Human Lost Anime Film to Received Worldwide Released in 2019

28.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

It was announced at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo that Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human) is getting an anime adaptation entitled Human Lost.

 

Several of the film’s staff appeared at the event to talk about the adaptation including director Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai), Shuzou Shiota of Polygon Pictures, and Toshiki Obata of slowcurve.

The story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.

Below are statements made by the staff members who attended the event in Chicago.

 

Fuminori Kizaki (Director): “I’ve devoted most of the past 3-4 years on this film. Though much trial and error was carried out, though the film is a piece of sci-fi action entertainment worth seeing, it still has the elements of a ‘human drama’ that flow in the original work Ningen Shikkaku, like human frailness. I want people to look forward to those things.”

 

Shuzou Shiota (Polygon Pictures): “We put in a lot of work to create Polygon Pictures’s first original feature-length animated film. The visuals have evolved a stepped further from the masterpieces of film up to now. I feel confident about the results, so I hope people look forward to seeing it.”

 

Toshiki Obata (Producer): “I wanted to give the world once again the kind of Japanese sci-fi movie that spreads across the globe like KIRA or Ghost in the Shell. That’s I started this project back in 2015. We thought it could be interesting to use the material in Osamu Dazai’s Ningen Shikkaku to make it into sci-fi action. We did so daringly, and have polished and refined it without rest.

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    It has been announced that the original animated feature film will be released in Japan on November 29, 2019. The film will be screened in the US ahead of the Japanese release. It will be screened in theatres in the US on October 22 and 23 with the subtitled version will begin rolling out on October 22 and the dubbed version on October 23. It will also hit other countries worldwide throughout October and November.

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    Those who book a ticket will receive one of four possible metallic stickers which have voice recordings by the voice actors who play the characters. The film will premiere at the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival on October 28.

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    The film’s story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.

     

    https://youtu.be/nyKxittD4EI

     

    The new action-packed trailer shows Yozo Oba swallowed into the pits of despair as he turns into a “demon.” Will the S.H.E.L.L. system and the humans whose lives it extends be a success or a failure?

     

    Further details on the film’s appearance at the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival are to be announced in the near future.

     

    ©2019 HUMAN LOST Project

  • Human Lost Anime Film New Trailer Drops, Worldwide Release Announced For Fall 2019

    30.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Human Lost is an upcoming animated film adaptation of Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human). It is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.

     

    A new promotional video was just released which teases a worldwide release for fall 2019.

     

     

    The film will be screened in the US ahead of the Japanese release. It will be screened in theatres in the US on October 22 and 23. The subtitled version will begin rolling out on October 22 and the dubbed version on October 23.

     

    The following new visual for the overseas release was also created by concept artist Kenichiro Tomi.

    The film’s story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.

     

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  • Lorenzo Ferro and Yutaro Discuss the True Crime Film ‘El Angel’ | MMN Interview

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    The 2018 Argentine-Spanish true crime film El Angel is set to hit theatres in Japan this year on August 16.

    The movie is inspired by the real-life Argentine serial killer Carlos Robledo Puch. It was screened at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and was chosen for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards in the Argentine category. The film caught public attention and has enjoyed great success, and that’s in huge part thanks to Argentina actor Lorenzo Ferro, a newcomer who has made his acting debut with his role as Puch. He plays the character naturally and effortlessly, capturing the seemingly “pure” looks of Puch coupled with his evil intent, a killer who had free reigns to do whatever he needed to do to achieve his goal. The 60s-70s fashion that Ferro dons in the film is also a highlight worthy of note.

     

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    *Interview translated from Japanese.

    ──What are your thoughts after having seen El Angel, Yutaro?

     

    Yutaro: This was actually my first time watching an Argentine movie. The first thing that piqued my interest was the unique sound of the language. With the story, when I heard that it was about a serial killer I thought it would be a pretty graphic portrayal, but it wasn’t. Even people who aren’t good with graphic and shocking kinds of films would be able to watch this.

     

    ──That kind of reasoning and moral compass [which the film depicts] makes you feel kind of uneasy, doesn’t it?

     

    Yutaro: Obviously the things that the protagonist Carlos does is against the law and morally wicked, but he himself doesn’t believe any little thing he does is bad. He moves on instinct which in his mind is somehow acceptable, and that’s dangerous. Was it hard for you to create the character, Lorenzo?

     

    Lorenzo: It really was tough. I hadn’t played a character until then, so the first thing I had to learn was just being in front of a camera. Playing the role came after. I had to become “friends” with the movie and “friends” with the camera. Those were the first things I needed to do to fulfill my commitment.

     

    The whole shoot took around a month and a half, but prep time was half a year. During that time I practised playing piano and mastered riding a bike. It was a lot of work, but when I finally saw the completed movie, I felt it was definitely worth all the effort.

     

    Yutaro: When you’re playing someone who is far from anything like yourself, prep time is really important, isn’t it? You have to gather material on the role and really use your imagination. I also make sure to properly communicate with the director before shoots. I ask about the film’s theme and intent. If our perceptions don’t match then it’s not going to hold up on screen.

    Lorenzo: It’s definitely important to respect the director and communicate with them effectively. When we were filming, I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to see the director as a friend. For instance, if the hierarchal relationship is overly strict and the director is the kind of person to look down on you and order you around, then you can’t build trust. I also think the best kind of relationship is when you can give your own opinion. Saying to them like, “That was no good, was it?” [laughs] “Why do I gotta do the same thing 40 times!?” You should be frank and express your doubts.

     

    Yutaro: Speaking of that, it’s important to have trust with your fellow cast members too. I believe that even if you’re filming together, if you can’t build that trust, that subtle distance between you will be conveyed [in the scene]. You yourself have got to try and converse with them in a positive manner. Go out for a meal together before a shoot, talk together about your roles.

    ──You live your days laboriously, Yutaro, including as an actor. What does a time look like for you when things get particularly tough?

     

    Yutaro: I’ve recently been doing a lot of shoots for multiple films at the same time. When that happens I find it very important to maintain retention so that I don’t forget my roles. In that sense, I also find that it’s important to look at how you spend your time outside of shoots when you’re working an acting job.

     

    Lorenzo: Oh, yeah! Having spare time during shoots is a curse as an actor [laughs] Even if you fire yourself up―preparations are done, you’ve done your warmups, and you say, “Right, time to shoot!”―you have to start from zero again if you have time until the next shoot. That happens quite a lot.

     

    ──So you’re demanded to have self-discipline too. El Angel is set in 1970s Buenos Aires. The fashion and interior designs seen in the film really stood out.

     

    Yutaro: For me personally the women’s clothes left an impression on me, particularly the one piece that Carlos’s mother wears. The clothes that Carlos wears in each scene too. They’re plain and simple but cool. I liked the leather jacket he wore when he went on a double date with his pal Ramón.

     

    Lorenzo: Wow, you really took in at all the little details. The influence for Carlos and Ramón was drawn heavily from James Dean and Marlon Brando who were both popular actors at the time.

     

    Yutaro: Oh, really?

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    Lorenzo: I usually wear the kind of thing I have on now. I have a lot of rough-looking clothes. I really like fashion, my wardrobe is packed [laughs] The more clothes you have the harder it is to decide what to wear, so I really want to just wear the same t-shirt, pants and shoes all the time [laughs].

     

    Yutaro: I looked at your Instagram, you wear t-shirts with Japanese games and anime characters on them, don’t you? You have a Super Mario one on today, and I saw a Pokémon one on your Instagram. I like how you venture to wear t-shirts of games that were popular a while back now.

     

    Lorenzo: Really? Thanks, that makes me happy. The overalls you have on now are really cute, but I think that’s because it’s something that would suit you. If I wore something like that I’d probably look like a clown [laughs].

    Yutaro: Do you have a criteria when picking out a character t-shirt?

     

    Lorenzo: Well, I try not to wear t-shirts of franchises I don’t like, or games I haven’t played yet, or of bands I’ve never listened to before [laughs]. I’m wearing a Mario t-shirt today but there’s still much I don’t know about Japanese games or culture. I’m interested in many different cultures of many different countries, so I want to know more about Japan.

     

    Yutaro: In that case, let’s go shopping together in Harajuku next time!

     

    Writer: Takanori Kuroda

    Photographer: MURA

    Models: YutaroLorenzo Ferro

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

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  • Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition Bound For Nagasaki This Summer

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  • Tokyo Ghoul S Live-Action Film Shown & Cast Give Q&A at Japan Expo in France

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  • Human Lost Anime Film Main Theme to be Performed by m-flo feat. J Balvin

    06.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    Human Lost is an upcoming animated film adaptation of Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human). It is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.

    The film was screened at Anime Expo 2019 in Los Angeles, which is running July 4-7, where music unit m-flo made a surprise appearance to announce that they are in charge of the film’s main theme HUMAN LOST. They also revealed that the song will feature Grammy-nominated international reggaeton singer J Balvin.

     

    https://youtu.be/c5GDjtJYzvQ

     

    The above new teaser for the film was also released featuring the first preview of the song.

    The film’s soundtrack will be composed by Yugo Kanno (Psycho-Pass anime & live-action) while the sound director will be Yoshikazu Iwanami (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse).

    The m-flo members commented about their tie-up with the film. LISA spoke about the main theme, saying: “When it came to writing the melody for our part of this song, I had quite a few birth pangs, which is rare for me. Even though we were under the usual skies of Guam where we always go to record, I hit a hard wall, to the point that I escaped for a few weeks at ☆Taku’s request [laughs]. I felt a huge energy in his track and inside that power, speed, and a gentleness and effortlessness. Just by listening to his track I felt a spirit inside all of those emotions and tried to convey them through the melody, lyrics, and vocals. The song is like a roller coaster of emotions!”

     

    VERBAL commented on the film itself: “Human Lost has a very dark and moving story based on something that could actually happen to society in the future. It was great momentum when recording the song.”

     

    Taku Takahashi left a comment for fans looking forward to the film: “Anime is form of art that disputes in the real world. I am so grateful to be part of such a film. We’re mixing the sound in a way that it is three-dimensional so it can be enjoyed at the cinema, so be sure you go to see it!”

     

    The film’s story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.

     

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  • Global Sensation Anime Film Human Lost To Feature at Anime Expo Screening Event in LA

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  • Human Lost Anime Film Clip Unveils Takahiro Sakurai as Masao Horiki

    08.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Human Lost is an upcoming animated film adaptation of Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human). It is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.

     

    A new film clip has been released revealing that Japanese actor Takahiro Sakurai (Osomatsu in Osomatsu-san; Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geass) will play the character Masao Horiki, a mysterious man who spreads rumours about drugs in Ichi Roku,a poverty-stricken area in the film.

     

    A retweet campaign has also been launched on the official Human Lostthis tweet Twitter page. Those who follow the account and retweet will be entered for a chance to win a signed card with a quote from Masao Horiki on it.

    Takahiro Sakurai answered the following questions regarding his role as Masao Horiki.

     

    Q1. What are your thoughts on your character Masao Horiki?

    “There’s still a waft of the original character in there but he has been interpreted differently. I believe he’s an important character who casts a shadow over the film. He’s ordinary but also a man with a lot of mysterious.”

    Q2. Please leave a comment for all fans who are looking forward to seeing the film.

    “It has an original design but it connected at a fundamental level [to the original]. Osamu Dazai is an incredible author. Human Lost is born again with a new sense of values and artistry! Please look forward to its release!”

     

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  • Anime Film Human Lost Additional Voice Cast Revealed, New Trailer Released

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    Human Lost is an upcoming animated film adaptation of Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human). It is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.

     

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    Madam & Tsuneko Character Trailer

     

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    Miyuki Sawashiro has lent her voice to such characters as Fujiko Mine from Lupin the Third, Sinon from Sword Art Online and Suruga Kanbaru from the Monogatari series.

    Haruka Chisuga is a singer and voice actress. She is known for having won the Miss Macross 30th contest which was held to celebrate the singing idol and mecha series Super Dimension Fortress Macross.

     

    The official Human Lost Twitter page is also now running a retweet campaign in Japan in which fans can receive a signed paper set featuring lines from either character. Details in the Information section below.

    Miyuki Sawashiro (Madam) Q&A

    Q. Tell us your thoughts on your character Madam.

    “Her role is to watch [protagonist Yoko] Oba closely, to watch him intently with her heart so she doesn’t overlook anything. That’s the kind of woman I found her to be.”

     

    Q. Please leave a comment for all fans who are looking forward to seeing the film.

    “The style of the script is different from usual. We had prescoring, and the content [of the film] is nothing short of challenging. My memories of it make me feel weak at the knees […] and it’s because of that that I’m very much looking forward to the finished piece. Whether it’s one person or a lot of people, I hope we can all witness the moment that this mysterious… “thing” is born.

    Haruka Chisuga (Tsuneko) Q&A

    Q. Tell us your thoughts on your character Madam.

    “Tsuneko was always thinking of attracting the interest of Oba, but I think there’s an air of despair there somewhere. One thing that I have been thinking about since we finished the dubbing is, ‘In this world where you have been promised sound health forever, what on earth is on Tsuneko’s mind?'”

     

    Q. Please leave a comment for all fans who are looking forward to seeing the film.

    “Human Lost is dark and heavy. When I came into contact with this work I felt that feeling of speed you get in sci-fi entertainment. It’s a very strange feeling. I’m also very much looking forward to experiencing this entirely new film in the cinema. Definitely go and see yourselves too!”

     

    ©2019 HUMAN LOST Project

  • Jun Fukuyama added to the cast of Human Lost; the 1948 masterpiece made into a sensational anime film.

    17.May.2019 | MOVIE

    Human Lost is the dynamic animated film adaptation of the sensational masterpiece Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human) which was written by Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai in 1948. The film shows us the story of a man’s life that turns to utter ruins. The philosophical viewpoints of life and death of this timeless literary masterpiece linger intensely even to this day. A group of Japan’s top creators that have captured the adoration of the entire world have reconstructed this piece into the animated film Human Lost. This is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.

    In Human Lost, Fukuyama voices the role of Takeichi; the closest friend of main character Yozo Obaba (voiced by Mamoru Miyano). Obaba is the ringleader of a violent gang that lurks in the poor region of Ichiroku. The brand new character clip shows Takeichi reaching out to Obaba, who is confused about his life’s decisons, with the opportunity to paint a picture. Jun Fukuyama plays the voice actor for a wide range of characters from Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection to Ichimatsu Matsuno from Osomatsu-san. He is also an artist!

     

    There is also a Human Lost campaign lottery taking place on Human Lost‘s official Twitter. If you follow the official Twitter and then retweet the campaign tweet, your name will be entered into a lottery draw with the chance to win Jun Fukuyama’s autograph with the words of Takeichi!

     

    Takeichi (Jun Fukuyama)  Chacter clip

    Q&A with Jun Fukuyama

    Q. What is your opinion on your character Takeuchi?

    In the world of the film, life is prolonged. You may get injured but you won’t die. In this world, Takeuchi faces the danger of reckless behavior from the desperate desire to die, however he seems like a strong-willed character who grasps his identity and takes his life into his own hands. There is no sense of tragic heroism about him, however. Takeichi comes to terms with his life and starts to push forward, striving to lead a life full of enjoyment and pleasure.

     

    Q. Do you have any words for the fans who are looking forward to the release of the film?

    The more I think about the film, the more my heart races. My palms get sweaty just thinking about it! To all Human Lost fans; I am looking forward to seeing how different people relate to the film. Please watch the film at the cinema when it is released!

     

    ©2019 HUMAN LOST Project

  • Kana Hanazawa Joins Human Lost Voice Cast as Yoshiki Hiiragi

    12.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Human Lost is an upcoming animated film adaptation of Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai’s 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human). It is set for worldwide release in 2019, which would mark Dazai’s 110th birthday were he alive today.

    It has just been announced that Japanese voice actress Kana Hanazawa is joining the cast to perform the role of the mysterious heroine Yoshiki Hiiragi. Yoshiki is part of Hirame, a secret government organisation set up to fight the “Human Lost” phenomenon.

     

    Hanazawa is a veteran voice actress who has provided her voice to countless famous roles and series including Nadeko Sengoku in the Monogatari series, Kuroneko in Oreimo and Mayuri Shiina in Steins;Gate. She is also a singer and  performed overseas for the first time last month.

     

    Hear her speak in the new Human Lost trailer below.

     

    Kana Hanazawa answered several questions related to the role which you can read below.

     

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    Q. Please give a few words to all the fans looking forward to seeing Human Lost.

    “I am overjoyed to be involved with this film, together with all of the staff whose names could get me excited simply by reading them, and who have come together to remake No Longer Human. Don’t miss seeing how [the characters] live their frantic ways of life as you become immerse in the profound world that has been delicately spun.”

     

    The film’s story is set in 2036. A breakthrough in medical science has led to the creation of nanomachines, and the S.H.E.L.L. system that controls them, which ensures humans are free from disease and injury and extends their lifespan to 120. But this ultimate social system has warped the Japanese nation in a number of ways, whether it be economical disparities, serious environmental pollution, or the “Human Lost” phenomenon that malforms people disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network.

     

    ©2019 HUMAN LOST Project

  • Going on a cinema trip during Golden Week? Here’s 5 films perfect for kids and adults!

    01.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / MOVIE / Uncategorized

    Hey everyone! It’s Midori again from Moshi Moshi Nippon’s Editorial Department!

     

    As this Golden Week holiday is especially long, some people are going on holiday! As the weather is pretty unpredictable, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your hands on cinema tickets ー it shouldn’t be crowded either! Here’s five of our film recommendations. Adults as well as kids are bound to love these films and they’re all showing during April and May!

     

    Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~

    Every year, there’s a new Shin-chan movie! In this movie, the Nohara family explore an unknown region during their trip to Australia! The Nohara couple have never celebrated their honeymoon, so what better time than now, they thought! Father Hiroshi, however, was kidnapped by a masked figure who wants to get their hands on some treasure! The masked figure, treasure hunters and the Nohara family are against each other to retrieve Hiroshi! As the final silly adventure of the Heisei era, it’s something you just can’t miss! Aimyon is in charge of the theme song for this movie, so this is your chance to hear her song “Haru no Hi”!

    Aimyon to Perform Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~ Main Theme

     

    Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~

    Release: Fri 19th April 2019

    Official website: http://www.shinchan-movie.com/

    © Yoshito Usui / Futabasha / Shinei / Television Asahi ADK

    2019 ©U/F・S・A・A 2019

     

    Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire

    The film Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer which was released last year was the highest grossing film out of the entire Detective Conan series. In its opening weekend, The Fist of Blue Sapphire managed to top the revenue of Zero Enforcer, and we are expecting this to rise up to become the highest grossing film in the Japanese box office! The film is set in Singapore where Kaito Kid steals the blue sapphire! Kaito Kid is a popular character even in the original series and with Makoto Kyogoku added to the mix, we’ve got a recipe for mayhem! Adults and children are bound to love this Detective Conan movie!

     

    Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire

    Release: 12th April 2019

    Official website: https://www.conan-movie.jp

    ©1997-2019 Gosho Aoyama/Detective Conan Design by Committee

     

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    This world-famous anime has finally become a movie! Former Pokémon trainer Tim discovers that his father has gone missing and embarks on a quest to find him. He heads to Ryme City;  a city where Pokémon and people live together in harmony. Upon his arrival, he meets his father’s partner Detective Pikachu,  who surprisingly seems to be able to talk to him! Tim is still uncertain whether his father is even still alive, and so the pair search for Tim’s father and protect Ryme City against the terrible incidents that occur during their visit! Will Tim ever be reunited with his father?! This is your chance to see Pikachu feature in a Hollywood film!

     

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Released first in Japan on 3rd May.

    Official website: https://meitantei-pikachu.jp/

     

    © 2019 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    © 2019 Pokémon.

     

    Kakegurui

    This popular adult manga/anime is becoming a movie! The movie is set at Hyakkaou Private Academy; a school for rich kids. Here, the social hierarchy is determined by the strongest gambler.  The movie features obsessive gambler Yumeko; a natural gambler who gets a thrill from taking risks and has plunged into game with sweaty clenched fists. The series currently on air is a massively popular drama series. With Minami Hamabe playing the leading part, Taishi Nakagawa, Elaiza Ikeda and many other young actors and actresses have joined forces for this! The original author and director of the series created this version of film too, and so it is a completely original story! Whether you’ve always been a fan or whether this is your first encounter with the series, you’re bound to enjoy it!

     

    Kakegurui

    Release: 3rd May

    Official website: https://kakegurui.jp/

     

    Aladdin

    Disney’s classic movie Aladdin is now a live-action film! The poor, young Aladdin meets the rich princess Jasmine, and through fate, they encounter a magical genie in a lamp! The genie, who can grant three wishes, sets them on an adventure to seek what they really desire! Not only can you enjoy the movie’s signature song “A Whole New World”, but the live-action film features new songs created by the music teams behind La La Land and the Greatest Showman. Disney’s high movie quality reputation and Will Smith’s appearance as the Genie in the film are quite big topics in the news right now!

     

    Aladdin
    Release: 7th June
    Official website: https://www.disney.co.jp/movie/aladdin.html

     

    All these films were quite big in the news even before Golden Week! If you’re tired of the crowds of tourists, how about popping to the cinema for a break?

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