I haven't seen many live-action Japanese movies until now, but I saw several new ones in Japan this summer. They were in Japanese with no subtitles, so I probably only understood about half of the content ^^; Still, the visuals speak for themselves, and I'll note down my thoughts about what I did understand.
- Chihayafuru 1 & 2: a must-see, especially if you liked the manga or anime.The story lends itself well to live-action, and they pulled off some nice effects to make the karuta games more visually interesting, with more subtlety than the anime I think. The atmosphere was great, too. But be warned; there is 100% of the crying that's in the original story.
- Orange: an interesting magical realism/drama, with a heavy psychological leaning. I haven't actually seen the anime for this, so I can't compare it, but it could come off as cheesy or over-the-top in a way that it might not be as an anime. The story was pretty emotionally intense for me though. And again, so much crying.
Bonus--Shin-Gojira: it's basically Evangelion, the Godzilla version. There's a heavy focus on global politics and psychology, so I didn't understand very much, but the visuals were really striking. I'm looking forward to seeing it in English later this year.
I always expect anime adaptations to be terrible, but all of these were surprisingly good. When they have a high budget and low expectations for special effects, I think Japanese live-action movies really hold their own.