Arcana, The Human Trust, Does Your Soul Have a Cold?, Northern Fox Story 35th Year Anniversary Renewal, Gachiban Expended, Squirming and Other Japanese Film Trailers

kurosawa-penanceBack from another festival (BFI London Film Festival) I am now facing the prospect of getting back to work and it is with some relief I go back to work because there is safety in a familiar routine! That written, I had fun. The films I saw were awesome! I started a Raindance season of reviews but I’m going to scrap that because there are some LFF reviews to get out. Some Raindance stuff did slip out – a review for Shindo – The Beat Knocks Her World, a post explaining the line-up of reviews for the films at the festival and a look at the live-action Japanese films at the Leeds International Film Festival. Yes, I’m going to have a series based on reviews at the LFF


Arcana                                           Arcana Film Poster

Japanese Title: アルカナ

Romaji: Arukana

Release Date: October 19th, 2013

Running Time: 100 mins.

Director: Yoshitaka Yamaguchi

Writer: Yoshitaka Yamaguchi (Screenplay), Yua Kotegawa (Original Manga)

Starring: Tao Tsuchiya, Masataka Nakagauchi, Mitsuki Tanimura, Goro Kishitani, Takuya Uehara, Miho Ninagawa, Hajime Taniguchi, Hajime Taniguchi, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi

Mitsuki Tanimura (Thirteen Assassins), Tao Tsuchiya (Tokyo Sonata) Goro Kishitani (One Missed Call) star in an adaptation of Yua Kotegawa’s manga of the same name. It is directed by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi and he has been an AD on Miike films.

Detective Murakami (Nakagauchi) meets a girl who has the ability to speak to the dead but suffers from memory loss and can’t remember her own name so he calls her Maki and the two work together to solve a murder case involving a mad bomber. Somehow, Maki’s true identity is linked to the case.


The Human Trust                             The Human Trust Film Poster

Japanese Title: 人類 資金

Romaji: Jinrui Shikin

Release Date: October 19th, 2013

Running Time: 140 mins.

Director: Junji Sakamoto

Writer: Junji Sakamoto, Harutoshi Fukui (Screenplay),

Starring: Koichi Sato, Shingo Katori, Mirai Moriyama, Arisa Mizuki, Joe Odagiri, Susumu Terajima, Masaki Miura, Ittoku Kishibe, Etsushi Toyokawa, Renji Ishibashi, Masaki Kiura, Yoo Ji-Tae, Vincent Gallo

This star-studded financial thriller was seven years in the making and has its roots in a mythical but interesting historical legend about the M-Fund which was supposedly money that Japan had looted from neighbouring Asian countries and disappeared after the war but some claim it was used by US and Japanese authorities to fund the reconstruction and post-war boom. It is directed by Junji Sakamoto (A Chorus of Angels) and stars Koichi Sato (Infection, Starfish Hotel), Mirai Moriyama (The Drudgery Train), Joe Odagiri (The Great Passage, Mushishi, Bright Future), Susumu Terajima and Ittoku Kishibe.


1945, Japan has lost the war and an army officer is dumping 600 tons of money looted from neighbouring Asian countries into Tokyo Bay. This gold will be called the M-Fund. 

2014, con-man Yuichi Mafune (Sato) is recruited by Yuki Seki (Moriyama) who is working for a mysterious man named Honjo (Kishibe). He runs an organisation that knows where the M-Fund actually is and offers Mafune the chance to earn major money from stealing it. All he has to do is evade a mysterious gang led by a dangerous woman named Miyuki Takato (Mizuki) and travel from Japan to Siberia and the US. 



Does Your Soul Have a Cold?                                   Does Your Soul Have a Cold Film Poster

Japanese Title: マイク・ミルズのうつの話

Romaji: Maiku Miruzu no Utsu no Hanashi

Release Date: October 19th, 2013

Running Time: 84 mins.

Director: Mike Mills

The Japanese title looks something like Mike Mills’s Talk about Gloominess or Mike Mills’s Story of Depression. Mike Mills directed the film Thumbsucker but this is totally different as it’s a documentary about Japanese people suffering depression filmed since the mid-2000’s. Souls Having a Cold? Is the way Japanese refer to depression and it is rarely talked about openly but in this documentary Mike Mills records a group of people dealing with depression and how they deal with it, whether by pharmaceutical means or other. Apparently most of the cases end on a positive note.



Northern Fox Story 35th Year Anniversary RenewalNorthern Fox Story Film Poster

Japanese Title: キタキツネ物語 35周年リニューアル版

Romaji: Kita Kitsune Monogatari 35-Shūnen Rinyūaru-ban

Release Date: October 19th, 2013

Running Time: 97 mins.

Director: Junichi Mimura

Writer: Junichi Mimura (Screenplay),

Starring: Toshiyuki Nishida, Ryuta Sato, Aya Hirano, Tomomi Uchida

This is the 35th anniversary edition of a popular documentary about a fox family surviving in the far north of Japan.



Gachiban Expended                                             Gachiban Expended Film Poster

Japanese Title: ガチバン エクスペンデット

Romaji: Gachiban Ekusupendetto

Release Date: October 19th, 2013

Running Time: 75 mins.

Director: Takashi Motoki

Writer: Masao Iketani (Screenplay),

Starring: Sano Kazuma, Yuya Endo, Narumi Konno, Sho Kato, Yuki Ikushima, Shoichiro Matsumoto, Tsutomu Saito

This is another yankee action title in the long-running series (I’ve lost count) where young thugs stare menacingly, shout and growl and get into fights. Apparently some of these young impress the yakuza enough to warrant an offer of signing up to a gang. No trailer but plenty of clips from other Gachiban films on Youtube.



Squirming                                                Shundou Film Poster

Japanese Title: 蠢動 しゅんどう

Romaji: Shundō

Release Date: October 19th, 2013

Running Time: 102 mins.

Director: Yasuo Mikami

Writer: Yasuo Mikami (Screenplay),

Starring: Yuki Meguro, Tamao Sato, Takehiro Hira, Go Wakabayashi, Tomohito Wakizaki

BLOOD OF THE WOLF! That was the fictional low-budget samurai action trailer in the God-tier film Why Don’t You Play in Hell? This is a far more serious and better funded real-life samurai drama set after a time of famine when the shogunate is cracking down on potential unrest though sending loyal warriors to different clans to check on their loyalty.


3 thoughts on “Arcana, The Human Trust, Does Your Soul Have a Cold?, Northern Fox Story 35th Year Anniversary Renewal, Gachiban Expended, Squirming and Other Japanese Film Trailers

  1. Well, I know what I want to see. Squirming looks like it’s an entertaining samurai movie. That movie about the fox family might surely be entertaining, especially since it takes place in Hokkaido–a part of Japan which has always fascinated me.

    1. Arcana is the only title to grab me but that’s because I like supernatural things. The film about depression, Does Your Soul Have a Cold? has got excellent reviews as well.

      That written, I’ve got a huge backlog of reviews to write and books to read and Japanese practice so I think I’d stay home for that weekend.

      1. That sounds like a great weekend. I should do the same as my Japanese seems to have become weaker over time. I want to be able to comfortably read Natsume Soseki’s Within My Glass Doors again.

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