You’re Next

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You’re Next  You're Next Film Poster

UK Release Date: August 28th, 2013 (UK)

Running Time: 94 mins.

Director: Adam Wingard

Writer: Simon Barrett

Starring: Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Barbara Crampton, Rob Moran, Simon Barret, Lane Hughes, L.C. Holt, Margaret Laney, Larry Fessenden, Kate Lyn Sheil

“It should be interesting. You’ll see.”

The film opens on a student (Lyn Sheil) and her older professor (Fessenden) having sex. The professor rolls off the girl and heads to the shower while the girl, evidently unsatisfied, heads over to the stereo and plays the song “Looking for the Magic.” She peers into the garden seeming to sense that someone is observing her…

The song is on repeat for a while but the professor doesn’t twig that something is wrong. He heads out to the kitchen where he sees the girl’s blood is used to write “You’re Next” on a glass door and then sees her mutilated body before he is killed by a man wearing a Lamb Mask (Holt). 

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Third Window Films Release Bullet Ballet

At the end of the month Third Window Films release a digitally re-mastered version of the Shinya Tsukamoto film Bullet Ballet on DVD ad Blu-ray. Shinya Tsukamoto takes the lead in this grim and exciting looking film which co-stars regulars like Tomorowo Taguchi. He is quite fond of using black-and-white but consider its strong impact in Tetsuo: The Iron Man and A Snake of June and I’ll be purchasing this one to add to my Tsukamoto collection. Here are the details:


Bullet Ballet                                                  Bullet Ballet Film Poster

Japanese Titleバルット バレエ

Romaji: Barutto Baree

Japanese Release Date: December 18th, 1999

UK Release Date: December 30th, 2013

Running Time: 87 mins.

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

Writer: Shinya Tsukamoto

Starring: Shinya Tsukamoto, Kirina Mano, Tomorowo Taguchi, Tatsuya Nakamura, Kyoka Suzuki, Hisashi Igawa, Takahiro Murase, Keisuke Yoshida, Hiromi Kuronuma

This release is special because it has been digitally restored by Shinya Tsukamoto much like he did with his Tetsuo films and Tokyo Fist so expect excellent visuals. On top of the excellent visuals there will be an exclusive new interview with Shinya Tsukamoto, a clip from original concert, a new UK trailer and the original theatrical trailer.

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A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story, Yume no Kayoji, Horse Festival – The Horses of Fukushima, Incredible Zorori Film! Dinosaur Eggs Japanese Film Trailers

Attack on Titan Ilse's Journal TitanThis has been another anime catch-up week where I watched all of the autumn titles I haven’t dropped like Galilei Donna, Kyoukai no Kanata, and Coppelion. These shows have taken their time to find their feet but I’m glad I stuck with them because they are enjoyable. I also watched the Attack on Titan OVA Ilse’s Journal. Awesome stuff. This being my long week in work means that I have less time than usual and I’m as exhausted as hell. At least I get to go home to awesome episodes of Samurai Flamenco. Episode 10 was brilliant! Over the next few weeks I’ll be pushed for time since I’ll be working overtime, meeting friends, and doing extra Japanese lessons on top of my course. These extra lessons are genuinely pushing me harder than I have been pushed before so I’m hoping my language skills improve.

In terms of the blog, Sunday I posted about my work with Gigan magazine, a print and digital publication dedicated to Japanese films. On Monday I revealed my picks for the Winter 2014 anime season (quite a few awesome shows in the next season – check my Anime UK News chart for a full list) and on Tuesday I posted about the Neo Ultra Visitor Q film that was released. On Wednesday I posted my review for the Korean epidemic disaster film The Flu and on Friday I posted some of the trailers for this week.

Here are the rest of the films getting released this weekend:

A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story  A Tale of Samurai Cooking Film Poster

Japanese: 武士 の 献立

Romaji: Bushi no Kondate

Running Time: 121 mins.

Release Date: December 14th, 2013

Director: Yuzo Asahara

Writer: Michio Kashiwada, Yukiko Yamamuro, Yuzo Asahara,

Starring: Kengo Kora, Aya Ueto, Kimiko Yo, Toshiyuki Nishida

This is a historical film set during the Edo period and starring popular talent Aya Ueto.

She takes the lead role as Oharu (Ueto) who is an excellent cook and because of her skills she gets to marry into the Funaki family through Yasunobu (Kora). The Funaki family are the cooks of the Kaga Domain and they utilise Oharu’s cookery talents to to teach Yasunobu how to better his skills.


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A Band Rabbit and a Boy, The Liar and His Lover, No Beginning, No End, Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle Japanese Film Trailers

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This is the first of two trailer posts. There seem to be fewer films released this weekend but I’ll still go ahead with things. I’ll mix the big films with the little ones because there is an odd little indie title with a naked dude crawling along pavements, and an anime with a fox bandit that hasn’t got an entry in ANN or MAL or Wikipedia.

While looking for info on anime I saw this funny/weird Attack on Titan porn project. As much as I like looking at beautiful women it was also horrific due to the large number of middle-aged grizzled-looking dudes rampaging around the set chewing on figurines and the awful special effects. To be fair, the actress is a pretty good match for the female Titan. Here’s a comparison picture:


If I were in the Survey Corps and a Titan like the fine lady above showed up I wouldn’t mind dying in her hands… jaws… getting swatted like a fly… or crushed against a tree. On second thought… Here are some of the movies released this weekend!

A Band Rabbit and a Boy  A Band Rabbit and a Boy Film Poster

Japanese: 楽隊 の うさぎ

Romaji: Gakutai no Usagi

Running Time: 97 mins.

Release Date: December 14th, 2013

Director: Takuji Suzuki

Writer: Michiko Onisihi (Screenplay), Kei Nakazawa (Novel)

Starring: Kosei Kawasaki, Maho Yamada, Arata, Shian Ide, Masaru Miyazaki, Satoru Jitsunashi, Koume, Yu Tokui, Sawa Suzuki

Katsuhisa (Kawasaki) is an introspective junior high school student who prefers to spend time at home until he encounters a mysterious rabbit who leads him to the school’s wind band club and he falls in love with it. He soon joins the band and spends more time in school so he can practice for a national competition.


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The Flu

Genki The Flu Review Banner Dr Kim In-Hae (Soo-Ae)

The Flu                                                                             The Flu Film Poster

Release Date: August 14th, 2013 (South Korea)

Running Time: 121 mins.

Director: Kim Sung-Su

Writer: Kim Sung-Su, Lee Young-Jong

Starring: Jang Hyuk, Soo-Ae, Park Min-Ha, Yu Hae-Jin, Ma Dong-Seok, Lee Hee-Joon, Lee Sang-Yeob, Cha In-Pyo. Kim Ki-Hyeon, Andrew William Brand

When I saw The Flu advertised on the billboard of my local cinema I was surprised because it has been around four years since I last saw a Korean film play there and that was back at the tail end of the glory days of the Korean New Wave of the 2000’s. It turns out that the guys and girls behind the Korean Film Festival were instrumental in making sure it reached cinemas across the UK. Their choice is a canny one because the film has huge appeal due to its big-budget approach to the popular disaster genre.

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Neo Ultra Q Special Screening Part II Trailer

Neo Ultra Q Special Screening Part II  Neo Ultra Q Film Poster

Japanese: ネオ ウルトラQ 特別上映 part II

Romaji: Neo Urutorakyū Tokubetsu Jōei part II

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: December 09th, 2013

Director: Gakuryu Ishii, Yu Nakai, Yu Irie, Kiyotaka Taguchi

Writer: Kiyotaka Inagaki, Akari Yamamoto, Ayako Kato (Screenplay)

Starring: Rin Takanashi, Seiichi Tanabe, Hiroyuki Onoe, Hikaru Osawa 

This was released yesterday but I wanted to post about anime so I’ll stick it here.

This is the latest adaptation of a sci-fi project created by Eiji Tsuburaya, special effects director on Godzilla, about three characters who investigated supernatural and alien phenomena. Apparently the show ran for 28 episodes from January to July in 1966, received a radio drama and movie edition. This latest movie adaptation is made up of films which collect of 12 episodes from the currently airing TV sequel and features excellent actors like Rin Takanashi (Goth: Love of Death) and Shota Sometani (Himizu) and has the director Gakuryu Ishii (Isn’t Anyone Alive?). Each movie will collect three episodes and be released on the 9th day of each month which will now be known as “Q Day”. Furthermore, each screening has a Q&A. Sounds and looks fun.


Three people: a psychologist doing research on the supernatural, a young beautiful journalist with an inquisitive mind and a bartender who has sympathy towards other forms of life. Together the trio set out to look into the paranormal and futuristic phenomena that confront our life and society. In this selection of episodes (4,5 and 6) Rin Takanashi has to “act” alongside this dude.

Rin Takanashi and a monster


Genkina Hito’s Winter 2013/4 Anime Selection

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My Winter 2013/4 season preview is up and running on Anime UK News and while writing itWinter 2013/2014 Anime Chart v2 I noticed that the number of shows was up on previous years and that among them are a nice selection of titles that range from the familiar trend of light novel/manga adaptations and sequels to some interesting looking original series. I used the chart on the right (which I got from here) as a basis and went researching for a day. Anyway I culled the best shows from that list to put in here.

The winter may be coming and yet I still haven’t finished the autumn anime selection (there are about three weeks left) but I can say that I love this autumn’s shows and will continue to watch Samurai Flamenco. Indeed I wrote this while listening to the OP for Galilei Donna over and over.

Anyway, back to the winter selection. I’m pretty excited about Space Dandy which sees the return of Shinichiro (Cowboy Bebop) Watanabe to the television with a funky looking space adventure. Just watching the trailer gets me grooving. I’m also pretty hyped over finally getting to see Pupa after it was delayed due to battles with censors over its violent content. There are two anime playing with the historical figure Nobunaga and both shows look like fun especially the one from Shoji Kawamori. Enough rambling, here are my picks!




Space Dandy       Space Dandy Key Image

Chief Director: Shinichiro Watanabe, Shingo Natsume (Director:), Dai Sato, Keiko Nobumoto, Kimiko Ueno (Scripts:), Yoshiyuki Ito (Character Designer🙂

Voice Actors: Junichi Suwabe (Dandy:), Uki Satake (QT:), Hiroyuki Yoshino (Meow:), Maasaki Yajima (Narrator:),

Studio: Bones


Dandy is an alien-hunter tasked with finding new species of aliens that have never been seen before. With the aid of a defective robot named QT and a talking alien cat named Meow, he journeys to different planets when not going to “Boobies,” a restaurant full of voluptuous waitresses.

Quite frankly this is the big release for the season for me. This 26-episode anime is an original idea from Shinichiro Watanabe and he reunites with studio BONES and some of the Cowboy Bebop writing staff in the form of Dai Sato and Keiko Nobumoto. The trailer and character designs and sexy women take me back to the old-school anime like Space Adventure Cobra which also had dandy guys in space travelling with oddball companions, getting into wild battles, meeting sexy women and fan service. This is Space Adventure Cobra from Shinichiro Watanabe though so I’m hoping it will be special.


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1BR Love Hotel, Chai Koi, Kissing, 008, Tokyo Bitch I Love You, Nice!, In the Basket Japanese Film Trailers

Zero Focus Sadako (Hirosue) SearchesI spent this week getting the Genki Christmas season reviews underway in the build-up to my films and anime of the year! First I actually had to make the announcement of my Genki Christmas season before starting with a first-impression and dismissal of the anime Log Horizon. I followed that up with a review for Sake-Bomb on Wednesday and an interview with the director on Thursday and the first of the trailer posts (two posts a week from now on) on Friday. I also finished my Winter 2014 Anime preview for Anime UK News so that’s live (visit there to see more) and I’ll follow it up with a post about my picks from the next season some time during next week. I’ll also post info for Gigan magazine tomorrow. Gigan covers Japanese indie-films so you can find out more about it there!

Also here’s a link to a review of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest film The Seventh Code. I haven’t mentioned it yet but it has started winning awards at film festivals around the world! Kurosawa comes back from the supposed debacle that was Real!

The trailers start off pretty steamy so turn the volume down and the screen away from those pretty easily offended.


1BR Love Hotel                           1BR Love Hotel Film Poster

Japanese: 1BR-らぶほてる

Romaji: 1BR- Rabu Hoteru

Running Time: 76 mins.

Release Date: December 07th, 2013

Director: Hiroshi Onishi

Writer: Asako Fukai

Starring: Yuka Yamagishi, Fumio Moriya,

This is a drama about a man and woman who spend time in a love hotel and have fun. The trailer is NSFW.


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Ask This of Rikyu, A Girl in the Apple Farm, Passion, Lupin the Third vs. Detective Conan the Movie Japanese Film Trailers

Zero Focus Sadako( Ryoko Hirosue) and Sachiko (Miki Nakatani)The first trailer post for December is a continuation of my breaking the weekend releases into two posts because there are usually a lot of releases for readers to wade through. I would normally chuck every trailer into a single post and hope that the big titles draw visitors in and they take note of some of the documentaries and smaller, more obscure projects. Perhaps I’ll start highlighting the more interesting films from the weekend on the Friday and the rest on the Saturday or maybe vice versa. Just like previous weeks my translations remain sketchy. Fortunately info on these releases was easy to find and I have provided website links. Enjoy.


Ask This of Rikyu                              Ask This of Rikyu Film Poster

Japanese: 利休 に たずねよ

Romaji: Rikyuu ni Tazuneyo

Running Time: 123 mins.

Release Date: December 07th, 2013

Director: Mitsutoshi Tanaka

Writer: Kenichi Yamamoto (Novel)

Starring: Ebizo Ichikawa, Nao Omori, Miki Nakatani, Yusuke Iseya, Riko Narumi, Danjuro Ichikawa, Clara, Seiji Fukushi, Tomoka Kurotani, Rei Dan, Akira Emoto

Ask This of Rikyu is a historical drama set in the 16th Century and is about a man named Sen no Rikyu (Ichikawa) who grew from being the son of a fish shop owner to a master of the Japanese tea ceremony thanks to his studies. He comes to the attention of the most powerful man of the period, Hideyoshi Toyotomi who, due to circumstances, asks him to commit seppuku.


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