Japanese films to watch in 2017!

At this start of the year, we look into what Japanese cinema has to offer in 2017. Take a look at this simple list of Japanese films for this year, as compiled in this blog. What’s in store for the viewers? There are tons of live action films, anime, potential award winning, expected blockbusters and a mix of several heartwarming and suspense thrillers to look forward to.

Keep tabs on your favorite actors and actresses and mark your calendars! What movies are you personally anticipating? 


Bokura no Gohan wa Ashita de Matteru
Date: January 7
Cast: Nakajima Yuto, Araki Yuko
Movie official site: http://bokugoha.com/

Honnoji Hotel
Date: January 14
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Tsutsumi Shinichi
Movie official site: http://honnoji-hotel.com/

The King of Minami
Date: January 14
Cast: Chihara Junior, Daito Shunsuke, Matsui Airi, Itao Itsuji, Hashimoto Jun
Movie official site: http://www.shin-minami-the-movie.com/

Shinjuku Swan II
Date: January 21
Cast: Ayano Go, Asano Tadanobu, Iseya Yusuke
Movie official site: http://ss-2.jp/

Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie
Date: January 21
Voice actor Cast: Sakura Tange, Aya Hisakawa, Junko Iwao
Movie official site: http://ccsakura-official.com/revival/

Kiseki -Ano hi no Sobito
Date: January 28
Cast: Matsuzaka Tori, Suda Masaki
Movie Official website: http://kiseki-movie.com/


Date: February 3
Cast: Hamabe Mihama, Asakawa Rina, Hirota Aika
Movie Official website: http://www.saki-project.jp/

Kimi to 100 Kaime no Koi
Date: February 4
Cast: miwa, Sakaguchi Kentaro
Movie Official website: http://kimi100.com/

Lupin the Third: Goemon Ishikawa’s Spray of Blood
Date: February 4
Voice actor Cast: Kurita Kanichi, Kobayashi Kiyoshi, Daisuke Namikawa
Movie Official Site: http://goemon-ishikawa.com/

Partners: The Movie IV
Date: February 11
Cast: Mizutani Yutaka, Sorimachi Takashi
Movie official website: http://www.aibou-movie.jp/

Isshukan Friends (One Week Friends)
Date: February 18
Cast: Yamazaki Kento, Kawaguchi Harua
Movie Official website: http://ichifure.jp/

Karera ga Honki de Amutoki wa (When they Knit Seriously)
Date: February 25
Cast: Ikuta Toma, Kiritani Kenta
Movie Official Site : http://kareamu.com/

Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Chapter 1
Date: February 25
Voice actor cast: Ono Daisuke, Kuwashima Houko
Movie Official Site: http: //yamato2202.net/

Kyo no Kira kun (Today’s Kira)
Date: February 25
Cast: Nagakawa Taishi, Iitoyo Marie
Movie Official website: http://kirakun.jp /


Date: March 4
Cast: Hashimoto Kanna, Sato Shori
Movie official website: http://haruchika-movie.jp/

Cheer☆Dance ~ A True Story of High School Girls’ Journey to the Top in America ~
Date: March 11
Cast: Hirose Suzu, Nakajo Ayami, Mackenyu
Movie official site: http://cheerdance-movie.jp/

Ultraman Orb the Movie – I’ll Borrow the Power of Bonds
Date: March 11
Voice actor sast: Ishiguro Hideo, Matsuura Miyabi, Takahashi Naoto
Movie official website: http://m-78.jp/orb/movie/

Cosmetic Wars
Date: March 11
Cast: Oomasa Aya, Okina Megumi, Watabe Gota
Movie official website: http://cosme-wars.com/

3- gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion Part 1)
Date: March 18
Cast: Kamiki Ryunosuke, Toyokawa Etsushi, Arimura Kasumi
Movie official website: http://3lion-movie.com/

Hirunehime -Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari- (Princess Nap -The Story of Unknown Me-)
Date: March 18
Voice actor Cast: Takahata Mitsuki, Yosuke Eguchi, Kugimiya Rie
Movie Official Website: http://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/hirunehime/

Hirunaka no Ryuusei (Daytime Shooting Star)
Date: March 24
Cast: Nagano Mei, Miura Shohei, Shirahama Alan
Movie Official Website: http://hirunaka.jp/

Sakurada Reset Part 1
Date: March 25
Cast: Nomura Shuhei, Kuroshima Yuina,Taira Yuna
Movie Official website: http://sagrada-movie.jp/

P to JK
Date: March 25
Cast: Kamenashi Kazuya, Tsuchiya Tao
Official movie website: http://ptojk.jp/


Harahara nanoka.
Date: April 1
Cast: Hara Nanoka, Matsui Rena
Movie Official Website: http://haraharananoka.com/

Ankoku Joshi (Girls in the Dark)
Date: April 1
Cast: Shimizu Fumika, Iitoyo
Movie official Website: http://ankoku-movie.jp/

Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome (Night is short, Walk, Girl)
Date: April 7
Voice actor cast: Hoshino Gen
Movie official website: http://Kurokaminootome.com/

House of Neko Atsume
Date: April 8
Cast: Ito Atsushi
Movie Official Website: http://nekoatsume-movie.com/

Blue Hearts ga Kikoeru
Date: April 8
Cast: Ono Machiko, Ichihara Hayato, Saito Takumi, Yuka, Nagase Masatoshi, Toyokawa Etsushi

Date: April 15
Cast: Nagakawa Taishi, Taira Yuna
Movie Official website: http://relife-movie.jp/

Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter
Movie Release Date: April 15
Voice actor Cast: Takayama Minami, Yamasaki Wakana
Movie official website: http://www.conan-movie.jp/index.html

3 gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion Part 2)
Date: April 22
Cast: Kamiki Ryunosuke, Toyokawa Etsushi, Arimura Kasumi
Movie official website: http://3lion-movie.com/

Date: April 22
Cast: Hashimoto Ai, Iku Nagano, Sometani Shota
Movie Official Website: http://www.parks100.jp/

Mugen no Junin (Blade of the Immortal)
Date: April 29
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Sugisaki Hana, Fukushi Sota
Movie official website: http://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/mugen/

Teiichi no Kuni (Teiichi’s Country)
Date: April 29
Cast: Suda Masaki, Shison Jun, Takeuchi Ryoma, Nomura Shohei Movie Official website: http://www.teiichi.jp/


Tsuioku (Memory)
Date: May 6
Cast: Okada Junichi, Oguri Shun, Emoto Tasuku
Movie official website: http://tsuioku.jp/

Sakurada Reset Part 2
Date: May 13
Cast: Nomura Shuhei, Kuroshima Yuina,Taira Yuna
Movie Official website: http://sagrada-movie.jp/

Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta (Song of Lu who Informs the Dawn)
Date: May 19
Cast: Kani Tanon, Shimoda Shota, Shinohara Shinichi, Chidori

Tatara Samurai
Date: May 20
Cast: Aoyagi Sho, Kobayashi Naoki, AKIRA, Tsugawa Masahiko
Movie official website: https://tatara-samurai.jp/

Peach Girl
Date: May 20
Cast: Yamamoto Mitsuki, Inoo Kei, Mackenyu
Movie official website: http://peachgirl-movie.jp/

Chotto Ima Kara Shigoto Yamete Kuru (To Each His Own)
Date: May 27
Cast: Fukushi Sota, Kuroki Haru, Kudo Asuka
Movie official website: http://choi-yame.jp/

Yozora wa Itsudemo Saiko Mitsudo no Aoiro da
Date: May 27
Cast: Ishibashi Shizuka, Ikematsu Sosuke, Sato Ryo, Takahiro Miura
Movie Official website: http://www.yozora-movie.com/

Utsukushii Hoshi (A Beautiful Star)
Date: May
Cast: Lily Franky, Nakajima Tomoko, Kamenashi Kazuya, Hashimoto Ai
Movie official website: http://gaga.ne.jp/hoshi/

Hurricane Polymar
Date: May
Cast: Mizubata Junpei, Yamada Yuki, Mikie Hara, Yanagi Yurina
Movie Official website: http://polimar.jp/


Hana Ikusa (Flower Battle)
Date: June 3
Cast: Nomura Mansai, Ichikawa Kamejiro, Nakai Kiichi, Kuranosuke Sasaki, Koichi Sato
Movie official website: http://www.hanaikusa.jp/

22 nenme no Kokuhaku: Watashi ga Satsujinhan desu (Confession of Murder)
Date: June 10
Cast: Fujiwara Tatsuya, Ito Hideaki
Movie official website: http://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/22-kokuhaku/

Date: June 10
Cast: Ueto Aya , Saito Takumi

Kodomo Tsukai (Little Nightmares)
Date: June 17
Cast: Takizawa Hideaki, Arioka Daiki, Kadogawa Muki
Movie Official Website: http://kodomo-tsukai.jp/

Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu
Date: June 30
Cast: Tsuchiya Tao, Katayose Ryota, Chiba Yudai
Movie Official website: http://anikoma-movie.jp/

Date: June
Cast: Ayano Go, Murakami Nijiro, Maeda Atsuko
Movie official website: http://mukoku.com/

Umibe no Lear (Lear on the Shore)
Date: June a
Cast: Nakadai Tatsuya, Kuroki Haru, Harada Mieko, Kobayashi Kaoru, Abe Hiroshi
Movie Official website: http://www.umibenolear.com/

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  • Comments

    • Mahdyah Rosita

      Shinobi no Kuni, Peach Girl, and Fullmetal Alchemist 💞💞

    • HyperMoot .

      wow! Honnoji Hotel – Shinjuku Swan II – Blue Hearts ga Kikoeru – Chotto Ima Kara Shigoto Yamete Kuru (To Each His Own) – Utsukushii Hoshi (A Beautiful Star) – Mukoku – Umibe no Lear (Lear on the Shore) – Tokyo Ghoul – Last Recipe – Kirin no Shita no Kioku

      will I manage to watch at least those??? Anyway, kudos for the compilation work again, must have taken some time to type from Japanese to romaji !!!

      • Reileen

        yes it did lol, thank you!

    • Encha277

      I don’t know about others, but I’d love to see a monthly movie release article with short English synopses for each movie.

      • m

        Not sighed in so I’ll just say “Yes! to this, lol

      • Himi Tsu

        Nice idea :D

      • wolles

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    • light

      For now only Last Recipe and Shinobi no Kuni, will have to wait for almost two years before seeing them though lol

    • aisasami

      Kimi to 100 Kaime no Koi will have Erina Mano in it!

    • yamakita

      I’m a sucker for idol dramas so I’ll be waiting for those, esp. Chotto Ima.

    • Reileen

      I just managed to come across the Japanese blog source and it’s a gem! :)

    • phoe-enix

      wait, the new code geass anime is a movie??

    • DoSHachiko

      Official Movie Website for Hirugao: http://hirugao.jp/
      There was also a teaser for it, but I’ll put off my judgement until I see the actual trailer. :c

      I’m pretty excited for a good chunk of the original anime/manga/LN to live-action adaptations.
      Mainly 3-Gatsu no Lion, Hyouka, and Sensei! (Although, I’ll probably just rage when I see Sensei, seeing that manga was full of misunderstandings and drama.)

    • Jo

      Thanks Reileen that’s a great sum

    • starlightshimmers

      Why is arama using a stockphoto with watermark for this post?

      • I wanted to make the exact same comment. It is just so… cheap.

        • concerned third party

          It’s not just cheap; it’s a violation of copyright and illegal. The watermark is there because you have to pay to have the rights to use the image. Arama clearly hasn’t. Just when you think they can’t sink any lower…

    • TruthSpeaker

      Thanks for this list Reileen:) I am sure it was lot of effort to prepare this post.

      Among the list, I am eagerly waiting for the below movies –
      Blades of Immortal
      Ajin-Demi Human
      Bride for 8 years
      Full-metal alchemist
      Jojo’s bizarre adventure
      Tokyo Ghoul

    • Historia Lenz

      Looking forward to all of these:
      Blade of the Immortal
      Shinobi no Kuni
      Tokyo Ghoul
      P to JK
      Tokyo Ghoul
      That Masha and Yakusho Koji
      Last Recipe
      Bride for 8 Years

    • Dalooshe

      2017 will be AMAZING <33 But why time can be so cruel as to make us wait </33

    • katsura

      Basically the faces you’ll see most often on screen in 2017

      Yamazaki Kento
      Suda Masaki
      Oguri Shun
      Kamiki Ryunosuke
      Ayano Go
      Tsuchiya Tao
      Hirose Suzu

      A bit disappointed with the lack of variety in terms of the actors as well as original story. Tbh, I’m tired of sub par shoujo manga adaptations that’s done to rope in the fans (and disappoint them later) into watching.

      • Karen Khoo

        I have no complaints because they are all great actors!

    • m

      This makes me so excited for this yearrrr… I normally don’t want movies/dramas that don’t include someone (usually a Johnny’s) that I like, but I’m trying to change that this year… But that’s mostly because then I can guarantee it’s going to be subbed and easier to find that way, whereas movies that don’t include my favs aren’t…

      Anyone got any sites you can recommend for watching/downloading subbed movies? D-addicts has been a go-to for me since Cain and Abel being subbed there, but they don’t do movies for some dumb reason.

      I’m personally looking forward to Last Recipe, Shinobi no Kuni, and Namiya Zakkaten no Kiseki. But I’m really intrigued by a few others as well…

    • Still no news about that new Gamera film that got an awesome looking teaser trailer back in 2015?

    • Kisha Mane

      Anticipating so much for Kamenashi Kazuya’s 2 upcoming movies. Sadly though, the theme songs weren’t sung by KAT-TUN.

    • Ztf

      Get it Okadacchi !!