to Bali after the failure of her konkatsu (marriage hunting) business. While there, she meets a Japanese-born multimillionaire named “Aniki” (Shinichi Tsutsumi) and begins learning under him in hopes of making a comeback.

Naoto will play a man named Sugita who’s also involved in konkatsu.

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Cast of live-action “Assassination Classroom” movie announced

Ryosuke Yamada of the Johnny & Associates managed male idol group Hey! Say! JUMP will star in Eiichiro Hasumi’s live-action movie adaptation of “Assassination Classroom” (Ansatsu Kyōshitsu, out Mar 2015).

The film revolves around a group of middle school students deemed to have no future who are handed over to a dangerous alien creature that agreed to delay the destruction of Earth for one year if he was given the chance to teach. With a government reward of 10 billion yen up for grabs and the fate of the world at stake, the students engage in a series of seemingly futile attempts to assassinate their new teacher “Kurosensei” (unkillable teacher), who possesses vastly superior alien reflexes.

Yamada will play protagonist Nagisa Shiota, an unassuming student who keeps track of Kurosensei’s potential weaknesses. Additional co-stars include Kippei Shiina as government agent Tadaomi Karasuma, Masaki Suda as Karma Akabane, Maika Yamamoto as Kaeda Kayano, Seika Taketomi as Rio Nakamura, Mio Yuki as Yukiko Kanzaki, and Miku Uehara as Manami Okuda.

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A new 90-second trailer has been released for Takeshi Furusawa’s live-action movie adaptation of “Clover” (out Nov 1, 2014).

Based on a romance manga by Toriko Chiya, the movie stars Emi Takei as an office worker named Saya Suzuki who’s hopeless in matters of love. Every day, Saya is reprimanded by her strict boss Susumu Tsuge (Tadayoshi Okura), but one day he surprises her by suddenly asking her out. However, even as they begin dating, his personality seems to be just as harsh as it was before.

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Yo Oizumi, Erika Toda, and Hikari Mitsushima to star in “Kakekomi Onna to Kakedashi Otoko”

Yo Oizumi will star in Masato Harada’s upcoming film “Kakekomi Onna to Kakedashi Otoko” (out May 2015). Actresses Erika Toda and Hikari Mitsushima will co-star.

Based on a historical novel by late author Hisashi Inoue, the film revolves around a rookie doctor and aspiring novelist named Nakamura Shinjiro who stays at an inn located near a nunnery known for taking in women who are attempting to divorce their husbands. Shinjiro is doing research for a novel he plans to write, but when he starts giving advice to several of the women he meets, he ends up getting involved in their lives.

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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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