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Takeru Satoh and Aoi Miyazaki to star in “Sekai kara Neko ga Kieta nara”

Takeru Satoh and Aoi Miyazaki will star in a movie adaptation of producer Genki Kawamura’s ‘s debut novel “Sekai kara Neko ga Kieta nara” (lit. “If a cat has disappeared from the world”).

Satoh will play a postman who discovers he has a terminal illness and doesn’t have long to live. Soon, a devil appears to him (also played by Satoh) and offers to extend his life by one day for each thing that gets erased from his life. He agrees to the deal, but as each thing is removed, so are his ties to the people who have been most important to him including his first love (Miyazaki) and best friend (Gaku Hamada).

Filming will begin next month and a nation-wide release is planned for sometime in 2015.

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A 90-second 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.

The story was inspired by the classic Japanese Christmas song “Christmas Eve” by singer-songwriter Tatsuro Yamashita, who was recently announced as the film’s music supervisor.

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A new 90-second trailer has been released for Daihachi Yoshida’s “Paper Moon” (out Nov 15, 2014).

Based on a 2012 novel by Naoki Prize-winning author Mitsuyo Kakuta, the film stars Rie Miyazawa as a bank employee named Rika Umezawa who embezzles money from customers’ deposits as she begins having an affair with a much younger man. Over time, her theft spirals out of control as she attempts to fund her secret life.

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A new 30-second teaser has been released for Yu Irie’s “Joker Game” (out Jan 31, 2015).

The film is set during the lead up to World War II and stars Kazuya Kamenashi as a man named Kato who’s recruited by former spy Colonel Yuuki (Yusuke Iseya) to join a secret intelligence agency called D Kikan. His first mission involves infiltrating an international Asian city and stealing a critical “black notebook” from a US Ambassador. Kyoko Fukada co-stars as a woman named Rin who’s also after the notebook.

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Koichi Sato, Tsubasa Honda, and Machiko Ono to star in “Kishuten Eki: Terminal”

Koichi Sato will star in Tetsuo Shinohara’s “Kishuten Eki: Terminal” (out fall 2015).

Based on a novel by Naoki Prize-winning author Shino Sakuragi, the film revolves around a 55-year-old former judge turned public defender named Kanji Washida who’s been living in a state of self-imposed isolation as penance for an incident from his past involving his former lover Saeko (Machiko Ono). However, one day he’s suddenly reminded of Saeko when he’s assigned the case of a 25-year-old woman named Atsuko (Tsubasa Honda) who was arrested for use of illegal stimulants.

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A new teaser has been released for Takashi Miike’s teen survival thriller “As the Gods Will” (out Nov 15, 2014).

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. Other cast members include Hirona Yamazaki, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mio Yuki, Shota Sometani, Nao Omori, and Lily Franky.

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A new 90-second trailer has been released for the first installment of the 2-part live-action adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s “Parasyte” manga (out Nov 29, 2014).

In the movie, Earth is invaded by alien parasites which have the ability to crawl through people’s nostrils or ear canal to access their brains, eventually taking full control of their body. Shota Sometani stars as a young man named Shinichi Izumi who forms a symbiotic relationship with one of the parasites, “Migi”, which takes up residence in his right hand. Together, they fight against other parasites who devour humans as food.

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A new trailer has been released for Sumio Omori’s “Again” (out Jan 17, 2015).

In the film, actress and fashion model Haru plays a young woman named Mie who never got to know her father because he died in the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995. One day, she finds a letter in his belongings revealing he once dreamed of making it to Koshien stadium along with his friend and teammate Haruhiko Sakamachi. Mie soon contacts Haruhiko with the intention of coaxing her father’s old teammates into playing at the Masters Koshien tournament, an event which gives average people from all over Japan a chance to play at the iconic stadium.

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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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