2015 offers quite a bit of good Japanese movies to watch. As always the themes are dark but full of action to keep you on your toes. The first three movies are full of intense fighting action scenes packed with good plot story and amazing actors. I`ve never been that excited.
Below are the movie plots, cast, trailers and release dates. Enjoy!
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is actually a movie adaptation to one of the most famous manga so naturally it is bringing a lot of buzz and excitement. Adding the fabulous cast of Haruma Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa and Kiko Mizuhara and the amazing promo character posters the only question left is if the movie will actually follow the manga & anime, as with any adaptation a few tweaks are expected.
Leading trio Eren, Mikasa and Armin are all present and while they’ll be joined by several new characters specially created for the movie, one fan favourite Levi apparently isn’t making the transition to live-action. Why would Isayama and Higuchi choose not to bring Attack on Titan’s most popular male character, so far, in the movie? Maybe a shocking plot twist is coming or maybe no one is cool enough to play Levi in real life.
100 years ago, titans suddenly appeared on Earth. Soon, human civilization veered on collapse due to the titans. Humans then built a giant wall to defend themselves. Within the giant walls, humans lived in peace, but, 100 years later, the giant wall is broken.
Cast: Haruma Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongo
Slated date of release: Summer 2015
Genre: Post-apocalyptic, dark fantasy, coming of age
Joker Game is a movie, based on a mystery spy novel by Koji Yanagi, set on the event of World War II as an international Asian city becomes the hub of a high-stakes “spy game”. Japan, UK, Soviet Union and Germany spies will be fighting to gain an advantage in world diplomacy.
The movie is set along a backdrop of a fictitious second world war at an international city in Asia. Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN) will be playing a genius spy named Kato infiltrating “Devil’s Metropolis” to find the “black notebook”. Just from watching the trailer you can say that the movie is going to be intense and keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.
In Japan, Lieutenant Colonel Yuki (Yusuke Iseya) recommends the creation of spy training school “D Kikan”. Meanwhile, Kato (Kazuya Kamenashi) is facing capital punishment for his refusal to follow a superior’s order. Kato is then scouted by “D Kikan”. He goes through a harsh training regimen and faces his first mission as a spy.
In order to seize American Ambassador Graham’s confidential documents “Black Note.” Kato infiltrates into an international city. A battle to gain possession of the “Black Note” ensues between Kato, a mysterious woman named Rin (Kyoko Fukada), the British Spy Agency, the Soviet Spy Agency and the radical army in Japan.
Cast: Kazuya Kamenashi (Kame), Kyoko Fukada
Slated date of release: January 31, 2015
Strayer’s Chronicle is also a movie adaptation, based on Takayoshi Honda’s series of science fiction thriller novels. In the movie there are hints of X-Men and Fantastic 4 as it revolves around a group of young men and women, subjects of top secret scientific experiments conducted on children, who possess superhuman abilities. The movie looks serious and intense, we can enjoy watching the fight between different powers.
In the early 1990s, experiments were carried out secretly in Japan. Two different methods were used in the experiments and Subaru, Saya and others were born from those experiments.
Subaru (Masaki Okada) possesses amazing athletic abilities and vision while Saya (Riko Narumi) possesses super hearing abilities. They both grew up in the same experimental facility and is under the influence of Koichiro Watase (Tsuyoshi Ihara), a high-ranking Government official who also has political ambitions beyond his rank. They were then tasked to search and capture a runaway girl in possession of a secret file. Subaru, Saya and others become involved in the slaughter group “Ageha.”, led by Manabu (Shota Sometani).
Cast: Masaki Okada, Riko Narumi, Shota Sometani
Slated date of release: Spring 2015
Genre: Sci-fi thriller
The movie, based on the novel of Miyuki Miyabe, focuses on the serious issues of school bullying, social problems and the adults turning a blind eye on what is happening. After a classmates death ruled as suicide the students led by Ryoko Fujino decide to take matters in their hands, fight for what is right and bring justice.
On Christmas morning, a 14-year-old boy falls from the top of a school building. The police announce the boy’s death as a suicide and his parents are in agreement with the report. Rumors though quickly spread about the boy’s death. An anonymous note is then received by the police. The note claims that the sender was a witness during the boy’s death. The note also claims the boy was killed by three troubled students at the school.
To protect the students, the police hides the anonymous note, but a reporter gets the note. The situation then becomes uncontrollable. Another student dies in an accident. Students are hurt by the situation and decide to hold a trial by themselves to uncover the truth.
Cast: Haru Kuroki, Machiko Ono, Kuranosuke Sasaki
Slated date of release: Spring 2015
Genre: School drama-thriller
Which is your most anticipated movie?