There are seven Japanese films released this weekend but I’m still splitting them up into two posts. This weekend’s lack of quantity sees an upsurge in quality as the dramas, action adventures and documentaries look better than the normal output. The first film today is a Japanese-Korean co-production which stars some great actors and looks a lot of fun. Fireworks Ideas is another title which looks beautiful and intriguing what with its existential crises, screaming and yelling people and dude waltzing around with a horse head.
Japanese: ゲノムハザード ある天才科学者の5日間
Hangul: 무명인 (Moomyoungin)
Running Time: 120 mins.
Release Date: January 24th, 2014
Director: Kim Sung-Su
Writer: Kim Sung-Su (Screenplay), Shiro Tsukasaki (Original Novel)
Starring: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Kim Hyo-Jin, Yoko Maki, Masato Ibu, Yuri Nakamura, Manabu Hamada, Lee Kyoung-Young
This is a Japanese-Korean co-production and it has a great cast of actors like Hidetoshi Nishijima (License to Live) and the super-sexy Yoko Maki (The Ravine of Goodbye). It’s directed by Kim Sung-Su who was the chap who helmed The Flu. Even though I liked that film, when I talked to a Korean girl about it she burst into laughter and said it was awful.
Ishigami’s (Nishijima) life is ticking along like normal until he returns home to find his wife dead and two men who claim to be police are looking for him. Ishigami manages to escape tehm and goes on the run and soon hooks up with a Korean reporter named Kang Ji-Won (Kim Hyo-Jin) who offers to help him. Ishigami surprises the two of them when he starts speaking Korean and having vague memories of being Korean. What’s going on? Ishigami and Kang Ji-Won are on the case.