Rentaneko Rent-a-Cat (2012)

Rent-a-Cat   Rent a Neko

Japanese Title: レンタネコ

Romaji: Rentaneko

Running Time: 110 mins.

Release Date: May 12th, 2012 (Japan)

Director: Naoko Ogigami

Writer: Naoko Ogigami

Starring: Mikako Ichikawa, Reiko Kusamura, Ken Mitsuishi, Maho Yamada, Kei Tanaka

There is a woman who roams a riverbank in a contemporary Japanese city. She pulls a cart which has a selection of cats in the back. This is actually part of her business. As she moves at a leisurely pace she calls out to people through a megaphone with simple slogans and questions to attract the right customers:

Rent-a-cat Riverside

“Rent-a-cat. Rent-aaaaaaaaaa-cat. Feeling lonely? I’ll lend you a cat.”

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The Light Shines Only There, Negative Happy Marriage Part 2, Death’s Live Coverage Movie Version, Aru Himori no Naka, Crayon Shin-Chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes Back, Detective Conan: Sniper From Another Dimension, Nihon’ichi Shiawasena Juugyouin o Tsukuru! Hoteruasoshia Nagoya Taaminaru no Chousen Japanese Film Trailers

Knights of Sidonia Cast 2After a movie drought lasting a few weeks, I watched two films:  Rent-a-Neko and The Quiet Ones. Tonight I’ll watch Museum Hours and Cold Eyes. I still have about eight film reviews to write and now I have three from this list to add on (although Rent-a-Neko is practically finished)!!! It’s a good thing that I’ve got a day off coming up after my trip down to London. I’ve already completed some posts for the next fortnight although there will only be two per week – anime/film reviews and trailers.

This week I posted about the Japanese films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (that feature from Naomi Kawase looks so good!) and I also posted my first impression of Knights of Sidonia.

Here’s a bunch of trailers for the Japanese films released this week and there are some interesting looking titles!

The Light Shines Only There  The Light Shines Only There Film Poster

Japanese: そこのみにて光輝く

Romaji: Soko nomi nite Hikari Kagayaku

Running Time: 120 mins.

Release Date: April 19th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Mipo O

Writer: Yasushi Sato (Screenplay), Ryo Takada (Original Novel)

Starring: Gou Ayano, Chizuru Ikewaki, Masaki Suda, Kazuya Takahashi, Shohei Hinom Hiroko Isayama

Based on a novel published in 1989, this is winning all sorts of acclaim at festivals. It is directed by Mipo O and she was last reviewed here with her effort on Quirky Guys and Gals and the screenplay was written by Ryo Takada who worked on The Ravine of Goodbye. It stars Gou Ayano (Rurouni Kenshin, The Story of Yonosuke).

Tatsuo Sato (Ayano) quits his job and does little with his days until he meets Takuji Oshiro (Suda) at a pachinko parlour and strikes up a friendship. Takuji invites Tatsuo back to his home where he lives with is sick father, mother and older sister Chinatsu (Ikewaki). Tatsuo becomes attracted to Chinatsu, who shines even in their difficult situation.


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Japanese Films at Cannes Film Festival 2014: Still the Water Trailer and Details

Genki Cannes Film Festival 2014 Banner

The films playing at the Cannes Film Festival were announced earlier today and as expected Naomi Kawase’s latest feature is in Competition. She is competing against a field full of very strong directors like Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, David Cronenberg and Jean-Luc Godard. Kawase’s film looks the most intriguing to me, although Mike Leigh’s film about JMW Turner has me interested as well. Here are the details on Kawase’s film (alas, no trailer. I guess we’ll have to wait):

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Crows Explode, Gachiban Utra Max , L-DK, Kazuya, What Comes Along With Love, Shiba Jōmonken no Yume, Bright Audition, Route 42, White Feather “Light from Phony” HIGH★LIGHTZ★LITTLE★UNIVERSE Japanese Film Trailers

It has been a pretty slow week but it has been enlivened by the end theme of “Humanity Has Declined” which I have started watching again.

cropped-space-dandy-is-cool-baby.jpgLonger hours away from the computer and more time revising for Japanese were enlivened by the song. In order to relax a little more, I played “The Walking Dead: 400 Days” in preparation for starting the second season. I also kept watching anime because the Spring 2014 season is underway. “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure” has proven to be the stand out so far. In posting terms, I relayed news on the Terracotta Far East Film Festival’s short film competition and I posted about news on the release of “The Story of Yonosuke” and I reviewed that film last year following the last Terracotta festival.

What Japanese films are released in Japan this weekend?

Crows Explode Crows Explode Film Poster

Japanese: クローズ EXPLODE

Romaji: Kuro-zu EXPLODE

Running Time: 129 mins.

Release Date: April 12th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda

Writer: Kosuke Mukai, Rikiya Mizushima, Takashi Hasegawa (Screenplay), Hiroshi Takahashi (Original Novel)

Starring: Masahiro Higashide, Taichi Saotome, Ryo Katsuji, Takanori Iwata, Kenzo, Kento Nagayama, Yuya Yagira,

A new generation of actors take on the challenge of making the “Crows” franchise including Masahiro Higashide (“The Kirishima Thing”) and Kento Nagayama (“Crime or Punishment?!?”). It looks pretty flashy and quite surprisingly, it is directed by Toshiaki Toyoda, the man behind “9 Souls” and “Monsters Club.” Perhaps, in making that comment, I haven’t watched as many of his films as I should have.


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Third Window Films Release The Story of Yonosuke

Third Window Films follow up last month’s release of the ultra-brilliant “Shady” with a more heart-warming human drama about the power of friendship called “The Story of Yonosuke“. As I made clear in my review, I liked it a lot. Here are the release details:

The Story of Yonosuke

The Story of Yonosuke DVD Case

A film by Shuichi Okita (The Woodsman & the Rain)
Based on a novel by Shuichi Yoshida (Villain, Parade)

Japan / 2013 / 160 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour

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Real Jinro Game Crash Room of Shudder, The Next Generation Patlabor Chapter 1, 1/11 One Eleventh, Sakura saku Japanese Film Trailers

Genki Anime UK News Spring 2014 ImageThis is the second part of the trailer post.

I have started getting rid of even MORE magazines now with old issues of the East Asian focussed “Neo” being stacked ready for recycling. I’ve gutted my “Edge” video game magazine in the hopes of saving lots and lots of issues of “Sight & Sound”. I might have to get rid of those to free up space… I have also started revising for a Japanese exams so my evening are spent not watching films or writing about them and so I am only putting out one post at the beginning of the week. This week was my Spring 2014 Anime picks. Despite this, I have watched “Watashi no Kirai Tantei” and “Jojo” as well as finishing up winter anime titles like “Reitetsu Hoozuki,” “Sekai Seifuku” and “Space Dandy” which all ended on a high. Expect a winter season round-up and posts for some other titles. Also, THAT LAST EPISODE OF “THE WALKING DEAD” WAS AWESOME!

Ahem… Here are the rest of the trailers for this weekend.


Real Jinro Game Crash Room of Shudder   Real Jinro Game Crash Room of Shudder Film Poster

Japanese: リアル人狼ゲーム 戦慄のクラッシュ・ルーム

Romaji: Riaru Jinro Gemu Senritsu no Kuratshu Rumu

Running Time: 78 mins.

Release Date: April 05th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Seisoku Kajita

Writer: Seisoku Kajita (Screenplay), Naoya Higuchi (Original Novel)

Starring: Mariya Nagao, Hiroyuki Kajima, Risako Tokoro, Yuka Hanamura, Ryosuke Miswa, Kazuki Tsuruoka, Rio Takahashi

Mai’s boyfriend is returning from a business trip and so she heads to his apartment to greet him. She doesn’t find him. She finds 7 different people who claim the apartment is theirs. Will they be willing to claim an unidentified body in the bathroom?


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Adult Drop, One Third, Eagle Talon 7, Walk Together Japanese Film Trailers

Atelier Anime UK News Spring Anime Guide 2014 Part 2 ImageThis is the first of two trailer posts for this weekend. The only film trailer that I like in this post is the crime caper “One Third” which stars Tatsuya Fujiwara. I guess I’m in the mood for glossy fun.

Talking about fun, I took part in the #SaveShenmue day over at Twitter.

SaveShenmue Tweet

I had a blast tweeting and retweeting comments in support of the legendary game Shenmue. It’s one of those titles that captures the imagination of all who play it and becomes a cult hit. Alas, the game didn’t get a third part to continue the story but fans might be able to persuade video game companies to look into making the game. The next #Saveshenmue day is May 03rd.

One Third   One Third Film Poster

Japanese: サンブンノイチ

Romaji: Sanbun no ichi

Running Time: 119 mins.

Release Date: April 01st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Hiroshi Shinagawa

Writer:Hiroshi Shinagawa (Screenplay), Hanta Kinoshita (Original Novel)

Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Koki Tanaka, Mika Nakashima, Ryuichi Kosugi, Yosuke Kubozuka, Shinnosuke Ikehata, Ryo Kimura, Sho Aikawa, Mitsu Dan

This looks like glossy fun. Sho Aikawa

Shuu (Fujiwara) is the manager of a cabaret club called “Honey Bunny” where a guy named Ken (Kosugi) rocks up claiming to have succeeded in robbing a bank and also claiming to be willing to divide the money between himself and Shuu. Soon, the idea of getting more of the money consumes each of the men and they find themselves plotting against each other, little knowing that another person is also interested…


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Genkina hito’s Spring 2014 Anime Picks

Genkina hito’s Spring 2014 Anime Picks

There are over 50 shows getting released in March and April. Writing a series of preview guides for Anime UK News left me at my most cynical about the lack of artistry and the rampant commercialization in the Japanese entertainment industry as a whole (I must have been feeling tired).

Here are the season guides (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) to give a wider feel of the forthcoming season.

Out of the 50+ released, there is so much that does not appeal to me. A lot of them are aimed at NEETs and hikikomori and I find shows like those are creepy and immature.

I did have a longer, whinier intro about the season and it’s over-reliance on LN adaptations and shows aimed at immature males written but cut it because it was written when I felt grouchy and want to be positive. Some other anibloggers are writing this season off but there are lots of new series starting and some gems amidst all of the titles. Here are the gems from my perspective.

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