I started this week by returning home from London where I attended the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme. Out of the six films I saw, my top three were Shindo, Parade and Otaku in Love. The best film that I saw within the space of this week wasn’t Japanese but a western title. The best film I saw was 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen. It was an emotionally stunning and gruelling experience and I was in tears at the end much like the case of McQueen’s last film, Shame. That written, it was the most rewarding film I have watched in recent months and I figure it will be my number one film by the end of the year, much like Steve McQueen’s last film, Shame, was back in 2012. I hope that 12 Years a Slave sweeps the Oscars and BAFTA’s.
Japanese: こっくりさん 劇場版 新都市伝説
Romaji: Kokkuri-san Gekijoban Shin Toshi Densetsu
Running Time: 85 mins.
Release Date: February o8th, 2014
Director: Masaaki Nidou
Writer: Masaaki Nidou (Screenplay),
Starring: Mariya Suzuki, Momoko Kaechi, Mao Kanjo. Masa, Yukari Torikai, Mao Kanjo, Seiya Konishi
The first idol horror film of the year if my memory serves me correct and it has some girls from AKB48 and SNH48 (Shanghai 48). Mari (Suzuki) and Saki (Kaechi) are high school students who love fortune-telling. Their particular favourite type is Angel Sama but it soo becomes deadly when people who participate in it start to die!