Wonderfull!!, Giovanni’s Island, Nakajima Miyuki Girls’ Festival, Red x Pink, Kamen Teacher The Movie, Buddy Fight Presents World Wrestling 3D eighth edition 1.4 Tokyo Dome 2014, GameCenter CX: The Movie – 1986 Mighty Bomb Jack, Aragure II Roppongi v.s. Shibuya Japanese Film Trailers

12 Years a Slave Epps (Fassbender) and Solomon (Ejiofor) Clash over Patsey (Nyongo)Lots of films get released this weekend and there is a wide variety of genres and mediums! In this trailer post there are many action films, a concert and wrestling matches and anime. The only title that stands out to me is Red X Pink and that’s for obvious reasons: sexy kick ass girls. This is what a live-action Dead or Alive video game should look like. More trailers (really interesting ones) follow tomorrow with the week’s round-up.

Aragure II Roppongi v.s. Shibuya   Aragure Roppongi vs Shibuya Film Poster

Japanese Title: アラグレ II Roppongi v.s. Shibuya

Romaji: Aragure II Roppongi v.s. Shibuya

Running Time: 75 mins.

Release Date: February 22nd, 2014

Director: Hajime Gonno

Writer: Masao Ikegaya (Screenplay),

Starring: Nobuyuki Suzuki, Tamiyasu Cho, Yuya Endo, Shizuka Nakamura, Shingo Kawaguchi, Hiroaki Kitami, Shuhei Nogae

This follows on from the last Aragure film where Seiya (Suzuki) from Roppongi  has no tried his hand at normal life and taken a job at a store in Shibuya but feels the call of the streets and the urge to fight. He soon gets involved in underground fighting but this starts a conflict between Roppongi and Shibuya…


Wonderfull!! Wonderfull Film Poster

Japanese: ワンダー・フル!!

Romaji: Wanda- Furu!!

Running Time: 80 mins.

Release Date: February 22nd, 2014

Director: Mirai Mizue

Writer:  N/A

Starring: N/A

Mirai Mizue took her 8-minute film Wonder to the 2014 Berlin Film Festival. It is a co-production between France and Japan funded on Kickstarter. This is the long version at 80 minutes combined music from the orchestral group Pascals combined with a collection of images the director created and uploaded onto the internet over 365 consecutive days. The music and sound create sequences of colour and movement, tones and rhythmised oscillations to create abstract animation.



GameCenter CX: The Movie – 1986 Mighty Bomb Jack GameCentre CX The Movie 1986 Film Poster

Japanese Title: ゲームセンターCX THE MOVIE 1986 マイティボンジャック

Romaji: Ge-mu Senta- CX THE MOVIE 1986 Maitei Bonjakku

Running Time: 109 mins.

Release Date: February 22nd, 2014

Director: Masatoshi Kurakata

Writer: Kensaku Sakai (Screenplay),

Starring: Shinya Arino, Hajime Yoshii, Yuna Taira, Kaita Matsushima, Kakeru Yoshida, Takamasa Abe,

Retro video game action in this comedy adventure as the film is split between 1986 and 2006. In 1986, we follow a boy name Daisuke (Yoshii) who wants to impress classmate Kumiko (Taira) by standing up to some tougher kids and getting his game “Mighty Bomb Jack” back!

In 2006, a man named Arino (Arino) who is challenged by the same game and finds it difficult. Will he overcome it on the TV programme “Game Center CX”?



Giovanni’s Island Giovanni's Island Film Poster 2

Japanese Title: ジョバンニの島

Romaji: Giovanni no Shima

Running Time: 109 mins.

Director: Mizuho Nishikubo

Writer: Yoshiki Sakurai (Screenplay),

Starring: Kota Yokoyama (Junpei Senou), Junya Taniai (Kanta Senou), Masachika Ichimura (Tatsuo Senou), Yukie Nakama (Sawako), Polina Ilyushenko (Tanya)

Production I.G and Warner Bros. Japan release Giovanni’s Island today. It is a story set just after World War II and it is a hand drawn film based on a screenplay from Shigemichi Sugita and Yoshiki Sakura (GitS: SAC, Blood+). Mizuho Nishikubo (Video Girl Ai) is directing.

Junpei and his younger brother Hirota live on a peaceful island of Shikotan with their father Tatsuo and grandfatherGenzo. The island lies north of Japan and close to the Soviet Union. They get their names from the Kenji Miyazawa novel “Night on the Galactic Railroad” which their late mother enjoyed reading. Then on August 15th, 1945, Soviet troops arrive. The boys glimpse the chaos and fear an army occupation brings but they also feel love for a Russian girl named Tanya.



Nakajima Miyuki Girls’ Festival Nakajima Miyuki Girls' Festival Film Poster

Japanese Title:  中島みゆき 雛まつり

Romaji: Nakajima Miyuki Hina Matsuri

Release Date: February 22nd, 2013

Running Time: 175 mins.

Director: N/A

Writer: N/A

Starring: Miyuki Nakajima

This is the second part of a series of recordings of the musical performances of Miyuki Nakajima.



Buddy Fight Presents World Wrestling 3D eighth edition 1.4 Tokyo Dome Buddy Fight Presents World Wrestling 3D eighth edition 1.4 Tokyo Dome 2014 Film Poster2014

Japanese Title:  バディファイトPresents ワールドプロレスリング3D 8 1.4東京ドーム 2014

Romaji: Badifaito Presents wārudopuroresuringu 3 D dai 8-dan 1. 4 Tōkyō dōmu 2014

Release Date: February 22nd, 2013

Running Time: 100 mins.

Director: N/A

Writer: N/A

Starring: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tetsuya Naito

The stars of the New Japan Pro Wrestling circuit make an appearance in this 3D wrestling film.



Red x Pink  Red x Pink Film Poster

Japanese: 赤xピンク

Romaji: Aka X Pinku

Running Time: 118 mins.

Release Date: February 22nd, 2014

Director: Koichi Sakamoto

Writer: Takehiko Minato (Screenplay), Kazuki Sakuraba (Original Novel)

Starring: Yuria Haga, Sanae Hitomi, Rina Koike, Takahisa Maeyama, Yukiko Suo, Haruka Oshima, Ayame Misaki, Misaki Momose, Rina Sakuragi

Koichi Sakamoto is a big name in the super-sentai film world and had two action films released last year – Travelers and 009-1: The End of the Beginning. This looks far more risqué and just one glance at the poster made me think that this is what a live-action Dead or Alive video game adaptation should look like. Some steamy scenes in this trailer!

“Girl’s Blood” is an underground fighting tournament held in Roppongi. Taking part in the fights are a myriad of girls all with different stories. Satsuki (Haga) suffers from a gender identity disorder, Chinatsu (Tada) has fled an abusive husband, Mayu (Koike) is a Lolita girl and Miko (Misaki) is an S&M queen.



Kamen Teacher The Movie  Kamen Teacher The Movie Film Poster

Japanese: 劇場版 仮面ティーチャー

Romaji: Gekijouban Kamen Teacher

Running Time: 93 mins.

Release Date: February 22nd, 2014

Director: Kentaro Moriya

Writer: Junpei Yamaoka (Screenplay), Toru Fujisawa (Original Manga)

Starring: Taisuke Fujigaya, Aya Omasa, Kenichi Endo, Mikie Hara, Ryu Nakatani, Takumi Saito, Maika Yamamoto

It is the near future and Japan’s public schools are full of troubled students. With the educational system about to fall apart, the government sends Kamen Teacher in to sort the situation out. Meet Gota Araki (Fujigaya), a new homeroom teacher whose students are all violent. Even though he is allowed to use extreme force to subdue them, he would rather change his students by using his heart. Seeing Gota’s determination makes them change but when his old trainer from the Education Ministry shows up and uses violence to beat the students, Gota must decide who he will side with.


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