Do you have any plan to go to the cinema? Check out some of our Japanese movies recommendation!

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Shinjuku Swan II

Release date: January 21, 2017

Director: Sion Sono

Cast: Gou Ayano, Yusuke Iseya, Tadanobu Asano, Alice Hirose, Kippei Shiina, Nobuaki Kaneko

Story: Tatsuhiko Shiratori (Gou Ayano) works in a red light district as a scout, recruiting girls to work in the adult entertainment business. But, he’ll involved in a conflict with Masaki Taki (Tadanobu Asano), a CEO of a scout company.

Why you have to watch it: A little dark but intriguing storyline, three big ikemen (handsome) actors on the same screen (Ayano, Iseya and Asano), and directed by internationally recognised director Sion Sono, whose movie “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” won in Toronto  International Film Festival in 2014.

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Sangatsu no Lion 

Release date: March 18, 2017 (part one) and April 22, 2017 (part two)

Director: Keshi Ohtomo

Cast: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Kasumi Arimura, Kaya Kiyohara, Kana Kurashina, Shota Sometani, Etsushi Toyokawa, Kuranosuke Sasaki, Hideaki Ito, Ryo Kase

Story: A film adaptation of manga with the same title (meaning: March Comes in Like a Lion) by Chia Umino, a story of Rei Kiriyama (Ryunosuke Kamiki), a 17 years old shogi player who living alone because he has difficulties interacting with his friends and strained relationship with his adoptive family. But then he began to close to three Kawamoto sisters (Akari, Hint and Momo) and frequently visit their home while struggling to become a professional shogi player.

Why you have to watch it: A heartwarming story about nurturing relationship, family love, triumphs and failures. And we bet that you wouldn’t  recognise Shota Sometani in a special effect make up!

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Hirunaka no Ryusei

Release date: March 24, 2017

Director: Takehiko Shinji

Cast:  Mei Nagano, Shohei Miura, Aran Shirahama, Maika Yamamoto, Ruta Sato, Naomi Nishida

Story: Hirunaka no Ryusei or Daytime Shooting Star follows a story of Suzume Yosano (Mei Nagano), a countryside high school girl who had to live with his uncle in Tokyo due to her parents transferring overseas for work. She then developed a feeling for his homeroom teacher Satsuki Shishio (Shohei Miura), while on the same time her classmates Daiki Mamura (Aran Shirahama) also becomes attracted to her. Who will win her heart? Adapted from best-seller manga Hirunaka no Ryusei by Mika Yamamori.

Why you have to watch it: A cute (and forbidden) love story, the manga will make your heart goes doki-doki or excited like a high school girl and with cast of young fresh actresses and actors, we expect the movie will give us the same feeling.

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