Genjiro Arata, maverick producer of Seijun Suzuki's "Zigeunerweisen" and Tatsushi Omori's "Whispering of the Gods" shifts to the director's chair for his take on Osamu Dazai's 1948 novel "Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human)". The story follows Ōba Yōzō, a university student who finds it hard to relate to the world around him, but masks this sense of alienation with a jovial demeanor. Toma Ikuta stars as Ōba in this adaptation due out in Japanese theatres this coming February.
And you thought that live-action manga/ anime movies were a recent phenomena... In 1974's "Lupin III: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy" the famed Number 1 Thief, Arsène Lupin III is brought to life by actor Yuki Meguro and director Takashi Tsuboshima. In this adventure Lupin finds himself crossing paths with she-burglar Fujiko, played by Hideko Ezaki, and getting himself into his usual mess while pursuing a stash of jewels.