Battlefield, Osorubeki Isan Hadaki no Kage, Joker Game Escape, The Morning Set Milk and Spring, Schoolgirl Complex, Map of Summer Vacation and Other Japanese Film Trailers

CoppealionThis week I posted a Gif version of the trailer for Why Don’t You Play in Hell? because the trailer was so damn awesome. I also posted a review of A Woman Called Abe Sada which was so damn erotic. I needed a break from work and took it which meant that my hours were spent day-tripping, watching films and anime and writing (and trying to complete Etrian Odyssey/Sigma Harmonics before I start going through my PSP games next month). I watched a whole range of films like The Conjuring and The Lone Ranger as well as plenty of Japanese titles. I’m almost finished writing up my Autumn 2013 Anime Guide for Anime UK News which was an epic undertaking that left me numb and disillusioned… Only joking. 

What’s released this week in Japan? Lots of Korean films but there are also some films about World War II because last week was the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

Osorubeki Isan Hadaki no Kage        Koji Wakamatsu Rediscovered Film

Japanese Title: 恐るべき 遺産 裸 の 影

Romaji: Osorubeki Isan Hadaki no Kage

Release Date: August 15th, 2013

Running Time: 84 mins.

Director: Koji Wakamatsu

Writer: N/A

Starring: Mitsuko Miura, Hananomoto Kotobuki, Fumiko Sakakibara, Noriko Okayama, Aiko Watanabe

The week starts off with a Koji Wakamatsu film about victims of Hiroshima called Osorubeki isan Hadaka no Kage. Finding information on this one was a bit of a hunt because the IMDB listing is Hadaka no Kage but part of the reason why it was so hard to find is becayse it was only recently rediscovered! This is a long lost film! Along the way I found this cool Japanese film website which makes my wild ramblings look really inept and its article about Koji Wakamatsu  was really insightful. The film is about a girl named Noriko who lost her parents to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and was exposed to radiation.


Joker Game Escape                                            The Joker Game Escape

Japanese Title: ジョーカーゲーム 脱出

Romaji:  Jo-ka- Ge-mu Dasshutsu

Release Date: August 17th, 2013

Running Time: 80 mins.

Director: Shintaro Ashzuka

Writer: Ai Yamazaki (Screenplay)

Starring: Hirono Suzuki, Rina Matsuno Mio Miyatake, Fuina Hara, Madoka Yoshida, Kyouka, Sara Takatsuki, Mila Aina, Yuzuki Sato, Shingo Mizusawa, Jyo Hyuga

This is a direct sequel to last year’s Joker Game film. It’s actually set seven days after the story of the last one ended and it follows seven girls who lost the previous game and are locked up in a correctional facility where they must participate in “Escape Game of Death”. They are locked in a room and have to cooperate with one another to find a way to escape but judging from the trailer it doesn’t quite go smoothly.

This is one of those death game films packed to the rafters with idols and fresh new faces although some of these girls have worked in v-cinema J-horror before like Rina Matsuno (Apartment 1303) and Fumina Hara (The Locker 1 and 2). Mio Miyatake also starred in Tajomaru. Rather interestingly, Sara Takatsuki will be seen in the live-action adaptation of I Don’t Have Many Friends, a trashy light-novel/anime I kind of enjoyed.

The Morning Set, Milk and Spring                          The Morning Set Mile and Spring Film Poster

Japanese Title: モーニング セット、 牛乳、春

Romaji: Mo-ningu Set, Gyunyuu, Haru

Release Date: August 17th, 2013

Running Time: 85 mins.

Director: Toshiki Sato

Writer: Haruka Takenami (Screenplay)

Starring: Mitsuru Hirata, Takeshi Ito, Kanako Mizumoto, Asuka Ishii, Aoi Kirishima, Mayuko Irie, Mutsuo Yoshioka, Yota Kawase, Yukijiro Hotaru, Syuma Shimizu

Ichiro Sasaki (Hirata) is a dull middle-aged salary-man who finds himself questioning his path in life when he hears of the death of his childhood friend Okabe (Ito). The reason for his soul-searching is because Okabe left a final message for Sasaki where he admits that he was in love with Sachi (Kirishima), Sasaki’s first girl, and that a person they both knew had hit unfortunate times. Sasaki thinks back on his younger days and remembers that Okabe was the luckier one in life. After meeting a young woman named Haru (Mizumoto), Sasaki’s passion for his youth is revived.

Schoolgirl Complex                        School Girl Complex Film Poster

Japanese Title: スクール ガール コンプレックス 放送部 篇

Romaji: Suku-ru Ga-ru Konpurekksu Housoubu Hen

Release Date: August 17th, 2013

Running Time: 96 mins.

Director: Yuichi Onuma

Writer: Yuki Aoyama (Original Photobook), Shin Adachi (Screenplay)

Starring: Aoi Morikawa, Mugi Kadowaki, Maaya Kondo, Aoi Yoshikura, Ayuri Konno, Tsukina Takai, Minako Kotobuki, Yuko Araki, Tomoharu Hasegawa

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have an entire movie inspired by a photobook full of cute girls. A script, characters and a plot and decent directing. It’s all organised by Stardust Pictures who have drafted in Yuichi Onuma, a director with a talent for dramas and Shin Adachi as writer. There are also a raft of actresses who have been in films like Confessions and Another. This being set in a all-girls school there are plenty of repressed feelings passed between the girls and lots of meaningful glances and stares exchange between sempai and kohai whose hearts go doki doki. It’s so totemo romantiku ~sigh~. No supernatural shenanigans like Memento Mori.

Manami (Morikawa) is a senior and a member of the school’s broadcast club. She’s also about to graduate. Chiyuki (Kadowaki) has just joined the club. Manami is shaken by Chiyuki’s presence.

Noborito Army Institute                            Noborito Army Institute Film Poster

Japanese Title: 陸軍 登戸 研究所

Romaji: Rikugun Noborito Kenkyuujo

Release Date: August 17th, 2013

Running Time: 180 mins.

Director: Tadayuki Kusuyama

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

The Noborito Laboratory was run by the Imperial Japanese army between 1937 to 1945 in Kanagawa Prefecture. At its height it had a staff of over 1000 people who helped to research and develop all sorts of thing connected to unconventional warfare like energy weapons (death rays), balloon bombs, and chemical weapons. At the end of World War II it was shut down and a lot of materials relating to its output were destroyed. Now there is a museum called the Noborito Institute for Peace Education at the site and it has artifiacts and details from the lab. Tadayuki Kusuyama’s documentary gives a glimpse of the facility.

Kakehashi Kikoenakatta 3.11                                   Kakehashi Kikoenakatta 3.11 Film Poster

Japanese Title: 架け橋 きこえなかった 3.11

Romaji: Kakehashi Kikoenakatta 3.11

Release Date: August 17th, 2013

Running Time: N/A

Director: Ayako Imamura

Writer: N/A

Starring:  N/A

Another documentary that covers the Great East Japan Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami but from the viewpoint of deaf people who did not hear the evacuation orders.

NHK Special Movie Version Colossal Deep-Sea Squid First Filming!  Deep Sea Squid NHK Special Film Poster

Japanese Title: 劇場版 NHK スペシャル 世界 初 撮影! 深海 の 超巨大 イカ

Romaji: Gekijouban NHK Supesharu SEkai Hatsu Satsuei! Shinkai no Choukyodai Ika

Release Date: August 17th, 2013

Running Time: N/A

Director: N/A

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

An NHK Special about a giant sea squid (the world’s largest!!!) which was televised in January gets shown in a cinema. No trailer but that’s okay because the pictures I saw were creepy.

My Summertime Map                       My Summertime Map Film Poster

Japanese Title: 夏休み の 地図

Romaji: Natsu Yasumi no Chizu

Release Date: August 01st, 2013

Running Time: 96 mins.

Director: Kenta Fukasaku

Writer: Yoshinobu Kamo (Screenplay)

Starring: Kenta Honyashiki, Taro Yamamoto, Megumi Okina, Eri Murakawa, Daisuke Miyaji, Jun Matsuo, Yurika Shimano, Honoka Yatsuka

Kenta Fukasaku, son of Kinji Fukasaku and director of (X-Cross) teams up with writer Yoshinobu Kamo (Signal) for a drama that follows a boy named Kento Tanabe (Honyashiki) as he attempts to draw a map of Hiroshima. He will encounter all the city has to offer (tourist locations) which contains colourful characters including a mysterious chap who goes by the name “Junk Man”. Actors include Megumi Okina (Crime or Punishment?!?, The Grudge), Taro Yamamoto (My Way, Battle Royale, Go) and Eri Murakawa (Train Brain Express).


Japanese Title: 戦場

Romaji: Senjou

Release Date: August 17th, 2013

Running Time: 53 mins.

Director: Hiroshi Matsumoto

Writer: Hiroshi Matsumoto

Starring: Takeshi Tsuchiya, Yoko Hara, Yoshihisa Sugai, Asuka Takahashi, Ryuhei Kawasaki, Chihiro Sasaki

An indie drama from indie kids about a two year relationship between Manami and Takada which is put to the test when a man named Shingo enters their lies and brings the threat of violence. 

3 thoughts on “Battlefield, Osorubeki Isan Hadaki no Kage, Joker Game Escape, The Morning Set Milk and Spring, Schoolgirl Complex, Map of Summer Vacation and Other Japanese Film Trailers

  1. Quizoxy

    Over the years, I find myself enjoying more of plot that involve captive situations that involve multiple victims and it was this partially anticipated – Joker Game Escape that reminded me about what I like about such shows, partly the way the limits of trust and human reactions to each other despite being on the same boat. Most of the time its the victims themselves that destroyed each other by the end.

    1. If you enjoy that then this should definitely be a film for you. I mean, those girls are doing their best to destroy each other rather than work together in the trailer. As long as there is decent characterisation in such things then I’ll bite but these girls look wafer thin.

      1. Quizoxy

        Yeap, all the self induced desperation leading to crazy decisions that usually doesn’t lead to a peaceful ending. Such weak looking characters probably has the imagery advantage already. I hope they are not interested in violent torture for I personally prefer those mental challenges instead. The trailer seems to have featured several competition between the victims, certainly interested about the events!

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