This week began when Lynn dashed across the playground and tagged me in a game of Book Tag which meant I had to answer a number of questions concerning my reading habits. This started a bit of a book club as Alua and Novroz joined in and we discussed world literature. After that I reviewed Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack, an adaptation of Junji Ito’s weird manga of the same name. I loved it. Much like the live-action adaptation of Uzumaki it makes major changes to the source which has divided fans but I felt it made a fun action apocalypse film. I followed this with a trailer for Resident Evil: Damnation, the latest CG action film. Then I followed this with a review of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s film Retribution which I loved a lot. As a major fan of Kurosawa’s ghost stories and supernatural mysteries this hit all the right notes.
Anyway… After some interesting looking films last week I am curious as to whether they have broken into Japanese movie box office chart…
- Umizaru 4: Brave Hearts
- The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
- Total Recall (2012)
- Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
- Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Everyone, Space is Here!
- Pokemon: Best Wishes 2012
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
- Eight Ranger
- Helter Skelter
Umizaru 4: Brave Hearts and The Wolf Children Rain and Snow hold on to the first and second spots of the top ten with the remake of Total Recall entering at three. Helter Skelter stays in the top ten at number ten but Another the Movie drops out at eleven. Of last week’s releases, Kirishima and Jewelpet Sweet Dance Princess enter at thirteen and fourteen.
What is released today? Only one Japanese film!
Fairy Tale: Maiden of the Phoenix
Romaji: Gekijoban FAIRY TAIL Hoou no Miko
Japanese Title: 劇 場 版 Fairy Tale 鳳凰 の 巫女
Release Date: 18th August 2012 (Japan)
Running Time: N/A
Director: Masaya Fujimori
Writer: Masashi Sogo (Script), Hiro Mishima (Original Manga)
Starring: Tetsuya Kakihara (Natsu) Rie Kugiyama (Happy), Yūichi Nakamura (Gray Fullbuster), Aya Hirano (Lucy Heartfilia)
Ah, yet another anime adaptation only this time it is a movie instalment in the shounen franchise Fairy Tail. I have not watched it but a few chaps in my Japanese class have and they seem to like it. The director is Masaya Fujimori who handled the anime Spirit of Wonder. The writer is Masashi Sogo who has worked on the television series. The voice actors are familiar from some of the most popular anime shows out there with Rie Kugiyama (Alphonse in FMA: Brotherhood), and Tetsuya Kakihara (Simon in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann),
The Fairy Tail wizard’s guild find themselves in an adventure to save the magical world when a mysterious girl named Éclair approaches them claiming to have lost all of her memories save for the one connected to delivering two extremely powerful artefacts: the Phoenix Stones.