Not much to report this week. I posted about the Terracotta Far East Film Festival which has a truly awesome line up. I finally posted the shows that looked the most interesting me in the Spring 2012 anime preview and I have to admit that I was disappointed by what turned up. Tonight’s Akira Kurosawa film is “The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail” (1945). Meanwhile the Japanese charts for 10-11th March look a bit flat.
01. Doraemon – Animal Adventure
02. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
03. Liar Game: Reborn
05. In Time
Also flat are the trailers for the films released today.
Ouran High School Host Club – Friday Break
Release date: 17th of March, 2012
Running time: N/A
Starring: Haruna Kawaguchi, Ryo Ryusei, Mariko Shinoda, Nichkun, Yusuke Yamamoto, 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. Phew. The movie uses the same cast as the television show with the film’s lead actress Haruna Kawaguchi making her feature film debut by reprising her role as Haruhi Fujioka. Mariko Shinoda of J-pop super-group AKB48 also puts in an appearance. Other interesting cast members include Shunsuke Daito who was in the recent Ace Attorney movie.
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.
I’ve never read the manga because it’s aimed at girls so I have little interest in this beyond seeing how long it will stay in the charts.
A Sower of Seeds
Release Date: 17th March
Running Time: N/A
Director: Toshi Shioya
Writer: Katsumi Ishikawa, Chiaki Miura
Starring: Takanori Jinnai, Rena Tanaka, Yu Yoshizawa, Akira Emoto, Yuri Nakamura
This is a film about the making of organic green tea in the scenic city of Usuki, Ōita. It stars Rena Tanaka (The Sumer of Ubume) and Yu Yoshizawa (One Missed Call 2) amongst others, was screened in the recent Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.
Minori (Tanaka) is a Tokyoite who is laid off and must return to her grandfather’s farm to collect herself. Almost predictably her grandfather collapses and she has to run the farm. Fortunately there is a friendly local official named Kinjiro (Jinnai) who appears to help.