The first of the double-trailer posts for 2014! There are a lot of Japanese films getting released this weekend but the releases started on January 09th with the continued Neo Ultra Q screenings. Today sees the release of Wake Up, Girls!, a movie created to tie in with a winter anime (and one of my picks) that premieres on today as well. There are some short animated films and a screening of a stage play released tomorrow but I have placed them here today so tomorrow won’t be overloaded. So if I had to pick a film out of this bunch it would be Wake Up Girls!
Japanese: ネオ ウルトラQ 特別上映 part III
Romaji: Neo Urutorakyū Tokubetsu Jōei part III
Running Time: N/A
Release Date: January 09th, 2014
Director: Gakuryu Ishii, Yu Nakai, Yu Irie, Kiyotaka Taguchi
Writer: Kiyotaka Inagaki, Akari Yamamoto, Ayako Kato (Screenplay)
Starring: Rin Takanashi, Seiichi Tanabe, Hiroyuki Onoe, Masahiko Shimada, Miyuki Koizumi, Rina Ota, Toru Shinagawa
Neo Ultra Q is the latest series of adaptations 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 one is a collection of 12 episodes from the 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?). Yesterday was the 09th of January and on the 09th of every month is now known as “Q Day” which means that the latest three episodes of the TV show Visitor Q are rolled into one movie and screened for an appreciative audience. There are also additional treats for said audience at each screening such as a Q&A and old episodes. Sounds and looks fun. This screening comes with an old episode of Ultra Q called Challenge of 2020.
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.