This week I closed my Korean movie season with a review of The Man from Nowhere and then posted trailers for Rurouni Kenshin and the latest Nanoha movie. Next week will see another Sion Sono Season complete with podcasts and reviews. More details on Monday. Oh, and the Kino no Tabi simulwatch has come to an end and I realised that the anime is even better than I remember. Cue picture.
What’s does the Japanese movie box-office chart look like this week?
- Snow White and the Huntsman
- Hotaru: It’s Only a Little Light in my Life
- Men in Black III
- Thermae Romae
- Go, Masao!
The only change in the top five is last week’s newest entry sneaking in at five. Thermae Romae continues to hang in there for the ninth week in a row while the latest Berserk film enters at nine. This Berserk film focusses on the epic battle to capture Doldrey castle and it is a pretty gripping part of the story.
What’s released in Japan today?
Japanese Title: シーソー
Release Date: 23rd June 2012 (Japan)
Running Time: 70 mins.
Director: Keihiro Kanyama
Writer: Keihiro Kanyama
Starring: Maki Murakami, Keihiro Kanyama, SoRA, Keigo Oka
This indie feature, which has been doing the rounds on the international festival circuit since 2010, finally gets a Japanese theatrical release.
Makoto (Murakami) is a Japanese teacher who lives with Shinji (Kanyama). When Shinji’s friend gets married, he starts to think maybe he should take the plunge. This does not impress Makoto who regards Shinji as naïve for wanting to get married because she thinks marriage changes nothing. But her feelings are about to change because she might be pregnant.
Romaji: Kusogaki no Kokuhaku
Japanese Title: くそガキ の 告白
Release Date: 30th June 2012 (Japan)
Running Time: 94 mins.
Director: Taichi Suzuki
Writer: Taichi Suzuki
Starring: Hiroki Konno, Sayaka Tashiro, Haruka Nakagawa, Masato Tsujioka, Rika Imai, Hiroshi Kitayama, Kenichi Takahashi, Tomiko Ishii
I rarely comment on posters but I really dislike this one. I would avoid this film based on the poster alone. That would be a mistake because the plot actually sounds interesting. This is Taichi Suzuki’s debut and it appeared at this year’s Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival where it won three awards including the Special Jury Prize. It stars Hiroki Konno (Crows Zero), Haruka Nakagawa of the idol group AKB48, and Tomoko Ishii (Shall We Dance?).
Daisuke Bamba (Konno) is thirty-two and wants to be a director but he has no idea about what he wants to shoot and he has a complex about his physical traits. Momoko Kinoshita (Tashiro) has always wanted to be an actress since she was a school student. Since then she has been an extra in movies. The two will meet on a film set and change the course of their lives.
Romaji: Rinjo: Gekijoban
Japanese Title: 臨場：劇場版
Release Date: 30th June 2012 (Japan)
Running Time: 129 mins.
Director: Hajime Hashimoto
Writer: Hideo Yokoyama
Starring: Masaaki Uchino, Masanobu Takashima, Yuki Matsushita, Toru Masuoka, Dai Watanabe, Tasuku Emoto, Yasunori Dandam, Kyozo Nagatsuka
A movie adaptation of a Japanese murder mystery series inspired by Hideo Yokoyama’s novel series, Masaaki Uchino (Thirteen Assassins) takes the lead as a police coroner Yoshio Kuraishi. He is supported by many actors from the two Rinjo TV series Masanobu Takashima (Infection), Dai Watanabe (Crows Zero, Higanjima), and Yuki Matsushita (Beck).
Yoshio Kuraishi (Uchino) is a police coroner who lost his wife to a crazed murderer. He sees his mission in life as finding justice for the dead and understanding their pain. In this film he has to investigate the closely spaced murders of a psychiatrist and a lawyer who helped a mass murderer (Emoto) escape the death penalty. Is it a case of a relative of a victim seeking revenge or something more?