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The Forest of Wool and Steel

(となりの怪物くん)

 
Synopsis:

Based on the novelHitsuji to Hagane no Moriby Natsu Miyashitathat won the 13thJapan Booksellers’ Award in 2016, The Forest of Wool and Steelis a Japanese drama directed by Kojiro Hashimoto (Orange) that tellsthe story of a high school student’sambition to become apiano tuner.It stars teen idol Kento Yamazaki (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable) and veteran actor Tomokazu Miura(Outrage).

Naoki Tomura (Kento Yamazaki) is a high school student who lives in Hokkaido. He meets piano tuner Soichiro Itadori (Tomokazu Miura) at his school. Naoki could smell the forest from the piano tuned by Soichiro. Naoki is touched by his work and begins to work at the musical instruments store where Soichiro works. This is where his challenges and adventures begin.

Still relatively limited in his experience with music and the piano, Naokigradually builds for himself an ideal of what it means to be a piano tuner through his interactions with the other tuners: Shinji Yanagi (Ryohei Suzuki), a man seven years his senior who is assigned to be his mentor during his training; Tadashi Akino(Ken Mitsuishi), who graduated from a conservatory and worked as a professional pianist for a time but ultimately had to give it up; and Soichiro, who has a number of world-class pianists for clients, and is able to persuade them to schedule concerts in Hokkaido.

 

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Kento Yamazaki, Tomokazu Miura

Director: Kojiro Hashimoto
Duration (min) :

134min (tbc), Th/ Ed

Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG
Genre:

Drama

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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When I get home, My wife always pretends to be dead

(家に帰ると妻が必ず死んだふりをしています)

 
Synopsis:

Inspired bya viral post from Yahoo! userK.Kajunsky in 2010 about his wife’sbizarre behavior.When I get home, My wife always pretends to be dead.is engaging romantic comedy starring Ken Yasuda (Gintama) and Nana Eikura (Library Wars) as a married couple who must re-examine their marriage and each other when the wife’s strange behavior continues.

The story follows Jun (Ken Yasuda), a typical salaryman on his second marriage. Nearing their third anniversary everything is fine with the married couple, until one day he returns home to find his wife Chie (Nana Eikura) stabbed to death. Just as he starts to freak out she giggles, the whole thing is a set up. Relieved, he thinks nothing of it and goes back to living life. But a pattern begins. Every time Jun returns from work Chie has rigged up a more elaborate death scenario. A gunshot wound, an arrow to the head, a crocodile attack—they get to be more like full-blown cosplay staging than simple deaths.

Jun is dumbfounded by his wife's behavior, but he begins to feel uneasy with her.Why does Chie find it necessary to recreate her death all the time? What is missing from their marriage? The plot delves into Chie’s childhood being raised by a single father, needing to escape into the world of books and art, and her personal foibles. The answers lie in Chie’s unique way of expressing herself and her view of the world.

 

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Ken Yasuda, Nana Eikura

Director: Toshio Lee
Duration (min) :

115min (tbc), Th/ Ed

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

Romance, Comedy

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Laplace’s Witch

(ラプラスの魔女)

 
Synopsis:

Laplace’s Witchis the live-action adaption of the mystery novel by Japanese celebrated author Keigo Higashino. Directed by prolific filmmaker Takashi Miike (13 Assassins), the film features an all-star ensemble cast including Sho Sakurai (The After Dinner Mysteries), Suzu Hirose (Our Little Sister), Sota Fukushi (As the Gods Will), Hiroshi Tamaki (Nodame Cantabile) and Etsushi Toyokawa (20thCentury Boys).

Two people are poisoned to death by hydrogen sulfide at hot springs located in different regions. The police ask Professor Shusuke Aoe (Sho Sakurai), who is a geochemist, to determine whether the deaths were caused by freak accidents or were murders. The police want to eliminate foul play, and Shusuke agrees that planning such a poisoning would be impossible without precise knowledge of all of the surrounding geological conditions.While investigating the cases, Shusuke Aoe comes across Madoka Uhara (Suzu Hirose). She guesses correctly that a natural phenomenon will take place. The police begin to suspect Madoka might be related to the deaths and a 3rd case takes place.

 

 

 

 
Cast:

ShoSakurai, Suzu Hirose, Sota Fukusi

Director: Takashi Miike
Duration (min) :

116min (tbc), Th/ Ed

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

Drama, Mystery

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan and China

Japan

2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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My Little Monster

(となりの怪物くん)

 
Synopsis:

Tao Tsuchiya (The 8-Year Engagement) and Masaki Suda (Gintama) playthe lead roles inMy Little Monster, alive-action film adaptation based on the romantic comedy manga by Robico about a frosty girl and a wild boy who fallhead over heels in love.

Shizuku Mizutani (Tao Tsuchiya) is a self-absorbed overachiever, concerned only with maintaining the highest grades in school. She is cold and doesn't have any friends.Haru Yoshida (Masadi Suda) is a brilliant yet problematic high school student with an impulsive short temper, who scares everyone with his explosive bursts of violence.


Haru gets suspended on the first day of school when he encounters some bullies harassing a student and dispatches the bullies with great bloody violence. Mizutani is tasked with delivering school materials to Haru who interprets this as an actof friendship and latches on to Mizutani, much to her dismay. And so begins a strange and potentially combustible relationship!

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Masaki Suda, Tao Tsuchiya

Director: Sho Tsukikawa
Duration (min) :

105min (tbc), Th/ Ed

Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG
Genre:

Comedy, Romance

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Kids On The Slope

(坂道のアポロン)

 
Synopsis:

The live-action film adaptation of Yuki Kodama’s long-running manga series Sakamichi no Apollon, Kid On The Slopeis directed by Takahiro Miki who is behind a number of live-action film adaptations such as Soranin, We Were There, and Yell for the Blue Sky. Yuri Chinen (member of Japanese pop group Hey! Say! JUMP) and Nana Komatsu (Martin Scorsese’s Silence) star in this highly-anticipated teen romantic drama about love relationships through the sounds of jazz.

During the summer of 1966, Kaoru Nishimi (Yuri Chinen) moves to Kyushu in order to live with relatives, as his father's job no longer allows the two to live together and his mother has not been a part of his life for years. Intelligent but extremely reserved, he arrives at school with no expectation of making friends, but a chance encounter with Sentaro Kawabuchi(Taishi Nakagawa), an infamous troublemaker, leads the two to slowly become close in spite of their outward incompatibility. When Kaoru, a classically-trained pianist, discovers Sentaro's largely unknown skill as a jazz drummer, the two begin to jam in the basement of Sentarou's friend Ritsuko(Nana Komatsu)'s house, and very soon his rigid training gives way to the joy of playing jazz in all of its refreshing spontaneity.

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Yuri Chinen, Taishi Nakagawa, Nana Komatsu

Director: Takahiro Miki
Duration (min) :

120min (tbc), Th/ Ed

Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG
Genre:

Drama, Romance

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2018