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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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A new 30-second teaser trailer has been released for Takahiro Miki’s live-action movie adaptation of “Ao Haru Ride” (out Dec 13, 2014).

The film stars Tsubasa Honda as Futaba Yoshioka and Masahiro Higashide as Ko Mabuchi. The two were close in middle school, but Ko moved away before Futaba could tell him how she truly felt about him. Several years later, they’re reunited in high school, but Ko’s personality seems to have changed during their time apart.

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A teaser trailer has been released for Yoshihiro Fukagawa’s “Twilight Sasara Saya” (out Nov 8, 2014).

The film stars Yui Aragaki as a young mother named Saya whose husband Yutaro (Yo Oizumi) died in a car accident shortly after the birth of their son. Saya has no family to help her and faces various hardships as a single mother. Because of this, Yutaro’s spirit is unable to rest in peace and he begins possessing people’s bodies in an attempt to help her.

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A teaser trailer has been released for Yuya Ishii’s upcoming baseball movie “Vancouver no Asahi” (out Dec 20, 2014).

Based on a true story, the film stars Satoshi Tsumabuki as a second-generation Japanese-Canadian named Reggie Kasahara who works at a sawmill and plays shortstop for the Vancouver Asahi baseball team, which was well-known for bolstering the pride of other Japanese immigrants facing hardships in Canada before World War II.

Also featured in the clip are Ryo Katsuji as second baseman Kei Kitamoto, Yusuke Kamiji as catcher Tom Miyake, Kazuya Kamenashi as ace pitcher Roy Naganishi, Sosuke Ikematsu as third baseman Frank Nojima, Koichi Sato as Reggie’s father, and Aoi Miyazaki as Japanese language teacher Toyoko Sasaya.

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Toho has released an extended trailer for Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli’s animated film adaptation of Joan G. Robinson’s children’s novel “When Marnie Was There”, which comes out in Japan this Saturday.

The film revolves around a shy girl named Anna who’s sent to live with an elderly couple in a seaside town in Hokkaido. She spends most of her days alone, never opening her heart to anyone, but soon meets and becomes friends with a mysterious blonde girl named Marnie. However, she later discovers that no one else in the village seems to know Marnie exists.

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From the trailer for Parasyte - Part 1 (out in Japan Nov 29, 2014).

From the trailer for Parasyte - Part 1 (out in Japan Nov 29, 2014).

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Toho has released a new 1-minute trailer for the first installment of Takashi Yamazaki’s upcoming 2-part live-action adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s “Parasyte” manga.

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.

Parasyte Part 1 will be released nation-wide in Japan on November 29, 2014. Part 2 will follow sometime in 2015.

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A new full trailer has been released for Sion Sono’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Tokyo Tribes”.

The film is set in near-future Tokyo, where members of various urban “tribes” dominate the city through violence. When Bukuro WU-RONZ, lead by Mera (Ryohei Suzuki), clashes with rival tribe Musashino Saru, their leader and Mera’s former friend Tera (Ryuta Sato) ends up killed. Soon, a major conflict erupts between Mera and Musashino Saru member Kai Deguchi (played by hip hop artist YOUNG DAIS).

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Live-action “Parasyte” supporting cast announced

Eight new cast members have been added to Takashi Yamazaki’s 2-part live-action movie adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s “Parasyte” manga.

The new additions include Tadanobu Asano as Goto, Masahiro Higashide as Hideo Shimada, Kimiko Yo as Nobuko Izumi, Jun Kunimura as Detective Hirama, Kazuki Kitamura as Takeshi Hirokawa, Hirofumi Arai as Uragami, Pierre Taki as Miki, and Nao Omori as Kuramori.

Parasyte Part 1 will be released nation-wide in Japan on November 29, 2014 and Part 2 will follow sometime in 2015.

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