Over Christmas 2020 the anime movie Demon Slayer: Infinity Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train) surpassed Spirited Away to become the #1 box office hit in Japan. Along the way it passed Your Name and Titanic as well, and honestly even I am surprised despite being a Demon Slayer mega fan. Spirited Away is my favorite Miyazaki movie and honestly there is no way Demon Slayer the movie can be objectively better than a timeless masterpiece but I guess J-moviegoers really needed something to watch in theaters. I love the manga so so much though, on re-reads it continues to surprise with the details and depth in world building and I truly commend mangaka Koyoharu Gotōge for not dragging on his story and ending it in 23 volumes (hello One Piece).
Talk now goes to the live action remake, and while the production team of the manga has been coy claiming its not in the works a news paper article said that casting was already underway and tons of familiar names and faces are being assembled for what will likely be another box office hit. Male lead Kamado Tanjiro will be either It Boy Yamazaki Kento or critical darling Kamiki Ryuonosuke. Yes yes, Kento again, why him in every movie or dorama these days, but Tanjiro is actually the PERFECT role for him lol. Him as Arisu in hit Netflix adaptation of Alice in Borderland was actually not who I would have picked for that role, but his sweet earnestness is totally Tanjiro. Read on for the rest of the rumored roles.
The summer 2018 J-doramas are done or nearly done with airing and there were three big name cast ones caught my eye. Ueno Juri was back with the J-remake of Good Doctor and Ishihara Satomi was being her most fabulous … Continue reading →
I’m usually a few months behind on following up with Asian movies that I’m anticipating. I’m too lazy to schlep to the theaters that play foreign films and a few months wait is never too taxing when there are other … Continue reading →
The end of the year starts counting down now and with it comes the unending stream of polls, surveys, and lists. Which makes it a good time to check back in with Japan entertainment to see how the tastes have … Continue reading →
One woah momma isn’t enough for the just released official movie trailer for this Summer’s epic two-part sequel to the blockbuster and critically well-reviewed Rurouni Kenshin movie. It was a no-brainer for the studio to green light a sequel almost … Continue reading →
I’m a casual fan of J-movies which are usually hit and miss for me. I do like their penchant for adapting mangas into movies as well instead of sticking with the longer dorama format. I’ve been keeping an eye out … Continue reading →
One of my favorite movies in recent years happens to be an adaptation of one of my favorite mangas, and I was probably a very good girl all year because my early present in 2014 is two back-to-back movie sequels … Continue reading →
I’m rather bemused that there are still new print magazines launching in this day and digital age. It’s like watching the last grasp for attention before an extinction event, much like 35mm cameras a decade ago trying to convince die-hard … Continue reading →
Way to do everything right on this masterpiece, Japan. For once I don’t need to send angry hate mail across the ocean. Last August the long-awaited live-action movie adaptation of the classic early Meiji period swordsman manga Ruruoni Kenshin (るろうに剣心) … Continue reading →
I hope the Rurouni Kenshin movie sequel starts filming soon because I’m already chomping at the bit to get deeper into the story. As much as I loved the movie adaptation, narratively there were deeper motivations and conflicts that were … Continue reading →
While I was in Taiwan and Japan these past two weeks, I got to watch a ton of inflight movies. I must’ve hit the motherlode because almost every Asian movie I wanted to watch last year was available on demand … Continue reading →
The original star-crossed lovers recently got a stage remake in Japan starring Ishihara Satomi and Sato Takeru. The modern stage version of Romeo and Juliet ran for two weeks in Tokyo and clearly unless I could teleport I wasn’t going … Continue reading →
The upcoming Rurouni Kenshin live-action movie has the potential to be the holy grail for manga lovers. We have one qualitatively incredible manga, both in terms of storytelling and illustration, that has now been cast perfectly for the live-action adaptation. … Continue reading →