The Pandemic might have dampened the soul, but the Japanese BL industry is going strong churning up a slew of new movies focused on portraying the various embodiments of LGBTQ+ relationships. With the release of niche films like “His” and “Sei no Gekiyaku – 性の劇薬 (2020),” Japanese filmmakers are moving more into uncharted territories with more diverse subjects varying from interpersonal relationships to sexual delights (read BDSM). For someone who enjoys watching mature performances instead of run of the mill college sojourns, these upcoming Japanese movies have certainly piqued my interest. Here’s a list of forthcoming Japanese BL with various storylines and equally interesting star casts.Continue reading “New Japanese BL 新しい日本人の男の子の愛 on the Horizon”
Two of Japan’s reputable character-driven actors Yuki Furukawa and Ryo Ryusei star as good friends turned “intimate” in this live-action adaptation of a manga (Restart After Come Back Home) by author Cocomi. It is slated for release in the last quarter of 2020.
Yuki Furukawa portrays Mitsuomi Kozuka and is described as an Oranyan, the male equivalent of what many Yaoi fans know as a tsundere. (Tsundere (ツンデレ) is a Japanese term for a character development process that depicts a person who is initially cold (and sometimes even hostile) before gradually showing a warmer, friendlier side over time.Continue reading “Restart wa Tadaima no Atode – リスタートはただいまのあとで (2020)”
Also known as Life on the Line, this BL mini-series (4 episodes) will premiere on June 19th, 2020 at Rakuten TV. Based on a manga written by Tsunekura Zoya, it tells the tale of two boys with opposite personalities who fall madly in love.Continue reading “Life Senjou no Bokura 線上の僕ら (2020)”
After learning that Ryo Narita has a BL movie, the exciting news is that award-winning actor Masaki Okada is also joining the BL trend. He co-stars Jun Shison in what can be considered a casting coup!
UPDATE: As of July 2020, NetFlix has made this movie available in Thailand for the viewing Audience
Warning: This article contains sexually explicit materials.
Translated in English as Sex and Dangerous Drugs, Sei no Gekiyaku is BL manga R-18 that has been downloaded more than a million copies as of this writing. According to Neko’s Daily Life, the printed version were all taken down due to the graphic nature of the manga.Continue reading “Sei no Gekiyaku – 性の劇薬 (2020)”
From Japan, where BL (Yaoi) originates, comes a heartwarming tale of love, friendship, familial relationship, peer pressure and coming out.
Daichi Kaneko, 24, plays the lead role as Jun, a closeted teenage gay, who is intimately involved with a matured male executive.
After the Takumi-kun craze in 2007, it was only Seven Days that kept the quality of Japanese BL above mediocre. Of course, the Yaoi animations remain at very consistent levels, but the BL live-action suffered tremendously.
2018-2019 appear to be a resurgence of Japanese BL movies – and His: I Didnt Think I Would Fall in Love captured many imagination.Continue reading “HIS: I Didn’t Think I Would Fall in Love ～恋するつもりなんてなかった～ (2019)”
11-year-old Tomo (Rinka Kakihara) lives with mother Hiromi (Mimura), but Hiromi decides to give up on her and leaves their home.
This is probably one of the best news to ever come out from Japan and from a BL perspective. Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Isao Yukisada is set to feature his 27th film entitled The Cornered Mouse Dream of Cheese. Aside from having an awesome director, it stars Ryo Narita – one of Japan’s most exciting young actors who was a former fashion model. He then auditioned and grabbed drama series and films since 2015.
This video is extremely exciting for me to watch since it stars Hiroya Shimizu, one of my ultimate personal bias among Japanese actors. Hiroya figured prominently in a couple of Japanese coming-of-age films including Solomon’s Perjury, The World of Kanako and Chihayafuru. Continue reading “King Gnu – The Hole, starring Hiroya Shimizu (Japanese gay inspired) [Video]”