The Fighting Men’s Chronicle Elephant Kashimashi Movie Version, Dilemma of Sacrifice, Under the Nagasaki Sky, Jinjin, Garden of Sinners/Recalled Out Summer 3D, Fate/Zero Café, ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens, Apple of Life and Other Japanese Movie Trailers

Long Day of StarsWell with my new position in work I am in the gallery longer than is legal (I think) which explains why this post is late but I still have time to watch anime and dorama! Alright, not as much as I like but at least I’m going to get paid. This week I watched Gatchaman Crowds (which is awesome and made me happy), Dog and Scissors, It’s Not My Fault I’m Not Popular (tragically funny) and two episodes of Penance (intriguing and a reminder that Eiko Koike is a fox!). Four totally different shows and all pretty good. I also tried watching Free! but lost interest because I’m not a girl. I wrote up my first impression for Dog and Scissors and announced the arrival of my Tumblr blog. I hope to continue my first impressions going next week. 

A lot of films released this week and few of them are all that spectacular. The Berlin File is also released… So yeah, a bit slow.

The Fighting Men’s Chronicle Elephant Kashimashi Movie Version The Fighting Men's Chronicle Film Poster

Japanese Title: The Fighting Men’s Chronicle エレファント カシマシ Gekijouban

Romaji: The Fighting Men’s Chronicle Erefanto Kashimashi Gekijouban

Release Date: July 12th, 2013

Running Time: N/A

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita

Writer: Kosuke Sakoda, Rama Nishikura (Screenplay)

Starring: Kouji Miyamoto, Toshiyuki Ishimori, Yoshiyuki Tominaga, Ken Yokoyama

Nobuhiro Yamashita, director of the Drudgery Train is back with a rock documentary about Elephant Kashimashi. This documentary that plumbs everything from their debut to recent work in 2012. Expect interviews with the band and collaborators and behind the scenes footage.


Dilemma of Sacrifice                   Dilemma of Sacrifice Film Poster

Japanese Title: 生贄のジレンマ

Romaji: Ikenie no Jirenma

Release Date: July 13th, 2013

Running Time: 82 mins.

Director: Shusuke Kaneko

Writer: Shinjiro Dobashi (Original Novel), Hirotoshi Kobayashi (Screenplay)

Starring: Kenta Suga, Seika Taketomi, Minhiro Kinomoto, Hikaru Yamamoto, Rio Kanno, Nana Seino, Toshi Takeuchi

The day of graduating from high school should be a happy one for Junichi Shinohara (Suga) and his friends but when a voice over the school’s intercom announces that everyone will die in an hour it is understandable that people are pretty terrified. Terror turns into desperation as the prospect of survival is handed to students as they are given a way out by sacrificing one of their number.

 Danganronpa, anyone?

New S&M Theatre Version                   S&M Film Poster

Japanese Title: 新 SとM 劇場版

Romaji: Shin S to M Gekijouban

Release Date: July 13th, 2013

Running Time: 99 mins.

Director: SHUN

Writer: Mio Murao (Original Manga), SHUN, Makoto Tachibana (Screenplay)

Starring: Tomomi Miyauchi, Ida Kunihiko, Asumi Miwa, Rike Kawamura, Tsutomu Niwa,Mio Murao S&M Manga

Type Mio Murao into Google and you can see the clean bits of the mind of an S&M obsessed manga-ka. I haven’t read her but there’s a lot of girls in peril and tied up and it all sure as hell comes under the S&M. She must be popular because this is the second live-action film adaptation of her S&M erotic suspense manga where a chap named Toda (Miyauchi) has managed to save his company and his marriage from the ruin of an affair with Saya Amami (Kawamura) but Amami isn’t finished with him yet and she’s going to use someone close to Toda to take him down! Warning foxy Japanese women in steamy positions ahead.


Festival of our Shadow         Festival of our Shadow Film Poster

Japanese Title: 影たち の 祭り

Romaji: Kagetachi no Matsuri

Release Date: July 13th, 2013

Running Time: 88 mins.

Director: Taku Oshima

Writer: N/A

Starring: Shuichi Iida, Aika Ichinose, Kayo Kikumoto, Kei Goto, Seiki Ishii,

This documentary takes a look at the Kakashi-za shadow theatre company who are celebrating their 60th anniversary. The group use their hands to create a range of animals for their plays and we get to see some of their performances during their Hand Shadows Animare tour.


Under the Nagasaki Sky              Under the Nagasaki Sky Film Poster

Japanese Title: 爆心 長崎の空

Romaji: Bakushin: Nagasaki no Sora

Release Date: July 13th, 2013

Running Time: 98 mins.

Director: Taro Hyugaji

Writer: Yuichi Seirai, Hirofumi Harada (Screenplay)

Starring: Kie Kitano, Izumi Inamori, Yuya Yagira, Minayo Watanabe, Tetta Sugimoto, Junko Miyashita, Renji Ishibashi, Chizuru Ikewaki

University student Shimizu Kadota (Kitano) lives with her parents and is dating a medical school student named Kota (Hojo). She is happy but when she has an argument with her mother and her mother dies from a heart attack Shimizu feels intense guilt.

Saori Takamori (Inamori) lost her daughter over a year ago but still feels deep sorrow. She comes from a family of Catholics and her parents Ryoichi (Ishibashi) and Takie (Miyashita) are trying to overcome the sense of loss of their grandchild by seeing it as God’s will. When Saori realises that she is pregnant she feels a mixture of emotions because she wants another child but she’s afraid she will lose it. Saori’s husband Hiroyoshi (Sugimoto) tries to support her but she is suffering.

Saori and Shimizu meet in a Catholic Church. Will they help each other overcome their emotional demons and move on?

Jinjin                                            Jinjin Film Poster

Japanese Title: じんじん

Romaji: Jinjin

Release Date: July 13th, 2013

Running Time: 82 mins.

Director: Daiki Yamada

Writer: Durian Sukegawa (Original Novel), Katsue Sakaue (Screenplay)

Starring: Yasuo Daichi, Misaki Komatsu, Kie Nakai, Masahiro Inoue, Mayumi Wakamura, B-saku Sato

Ginzaburo Tateishi (Daichi) is a street performer who has a daughter. When she was six-years-old, Ginzaburo divorced from his wife and lost contact with her. Some time in the future, Ginzaburo visits a farm run by his childhood friend who is also hosting four female high school students undergoing agricultural training. The girls like him except for Ayaka who has a secret…

Garden of Sinners/Recalled Out Summer 3D            Garden of Sinners Key Image

Japanese Title: 空 の 境界: 未来 福音

Romaji: Bakushin: Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin

Release Date: July 13th, 2013

Running Time: N/A

Director: Ei Aoki

Writer: Misaki Hiramatsu (Screenplay)

Starring: Maaya Sakamoto, Kenichi Suzumura, Honda Takako, Ayumi Fujimura, Rie Tanaka

Garden of Sinners…. I have read and watched some of it and I haven’t gelled with the franchise. I like the trailer for this. Spooky chanting and lullaby music, slow build up with lots of still-images – blood, cute crying characters, and a strong-voiced woman. The whole thing feels mystical. If I started with this instead of the manga then I’d be more of a fan. I reported about this film around this time last year on Anime UK News. Going under the title Gospel in the Future, it adapts a novel and three short manga and is animated in 3D. It stars the seiyuu  Maaya Sakamoto as Shiki Ryougi and Kenichi Suzumura as Mikiya Kokutou

Möbius Ring – Seo Shizune and Kuramitsu Meruka are both psychics who can foresee the future. This has led to the two having different feeling about their powers. Shizune is sick of her predictable boring life while Meruka has taken advantage of his ability to become a professional bomber. When Shizune met Mikiya and when Meruka met Shiki, their immutable futures start to change.

Möbius Link – This takes place ten years after the events of Kara no Kyoukai, Mana Ryougi, Shiki’s daughter, spends the day with Kamekura Mitsuru.

Feline – Shiki takes care of a cat for Mikiya.

Daylight – Fujino Asagami helps a friend of one of Kirie Fujou’s victims get over her death.

Say Grace – Shiki asks Mikiya out on New Years.

Fate/Zero Café                                     Fate Zero cafe film poster

Japanese Title: Fate/ゼロカフェ

Romaji: Fate/Zero Kafe

Release Date: July 13th, 2013

Running Time: N/A

Director: N/A

Writer:  N/A

Starring: N/A

The Fate/Zero franchise has been reimagined as a café comedy where chibi characters do funny things. The café is run by Saber. This will be shown alongside the Garden of Sinners film.

ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens    Pokemon Mewtwo Genesect Film Poster

Japanese Title: 劇場版ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ 神速(しんそく)のゲノセクト ミュウツー覚醒

Romaji: Gekijō-ban pokettomonsutā besutōisshu shinsoku (shin soku) no genosekuto myuutsū kakusei

Release Date: July 13th, 2013

Running Time: N/A

Director: Yuyama Kunihiko

Writer: Hideki Sonoda (Screenplay)

Starring: Emiri Kato, Masaharu Satou, Takehito, Reiko Takashima, Chinami Nishimura, Koyasu, Yuuki Kaji, Ikue Otani, Yuki Midori, Atsuko Maeda

This is the 16th Pokemon anime film and it covers the story of Metwo who is looking for a place to live and Team Plasma who are causing havoc in a city modelled on/actually New York. There are new character, Basil, voiced by Yuuki Kaji, Anna, voiced by Emiri Kato and Dunc, voiced by Takehito Koyasu.

Father’s Mistress         Fathers Mistress Film Image

Japanese Title: 父の愛人

Romaji: Chichi no Aijin

Release Date: July 13th, 2013

Running Time: 38 mins.

Director: Kosuke Sakoda

Writer: Kosuke Sakoda, Rama Nishikura (Screenplay)

Starring: Tomomi Kono, Izumi Miwako, Shusaku Uchida, Megumi Asaoka

This short film is a family drama that follows Sachiko, a girl who grew up in an unhappy house due to her father having a mistress. When her father is taken to hospital, Sachiko meets the mistress for the first time. Her name is Atsumi and she invites Sachiko over to her house…

Shin Kaidan Mimibukuro Nagurikomi! Gekijōban Makai-hen ZenpenJapanese Ghost Hunters

Japanese Title: 怪談新耳袋殴り込み!劇場版 魔界編 前編

Romaji: Shin Kaidan Mimibukuro Nagurikomi! Gekijōban Makai-hen Zenpen

Release Date: July 13th, 2013

Running Time: 88 mins.

Director: Rikio Ichikawa, Aoki Katsunori

Writer: N/A

Starring: Ginti Kobayashi, Go Goto, Aoki Katsunori, Rikio Ichikawa, Yukihiko Yamaguchi, Ichiro Nakayama

The guys behind the Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro Nagurikomi! Series are back with the 5th movie edition of their ghost hunting exploits. Their popular show sees them explore the most haunted places across Japan. In this one, they are exploring hotels, ruins and other places Okinawa looking for ghosts from the Pacific War.

Apple of Life                                              Apple of Life Film Poster

Japanese Title: いのち の 林檎

Romaji: Inochi no Ringo

Release Date: July 13th, 2013

Running Time: 115 mins.

Director: Isao Fujisawa

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Apple of Life is a documentary that explores the issue of chemicals used in everyday life. Chemicals in food, farming and construction. A Two women search for a place devoid of chemicals.

Ada Zetsubou Hen                               Ada Senritsu Hen Film Poster

Japanese Title: ADA 絶望篇

Romaji: Ada Zetsubou Hen

Release Date: July 13th, 2013

Running Time: 88 mins.

Director: Koji Shiraishi

Writer: N/A

Starring: Minami Sengoku, Ayano Sato, Itsuki Sagara, Haruna Murakami, Aya Maikawa, Maki Itoh, Akari Saho

Last week saw an action and comedy from some Hello! Project Idols, this week sees  a horror suspense film directed by Koji Shiraishi, (Noroi the Curse) and it is a two-parter showing the same story from two different perspectives. It stars the idols from a group called Up Up Girls, LinQ, Lyrical School and Caramel ☆ Ribbon.

Miho has committed a murder! What happened??? Told from the vantage points of two characters. SOMEONE SAVE THE IDOL GIRLS! THEY ARE THE ONLY HUMANS WORTH SAVING!

10 thoughts on “The Fighting Men’s Chronicle Elephant Kashimashi Movie Version, Dilemma of Sacrifice, Under the Nagasaki Sky, Jinjin, Garden of Sinners/Recalled Out Summer 3D, Fate/Zero Café, ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens, Apple of Life and Other Japanese Movie Trailers

  1. Thanks for the information about the new Kara no Kyoukai film! I found the seven movies rather inconsistent. I think that the middle three, 3, 4, and 5, are the best of the franchise, with the first two being rather slow, the 6th appearing as mediocre compared to the splendor of the 5th, and the 7th being rather annoying. (If you want to know why I found the 7th annoying, I’ll tell you; but, it approaches being a spoiler.)

    There are the three novels on which the series is based collecting dust on my shelves, I found the imagery in the beginning of the novel rather beautiful–but stalled because the Japanese is very, very difficult. Natsume Souseki is easier to read.

    1. I’ve read the first four or five volumes of manga and I found it dull. It’s a huge franchise like Fate/Zero whatever and when I see the number of manga/anime, I flee because it’s too much of an investment in time. Having read your comment I think I’ll stay away from this.

      1. Well, I will confess that I have no interest in the manga, but the stories contained in the films and novels are very unique. When you have time and want to watch something dark and beautifully animated, you might give the 3rd movie, my favorite, a try. (Though, I warn you that it’s particularly graphic. You probably don’t need the warning, but my scruples prompt me.)

        Looking back on the series, each movie can be taken alone. So, you could just watch 3 – 5 and consider your experience of Kara no Kyoukai complete.

  2. Like last weekend, not really excited by anything here… well, some seem watchable (the documentaries), but nothing I’d especially make an effort to see. Maybe if the reviews are good?

    1. A bit of a slow fortnight. Next week sees the latest Ghibli film, the anthology anime Short Peace and Ashes of Time released in Japanese cinemas. Cult looks sort of okay but that’s horror.

      1. Have you seen the Kaguya Hime teaser yet?

        No long trailer for Kaze Tachinu thus far – apparently they are only showing it in cinemas, which I find weird? Wouldn’t you want to advertise a new film everywhere?

      2. I posted the trailer for Kaguya Hime on AUKN last week. I have to admit I’m not the biggest Takahata fan going and the trailer didn’t move me.

        Kaze Tachinu, on the other hand, still looks like a winner to me. The entire production process has been quiet. It stands in contrast to a lot of other anime where teasers, trailers, ads, manga and radio shows are pressed into action. That written, for all we know, it’s probably front page of every movie magazine and newspaper in Japan right now.

        I bet the distributors are confident this will sell regardless of marketing but will arrange some TV specials just before the release.

      3. Takahata’s… too reflective for you?

        I rather like that he’s completely different from Miyazaki sen., his films certainly do fall into a different kind of category. I don’t think his film will be any less of a winner, but it will probably have a different (probably slightly older) audience.

        True, true… they will both sell without much marketing, but they should think of us that are not in Japan. For us the full-length trailer is the only thing that will tide over the waiting time until we finally get the film (which seems to be at least a year in most cases).

      4. I like Takahata’s films but I prefer the more whimsical and magical Ghibli. Spirited Away over Only Yesterday etc.

        Pom Poko I’m re-assessing. I never took it seriously when I first saw it… Tanuki bouncing around on their big… hmm. I watched it again during Ghibli season and I thought it was okay.

        I refuse to watch Grave of the Fireflies again. That film wrecked me emotionally and I was so angry with the lead protag even though I understood his motivations.

        Only Yesterday made me cry at the end as well and that was unexpected.

        As far as the anime industry and the west goes… I get the feeling we’re still pocket change when placed against a Japanese audience but the attitude is changing. A few years ago you could say the anime industry was neglecting a market they could exploit more which has seen piracy run rampant. I don’t think they know how to engage with the west and there are all sorts of business problems (production committee members must be placated) but the industry is making an effort in recent months.

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