Movie Preview: “Friends Games: The Final Movie”

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As the title says, “Friends Games: The Final Movie” (original title トモダチゲーム 劇場版FINAL/ Tomodachi Gemu Gekijoban Final) is set to be the last movie in a trilogy. The starting point for the manga adaptation was the release of a mini series titled “Friends Game”, followed by the first movie “Friends Games: The Movie”. This Japanese horror movie is directed by Jiro Nagae.


When Yuichi Katakiri (Ryo Yoshizawa) was a child, his mother taught him that friends are more important than money. Now, as a high school student, Yuichi prioritizes friends over money. One day, Yuichi and his friends become involved in the “Friends Games” which carries large amounts of money. They have to play 3 instances of the game and survive each and every single one to successfully finish it.


As this story uses the same actors again, I think one has to definitely start with Part 1. Otherwise, it might be confusing, as I’m not sure how much the different parts depend on each other. I wouldn’t want to miss a detail, just because I haven’t seen a previous part. From just the trailer, it does look like your typical setup. High school kids? Check. Get abducted? Check. Have to play a dangerous game in order to survive? Check. But well, you never know, this might be really good.


“The Disastrous Life of Saiki K” Releases Movie Stills

Kento Yamazaki and Kanna Hashimoto in their roles as Kusuo Saiki and Kokomi Teruhashi (C) Shuichi Aso/ Shueisha/ The Disastrous Life of Saiki K production committee

The production committee of “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K” released another set of movie stills from the live-action adaptation. The first still shows Kokomi Teruhashi (Kanna Hashimoto) a self-proclaimed “perfect girl” who is adored by everyone, alongside Kusuo Saiki (Kento Yamazaki) who doesn’t care for her, as he can read her true thoughts.

Aren Kuboyasu (Kento Kaku), Riki Nendo (Hirofumi Arai) and Shun Kaito (Ryo Yoshizawa) (C) Shuichi Aso/ Shueisha/ The Disastrous Life of Saiki K production committee

The next still shows some of his ‘unusual’ classmates: Aren Kuboyasu (Kento Kaku), a former delinquent who tries to change his way but has a short temper. Riki Nendo, a student whose mind Saiki cannot read as he is too dumb, which makes him unpredictable. And Shun Kaito (Ryo Yoshizawa), who believes that the world is ruled by an evil organization called the ‘Dark Reunion’.

Kineshi Hairo (Hideyuki Kasahara) is receiving ‘thousand years of pain’ from classmate Riki Nendo (Hirofumi Arai) (C) Shuichi Aso/ Shueisha/ The Disastrous Life of Saiki K production committee

The last still shows Riki Nendo (Hirofumi Arai) hand out a painful experience to his class representative Kineshi Hairo (Hideyuki Kasahara).

The movie is an adaptation of the same-named gag manga, published by Shueisha since 2012 and adapted into an anime in 2016. It depicts the story of Kusuo Saiki who was born with different psychic abilities such as teleportation, telepathy, psychokinesis. He hides his powers and secretly uses them to use his high school hardships with less than ordinary classmates.

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here it is. Sadly, without subtitles:

“The Disastrous Life of Saiki K” will be released on October 21st this year.

Source: Modelpress


First Poster and Teaser for Live – Action Adaptation “Impossibility Defense” (literal title)

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Tori Matsuzaka (C) Arata Miyatsuki / Yuya Kanzaki/ Shueisha 2018 “Impossibility Defense” Production Team

On the 9th of August, the first poster and teaser were released for the movie “Impossibility Defense” which stars Tori Matsuzaka as the male lead. The movie will premiere on the 1st February of 2018.

The movie is an adaptation of the manga “Impossibility Defense” jap. 不能犯 (also sometimes called “Perfect Crime in the western world), which is a joint project of Arata Miyatsuki (writer) and Yuya Kanzaki (illustrator) and serialized in Grand Jump (Shueisha). The story focusses on the mysterious “Usobuki Tadashi” (Tori Matsuzaka), a man who will and can commit untraceable crimes with the power of suggestion and cleverly arranged events, free – of – charge. All you have to do is leave a message in a certain telephone booth at a certain park. Soon afterward he’s said to appear and confirm the target. No request is denied, no matter who or why. The one opposing “Tadashi Usobuki” is Tomoka Tada (Erika Sawajiri), a female detective who cannot be controlled by his powers.

Here is a first teaser of the movie:

Source: Modelpress

“Fullmetal Alchemist” – Movie Releases Summer Greeting Cards

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Summer greeting card (C) 2017 Hiromu Arakawa / SQUARE ENIX (C) 2017 Movie “Fullmetal Alchemist” Production Committee

As it’s still a little while until December 1st, the official premiere of the live – action adaptation of the popular manga “Fullmetal Alchemist”, the PR – team of said movie prepared a summery gift for fans. Summer greeting cards. Featured are the military members of the eastern headquarter: Maria Ross (Natsuna Watanabe), Maes Hughes (Ryuta Sato),  Roy Mustang (Dean Fujioka), Riza Hawkeye (Misako Renbutsu) and General Haruko (Fumiyo Kohinata) have come together to salute and greet the fans.

Furthermore, the kanji for “steel” was crossed out and the kanji for “flame” was scribbled down. It’s a hot summer and it’s only going to become hotter with these new cards.

Source: Modelpress

Weekly Movie and Drama Release Preview


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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (Japan)

Release Date: August 4, 2017

Genre: Action/Comedy/Fantasy/Live – Action Adaptation

Set in the fictional town of Morioh. A high schooler, Josuke Higashikata (Kento Yamazaki) called Jojo and his friends are thrust into a new world they never knew existed. He’s the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar. He possesses a Stand (super power) called ‘Crazy Diamond’. The power allows him to restore or fix broken objects or animals.having to face off against deadly Stand users whilst trying to uncover the mysteries of the mystical Arrow and how to stop its wielder.

I’ve never read the manga. Even though a lot of people recommended it to me. But from a non – fan view, it looks good.



(C) Nam Ji Eun and Kim In Ho

Fall From the Sky (Korea)

Premiere Date: August, 2017

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Paul is a half – angel. Born to a human mother and an angelic father, he used to live in heaven. Until he was punished and fell to earth. There he has to fight against a multitude of evil beings with his powers of positivity. He’s invisible, but there is one human woman, able to see him: Seo Hee.

This is the adaptation of the popular Korean web comic “Fall from the Sky” (kor. 하늘에서 떨어진 폴) by writer Nam Ji Eun and web artist Kim In Ho published on “Comico”. Due to its popularity, it has been published in book form and receives now its TV – adaptation as a mini – series.

I couldn’t find a lot about this. There is no trailer yet and it’s only known that it’s going to air sometime in August. The only ones casted so far are Yoon Hyun Min who previously starred in OCN’s “Tunnel” and An Woo Yeon who had roles in “Circle: Two Worlds Connected” and “Strong Woman Do Bong Soo”. But their character assignments haven’t been released yet.

As soon as there is more information, I’ll post an update.


The Cast of “Tokyo Ghoul” gets Quizzed During the Movie Premiere

(From left) Director Kentaro Hagiwara, Shunya Shiraishi, Hiyori Sakurada, Yo Oizumi, Masataka Kubota, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Kunio Murai, Kai Ogasawara (C) Modelpress
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On July 29 “Tokyo Ghoul” officially premiered in Tokyo with actor Masataka Kubota, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Shunya Shiraishi, Hiyori Sakurada, Yo Oizumi, Kunio Murai, Kai Ogasawara and director Kentaro Hagiwara taking the stage and greeting the public for on the day of the launch. A quiz was played after the greeting and the group was split into two teams. Ghouls (Kubota, Shiraishi, Sakurada, Murai) and humans (Suzuki, Oizumi, Ogasawara, director Hagiwara), though Kubota made a joke about being half-half though as he played the protagonist Kaneki, a human – ghoul hybrid.
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Masataka Kubota and Nobuyuki Suzuki checking each other’s answers (C) Modelpress
Kubota made the audience laugh with, “It’s okay for me to be with them (the Ghoul team)right?” The winning team would be able to gift 17 present coasters to visitors of the event. Oizumi, who acted as MC, confirmed that those 17 present coasters are rare items which one can not easily get, Oizumi said “Is there anything they cannot get?!” and excited the venue with his Tsukkomi.
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Both teams answered the first two questions correctly. The third question seemed to be too difficult for both teams, as none of them answered correctly. The last question was: “What is the name of Mado’s wife?” Oizumi who played Mado joked and was part of man team joked with them “I do not remember. I fast – forwarded until it’s my scene, ‘s the only thing I’m interested in.” However, Oizumi was worried that “only my wife’s name is going to be remembered (laugh)”, and holds his head as if troubled. As a fan of the original, Ogasawara was able to answer correctly and the human team won the quiz.
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Hiyori Sakurada receiving her picture as Hinami Fueguchi
Another highlight of the event was the presentation of the portrays of the cast drawn by Ishida Sui, the mangaka of the original, himself.  Kubota already previously received his portray, said that it is now in his apartment. The rest of the cast was moved by the portrays they received. Nobuyuki Suzuki was deeply impressed with his drawing and exclaimed: “I think mine is the best! (laughs)”.
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Nobuyuki Suzuki with his portrayal as Kotaru Amon (C) Modelpress
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Yo Oizumi smiling while holding his painting as Kureo Mado
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Shunya Shiraishi and his movie self Nishiki Nishio

First Teaser for Live – Action Movie “Laughing Under the Clouds” Released

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Movie “Laughing Under the Clouds” Production Committee (C) Karakara Kemuri/ Mag Garden

On the 29th of July, it was announced that the premiere date for the movie “Laughing Under the Clouds”, with actor Sota Fukushi as lead, was changed from February to March 21, 2018. Alongside the announcement, a first look at the movie was granted.

The movie is based on a manga series with a cumulative total of 1.2 million copies issued. From the beginning of its publication in 2011, the manga attracted enthusiastic female fans in their teens and tweens who were drawn in by the attractive characters. An anime was produced in 2014 with a variety of other media following in 2015, which has led to a steady rise in the popularity of the manga.

The story is set in the Meiji Period in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The Kumo brothers, led by the oldest Tenka Kumo (Sota Fukoshi) escort dangerous criminals to their final resting place. The prison in Lake Biwa. Tenka is the 14th head of the Kumo shrine after his parents were killed. His weapon of choice is a simple fan. With this, he and his brothers Soramaru (Yuma Nakayama) and Chutaro (Kirato Wakayama) fight together to keep the country safe.


Source: Modelpress