Idol is Dead: Non-chan’s Propaganda Major War, Judge (2014), Seventh Code, Oh! My! God!!! Kamisama Kara no Okurimono, Trick the Movie: Last Stage, Ho Scars of Desire, Shippu Nijimaru-gumi, Yamauchi Keisuke THE Kayō Mūbī Shōwa Kayō Kikiippatsu! Japanese Film Trailers

Rurouni Kenshin Takeru SatoHello the first full week of 2014. It has been packed with lots anime as I got started with the 2013/14 winter season. Nobunaga the Fool was cool and Nobunagun was LOTS of fun but my highlight so far has to be Hoozuki no Reitetsu! If you like grown-up comedy you should watch it!

I started the week off with my favourite game of 2013, and followed it up with posts with reviews for two films I saw last year, the dull 47 Ronin and fantastic and fun Rurouni Kenshin. The Gifs I made for those reviews have proven to be quite popular on my Tumblr blog! Yesterday’s trailer post was all about the small films and anime and this post is packed full of blockbusters. Here they are:


Idol is Dead: Non-chan’s Propaganda Major War Idol is Dead 2 Film Poster

Japanese: アイドル・イズ・デッド-ノンちゃんのプロパガンダ大戦争-

Romaji: Aidoru Izu Deddo – Nonchan no Puropaganda Daisenso

Running Time: 84 mins.

Release Date: January 10th, 2014

Director: Yukihiro Kato

Writer: Yukihiro Kato (Screenplay)

Starring:Rio Michibayashi, Yufu Terashima, Nozomi Hirano, Pour Lui, Toko Miura, Eliksa Yanagi, Saori Kaneko, Shingo Mizusawa

This is the first idol film of the year and it stars the girls of BiS and ElectricKiss who battle each other in various contests.



Judge (2014)  Judge 2014 Film Poster

Japanese: ジャッジ!

Romaji: Jajji!

Running Time: 105 mins.

Release Date: January 11th, 2014

Director: Akira Nagai

Writer: Yoshimitsu Sawamoto (Screenplay)

Starring: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Keiko Kitagawa, Lily Franky, Kyoka Suzuki, YosiYosi Arakawa, Yoji Tanaka, Denden, Ryo Kase, Etsushi Toyokawa, Iyo Matsumoto,

Apparently this is based on an original idea which poles fun at international TV advertising. There’s a large cast of excellent actors like Satoshi Tsumabuki (For Love’s Sake), Denden (Cold Fish), Lily Franky (Like Father, Like Son) and YosiYosi Arakawa (Fine, Totally Fine).

Kiichiro Ota (Tsumabuki) has just scored a job at an advertising agency and already he is sent to the world’s biggest TV advertising festival with Hikari Ota (Kitagawa). They get to pretend to be husband and wife due to their similar family names but tey couldn’t be more different since she is serious and he is a bit of a geek (his Urusei Yatsura T-shirt is a giveaway) who loves to party. Kiichiro’s party soon ends when he finds out that unless his company’s commercial wins a prize he’ll be fired and soon he finds himself scheming and bargaining to get the prize.


Seventh Code            Seventh Code Film Poster

Japanese Title:  Seventh Code

Romaji: Sebunsu Kodo

Release Date: January 11th, 2014

Running Time: 60 mins.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Writer: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Starring: Atsuko Maeda, Ryohei Suzuki, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Aissy

Kiyoshi Kurosawa ended 2013 on a high as his latest film Seventh Code won two awards at the Rome Film Festival. The for Best director and technical contribution and was very surprised to get them. This is a 60 minute thriller starring Atsuko Maeda, a former member of AKB48 and rising actress who has worked on titles like The Drudgery Train and Tamako in Moratorium. The film looks really, really intriguing and I can watch Atsuko in anything.

Akiko (Maeda) travels to Vladivostok to track down Matsunaga (Suzuki), the man she is convinced, who is the love of her life. When they meet Matsunaga claims not to remember her and tells her not to trust anyone in a foreign country. He then leaves. When Akiko tries to find Matsunaga again she is attacked by the mafia and thrown into a wasteland with no money.



Oh! My! God!!! Kamisama Kara no OkurimonoOh! My! God!!! Kamisama Kara no Okurimono Film Poster

Japanese: おー!まい!ごっど!神様からの贈り物

Romaji: Oh! My! God!!! Kamisama Kara no Okurimono

Running Time: 92 mins.

Release Date: January 11th, 2014

Director: Shunji Muguruma

Writer: Rie Nakajima (Original Novel) Shunji Muguruma, Keisuke Makino (Screenplay)

Starring: Hiromi Sakimoto, Saaya Irie, Shiro Tsubuyaki, Ai Watari

A musical comedy with a cross-dressing dude. I wouldn’t be caught dead watching this… and yet… OH! MY! GOD! It could be fun! No. Just re-watched the trailer. No. The main character is played by Hiromi Sakimoto (Zero Focus)

Seiki Fujimoto (Sakimoto) was a rather lethargic teacher until a woman committing suicide by throwing herself off a building used him as a landing pad. Now he’s in a purgatory like place between Heaven and Hell and given a task by a person named Gongensama – make four women personify feminine beauty (“Yamato Nadeshiko”) and he can get into heaven. And so it’s back to reality with Fujimoto who meets some strange characters…



Trick the Movie: Last Stage Trick the Movie - Last Stage Film Poster

Japanese: トリック劇場版 ラストステージ

Romaji: Torikku Gekijoban Rasto Suteji

Running Time: 112 mins.

Release Date: January 11th, 2014

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi

Writer: Koji Makita (Screenplay)

Starring: Hiroshi Abe, Yukie Nakama, Katsuhisa Namase, Kazuki Kitamura, Kiko Mizuhara,

Apparently the final chapter (and fourth movie) of the popular mystery comedy series where the magician Naoko (Nakama) and the physicist Jiro (Abe) embark on an adventure and encounter strange things. In this adventure Shinichi Kagami (Higashiyama) has got the mining rights in an unexploed location where the local people believe in magic and are casuing trouble. They head into a jungle where they meet a tribal shaman (Mizuhara).



Shippu Nijimaru-gumi  Shippu Nijimaru-gumi Film Poster

Japanese: 疾風・虹丸組

Romaji: Shippu Nijimaru-gumi

Running Time: 112 mins.

Release Date: January 11th, 2014

Director: Norihisa Yoshimura

Writer: Norihisa Yoshimura (Screenplay), Shinya Kuwahara (Original Manga)

Starring: Manpei Takagi, Toshi Takeuchi, Natsuki Ikeda

This is the live-action film adaptation of the delinquent gang manga Shippu Nijimarugumi which was created by Shinya Kuwahara and is still being released. This accompanies a TV adaptation and it stars Manpei Tagaki as chief yankee dude Yun Nijikawa who wants to get “Infinity Gold,” a treasure awarded to the number one gang in the area. Here’s the music video for the theme song:

Yankee action as thuggish young men punch each other, scowl and growl and makes school girl’s hearts flutter with their roguishness



Ho Scars of DesireHo Scars of Desire Film Poster

Japanese: HO 欲望の爪痕

Romaji: HO Yokubo no Tsumeato

Running Time: 120 mins.

Release Date: January 11th, 2014

Director: Shibata Ainosuke

Writer: Hiroyasu Kubota (Screenplay)

Starring: Miyuki Yokoyama, Hiroaki Kawazure, Mitsuki Koga

I’d usually make some crass and borderline offensive comment about sexy women that paints me as a lecherous swine but I was sent on a “Diversity Course” this week and so I’ll be good. That and the trailer for this looked like junk and I’m not as lecherous as I make out.



Yamauchi Keisuke THE Kayō Mūbī Shōwa Kayō Kikiippatsu!Keisuke Yamauchi Film Poster

Japanese: 山内惠介・THE歌謡ムービー 昭和歌謡危機一髪!

Romaji: Yamauchi Keisuke THE Kayō Mūbī Shōwa Kayō Kikiippatsu!

Running Time: 112 mins.

Release Date: January 11th, 2014

Director: Suzu Masa

Writer: Suzu Masa (Screenplay)

Starring: Keisuke Yamauchi, Toru Takeuchi, Hiroshi Shimizu,

Keisuke Yamauchi is an Enka singer who makes his silver screen debut with this film which is a story that sees him endure the troubles of show-business and a rare disease that prevents him from singing. Will he overcome his troubles?


8 thoughts on “Idol is Dead: Non-chan’s Propaganda Major War, Judge (2014), Seventh Code, Oh! My! God!!! Kamisama Kara no Okurimono, Trick the Movie: Last Stage, Ho Scars of Desire, Shippu Nijimaru-gumi, Yamauchi Keisuke THE Kayō Mūbī Shōwa Kayō Kikiippatsu! Japanese Film Trailers

    1. Well Tsumabuki’s handsome boy modelling school skills don’t have the same effect on me plus the chance of seeing a new work by Kiyoshi Kurosawa would be too much to pass up so it’s Seventh Code.

      1. Handsome boy modelling school skills??? Not why I want to watch that film.

        I don’t find the synopsis of Seventh Code very interesting, but depending on what Kurosawa does with the story, it could be good. I’ll wait for the reviews for this one.

      2. Same problem here. To sum up the film reviews – conventional narrative turned inside out and made surreal and unpredictable and very horrifying in the case of Serpent’s Path and funny in the case of Eyes of the Spider.

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