Abductee, Daily Lives of High School Boys, Kids Return: the Reunion, Oshin, Woman of Sunshine, Tokyo Shutter Girl and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Fast Baaba REcording TelevisionThis week has been one of getting back into a new work routine – different hours but I have made a start with my anime picks from the autumn season. I have started with Log Horizon, Coppelion, and Beyond the Boundary. In film terms I watched the live-action Rorouni Kenshin on Monday and it was pretty awesome.

The posts this week consisted of previewing films at the Leeds International Film Festival, the London International Animation Festival and giving my final thoughts on Attack on Titan.

Here are the trailers for the films released this weekend (trailers and synopses are brief due to a lack of time and way too many things happening):

Abductee                                     Abductee Film Poster

Japanese Title: アブダクティ

Romaji: Abudakutee

Running Time: 95 mins.

Release Date: October 12th, 2013

Director: Yudai Yamaguchi

Writer: Keisuke Makino (Screenplay)

Starring: Yoichi Nukumizu, Maari, Sawa Masaki, Jiji Boo, Miho Harita,Keiji Tanaka, Satoshi Shimizu, Masao Inutsuka

Atsushi Chiba (Nukumizu) is a middle-aged father who would never have thought that he would be kidnapped and stuck on a container ship tied up and surrounded by other people. With his mobile phone, a number tattooed to his hand and a black stone, he must figure out what is going on.



Daily Lives of High School Boys  Daily Lives of High School Boys Film Poster

Japanese Title: 男子高校生の日常

Romaji: Danshi Kokosei no Nichijou

Running Time: 85 mins.

Release Date: October 12th, 2013

Director: Daigo Matsui

Writer: Hiroyuk Komine (Screenplay), Yasunobu Yamauchi (Original Manga)

Starring: Masaki Suda, Shuhei Nomura, Ryo Yoshizawa, Louis Kurihara, Anri Okamoto, Mizuki Yamamoto, Mio Uema

I have only watched clips/Gifs of the anime this is adapte from and it looks reasonable amusing. The adaptation comes from the director of Afro-Tanaka, Daigo Matsui. The one other noticeable name in this is Mizuki Yamamoto, the Queen of the social scene in The Kirishima Thing.

Tadakuni (Suda), Yoshitake (Nomura) and Hidenori (Yoshizawa) all attend a boys high school and constantly think about girls. Imagine the chaos caused when their school co-hosts a festival with an all-girls high school.



Kids Return: the Reunion            Kids Return the Reunion Film Poster

Japanese: キッズ リターン 再会 の 時

Romaji: Hatsukoi

Running Time: 82 mins.

Release Date: October 12th, 2013

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu

Writer: Takeshi Kitano (Screenplay),

Starring: Yuta Hiraoka, Takahiro Miura, Kana Kurashina, Akiyoshi Nakao, Bengal, Tetta Sugimoto Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Hisahiro Ogura

This is the sequel to Takeshi Kitano’s 90’s youth film The Kids Return. Director Hiroshi Shimizu has been an assistant director to Takeshi Kitano on a number of projects like SonatineHanabiKikujiro, and The Kids Return. Kitano lends his presence as script-writer where he imagines Shinji and Masaru as they try to navigate their chosen paths again as boxer and yakuza.



Oshin                             Oshin Film Poster

Japanese おしん

Romaji: Oshin

Running Time: 109 mins.

Release Date: October 12th, 2013

Director: Shin Togashi

Writer: Sugako Hashida, Kota Yamada (Screenplay),

Starring: Kokone Hamada, Aya Ueto, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ayako Kobayashi, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Guts Ishimatsu, Pinko Izumi,

I’m watching the trailer and I know I should be crying – a cute child enduring hardships and overcoming them (live, little one, live!) but I’m listening to Perfume performing Plastic Smile as I try and rush through writing these trailers. Congrats go out to Kokone Hamada for defeating 2471 other little girls in the bruising battle to become the title character!

A young girl named Oshin (Hamada) is sent to work for another family because her own are poor. She overcomes hardships and audiences weep in this continuation of an NHK TV drama from 1984.



Woman of Sunshine            Hidamari Kanojo Film Poster

Japanese 陽だまりの彼女

Romaji: Hidamari no Kanojo

Running Time: 129 mins.

Release Date: October 12th, 2013

Director: Miki Takahiro

Writer: Tomoe Kanno, Kosuke Mukai (Screenplay), Osamu Koshigaya (Original Work)

Starring: Jun Matsumoto, Juri Ueno, Tetsuji Tamayama, Koji Okura, Mizuki Tanimura

This is based on a novel by Osamu Koshigaya which has sold 60 million copies. It follows a person named Kosuke (Matsumoto) who meets Mao (Ueno), a girl he remembers from junior high school for being bullied. Now she’s beautiful. It just so happens that Kosuke wants to get married but Mao has a secret…

Title might be a bit off. I believe Hidamari is sunshine, I believe and Kanojo is young woman.



Squid Baby                              Squid Baby Film Poster

Japanese いかれたベイビー

Romaji: Ika Reta Beibī

Running Time: 90 mins.

Release Date: October 12th, 2013

Director: Shinko Asano

Writer: Shinko Asano (Screenplay),

Starring: Aiko Eguchi, Nao Okabe, Ryusaburo Hattori, Hiroyuki Seki

What’s important in a relationship? Love or sex? In this film, a woman named Eri finds out her lover is cheating on her and so decides to flirt with other men, but will she take t further than that?


Real Werewolf Game        Real Werewolf Game Film Poster

Japanese リアル人狼ゲーム

Romaji: Riaru Jinrō Gēmu

Running Time: 72 mins.

Release Date: October 12th, 2013

Director: Masashi Yamada

Writer: Takeshi Miyamoto (Screenplay),

Starring: Kanna Arihara, Noriyuki Ohashi, Hiroko Matsunaga, Makoto Ose, Yuko Hosoe, Hiroki Ishikawa, Takeshi Matsunaga

This is a horror film starring Kanna Arihara, former member of the J-pop dol group C-ute. She plays a woman named Nao, one of nine people kidnapped by a masked man and locked in an underground room where strange corpses are piled. It seems that werewolves are involved and someone must atone for a sin of some sort. Sounds dramatic, looks cheap.


Hide ALIVE THE MOVIE Hide Indian Summer Special Limited Hide Alive Film PosterEdition Japanese 

Running Time: 123 mins.

Release Date: October 12th, 2013

Director: N/A

Writer: N/A

Starring: Hide

Hideto Matsumoto, better known to his fans as Hide, was a guitarist for X Japan, the highly influential heavy metal band from 1987 to 1997. He was a pretty major figure in Japanese music at the time of his death in 1998 at the age of 33. This is a documentary that contains one of his concerts with lots of solo material involved.


Tokyo Shutter Girl                    Tokyo Shutter Girl Film Poster

Japanese 東京シャッターガール

Romaji: Tōkyō Shattā Gāru

Running Time: 92 mins.

Release Date: October 12th, 2013

Director: Makoto Tezuka, Terauchi Kotaro, Motoyuki Kobayashi

Writer: Makoto Tezuka, Terauchi Kotaro, Motoyuki Kobayashi (Screenplay), Kenichi Kiriki (Original Work)

Starring: Aoi Natsume, Mirei Tanaka, Takemi Fujii, Kaho Taguchi, Sojiro Yoshimura, Noriyuki Ohashi, Kohei Hiramitsu


Idols from the groups Go! Go! Powerful School and “SUPER ☆ GiRLS star I an omnibus film about girls who belong to a school photo club.


Saitama Family              Saitama Family Film Poster

Japanese 埼玉家族

Romaji: Saitama Kazoku

Running Time: 103 mins.

Release Date: October 12th, 2013

Director: Koki Fukuyama, Hiroaki Kadokawa, Satoshi Kase,

Writer: Koki Fukuyama, Hiroaki Kadokawa, Satoshi Kase,  Yuriko Nakai(Screenplay),

Starring: Morita Suzuka, Karen Miyama, Kazue Ito, Akira Sekiguchi, Goro Oishi, Abe Tsuyoshi

This is an omnibus film following the members of a family living in Saitama.

Black Murderous Intent       Black Murderous Intent Film Poster

Japanese 黒い殺意

Romaji: Kuroi Satsui

Running Time: 90 mins.

Release Date: October 12th, 2013

Director: Sam Leon

Writer: Sam Leon (Screenplay),

Starring: Denden, Jun Kunimura, Megumi Kagurazaka, Sam Lee

This is a Chinese film about a Chinese immigrant who goes to Japan to marry into a family who own a hotel and finds the family are murderous.


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