Sweet Whip, The Devil’s Path, Precious Stone, White Witch School: Innocent Lilies, Last Days of Summer, Tomorrow we’ll be Angels and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Bad EducationIt’s the countdown to the Raindance Film Festival and London Film Festival! Okay, it may sound like I’m jumping the gun but the festival is only two weeks away and I have been scheduling things like interviews!!! As I wait I watched lots of British television like the BBC mini-series Peaky Blinders (take a look at the review by Novroz) and the trashy comedy Bad Education. I’m surprised at how funny I am finding Bad Education this because it’s full of jokes I’d normally find dull, cheeky and cheap jokes and dodgy slapstick. Perhaps it reminds me of my school days in an comprehensive full of crazy people who weren’t all that witty either…

The week began with a post about the Japanese films at the Vancouver International FilmJacopetti Festival. That was quickly followed up (literally the next day!) by a review for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s existential yakuza comedy Eyes of the Spider. The Kurosawa season continued with a review for a slasher film from 1992, The Guard From the Underground. The season will conclude next week with a review of License to Live. Now… If only I could find a reasonable affordable version of Charisma!

Sweet Whip                                   Sweet Whip Film Poster

Japanese Title:  甘い 鞭

Romaji: Amai Muchi

Release Date: September 21st, 2013

Running Time: 118 mins.

Director: Takashi Ishii

Writer: Takashi Ishii (Screenplay), Kei Oishi (Original Work)

Starring: Mitsu Dan, Yuki Mamiya, Tsuyoshi Nakano, Takashi Nakayama, Taro Suwa, Naoto Takenaka, Hiroko Nakajima

I’m here for the drama, not the whip wielding leather-clad Mitsu Dan, honest. Takashi Ishii (The Black Angel, Flower and Snake, Gonin) adapts Kei Oishi’s original novel for the big screen and casts gravure idol Mitsu Dan (Be My Slave – actual film title, not some perverted wish of mine) in a sexy role oozing with trauma.

Seventeen-year-old Naoko (Mamiya) was kidnapped when she as a freshman in high school. The kidnapper was her neighbour and she was tortured and abused for an entire month before she killed him and escaped. Thirty-one-year-old Naoko (Dan) has seemingly overcome her trauma and is now a fertility expert but she has a darker side… she is part of an S&M club…

 

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The Devil’s Path   The Devil's Path Film Poster

Japanese Title:  凶悪

Romaji: Kyouaku

Release Date: September 21st, 2013

Running Time: 128 mins.

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi

Writer: Kazuya Shiraishi, Izumi Takahashi (Screenplay),

Starring: Takayuki Yamada, Pierre Taki, Lily Franky, Chizuru Ikewaki, Kazuko Shirakawa, Yu Saito, Nozomi Muraoka

Takayuki Yamada (13 Assassins), Pierre Taki (Linda, Linda, Linda) and Lily Franky (Like Father, Like Son) star in this adaptation of a nonfiction novel which looks to be a neat little thriller.

 

Sudo (Taki) is a former yakuza and death-row inmate who contacts Fujii (Yamada), a magazine reporter by letter to tell him that a man named Kimura (Franky) a.k.a. “teacher” has killed numerous times for insurance money. Fujii begins his investigation and through his persistence and that of Sudo, the police begin to investigate. 

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Precious Stone                        Precious Stone Film Poster

Japanese Title:  プレシャス ストーン

Romaji: Pureshasu Suto-n

Release Date: September 21st, 2013

Running Time: 75 mins.

Director: Sho Sadakata

Writer: Sho Sadakata (Screenplay), Kayoko Shimizu (Original Work)

Starring: Shohei Wada, Erina Nakayama, Ken’ya Osumi, Yu Kitamura, Kazunori Furuta, Misato Shimizu, Momoko Sekiya

Part of a multimedia release (light novel, manga, music – one track on Amazon JP and Precious Stone Mangait’snot bad…), Precious Stone is about a band with that very name. Lead singer, Jo, loses his memories as his band aim for success but a mysterious girl named Ayano helps him recover so that his band can become successful. Why is Ayano helping?

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Precious Stone Manga Characters

 

White Witch School: Innocent Lilies  White Witch School Film Poster

Japanese Title:  白 魔女 学園

Romaji: Shiro Majo Gakuen

Release Date: September 14th, 2013

Running Time: 92 mins.

Director: Koichi Sakamoto

Writer: Reiko Yoshida(Screenplay),

Starring: Dempa Gumi Inc.: Risa Aizawa, Mirin Furukawa, Nemu Yumemi, Eimi Naruse, Moga Mogami, Ayane Fujisaki

The girls of the idol group Dempa Gumi Inc. make pop music (I must stop listening to this awful J-pop!) but director Koichi Sakamoto (Travelers Dimension Police) and writer Reiko Yoshida (K-ON! The Movie, Blue Exorcist the Movie, The Cat Returns) place them in a school for witches where, as new students, they have to learn magic. It seems to be derived from small original net episodes. (still listening to Dempa Gmi Inc. and waving glow sticks).

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Last Days of Summer (Lit. Title: The Girl and the End of Summer) The Girl and the End of Summer Film Poster

Japanese Title:  少女 と 夏 の 終わり

Romaji: Shoujo to Natsu no Owari

Release Date: September 21st, 2013

Running Time: 91 mins.

Director: Tomomi Ishiyama

Writer: Tomomi Ishiyama, (Screenplay),

Starring: Mizuki Sugawara, Ai Uemura, Kaoru Naohara, Yoko Oshima, Junpei Kurachi, Noriko Nakamo,

This little number played at the Tokyo International Film Festival in the Japanese Eyes section where I found this synopsis!

A multifaceted and humorous depiction of the physical and emotional growth of a junior high school girl living in a small mountain village, featuring an exceptional multigenerational cast.

When Mizuki was little, her older sister was raped and murdered. Now in junior high school, she is troubled by her growth to womanhood, while her friend Kaoru takes it in her stride. However, Kaoru’s jealousy leads her to lie to Mizuki’s admirer Hiroshi. Meanwhile, Kaoru’s father Keiichiro is at odds with a political group that wants to build a spa resort. Then university professor Hidaka tells him of strange activity on the local mountain. What of the legend that says it will die without the sacrifice of a young girl? On election day, Mizuki heads to a mountain shrine to make an offering…

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Word Ties  Word Ties Film Poster

Japanese Title:  言葉 の きずな

Romaji: Kotoba no Kizuna

Release Date: September 21st, 2013

Running Time: 107 mins.

Director: Amane Tamura

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Aphasia, losing the ability to speak. Word Ties takes a look at people (adults) who suffer this affliction where, I think it reads something like, they participate in a workshop helped by a writer where they try and express their feelings.

 

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Gekijouban Warunoriiiiii  Gekijouban Warunoritsu Film Poster

Japanese Title:  劇場版ワルノリっ

Romaji: Gekijouban Warunoritsu

Release Date: September 21st, 2013

Running Time: N/A

Director: Jindo Masaaki

Writer: N/A

Starring: Tetsuya Kakihara, Reona Irie, Daisuke Kasuya, Hiroki Abe, Yuki Atsuta, Yusuke Shirai, Masato Hosokawa

What happens when popular voice actor Tetsuya Kakihara (Amaimon in the Blue Exorcist series) rounds up his friends to play survival games? This film… Head to the Website to see a trailer for it.

Seriously… What is the point of this…?

 

Tomorrow we’ll be Angels        Ashita Tenshi ni Naare Film Poster

Japanese Title:  あした 天使 に なあれ

Romaji: Ashita Tenshi ni Naare

Release Date: September 21st, 2013

Running Time: 90 mins.

Director: Minato Kenjiro

Writer: Minato Kenjiro, Shinichi Tani (Screenplay),

Starring: Hitomi Rine, Tadashi Ando, Peter Goraitori, Yuki Ichiro, Yoshimi Okada, Mayumi Tanimura

I think my translation is okay… This is a musical set in a hospital where a nurse named Mao (Rine) who had dreams of becoming a musical actress joins a music troupe after the death of her father but her uncle, who funded her training at nursing school, is opposed to the idea. In searching for the film, I found the blog of the chap who composed the soundtrack.

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6 thoughts on “Sweet Whip, The Devil’s Path, Precious Stone, White Witch School: Innocent Lilies, Last Days of Summer, Tomorrow we’ll be Angels and Other Japanese Film Trailers

  1. HS

    Oh that’s funny, I just started watching some of the Innocent Lilies webisodes today. Viki has started streaming them to the UK http://www.viki.com/tv/20570c-innocent-lilies I think it’s the only Jdrama that’s currently available here (on Viki) so I wanted to watch it in the hope that they’d consider buying some other Japanese series but so far I think I can say it’s really not my thing 🙂

    1. I was wondering where you had gone, earlier today. Nice to hear from you 🙂

      I watched the trailer and I thought that it’s not really my thing either… What am I saying??? I must be crazy! Pretty girls in skimpy outfits fighting each other!?!?! I’m sold! 😉

      I haven’t checked anything on viki. I’ll have to have a look.

  2. Link no koto arigatou 🙂

    I have seen Dempagumi twice in Jakarta. They have short performances in two different Japanese theme event. They are fun to see but not my kind of music.

    1. No problem 🙂

      My Dempagumi phase will be shot-lived like with a lot of J-pop and I’ll go back to film/anime soundtracks… although the Gatchaman soundtrack has been on repeat lately.

      1. I was planning to upload their performance (with everything that happened on Jakarta Japan Matsuri) but I was so busy and Peaky Blinders took all my free time away.

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