Category Archive: J-Drama News

Feb 24 2018

Tadanobu Asano to star with Jared Leto in Netflix film The Outsider

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Netflix has released the trailer for their latest original film The Outsider, starring Jared Leto as an American ex-soldier in post-WWII Japan looking to earn a place in the yakuza underworld. Tadanobu Asano (know to Western audiences for his roles in Thor and 47 Ronin, but unforgettable in classics like Ichi The Killer and Zatoichi) …

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Feb 09 2018

2018 Berlin International Film Festival will feature 13 films from Japan

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13 Japanese films have been invited to the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, including Ryuichi Sakamoto’s concert film async At The Park Avenue Armory, Kiyohara Yui’s Our House, Isao Yukisada’s River’s Edge, and a tribute to pink eiga producer Keiko Sato. The Berlin International Film Festival runs February 15-25, 2018. More info: https://www.berlinale.de (Japan)

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Jan 25 2018

dLibrary Japan launches Japanese drama streaming service in North America

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When dLibrary Japan’s ad showed up in my Facebook feed boasting legal streams of Doctor X, Sanada Maru, and Matsuko no Shiranai Sekai, I was on their website signing up for the free one-week trial faster than you could say “Shippai shinai no de!” dLibary’s lineup might look familiar to cable subscribers who’ve used the …

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Aug 09 2017

Hirokazu Koreeda’s Sandome no Satsujin selected for 74th Venice International Film Festival

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Sandome no Satsujin (The Third Murder), starring Masaharu Fukuyama, has been selected for competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, Fukuyama co-stars with Koji Yakusho and Suzu Hirose. The film opens September 9 in Japan.

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Oct 11 2016

Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (trailer)

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Preview trailer for Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories, based on the Shinya Shokudo manga series by Yaro Abe, which won the 55th Shogakukan Manga Award.

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Aug 28 2016

University of Miami to screen Enoshima Prism and Wonderful World End

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The University of Miami will present free screenings of 2 Japanese films on September 16th and 23rd, 2016. September 16 – The time-travel friendship drama Enoshima Prism, directed by Yasuhiro Yoshida, stars Sota Fukushi (Kamen Rider film series, Bleach), Shuhei Nomura (Litchi Hikari Club, Flying Colors), and Tsubasa Honda (GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, Full Metal …

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Jul 23 2016

FUNimation reveals trailer for Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy

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FUNimation has revealed the trailer for the U.S. release of the popular Rurouni Kenshin film trilogy starring Takeru Sato, Emi Takei, Munetaka Aoki, and Yu Aoi. The films will screen in select theaters nationwide with a home video release to follow. Rurouni Kenshin: Origins – August 8, 9 & 10 Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno – …

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Apr 22 2016

Sadako vs. Kayako (Trailer)

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Kadokawa Films has revealed the trailer for the upcoming ghost-on-ghost-battle, Sadako vs. Kayako. Japanese horror buffs are bound to lose their minds just hearing the concept alone: the ghost of The Ring (Ringu) vs. the ghost of The Grudge (Ju-on). The modern geek equivalent of Godzilla vs King Kong…? Maybe. The film’s producers are encouraging …

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