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Color Me True

(今夜、ロマンス劇場で)

 
Synopsis:

Filmmaker Hideki Takeuchi, hot off the recent box office hits Thermae Romaeand Nodame Cantabile, directs this romantic tale about a young director who falls in love with a black-and-white heroine from the big screen when she travels from her fictional black-and-white world to the colorful real world. Japanese famous actress Haruka Ayase (Best Leading Actress for Our Little Sister) and rising actor Kentaro Sakaguchi (Best New Actor for the Rokuyonseries) play the heroine and director in this magical love story that promises laughter and tears.

Set in the era of 1960s,Kenji is an assistant director at a film studio. He dreams of one daybecoming a director, but all he does now is run errands. Kenji’s outlet and secret pleasureis watching his favorite old romantic movie at the theater -- an old black & white treasure that only showed for a brief period before being cancelled.But the film’s heroine, a princess named Miyuki, was the love of his life.One day, the director of the movie calls and says he wants to buy the old reel of film. The owner of the theater agrees to sell it,despite Kenji’s protests.

But then something miraculous happens. Following a clap of thunder, the heroine of the movie literally jumps off the screen…in black and white!She’s breathtakingly beautiful and equally strong-willed, just like Princess Miyuki in the film. Miyuki is mesmerized by the colorful world she has landed in, but causes nothing but trouble for Kenji. Kenjifallsin love with the real Miyuki, but she is harboring a secret that she cannot reveal…

 

 

 
Cast:

Haruka Ayase, Kentaro Sakaguchi, Testuji Tamayama

Director: Hideki Takeuchi
Duration (min) :

109min (tbc), Th

Version: Theatrical
Grade: PG
Genre:

Drama, Romance

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Impossibility Defense

(不能犯)

 
Synopsis:

Rising star Tori Matsuzaka(Gatchaman) and high-profile actress Erika Sawajiri (Helter Skelter) star inthis live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series “Funohan”, directed byKoji Shiraishi(Sadako vs. Kayako), about a contract killer who carries out his killings by using methods which are impossible to prove.

A string of unnatural deaths occur in the city. A man in a black suit is always seen at the scene of the crime. His name is Tadashi Usobuki(Tori Matsuzaka), a mysterious figure who SNS cites as “the phone booth killer.” His clients leave memos in phone booths, requesting him to kill someone. They must cite the reason and leave contact details. The victim always dies, but by illness, suicide, or accident…all “perfect crimes” for which no physical evidence remains. What makes Usobuki so successful in his work is that he uses the power of “suggestion” on his victims, basically like psychological warfare. This makes his crimes almost impossible to track.

The police are confounded and ready to give up – all except one female detective named Tomoko Tada(Erika Sawajiri). After repeated confrontations with Usobuki, it becomes clear that she is the only person he cannot manipulate.She hopes to put an end to Usobuki’s reign of terror.

 

 

 
Cast:

Tori Matsuzaka, Erika Sawajiri

Director: Koji Shiraishi
Duration (min) :

106min (tbc), Th/Ed

Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre:

Thriller

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Anthem of the Heart

(心が叫びたがってるんだ。)

 
Synopsis:

The highly anticipated live action adaptation of the 2015 hit animated drama that grossed over JPY 1.1 billion, The Anthem of the Heartstars pop teen idols Kento Nakajima (teen group Sexy Zone) and Anna Ishii (girl dance group E-Girls) in a fairy-tale story about a mute young girl who plans to sing at the school musical.

When Naruse (Kyoto Yoshine) accidentally reveals that her father is having an affair, her parents separate and Naruse is cursed by a magical egg. Whenever she tries to speak, she is overcome with nausea, so inevitably becomes something of a social recluse.

A decade later, in junior high, Naruse is selected to be on aCommunityOutreach Committee, along with three other students: the pretty cheerleaderNitoh (Anna Ishii), the injured baseball star Tasaki (Kanichiro), and the reclusive musician Takumi (Kento Nakajima).When their homeroom teacher insists they perform musical at the exchange party, none of them seems willing to do so at first. But after Takumi discoversthat Naruse can still sing, heagrees to write a musical. And theirlovebegins toblossom.

 

 

 
Cast:

Kento Nakajima, Kyoto Yoshine, Anna Ishii, Kanichiro

Director: Naoto Kumazawa
Duration (min) :

119min (tbc), Th/ Ed

Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre:

Drama

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Asia except Japan

Japan

2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The 8-Year Engagement

(8年越しの花嫁』)
 
Awards:

Nominations:
2018 (41st) Japan Academy Awards- Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Outstanding Achievement in Music

 

 
Synopsis:

Adapted from a true story that rocked the Internet world and instantly captured the attention of national and international media, the heart-breaking account of a young Japanese couple’s “miracle wedding” posted on YouTube is portrayed by Takeru Satoh and Tao Tsuchiya on the silver screen.

Hisashi (Satoh) and Mai (Tsuchiya) are a happy couple in their twenties who are engaged to be married. Three months before their wedding, Mai becomes seriously ill. Her heart stops momentarily and she falls into a deep coma.

Hisashi visits Mai in hospital every day. With no idea if or when she will ever awake, Mai’s parents encourage Hisashi to find someone else, but he refuses to give up and continues to pray for her recovery. Several years later, Mai begins to regain consciousness and even utters a few words. Tragically, she has suffered brain damage and has no memory of Hisashi.

Mai undergoes rehabilitation and eventually is able to venture outside. Hisashi takes her to places they frequented in an attempt to jog her memory, but she still cannot remember who he is. Hisashi grows fearful that he may be burdening her and they break up. Later, Mai learns that every year since she fell ill, Hisashi continued to renew their wedding venue reservation. Realising the depth of his love for her, she begins to search for him.

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Takeru Satoh, Tao Tsuchiya

Director: Takahisa Zeze
Duration (min) : 119 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Romance
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese and English/ English
 

Territory:

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Year:

 

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2017

 

 
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DESTINY: The Tale of Kamakura

(DESTINY 鎌倉ものがたり)
 
Awards:

Nominations:
2018 (41st) Japan Academy Awards- Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

 

 
Synopsis:

Based on the manga series Kamakura Monogatarithat has sold more than 9 million copies to date, Destiny: The Tale of Kamakurais directed by Takashi Yamazaki (Space Battleship Yamato), who previously adapted the Sunset on Third Streettrilogy by the same author, which won more than a dozen Japanese Academy Awards. Masato Sakai (from the hit TV series Hanzawa Naoki) and Mitsuki Takahata (Evergreen Love) play husband and wife who have the ability to communicate with supernatural.The film successfully attracted viewers in Japan and earned more than ¥2,660,000,000!

When young Akiko (Mitsuki Takahata) marries mystery writer Masakazu Isshiki(Masato Sakai)and moves in with him in Kamakura, herway of life becomes a constant source of amazement. A simple stroll through the streets brings her into contact with supernatural creatures such as spirits, goblins, ghosts, and not-grim-at-all reapers. As Akiko learns very quickly, Kamakura is a place where humans and non-humans live side-by-side in harmony.

One morning, Masakazu awakes to find that Akiko has disappeared.The only trace of her is a loving letter to her husband.It seems that Akiko has met an unfortunate accident, died, and departed for the netherworld.Upon losing his wife, Masakazu realizes for the first time how much he loves her. To bring Akiko back to life, he decides to journey to the underworld himself.What awaits Masakazu there are the supernatural creatures who took away his wife, and someone else he recognizes...

 

 

 
Cast:

Masato Sakai, Mitsuki Takahata

Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Duration (min) : 129 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese and English/ English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

 

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2017