SPEC: Close – Reincarnation, Asa Hiru Ban, Story of a Butcher Shop Japanese Film Trailers

Samurai Flamenco OH GODI’m splitting the trailer post up again and will continue doing this because it’s better to have shorter posts than huge ones with lots of videos and text. There are three Japanese films released today in Japan and more tomorrow. The big hulking beast is the latest SPEC movie so a lot of the other releases seem to be counter-programming. Don’t like the big-budget flashy SPEC films then you get documentaries, comedies, and anime.

The SPEC films are a phenomenon of their own. They are based on a television series which started with Keizoku back in 1999 and has had numerous television series and movie adaptations.  They look fun but my viewing habits are fragmented so I won’t be embarking on watching them.

I must admit that I have no idea what’s going on with the films at this point because there are so many of them!

SPEC: Close – Reincarnation                                              SPEC Close Progress Criss Cross Version

Japanese: 劇場版 SPEC 結(クローズ) 爻(コウ)ノ篇

Romaji: Gekijō-ban supekku yui (kurōzu) (Kō) no-hen

Running Time:  85 mins.

Release Date: November 29th, 2013

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi

Writer: Yumie Nishiogi

Starring: Erika Toda, Ryo Kase, Raita Ryu, Kazuki Kitamura, Chiaki Kuriyama, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yuko Oshima, Takahiro Miura, Kasumi Arimura,

This is the second half of the two-part conclusion (the first being Incarnation which was released at the beginning of the month.) It’s the final dramatic summary of the TV show and movie franchise with all sorts of guests from different episodes/movies. like Chiaki Kuriyama and so forth

Detective Saya Toma (Erika Toda) has an IQ of 201 and works together with veteran detective Takeru Sebumi (Ryo Kase) in the Unsolved Crimes Unit taking on and cracking mysterious cases that others have given up on. As a fierce, earth-shaking battle rages with spec holders, the powers hidden within Saya are awakened. and the mysteries regarding her relationship with Takeru, the fate of humanity, and all other matters are revealed.

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Asa Hiru Ban                           Asa Hiru Ban Film Poster

Japanese: あさひるばん

Romaji: Asa Hiru Ban

Running Time:  110 mins.

Release Date: November 29th, 2013

Director: Juzo Yamasaki

Writer: Juzo Yamasaki

Starring: Jun Kunimura, Itsuji Itao, Mirei Kiritani, Keiko Saito, Koichi Yamadera, Yoichi Nukumizu, Akiko Hinagata,

Manga writer Juzo Yamasaki makes his debut as a film director at the age of 71 in this film starring Jun Kunimura (Vital, Why Don’t You Play in Hell?), Mirei Kiritani (Ace Attorney), Keiko Saito (Mitsuko Delivers), and Itsuji Itao (I’m Flash!, Be My Slave).

30 years ago, Asamoto (Kunimura), Hirukawa (Itao), and Bando (Yamadera) were ace baseball players known as “Asa Hiru Ban” and each was in love with their manager Sachiko (Saito) but it all went wrong when their team lost a game. Now they are middle-aged men leading their own lives but a letter from Sachiko’s daughter Yumiko (Kiritani) brings them together with news that she is sick!

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Story of a Butcher Shop                         Story of a Butcher Shop Film Poster

Japanese: ある 精肉店 の はなし

Romaji: Aru Seiniku-ten no Hanashi

Running Time:  108 mins.

Release Date: November 29th, 2013

Director: Aya Koketsu

Story of a Butcher Shop is a documentary set in a butcher shop in Osaka. This shop has been owned by the same family for generations and during the film we see it get passed down to a new generation.

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7 thoughts on “SPEC: Close – Reincarnation, Asa Hiru Ban, Story of a Butcher Shop Japanese Film Trailers

  1. Tired Paul

    Keizoku 2: SPEC is a very different show to Keizoku, Keizoku is much darker (specifically the TV show) and they have a few cross over characters, there’s no real connection between the two apart from the name.

    I would say that Trick, Keizoku and Keizoku 2 all inhabit the same world……….or Keizoku 2 is possibly in a parallel world.

      1. Tired Paul

        No problem, I wouldn’t call it information though, more like observation / speculation haven’t seen it written anywhere.

        Have you seen the trailer for the short film Shota Sometani directed called Similar But Different? No dialogue in the trailer but it seems quite competent direction!

    1. It’s also known as SPEC Close: Reincarnation and it’s the second half of the two-part conclusion (the first being Incarnation which was released at the beginning of the month.) It’s a massive summary of the TV show and movie franchise with all sorts of guests from different episodes/movies. Saya and Takeru are pushed to their very limits in an extreme case.

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