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

Weekly Movie and Drama Release Preview

Movies

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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.

 

Drama

(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

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(From left) Director Kentaro Hagiwara, Shunya Shiraishi, Hiyori Sakurada, Yo Oizumi, Masataka Kubota, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Kunio Murai, Kai Ogasawara (C) Modelpress
Disclaimer: I’m not a professional translator
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

The Cast of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable” Share their Thoughts and Feelings

Disclaimer: I’m not a professional translator

On the 26th of July the movie premiere of “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable” was held in Tokyo. The movie is an adaptation of the popular manga by Hirohiko Araki. The official launch will be on the 4th of August Japan wide. The event was attended by Kento Yamazaki, Ryonosuke Kamiki, Nana Komatsu, Masaki Okada, Mackenyu Arata, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya and director Takashi Miike.

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From left to right: Yusuke Iseya, Mackenyu Arata, Nana Komatsu, Kento Yamazaki, Ryonosuke Kamiki, Masaki Okada, Takayuki Kamada and director Takashi Miike surrounded by attendees of the launching event of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable” Chapter 1 Japan Premiere (C) Modelpress

Hirohiko Araki the mangaka of the popular manga recorded a video message for the event. “I think that many people feel uneasy towards the movie, but I’m sure that the finished product will exceed expectations. The way the characters dominate the movie screen is overwhelming. That’s because the cast is truly fantastic,” he said in regards to the concerned fans of the original. About Kento Yamazaki who played the male lead Josuke “JoJo” Higashikata, he said: “The way Yamazaki played JoJo really pulled the whole work together.”

Actor Yamazaki himself said that “I honestly love JoJo, so I’m truly pleased that Mr. Araki, the creator,  is satisfied with my work. I’m really happy thank you very much,” he said, expressing his gratitude.

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Kento Yamazaki (C) Modelpress

The cast also shared a couple of memories about shooting in Sitges, Spain. Yamazaki told the audience that as he was the entire month of their shooting in Spain he has a lot of fond memories. One of them being invited by Yusuke Iseya and Takayuki Yamada to a restaurant where he ate a 500-gram steak while looking at the ocean. Yusuke Iseya said that the townscape of Sitges reminded him of Atami and the town had an enjoyable atmosphere with street music echoing through the streets. He also revealed that Yamazaki “When he heard the music, he started to dance. It looked like fun.” Yamazaki added that it was “Due to the openness of Spain and by borrowing the strength of Sake. It was fun.”

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Yusuke Iseya and Mackenyu Arata (C) Modelpress

Ryonosuke Kamiki also stayed in Sitges for a month. As his shooting schedule was quite flexible, he had a lot of free time. “I had a lot of free days, so I shopped, I watched a football game and I went sightseeing. Every time a new cast member arrived, I took them to Barcelona for sightseeing.”

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Ryonosuke Kamiki (C) Modelpress

Masaki Okada and Mackenyu Arata portray the Nijimura brothers in the movie, who are JoJo’s opponents. At the presentation of the cast last year, in order to impersonate his role as little brother perfectly, he wanted to get closer to Okada to be able to say that he loves him even before the shooting starts. Now after the movie is finished he said that “‘My brother’ is the only one I use familiar speech with. The distance between us is shorter.” (Ivy: This means that they’ve dropped the honorifics and refer to each other as family members or close friends.)

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Masaki Okada and Mackenyu Arata (C) Modelpress

Source: Modelpress

The popular manga is split into 8 different storylines. This movie will concentrate on part 4. In this storyline, the focus is on Josuke “JoJo” Higashita who lives in the town of Morioh and is a ‘Stand’ user (super power). His power is called ‘Crazy Diamond’ which can restore broken things and heal wounds. After the mystical Arrow and Bow arrive in Morioh, JoJo and his friends are pulled into a fight against other ‘Stand’ user. The movie will be distributed worldwide and should it be successful, sequels are planned.

Personally, I think it looks quite good. But judging a movie by stills and trailers can always backfire, so I’ll form my opinion after seeing it. But the cast seems quite close and that’s in my opinion always a good sign for a movie. What do you think, will you give this adaptation to the big screen a chance? Or are you going to ignore it? Let me know in the comments below.

What do you think, will you give this adaptation to the big screen a chance? Or are you going to ignore it? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading,

Ivy

New Stills for Live – Action Movie “Fullmetal Alchemist” Released

Four new stills for the Live – Action Movie “Fullmetal Alchemist” have been released on the 28th of July. The adaptation of the popular manga of Hiromu Arakawa is highly anticipated and is going to premiere on the 1st of December in Japan. The original manga was serialized from 2001 until 2010 monthly in Shonen Gangan (Publisher Square Enix) and the number of issued copies worldwide exceeded 70 million. The story is set in an alternative universe where alchemy is one of the most practiced sciences. It follows the adventure of the main characters: Edward (Ryosuke Yamada) and his brother Alphonse.

The first still shows Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang who holds the title of “Flame Alchemist” who’s a superior of Edward.

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Movie “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” scene picture (C) 2017 Hiromu Arakawa / SQUARE ENIX (C) 2017 Movie “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” Production Committee

 

This still shows Winry Rockbell, played by Tsubasa Honda, together with Alphonse on the locomotive.

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Movie “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” scene picture (C) 2017 Hiromu Arakawa / SQUARE ENIX (C) 2017 Movie “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” Production Committee

 

An eerie still of the Homonculus “Envy” played by Kanata Hongo.

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Movie “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” scene picture (C) 2017 Hiromu Arakawa / SQUARE ENIX (C) 2017 Movie “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” Production Committee

 

Riza Hawkeye (Misako Renbutsu) surrounded by her unit, awaiting the antagonist.

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Movie “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” scene picture (C) 2017 Hiromu Arakawa / SQUARE ENIX (C) 2017 Movie “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” Production Committee

Source: Oricon

 

Japanese Movie “Love and Lies” Released First Trailer and Poster

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(C) 2017 “Koi to Lie” Production Committee (C) Musawo / Kodansha

On the 24th of July, “Love and Lies” released its first trailer and poster. The movie starring Aoi Morikawa (“Princess Maison”) is set to premiere on October 14, 2017.

The movie is not a direct adaptation of the same named Manga, Love and Lies (jap. 恋と嘘 “Koi to Uso), which was serialized on the Manga Box app, but rather a different story set in the same world. It is directed by Takeshi Furusawa (“ReLIFE”) and the screenplay was written by Erika Yoshida (“Heroine Disqualified”).

The story is set in the near future. Due to the dramatically declining birth rate, the government has chosen to ban romantic relationships and enforce a government – run arranged marriage policy. Through genetic decoding, the best partner for each and every citizen is determined. This is called the “red thread of science”. At the age of 16, young people receive the “government notice” with the name of their prospective partner. Any romantic relationship other than that is forbidden and punishable.

This is the world Aoi Nisaka (Morikawa) lives in. A clumsy, but straightforward high school girl, who receives her “government notice” and meets her “designated marriage partner” Sosuke Takachiho (Kanta Sato), but who is secretly in love with her childhood friend Yuto Shiba (Takumi Kitamura).

Check out the trailer for yourself!

What do you think? Not enough dystopian? The trailer seems quite light – hearted, besides the obvious love struggles, so I’m wondering if we’re going to see some governmental punishment or cruelty. The setting would be optimal. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Oricon