Fish on Land, Ouran High School Host Club – Friday Break, Afro Tanaka Trailers

No change at the top of the Japanese box-office apart from number three which is Moneyball instead of The Three Musketeers. Japan adores baseball so I guess it’s no surprise. Better news has emerged with the return of Indiemoviesonline. The site went down earlier this year because of disagreements with sponsors but it is back and has a nice selection of Japanese films… I already own half on DVD but that’s okay. Back to the trailers!

A poor selection of trailers this week with only A Fish on Land impressing. Fortunately I have just discovered the One Piece story-arc Ghost Island Thriller Bark and it is cracking me up. I have also started watching a couple of new anime which I’ll inevitably write about and bore people to death with – I’ll try and keep it short. Good Lord… I’ve been struck down with a bout of ennui. I need more One Piece to cheer me up

Ouran High School Host Club – Friday Break

Release date:  17th of March, 2012

Running time: N/A

Director:

Starring: Haruna Kawaguchi, Mariko Shinoda, Nichkun, Yusuke Yamamoyo, Shunsuke Daito

Ouran High School Host Club – Friday Break, is a live-action adaptation of TBS’s television series which is an adaptation of Bisco Hatori’s romantic comedy manga Ouran High School Host Club which I have never read the manga or watched the anime but understand that it is quite popular. Very, very popular. The trailer looks underwhelming.

Ouran High School Host Club follows a girl named Haruhi Fujioka who attends a wealthy school. One day she damages a vase and so disguises herself as a boy to join the host club and pay off the damage.

The film stars Haruna Kawaguchi who, in her feature film debut, reprises her role as Haruhi Fujioka, Mariko Shinoda of J-pop super-group AKB48.

 

Fish on Land

Release date:  18th of February, 2012

Running time: 108 mins.

Director: Yusuke Iseya

Starring: Mirai Moriyama, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Nae Yuki, Hirofumi Arai, Kenichi Takito, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Masahiko Tsugawa

Based on Tomoki Tsujiuchi’s best-selling novel the film looks like a class act. It is directed by Yusuke Iseya who starred in the awesome 13 Assassins, the awesome Kore-eda film After Life and the amusing Sukiyaki Western Django. He’s also in Kaiji 2 which is at number 2 in the Japanese box-office for a second week.

Mirai Moriyama plays a university student on the cusp of graduation, With a job already waiting for him he decides to take a bicycle trip on his last summer vacation. During this trip he comes across a drive-in theatre called House 475 which is run by Seiji (Hidetoshi Nishijma. He decides to help out at the drive-in and through working with Seiji begins to change his view on life.

 

Afro Tanaka

Release date:  18th of February, 2012

Running time: N/A

Director: Daigo Matsui

Starring: Shota Matsuda, Nozomi Sasaki, Atsushi Tsutsumishita, Kei Tanaka, Kaname Endo, Ryusuke Komakine

Based on Noritsuke Masaharu’s gang manga of the same name the story follows 24 year old high school drop-out Hiroshi Tanaka (Shota Matsuda) who is a chap with a perm that looks like an afro, that symbol of black consciousness. Anyway that’s his natural hair and it causes him all sorts of grief so he goes to Tokyo to work as a tunnel digger which is helpful I guess because people won’t be so quick to take notice of his hair. Whilst in Tokyo he hears from an old friend who informs him that he is going to get married. Hiroshi realises that he has let life pass him by and is determined to get a girlfriend. It just so happens that a beautiful lass by the name of Aya Kato (Nozomi Sasaki) has shown up in his life but what will she make of the afro???

Seriously if you’re going to adapt a manga try Kurosagi Corpse Delivery. I’d pay good money to see that!

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