Saint Young Men, Home, Prefecture Government’s Hospitality Division, Phone Call to the Bar 2, Peach Film Festival Films Trailers and the Japanese Movie Box Office Chart

Saturday Touhou FaceWhat did I do this week? Well I’ll tell you whether you’re interested or not. A post for the release of For Love’s Sake and a Competition to go to Hong Kong thanks to the lovely folks at the Terracotta Far East Film Festival. I took part in an interview with fellow cineblogger Lost in the Miso and I watched a lot of anime (more first impressions next week). No films. I am gearing up for the Terracotta Far East Film Festival with four films (three Japanese and one Korean) on the cards. I need to write a preview for this festival. I still need to write to reviews from the last film festival I attended. There are a lot of things I need to do and all of that will have to wait until I pass my Japanese exam next week.

What does the Japanese Movie Box Office Chart look like for the weekend May 04th-05th.

  1. Detective Conan Private Eye in the Distant Sea
  2. Iron Man 3
  3. Library Wars
  4. Shield of Straw
  5. Crayon Shin Chan! Gourmet Food Survival
  6. Kamen Rider X Super Sentai X Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z
  7. Dragon Ball Z Battle of the Gods
  8. Lincoln
  9. Wreck-It Ralph
  10. The Great Passage

No new entries in the top ten but it is encouraging to see The Great Passage hanging in the top ten. Detective Conan retains the top spot for the third week in a row, Library Wars and Shield of Straw round out the top five in their second week out.

What is released this week? A lot more than the paltry two titles of last week!

Saint Young Men                          Saint Young Men Film Poster

Japanese Title: 聖☆おにいさん

Romaji: Sei  聖☆Onīsan

Release Date: May 10th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Noriko Takao

Writer: Rika Nezu

Starring: Mirai Moriyama, Gen Hoshino, Reiko Suzuki, Ryoko Kinomiya

Imagine if Buddha and Jesus shared an apartment in the Tachikawa area of Saint Young Men Manga Hikaru NakamuraTokyo and experienced life as humans in Japan. This is the concept of Hikaru Nakamura’s manga and it sounds amusing enough and it now has an anime film. The staff are experienced. Noriko Takao has worked as an episode director on gag anime K-ON! And Lucky Star. The screenplay comes from Rika Nezu who wrote for the live-action Kimi ni Todoke. There are great actors fulfilling the roles of seiyuu. Mirai Moriyama (The Drudgery Train) voices Jesus and Gen Hoshino (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?) voices Buddha. The animation is very gorgeous and detailed and the character designs are great, check out the trailer.

Home                               Home Film Poster

Japanese Title:

Romaji: Ie

Release Date: May 11th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 80 mins.

Director: Masatoshi Akihara

Writer: Shimizaki Fujimura (Original Novel)

Starring: Tomomi Nishimura, Yoji Matsuda, Anri Ban, Yuki Kimoto, Takuya Nakayama, Mitsuho Otani, Ichiro Ogura

Masatoshi Akihara, director of the rather amusing looking Lupin no Kiganjo (2011) is directing an adaptation of Shimizaki Fujimura’s novel of the same name which charts the fortunes of members of two families in the Kiso area of Nagano prefecture, one of which runs a brewery which will pass to a daughter and the other which is more humble and consists of teachers. It stars Tomomi Matsuda (Life on the Longboard), Yoji Matsuda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The Hidden Blade), and Anri Ban (Go, Tokyo Rhapsody). To be quite honest the trailer didn’t interest me in the least but I am thankful I did the research because that Lupin film (ルパンの奇巌城) looks very amusing!

Prefecture Government’s Hospitality Division    Prefecture Government Hospitality Division

Japanese Title: 県庁おもてなし課

Romaji: Kenchou Omotenashi Ka

Release Date: May 11th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Yoshinage Miyake,

Writer: Hiro Arikawa (Original Light Novel), Yoshikazu Okada (Screenplay)

Starring: Kengo Kora, Ryo Nishikido, Mari Horikita, Eiichiro Funakoshi, Megumi Seki, Masahiro Komoto, Satoru Matsuo

Anime fans will know that prefectures in Japan are falling over themselves to use anime to promote their regions. Well here’s an example of a film doing it. The film trailer looks dull, like an advertisement for the locations (it was shot mostly in Koichi prefecture) with some light drama thrown in and so I was eager to get to the end of it and watch something else. Script comes courtesy of Yoshikazu Okada who wrote Space Travelers. The cast looks pretty, the ones of note for me are Mari Horikita who was one of the brighter aspects in the J-horror films The Locker 1 and 2 and One Missed Call Final, Kengo Kora who was in Norwegian Wood, The Woodsman & the Rain and The Drudgery Train and Megumi Seki (The Foreign Duck, Christmas in August). It’s nice to see Horikita moving on to better films with bigger bugets.

Koichi prefecture needs to promote itself for tourism purposes so who are they gonna call? The hospitality division, that’s who.

Or so you might think but there’s a strict rule banning advertisements so a popular writer from Koichi named Kyosuke Yoshikado (Kora) is appointed as the special envoy for tourism in the area and has the help of hospitality division employees Fumitaka (Nishikido) and Taki (Horikita).

So what’s the plan? Well Kyosuke is pointed in the direction of Seien, a former employee of Koichi Prefecture who was fired when his plan to import pandas fell apart. When Fumitaka and Taki visit Seien they get a frosty welcome (more like a bucket of water thrown at them) from Seien’s daughter Sawa (Seki). Can this group work together?

 

Phone Call to the Bar 2                    Phone Call to the Bar 2 Film Poster

Japanese Title: 探偵はBARにいる2

Romaji: Tantei wa Bar ni Iru 2

Release Date: May 11th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 119 mins.

Director: Hajime Hashimoto,

Writer: Naomi Azuma (Original Novel), Ryota Kosawa (Screenplay)

Starring: Yo Oizumi, Ryuhei Matsuda, Machiko Ono, Atsuro Watabe, Gori, Tomorowo Taguchi, Eisuke Sasai, Kazuki Namioka, Koen Kondo, Mariko Tsutsui, Yutaka MAtsushige, Kenichi Yajima

The sequel to the popular and, according to a friend who saw it on a flight from Japan, rather entertaining Phone Call to the Bar! This is based on Naomi Azuma’s 2001 novel and it has quite the cast. Yo Oizumi, Ratman in the Gegege no Kitaro films, the impossibly handsome Ryuhei Matsuda, star of The Foreign Duck and Nightmare Detective, Yutaka Matsushige, the scary killer in The Guard from the Underground, Mariko Tsutsui who was in One Missed Call, Atsuro Watabe who looked effortlessly cool in Heat After Dark, Machiko Ono who was in Eureka and Tomorowo Taguchi who was the eponymous protag in Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man. This trailer looks pretty damn awesome actually wth Ryuhei Matsuda mixing it up in the action department and Atsuro Watabe looking like a political slickster. Some pretty good humour emerges as well. Trailer of the week.

Masako (Gori) is a magician at a Japanese pub and s friends with a Private Detective (Oizumi). When Masako dies at a magic show convention, private detective and Takada (Matsuda) begins investigating and find that Gori may have been involved with political figures. As this rumbles on, a woman who has been following the private detective consults him with a mystery of her own.

En. Live Document of Clammbon                               Clammbon Film Poster 

Japanese Title: えんLive Document of Clammbon

Romaji: En. Live Document of Clammbon

Release Date: May 11th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 126 mins.

Director: Kōji Ōta

Starring: Harada Ikuko, Daisuke Ito, Mito

Photographer and director Koji Ota brings us a documentary on the trio Clammbon which was filmed at various events. We get an insight into the band’s rehearsal process and performances. I’ve never heard of Clammbon but I’m definitely listening now because I like the music! Here’s an English language fan page for the group.

 

Resshi ~ Yadaikoushin za Mu-bi- Shinkansen to Tanoshii Densha TachiShinkansen Quiz Film Poster

Japanese Title: れっしゃだいこうしん ザ☆ムービー しんかんせんとたのしいでんしゃたち

Romaji: Resshi ~ Yadaikoushin za Mu-bi- Shinkansen to Tanoshii Densha Tachi

Release Date: May 11th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 45 mins.

Director: N/A

Writer: N/A

Starring: Yukitoshi Nagafuchi, Reiko Tokunaga, Ai Nonaka

I’m not even going to attempt translating the title for this anime quiz aimed at train otaku both young and old. It features info on a new bullet train called Hayabusa and Maglev networks.

Watch Rakugo on the Cinema Screen: “Master Storytellers of the Showa Period”                      Rakugo Master Film                    

Japanese Title: スクリーンで観る高座 シネマ落語「落語研究会 昭和の名人 五」

Romaji: Sukuri-n de Miru Kōza Shinema Rakugo ‘Rakugo Kenkyūkai Shōwa no Meijin Go’

Release Date: May 11th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 102 mins.

Director: N/A

Writer: N/A

Starring: Yanagiya Kosan, Kokontei Shinshō, Katsura Bunraku

Here’s an interesting film with a sketchily translated title. Rakugo is a form of verbal entertainment where a lone storyteller sits on a stage and depicts a long and complicated comical story with nothing but a paper fan and a small cloth for props and a change in pitch and tone in voice to provide life to different characters. The film shows us three such entertainers: Yanagiya Kosan, Kokontei Shinshō and Katsura Bunraku. This isn’t the trailer but I figure it will give you a flavour of what is involved.

Peach Festival Films

Female filmmakers have been on the rise in Japan as well regarded films like Dreams for Sale, End of Puberty and Just Pretended to Hear reveal. To get a better taste of what other young female directors are doing we get a whole festival dedicated to showing the freshest works coming from them. The theme for this year is ‘Tears’. Here are three short films that will be on the big screen (more get released next week). Here’s the website for the festival (in Japanese).

Peach Festival Presents Tears “Magma”

Japanese Title: 桃まつり presents なみだ “Magma”

Romaji: Momo Matsuri Presents Namida “Magma

Release Date: May 11th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 31 mins.

Director: Ai Watanabe

Writer: Keisuke Tominaga(Screenplay)

Starring: Reiko Igarashi, Ikki Funaki, Shoko Nakahara, Yoko Chosokabe

This entry comes from Ai Watanabe and Keisuke Tominaga who both worked on the grisly sounding Let’s Make the Teacher Have a Miscarriage Club. The film played at Fantasia Film Festival and Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival last year.  The film stars Reiko Igarashi who appeared in Girl in the Sunset (2008).

Lisa is at a training camp practicing for a marathon when she is overtaken by a mysterious woman. Lisa is left in emotional turmoil just from the sight of the woman. Meanwhile a former student who trained for marathons appears and steals the attention of Lisa’s coach. Her name is Yoko and she makes a major impact on Lisa.

 

Peach Festival Presents Tears “Rainy Day Shiori-Chan House”

Japanese Title: 桃まつり presents なみだ “雨の日はしおりちゃん家”

Romaji: Momo Matsuri Presents Namida “Ame no Hi wa Shiori-chan Ie”

Release Date: May 11th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 25 mins.

Director: Aki Morita

Writer: N/A

Starring: Aki Morita, Aki Miyata, Miki Kawamura, Haruna Sakai, Aoi Koka, Takashi Shigematsu, Akiyoshi Shibata, Mariko Sumiyoshi,

Not sure about my translation for the title (again, sorry!). Aki Morita has quite a little filmography going as an actress. The only film that she worked on (as an actress) that I recognise is Henge which will screen in London next month as part of the Terracotta Far East Festival Terror-cotta strand. This is her directorial debut and it looks like a relationship drama without any body-horror. She takes the lead role.

Yukiko is a theatre director who is reunited with a childhood friend. Whatever differences they had in the past are gone and the two begin to feel out a new type of relationship.

 

Peach Festival Presents Tears “Thorns of Love”

Japanese Title: 桃まつり presents なみだ 愛のイバラ

Romaji: Momo Matsuri Presents Namida “Ai no Ibara”

Release Date: May 11th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 24 mins.

Director: Yōko Oguchi

Writer: Yōko Oguchi (Screenplay)

Starring: Hozo Shimano, Fumiko Abe, Kazunori Sakurai

Well I’m interested in this one because Yōko Oguchi worked on Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s film Barren Illusion. This was a film that involved a student cast and crew from the Film School of Tokyo. This one is a bit of a love story involving different couples, some of whom get sick of each other. 

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17 thoughts on “Saint Young Men, Home, Prefecture Government’s Hospitality Division, Phone Call to the Bar 2, Peach Film Festival Films Trailers and the Japanese Movie Box Office Chart

  1. Quite a few this week. The Jesus/Buddha trailer was interesting (although I obviously didn’t understand what was being said!)
    Have you been to see Iron Man?? I’ve not been yet but it’s getting good review.
    Lynn 😀

    1. I didn’t know there was a movie until quite recently. When I saw the trailer I was really impressed. It’s certainly one of the better looking films released this week.

  2. Saint Young Men…. looks weird, but not necessarily in a bad way. The animation isn’t that impressive (quite basic really) but the idea behind it is certainly interesting.

    Kenchou Omotenashi Ka… well, I saw a dorama last year with exactly this kind of premise, Osozaki no Himawari. It was very slice of life and nothing much exciting happened (just every day life), but I liked it a lot, especially the main character and doctor friend. (I should add though that realistic slice-of life series are my favoured dorama genre.) So I would consider giving Kenchou Omotenashi Ka a try. The director is different though and I am not familiar with anything else he’s done. Part of the cast is very enticing (Kora Kenga, Horikita Maki), but not so keen on Nishikido, the lead….

    Tantei wa Bar ni Iru 2 – Great cast, but I would be more interested in this if it weren’t a sequel.

    1. Saint Young Men looks good. The animation grabbed me. I like the way the characters stand-out against the backgrounds which are very well detailed (I’ve got a couple of screencaps from location shots!) and it reminds me of the animation seen in Rainbow-Coloured Fireflies – The Eternal Summer Vacation which was released around this time last year.

      Great cast indeed for Tantei wa Bar ni Iru 2> I really liked the trailer as well 🙂 Just because it’s a sequel doesn’t mean it’s bad! Aliens, Godfather II… uh… Help me out somebody… Anyway, those films are good.

      1. Well, I haven’t seen Aliens or Godfather (originals or sequels, spare me your gasps of shock!) and as for good sequels… nothing comes to mind instantly, but there might be, I suppose, some out there. Generally though, sequels are about money…

        Hmmm, maybe Lord of the Rings? Although I’m not sure that would qualify, since that was a story split into several parts from the start, which are all filmed at one go and released over several years (with the risk that if the first bombed, all of them would fail).

      2. Almost dies at the revelation. Actually I knew that you hadn’t watched Alien or Aliens since you told me last year on my Prometheus review.

        Patlabor 2: The Movie was an awesome sequel.

      3. Well, I haven’t seen that either – original or sequel.

        But isn’t Patlabor based on an anime? Meaning there was also more story to tell?

      4. Patabor was a manga/TV anime that got three movie sequels. The first two are awesome but I have not watched the third. I have the first two films in a boxed set, the OST for the second film plus a special edition DVD release that was released in the UK – it has a map of Tokyo with locations marked out and everything… I think. i haven’t opened it yet.

        I love Patlabor. It’s the only mecha show for me! (apart from Gasaraki and maybe Evangelion). 🙂

        In fact, I love Patlabor so much I keep mentioning it various in various posts from time to time.

  3. Tired Paul

    Phone Call to the Bar 1 was a little bit inconsistent for me. Saint Young Men definitely looks interesting, with Mirai Moriyama in the cast this makes it a must watch for me.

    I’ll throw this here as well, Death Note hollywood adaptation appears to be back on…….http://vublex.com/53381/warner-bros-announces-new-death-note-live-action-movie

    I’m not against this, I think Shane Black could do interesting things……The fact that Warner Bros is involved means we could get some crossover it the J movie version possibly, even if it’s just a nod.

    1. Funny you should mention Shane Black because didn’t he direct a film mentioned above?

      He is one of Hollywood’s better talents – Kiss, Kiss, Bang,Bang is really good – but I find it hard to imagine all of the crazy events of the manga series fitting into a film format! I’m not against it and I would watch whatever resulted much like the HBO adaptation of MONSTER, a manga/anime I love. You’re right to note Warner Bros involvement since they have put out a lot of great Japanese films and they are getting a lot of experience in making adaptations Wild 7, Rurouni Kenshin.

      1. Yeah, but I want to see Moriyama, especially with that mesmerising face that he has got *remembers all the grinning/grimacing/smirking/etc. in Waterboys *.

  4. lots of interesting news 🙂

    I love to see Saint young men…Mirai is obe of my fav Japanese actors. Him being a seiyuu must be interesting.

    Kenchou doesn’t sound fun but I like Ryo…might watch it just for him.

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