Here is the list of some Japanese movies which was released and going to release in year 2016 and 2017. Many of them are generally are the live action adaptation of mangas (Japanese comics).
1. Chihayafuru I and II
If you have read the manga version of this one then you would be definitely looking forward to its movie which was released in March,2016 and Chihayafuru Part II was released later in April,2016.
The plot is that when Chihaya Ayase was in the 6th grade of elementary school, she met Arata Wataya. Arata Wataya transferred from Fukui Prefecture. Taichi Mashima was Chihaya Ayase’s friend since they were little. Arata got close to Chihaya and Taichi from the card game karuta.
Four years later, Chihaya is a hight school student. Chihaya learns that Arata, who went back to Fukui Prefecture, doesn’t play karuta anymore. Believing they will meet Arata again, Chihaya and Taichi starts a karuta club at their high school.
2. Wolf Girl and Black Prince (Okami Shojo to Kuro Oji)
Okami Shojo to Kuro Oji is also based on a manga of the same name. This is a teen romantic comedy type of movie. The plot is about Erika Shinohara who is in her first year of high school. While talking to some friends, she makes up a story about her “boyfriend.” In reality, Erika Shinohara doesn’t have a boyfriend. Erika’s friends soon begin to doubt her story and Erika is also running out of lies. Erika then sees a pretty boy on the street and takes his picture discreetly. She later shows his picture to her friends as her boyfriend. The boy in the picture is Kyouya Sata and happens to attend the same school as Erika. She tells Kyouya about her situation and asks him to be her ‘pretend boyfriend’. Even though Kyouya has a pretty cool prince appearance, he has a dark side. It will be fun watching this one.
Bittersweet is going to release on September,2016. The story is about Maki Eda who works for an advertising agency at a large company. She is a single and doesn’t have good luck with men. She also isn’t very good at cooking and likes eating junk food. One day, she meets Nagisa Katayama. He is an art teacher and a vegetarian. Unlike Maki, Nagisa cooks very well. The two people then happen to live together. Maki realizes that she is in love with Nagisa, but Nagisa is gay. Through his cooking, they solve their own problems and become important to each other.Also based on the manga series “Nigakute Amai”.
4. Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)
This one is also releasing on September,2016. The story is about Kosei Arima who has won numerous piano competitions while under the strict watch of his mother. He was known as the human metronome during that time. Since the death of his mother, Arima has been unable to hear the sound of his piano. Kosei Arima then meets Kaori Miyazono through childhood friend Tsubaki Sawabe. Kaori Miyazono plays the violin and has a free sprit. Since meeting her, Arima is able to face the piano again. Meanwhile, Kaori holds a secret and whats that secret??? And yes this one is also based on a manga “Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso”.
5. Orchestra Old People
This one is a comedic one, the poster itself looks a bit funny which is releasing on November,2016. The story is about Chizuru who is the new teacher at Umega High School. Since her school days, she has played violin in an orchestra. One day, she listens to an amateur orchestra play at the local cultural hall. She is touched by their performance and decides to enroll in the orchestra, but there are 2 orchestras in town. Chizuru mistakenly enrolls in the orchestra which consists of elderly people. The members there are thrilled to have a young person join their group. Chizuru is unable to tell them she made a mistake and becomes the conductor for their orchestra.
6. One Week Friends (Isshukan Friends)
From the pic you can see that that it is based on a manga named “Isshukan Friends”. The plot tell about a high school student Yuki Hase (Kento Yamazaki) who wants to become close with classmate Kaori Fujimiya who is always by herself. Kaori Fujimiya refuses to become close with Yuki Hase, because she forgets her friends every new Monday. Even though Kaori tells Yuki why she doesn’t want to become friends, Yuki still wants to become close to her. It is going to release in Feb,2017.
7. Chotto Ima Kara Shigoto Yamete Kuru
This movie’s poster is not yet out but it is going to release in 2017. The story is about Takashi Aoyama who has way much work to do and pushes himself mentally too hard. He blacks out and collapses at a railroad station. When he is about to be hit by a train, he is saved by Yamamoto who speaks with an Osaka dialect. After his encounter with Yamamoto, Takashi recovers his bright personality and gets better results at work. One day, Takashi sees Yamamoto boarding a bus to the cemetery with a serious expression and why is he like that? This is also based on the novel “Chotto Ima Kara Shigoto Yamete Kuru”.