Case of Kyoko, Case of Shuichi, Tobe! Dakota, R100, Half – The Mixed-Race Experience of Japan, Battle of Hiromi-kun! The High School Samurai Boy, and Other Japanese Film Trailers

ku_onToday I’m at the Raindance Film Festival down in London town. So far I’ve watched Shady and The Kirishima Thing and I’ve interviewed one director and there’s another interview to conduct today just before the screening of Remiges. Whenever I go to London I go to JP books to get some Japanese novels and magazines and I’ve got quite a bit of reading material to take back home with me. The Mitsukoshi building in London was recently closed but thanks to Sequins and Cherry Blossoms I now know where the new location of the store is and I’m spending more money than is sensible. Rather conveniently there’s also the Japan matsuri festival at Trafalgar square so I’ll be eating and drinking Japanese things.

What did I watch before I went to London. I saw Halle Berry’s latest film The Call which was a good little thriller. The final episode of Attack on Titan... The only way I can describe it is epic. I loved every moment of the series and so there’s going to be a post tomorrow praising it! I watched the recently released OVA for My Youth Rom-Com, saying hello to old friends! I posted about Watamote, another anime that I hold in high regard and my final thoughts about three of the Summer 2013 titles I watched. I also posted some of the line-up for the East Winds Film Festival.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

Case of Kyoko, Case of Shuichi                                     Case of Kyoko Film Poster

Japanese Title: 今日子 と 修一 の 場合

Romaji: Kyouko to Shuuichi no Baai

Running Time: 134 mins.

Release Date: October 05th, 2013

Director: Eiji Okuda

Writer: Eiji Okuda (Screenplay)

Starring: Sakura Ando, Tasuko Emoto, Mitsuru Hirata, Soko Wada, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Ena Koshino, Takanori Takeyama

Starring: Sakura Ando, Tasuku Emoto, Soko Wada, Mitsuru Hirata, Ena Koshino, Takanori Takeyama, Yoshiko Miyazaki

This is a drama that draws on the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. It is written and directed by Eiji Okuda, father of Sakura Ando (Love Exposure, For Love’s Sake). Ando happens to be married to Tasuko Emoto, so this is a family affair!

Kyoko (Sakura Ando) is an insurance agent who is involved in a relationship with her boss. The relationship brings shame to her family and she has to leave her hometown. Shuichi (Emoto) had to kill his drunken father to save his mother from a vicious attack but he is sent to prison. Upon his release, he begins to work at a small factory in Tokyo.

These two souls who had to leave their home-town and live in Tokyo find themselves connected when the earthquake and tsunami strike.

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