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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R-100                                         R100 Film Poster

Japanese Title: R-100

Romaji: R-100

Running Time: 100 mins.

Release Date: October 05th, 2013

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto

Writer: Hitoshi Matsumoto (Screenplay)

Starring: Nao Omori, Mao Daichi, Atsuro Watabe, Shinobu Terajima, Hairi Katagiri, Ai Tominaga, Eriko Sato, You, Suzuki Matsuo, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Gin Maeda, Naomi Watanabe, Haruki Nishimoto

This one was playing at the Toronto International Film Festival and here’s my blurb about it: Hitoshi Matsumoto is unknown to me but lots of people like his feature Big Man Japan. A lot of the cast are familiar to me. Nao Omori (Mushishi), Atsuro Watabe (Love ExposureHeat After Dark), Shinobu Terajima (Kitaro and the Millennium CurseVibrator), Eriko Sato (Crime or Punishment?!?), You (Nobody Knows, Still Walking) are all great actors and I believe they can make this comedy work. The concept is hilarious – a guy into a bit of S&M is hounded by dominatrixes in public.

Takafumi Katayama (Omori) is a mild-mannered father who escapes the pressures of everyday life by joining a mysterious S&M club where the dominatrix will visit the client in real life settings. At first the pinch and tickle treatment he receives from these girls in leather is fun but it becomes relentless. He is now at the mercy of a gang of dominatrixes who torment him!

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Battle of Hiromi-kun! The High School Samurai Boy                    Hiromi Kun Film Poster 

Japanese Title:  バトル・オブ・ヒロミくん! The High School SAMURAI BOY

Romaji: Batoru Ofu Hiromikun! The High School SAMURAI BOY

Release Date: October 5th, 2013

Running Time: 100 mins.

Director: Takeshi Miyasaka

Writer: Takeshi Miyasaka (Screenplay),

Starring: Riki Takeuchi, Kanna Arihara, Daisuke Negishi, Saya Kuraha, Yuto Nakano, Masahiro Kamata, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, Keiko Suzuki, Hisato Izaki, Naoki Hayashida

The last time I saw Riki Takeuchi was in Dead or Alive 2 with Sho Aikawa (THEY WILL NEVER DIE!). I don’t take him too seriously as an actor, especially after his performance in Battle Royale 2 (overcooked!). This looks like it’s meant to be a comedy in the Ninja Kids!!! mould, all goofy jokes and mugging for the camera.

Hiromi (Takeuchi) is a sixteen-year-old delinquent with dreams of becoming the leader of troubled high schools students groups all over Japan. Ambitious. So he takes to traveling around the nation and beating up the leaders of troubled high school groups one after another, but he soon runs out of money and has to go back home. His father, who owns a coffee shop, promises Hiromi that if he catches Tsuchinoko (a legendary snake-like cryptid), he will buy it for 1,000,000 yen. Hiromi decides to trying to catch Tsuchinoko. If life catching mythical snakes wasn’t crazy enough he meets and falls in love with a woman who wants to become a singer and his younger sister Aiko is kidnapped. Just what is a boy to do???

Seigaku vs Rikkai “The Prince of Tennis” Musical                            

Japanese Title:  ミュージカル「テニスの王子様」青学vs立海

Romaji: Myūjikaru `Tenisu no ōjisama’ Seigaku vs Tatsuumi

Release Date: October 05th, 2013

Running Time: N/A

Director: Yukio Ueshima

Writer: Konomi Takeshi (Original Creator),

Starring: Yuki Kogoshi, Takuma Wada, Ryo Mitsuya, Yuta Ozeki

Stage musical adaptations of anime and videogames are all the rage. Like the Persona series or Phoenix Wright? There’s a musical for them and clips are on YouTube. Here’s one for The Prince of Tennis.

Here’s a clip:

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Tobe! Dakota                                    Tobe Dakota Film Poster

Japanese Title: 飛べ! ダコタ

Romaji: Tobe! Dakota

Release Date: October 05th, 2013

Running Time: 109 mins.

Director: Seiji Aburatani

Writer: Kuniho Yasui, Naoyuki Tomomatsu (Screenplay),

Starring: Manami Higa Masataka Kubota, Akira Emoto, Yoriko Douguchi, Kumi Nakamura, Miyoko Yoshimoto, Dean Newcombe, Bengal, Mark Chinnery, Yukiyo Sono

400 years of ties between Japan and the UK are celebrated today in London with Japan matsui in Trafalgar square. In Japan we get the release of this film based on a true story where Japanese and Britons worked together and got to know each other.

January 1946, an RAF transport flying between Shanghai and Tokyo makes an emergency landing on Sado Island. The residents have heard stereotypes of British soldiers but over the next forty days the islanders and crew members of the plane get to know each other and work together!

Bon nō Soku Bosatsu                     AV Buddha Film Poster

Japanese Title:  ボン脳即菩薩

Romaji: Bon nō Soku Bosatsu

Release Date: October 05th, 2013

Running Time: 76 mins.

Director: Yuki Ando

Writer: Yuki Ando (Screenplay),

Starring: Yukino Takeuchi, Jun Tomita, Yuko Ichimoku

I think my translation for this one is off but here goes. This is about a woman named Akemi who grew up amongst gangsters who just so happens to be harbouring a deity in her groin. Said deity offers happiness to people… The most normal thing seems to be she loves a guy named Ryuji.

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WHO IS THAT MAN!?                          Who is that Man Film Poster   

Japanese Title:  WHO IS THAT MAN!? あの男は誰だ!?

Romaji: WHO IS THAT MAN!? Ano Otoko wa Dare da?

Release Date: October 05th, 2013

Running Time: 88 mins.

Director: Isao Okishima

Writer: Isao Okishima (Screenplay),

Starring: Satoshi Kamata, Eiji Uchiki, Yoshitaka Ishizuka,

Isao Okishia has worked with Koji Wakamatsu and was the writer for the TV anime “Manga Tales of Old Japan”. This is his latest film and it is described as an allegorical tale of Japanese society after the Great East Japan Earthquake. It’s all about wives being able to get another husband if their first one fails to provide children… I think.

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Half – The Mixed-Race Experience of Japan                     Hafu Film Poster       

Japanese Title: ハフ

Romaji: Hafu

Release Date: October 05th, 2013

Running Time: 87 mins.

Director: Megumi Nishikura, Lara Perez Takagi

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

I saw a trailer asking for participants for this film last year when I was looking up the actress Erika Sawajiri who just happens to be mixed-race. This is a documentary about mixed-race people in Japan which looks to have a wide variety of faces and voices that reflect their increasing number and diversity due to the nationalities involved and also different ages so we get a whole range of experiences. What’s it like growing up in Japan? How does one get along a country that is still mono-cultural and how do they build their own personal identities?

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NEW NEIGHBOR                             New Neighbour Film Poster

Japanese Title: NEW NEIGHBOR 

Romaji: NEW NEIGHBOR

Release Date: October 05th, 2013

Running Time: 40 mins.

Director: Norman England

Writer: Norman England, Yoshiki Takahashi (Screenplay),

Starring: Ayano, Asami, Takashi Nishina, Kentaro Kishi, Tomoko Hayakawa, Demo Tanaka, Yota Kawase

This is an erotic suspense thriller from a westerner by the name of Norman England. He has been involved in the Japanese film industry for many years but this is his first directorial job. Yoshiki Takahashi, who helped write Cold Fish, co-writes this short film. No Trailer.

A beautiful OL (Office Lady) lives with constant unwanted advances from strange men and sexual harassment at her Tokyo office and is hounded by her mother to get a husband before she gets too old. One day a woman of the same age moves into the apartment next door and soon the sounds of her neighbour’s sexual activity begin to filter through their wall. Men and women visit the woman’s room at all hours of the night but the girl is both repulsed and fascinated by her new neighbor’s brazen sexuality. One night the girl decides to venture into the woman’s unlocked room. What she finds is beyond anything she could have imagined.

33 thoughts on “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

  1. Very much looking forward to Case of Kyoko, Case of Shuichi – very much look the two leads, they are in that class of actors that can just be so intense.

    Hafu – definitely want to watch that too.

    Hope you are enjoying London/Raindance & sorry I can’t meet up with you this time round!

    1. Raindance was good because Shady, The Kirishima Thing and Remiges were all excellent. The small audiences were a disappointment…

      R100 is more my thing. Black comedy and Eriko Sato in leather!

      Hafu is the most interesting for me. I’d love to get an insight into how mixed-race people live in East Asian societies since it’s a subject very rarely tackled by Korean or Japanese directors with any sensitivity or genuine interest.

      1. I haven’t been to many Raindance screenings (none this year, but several in the last two years), and I know what you mean with audiences… I have seen excellent films playing to…ten people usually?

        It’s pretty sad and makes me feel bad for the directors as well.

        Agree on Hafu – that’s certainly why I’m interested in it. The dorama Smile is right on with tackling the subject, but it’s woefully underwatched, despite its cast – Matsumoto Jun plays the hafu, Oguri Shun is in it – but I don’t think most of their fans have seen it, despite them being some of those super-popular actors.(Nakai Kiichi and Aragaki Yui also deserve mention)… I think I’ve mentioned the dorama to you before?

      2. I’ve read your review of Smile and it’s on a list of films to watch.

        Ten people sounds about right. Shindo had around that number and the actor had come all the way from Japan to do the Q&A. The screenings for Shady and The Kirishima Thing had healthyish numbers – thirty-plus.

        Remiges had twenty. I spoke to the director after the Q&A and he was disappointed with the numbers. I felt especially bad for that one because Masato was so excited about coming to London and the film was genuinely good.

      3. Wow, that’s depressing – feel so bad for those actors and directors.

        I do think the people that attend the screenings are really interested in the specific films, which is better than a 100 people that don’t care at all – but it must be disappointing for the filmmakers. But it doesn’t just happen at Raindance, I’ve been to screenings at the ICA with as little as six people to films that were very much worth seeing.

        The only place where foreign films get a good-sized audience is at the London Film Festival in my experience. Wish I could tell Masato I would have very much liked to have been there!

      4. Oh, and I wish I could have gone to the Shindo screening – that’s fab that one of the actors came! (I’m guessing the guy?)

      5. It was Aki, the wild-haired drummer. He seemed pretty hyped up being there.

        I think the scheduling for some of these films was pretty bad because sticking something on late on a Friday night is bound to turn off more audience members than attract them.

      6. Oh! I really liked him, he’s character was… such a character. Which I love in films – when directors take care to develop secondary characters enough so that they actually add to a film and its story. It can make such a world of a difference!

        Plus, his hair was fab!

        I’m sure he must have had a great time, getting to come all the day to London.

      7. HS

        Raindance is never busy for some reason, or at least perhaps I always pick the films that aren’t busy, maybe the American Indie stuff is more popular but I don’t like that so much so I’ve never really been to one of those screenings. I felt sorry for the guy at Shindo, perhaps the person hosting should have flagged up more that he only acted in the film – he was getting a lot of questions he couldn’t really answer 😦

        To be honest I’m not that keen on Raindance as a festival, as in I’m interested in seeing the films I want to see but I don’t really trawl the programme and fill in the gaps with things that just look interesting. It always seems like people are there more for networking and promoting their own work than watching other people’s films and I always end up feeling uncomfortable there (at a lot of the screenings people near me were making really snarky comments especially during the Q&A that I found very rude – whatever happened to professional courtesy?). They have some great films there though so it is a shame more people don’t get to see them. The scheduling is a problem too – I really enjoyed Ku On but was tucked away with one screening on a thursday afternoon (though it was pretty busy considering) so there was a really limited possibility of getting people to see it 😦

      8. The festival audiences were a mixed bag, some were interested in the technical aspects to help their own filmmaking and some were just going along with their girl/boyfriend. There were some strange audience members for Shady/The Kirishima Thing who kept laughing at the most inappropriate times. As far as low audiences go, If I wasn’t a cineblogger then I would not have had a clue this was going on.

        The organisation could have been better. The time for some of the films was way off so it wouldn’t attract a big enough audience. The Q&A’s were really lacklustre because nobody really engaged the subject of the film. I’m guilty of not asking anything for the Remiges but I spent so long trying to think of something smart that it suddenly concluded. The guys asking the questions left a little to be desired. I felt sorry for the directors who showed up to small audiences and a general lack of questions.

        it’s a shame because all of the films I saw were excellent.

        Did we go to the same films like with the Japan Foundation?

      9. Tired Paul

        I feel really bad at low attendance festivals with Q&A’s and from what little I see this year numbers seemed lower than usual for the Raindance J screenings……the numbers were quite healthy for the first Raindance I attended in 2009 and ticket prices were pretty much the same as they were this year.

      10. This was my first festival and I was impressed by the strong line-up of films but the low attendance was disappointing. It probably comes down to word of mouth. Not enough people were alerted to the great titles on offer or convinced on spending their money and time. We cinebloggers have got to do something to remedy this…

        But before that, I need to finish my Attack on Titan post!

        Actually, I think I’ll go to sleep.

      11. HS

        ah We could have been! I saw the Wednesday evening Kirishima Thing and the Friday evening Shindo anyway 🙂 I booked for the Saturday Shady & Remiges but then realised I was double booked *d’oh!* so didn’t make it in the end but I managed to see the Thursday afternoon showing of Shady instead (I’ve got a screener for Remiges as I hoping to interview the director but it didn’t work out in the end, haven’t had time watch it yet though 😦 ) all together I saw Ku_On on the first Thursday, Court of Zeus on the Sunday, A2-B-C on Tuesday, Kirishima Wednesday, Shady/Sake Bomb second Thursday, Shindo Friday and Friendship on the Saturday (I also saw the closing gala The Machine today but had mixed thoughts on it). *phew* it’s been a busy week – can’t believe the LFF starts on Wednesday – I feel done in as it is *collapses in heap*.

        If you saw a really (extremely) short, dark haired girl taking furious notes during the Q&A that might have been me! I guess you must have seen the Thursday Shady too? There was a weird problem with the projection of Shady on Thursday – it kept stopping/skipping like a scratched DVD :s Hope they sorted that before Saturday.

        There’s a strange man who comes to a lot of the Asian films in London who laughs seemingly at random causing other people to join in with him, I think some people call him LOLman? I can put up with the laughing but I think he must work in a smoke house or something as he has a very distinctive and strong smell. He was at a few of these films but now I can’t remember if he was at Shady or not, long grey hair, brown suit and red/black holdall, usually sits second row (in any cinema). He might have been in the front row for Shindo or I might be muddling it up with another film in that screen. I think it’s probably a nervous thing and he can’t help it but it does seem to happen at the least appropriate time 😮

        I picked up a copy of that new magazine you’re in too, very interesting 🙂

      12. I went to the Thursday screening of Shady and the Friday showing of the Kirishima Thing and I was around for Shindo. I also went to the Saturday screening of Remiges.

        I did notice a short, dark-haired girl at the Shady screening. The reason I noticed was because we were sat next to each other 😉

        The problem with the projection of Shady wasn’t too off-putting and I’m so pleased to have seen it on the big screen (along with the others). That was my film of the festival. I have never been that tense since I first watched Ringu.

        I did interview the director for Remiges, Masato, but I’m not sure of the quality of the audio because of all the background chatter from the industry types. I’ll put subtitles on it. If I’d known you wanted to interview Masato you could have joined me because it would have made my experience a little easier since it was my second film-related interview…

        I also had the chance to interview the director of A2-B-C and Friendship but I hadn’t watched the first film and was unprepared (and tired) and while I did watch Friendship I had to meet Masato.

        The strange man (with the distinct smell) was the most off-putting thing in the festival. Stop laughing at tragic/scary moments in Shady and The Kirishima Thing!

        The magazine comes out again soon. Stay tuned!

    2. Well, they screen several hundred films, don’t they? I get the impression they try to cram in as much as possible and maybe it is indeed more for networking and for films getting distribution…

      Not sure… maybe I could inquire at the office, but I really only know one guy there and he’s pretty much the only one that knows me (Eliott has seen me, but I don’t think he knows that I preview their films and write some festival catalogue entries).

      I find they are quite mixed with retweeting too, sometimes they retweet me, sometimes they don’t (e.g. my Japan at Raindance post they didn’t retweet, though they did last year – but I don’t think it’s intentional, it’s just completely random). They did link my Kirishima review from the festival website, even if they put the wrong blog name…

      I went to one American indie last year (Consuming Spirits), it had a small audience as well. I’m guessing that a few of the evening screenings do okay, probably the ones with well-known actors. But perhaps they just screen too much to really get a decent-sized audience for every film (given that they are non-mainstream films)? Bottomline, I think it’s mostly a platform for people in the industry, and few dedicated fans like us. I’m certainly greatful for the Japanese strand they have every year, as pretty much everything that screened there rarely ever screens again in the UK. (Of course, it will be different this year, since Third Windows did part of the programming and will be releasing some of the titles.)

      1. I guess it just isn’t that big a deal in festival terms (nowhere near Berlin and even a second tier festival like London) and we live in a time when there’s so much to see and people have so little time and money so I can kind of understand the lack of an audience is still dispiriting especially when I was part of the process of getting Remiges in. I talked to Masato Ozawa at the end and pt the best spin on things but I was disappointed with the turn-out. Judging from your comment they need more of a coordinated effort mounted in promoting the films more – using cinebloggers to spread the word.

        There certainly was a lot of networking going on in the backroom areas with filmmakers chatting away and the only question asked during Remiges was a technical one. I wish I asked something about the Satre quote at the beginning because I’m interested in existentialism but I was having a Watamote moment and desperately trying to think of some intelligent way of putting it.

        I do take your point that it’s the only way we would get to see those small films that us dedicated fans appreciate. Third Window Films has picked up Shady and Sake-Bomb an I hope someone picks up Remiges and The Kirishima Thing but that doesn’t seem likely at the moment…

        Did you get you copy of Gigan?

      2. HS

        I think Third Window are looking at The Kirishima Thing, at least they implied so when I was requesting interviews. (I’ve replied to the other questions above but I think I hit the wrong reply button and it’s gone in the wrong place and awaiting moderation >_<)

      3. Well, I don’t think it’s just cinebloggers. The Embassy of Japan doesn’t usually promote Raindance, they don’t put it on their Event Calendar, but then again I’m not sure if that’s Raindance failing to give them the info or the Embassy failing to update the calendar, which usually only has half the things that are actually going on (I think they should use my Events Calendar which is much more complete! 😉 ) The Japan Foundation doesn’t mention Raindance either, but I’m not sure if they are generally inclined towards promoting anything Japanese (Seino was giving me the impression that they are not too approachable).

        Raindance I think has so many different types of films from different places, so I doubt there is a typical audience member. For the Japanese films, you’d have to find a way to get viewers interested specifically in Japanese films (plus other viewers) – but you have to tap into that J-film group if you want full screenings. The Embassy screenings usually book out early. The Japan Foundation Tour screenings vary a bit more – I’ve seen low numbers there as well.

        I have one copy of GIGAN, but I’ll probably end up recycling it (knowing myself). I’m more a digital person, I don’t want to collect physical materials. I’ve been mentally preparing for my next move for half a year already, and I don’t even know when and where I’ll be going!

        (If you want that copy, give me a shout.)

      4. Tired Paul

        Japan Foundation mentions Raindance on their “Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme” website and I’ve contacted the JPF from the email address provided on that page to get something added and they never did, I agree that it should be on their main site and in any newsletters.

        I think an organisation like the BFI should have a page with festivals and screenings throughout the UK on it…..and it should be included in a newsletter, I mean how much competition is Edinburgh or Leeds film festivals to audience turnout to the likes of LFF? I find it quite ridiculous that a charity funded mostly by public money would be competitive at all, promoting visits to the cinema should be a priority, whether through them or others.

      5. @Alua: It seems like everybody needs to get their acts together… or use your events calendar. Yes. That would be easier 🙂

        I don’t expect everybody to go out and see Japanese films but surely there’s a way to raise audience numbers across the board…

        I’ve already got my copy of Gigan, but thanks.

        @Paul: The BFI don’t have a page with all this information on? I know it’s in the magazine which is practically useless because the events are usually about to start when it comes out. Again it sounds like everybody is overstretched for disorganised and so things keep getting missed.

    3. HS

      @genkinahito ha, that’s funny! Fancy sitting right next to each other and neither of us knowing! 🙂 I don’t know if I’d have been much help at the interview, I managed to interview three other directors (Junya Sakino of Sake Bomb, Daihachi Yoshida of Kirishima Thing and Gen Takahashi of Court of Zeus) but they were the first interviews I’d ever done too and I sound like a complete idiot on the recording 😦 which is why they’re taking me so long to type up (that and I’m having problems with background noise too, particularly as I interviewed Junya in the bar for some reason). I’m not very good at the talking thing truth be told >_<

      @alualuna I (used to) have my own blog http://ireallyhavenothingtosaybutiwanttosayitallthesame.com but I ended up becoming completely depressed with it so it hasn't been updated for ages, I still have a half finished post on the last Secret Cinema that I should probably finish at some point. I've been handling most of the live action coverage for UK-anime.net though http://www.uk-anime.net/hub-liveaction.asp (I'm 'in charge' so to speak of that section but it's a team of writers – everything on the top page atm is mine though apt from Dragon and Space Battleship Yamato. Well, I did review Dragon before when it was Wu-Xia at HK15 so it's probably in the archive somewhere). The interviews should be going up on there at some point though it's up to the editor when they go live so I couldn't say when. I'm only allowed to cover things which have a UK release or screening on there though. There's a review of Like Father, Like Son there too which should be going live in couple of weeks before the film is released.

      1. @HS: It’s a funny coincidence!

        I also interviewed Junya Sakino (with the help of Israel of Korea Affinity). I may seem like a lecherous loud-mouth on my blog but in reality I can be a bit shy. I found Junya was really nice and spoke good English which made it a great interview. I just wish I had more questions and more space on my camera.

        My Japanese was really poor when I was in London for the first two days and so my interview with Masato was a bit flat. That written, it improved on Saturday night. Also, I wish Anime U News would let me cover live-action films but the forumites rebelled when I started posting trailers of 13 Assassins…

        Also, your blog is fine. Keep going! I still need to finish my review of Rebirth though…

      2. HS

        Oh wow you interviewed him completely in Japanese?! That’s amazing! I cheated and had a translator for the other two! I never really get the opportunity to speak to people so I’m not very confident with my spoken Japanese (which probably has a lot to do with no being confident speaking generally)! That’s really awesome – I’ll look out for the interview!

      3. Whoa! I didn’t interview him in Japanese! I had questions written out but I left them at home! My Japanese conversational skills are lousy so I interviewed him in English and he replied in Japanese and I’m going to translate things.

        The audio quality might be so bad (industry types jabbering away in the background about being in Mexico) that I might type it up. I’m going to show it to a friend and get their opinion.

        I need to improve my conversation skills so I’m arranging to meet a Japanese person once or twice a week outside of class at a coffee shop to just talk and talk.

        I didn’t know you spoke Japanese. Did you notice the subtitles managed to gloss over some of the subtle humour in certain films, I know I did…

        Right, off to work I go 🙂

      4. HS

        Yes I did! I thought the subtitles in Friendship were a bit strange – it kept putting ‘I know’ where it didn’t really make sense in either language. Worst time was when it nearly missed the plot point about his friend’s family but the nurse’s reply did enough to explain afterwards 😖

      5. That piece of dialogue from the nurse was crucial. What did you think of Friendship? I liked it but not as much as Shady – oh my gosh, I’m still excited about that one!

      6. HS

        I really liked it, not quite as much as Shady maybe but I thought it had some really interesting things to say and was really well done – especially for being a student film in essence.

      7. It was really well done. I was quite surprised by how taken with it I was. Crisp visuals, clean editing and a script that was sharp and clear. I should have interviewed the director because I reckon the concept came straight out of Noriko’s Dinner Table. It would have been good to get his take.

    1. It sounds goofy enough that it just might work, especially with Takeuchi mugging for the camera so much.. but the sight of a guy as old as him with those high school girls, on the other hand…

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