Movie distributor Shochiku introduced its 2011-2012 lineup at an event in Tokyo on Thursday. A total of 17 films were announced; 11 of them were domestic live-action works, 4 were movies for popular anime series, and 2 were foreign films.
One of the newly revealed properties on Shochiku’s roster is the tentatively titled “Okaeri, Hayabusa,” a 3D film directed by Motoki Katsuhide about the unmanned space probe Hayabusa that returned to Earth last June after its 7-year, 6 billion-kilometer mission. This is actually the second movie about Hayabusa in the works. Last month, Toei also announced its plans to release a movie about the probe in 2012.
Other movies in the lineup include:
- “Saya Zamurai” by Downtown’s Matsumoto Hitoshi (June 11)
- The movie version of the “Kochikame” drama series (summer 2011)
- “Antoki no Inochi” by Zeze Takahisa (fall 2011)
- “Tokyo Kazoku” by Yamada Yoji (December 2011)
- Another “Ultraman” movie to celebrate the franchise’s 45th anniversary (winter 2011-2012)
- “RAILWAYS 2” (2012)
- “Waga Haha” by Harada Masato (2012)
- “Tenchi Meisatsu,” an adaptation of an Ubukata Tow novel by “Okuribito” director Takita Yojiro (2012)