Genkina hito’s Spring 2014 Anime Picks

Genkina hito’s Spring 2014 Anime Picks

There are over 50 shows getting released in March and April. Writing a series of preview guides for Anime UK News left me at my most cynical about the lack of artistry and the rampant commercialization in the Japanese entertainment industry as a whole (I must have been feeling tired).

Here are the season guides (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) to give a wider feel of the forthcoming season.

Out of the 50+ released, there is so much that does not appeal to me. A lot of them are aimed at NEETs and hikikomori and I find shows like those are creepy and immature.

I did have a longer, whinier intro about the season and it’s over-reliance on LN adaptations and shows aimed at immature males written but cut it because it was written when I felt grouchy and want to be positive. Some other anibloggers are writing this season off but there are lots of new series starting and some gems amidst all of the titles. Here are the gems from my perspective.

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The Snow White Murder Case, Team Batista Final Kerberos’s Portrait, Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai, Negative Happy Marriage Parts 1 & 2, Geki × cine “ZIPANG PUNK Goemon Rock III,” Dream Doctor of Cattle, Tsu mu gu orijin wa kaze no michi o yuku Japanese Film Trailers

Nozomi Sasaki Juon ImageThe Winter 2013 anime season is approaching its end as shows enter their 11th and 12th episodes. I have a series of posts lined up about it including one about the most exciting shows in the Spring 2014 season based on some articles I wrote for Anime UK News. I’m approaching a Japanese exam so expect fewer posts from me as I spend less time writing about films and more time actually practicing Japanese. I’m in the middle of my long week at work so time is rather scarce and I need to focus. Remaining on the topic of work, I met a girl there who is utterly charming and a fellow fan of film critic Mark Kermode and we chatter endlessly about films which makes the day easier. Another member of staff is trying to get me to watch Italian films but I’m hesitant because the title he selected is six-hours long. I wish I had six hours to do stuff! It certainly wouldn’t be anything related to Italy!

In blogging terms, I posted information about a Yoshitaro Nomura season – I’ll be watching some of these films – and a trailer for a new “Ju-On.” In film and television terms I watched “I’ll Give it My All Tomorrow” last Saturday and further episodes of “Watashi no Kirai Tantei”. Enough about me, here are the trailers.

The Snow White Murder Case  The Snow White Murder Case Fim Poster

Japanese: 白ゆき姫殺人事件

Romaji: Shira Yuki Hime Satsujin Jiken

Running Time: 126 mins.

Release Date: March 29th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura

Writer:Tamio Hayashi (Screenplay), Kanae Minato (Original Novel)

Starring: Mao Inoue, Gou Ayano, Misako Renbutsu, Nanao, Shihori Kanjiya, Nobuaki Kaneko, Erena Ono, Mitsuki Tanimura, Shota Sometani, Katsuhisa Namase, Dankan,

I have reviewed two Yoshihiro Nakamura movies here like The Foreign Duck, and See You Tomorrow, Everyone. I loved the former and hated the later. His latest project looks absolutely deliciously dark. He teams up with his usual writer Tamio Hayashi (See You Tomorrow, Everyone, Shield of Straw) for a murder tale full of hot young actors.

The Show White Murder Case sees victim Noriko Miki (Nanao), the best looking girl at a cosmetics company, murdered and her co-worker Miki (Inoue) coming under suspicion. The media frenzy begins as television shows interview Miki’s friends, family and anybody even vaguely associated with her. Soon rumours of her being a wicked woman emerge. Are they true?

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Ju-on: The Beginning of the End Teaser Trailer

I didn’t see this one coming but it should have been obvious. A new installment in the J-horror film series “Ju-on” is getting a release in July! We get to welcome back the extremely creepy boy Toshio, and his rather hot but super scary mother Kayako Saeki!

Ju-on: The Beginning of the End   JuOn The Beginning of the End

Japanese Title:  呪怨―終わり の 始まり

Romaji: Juon – Owari no Hajimari

Running Time: 91 mins.

Director: Masayuki Ochiai

Writer: Masayuki Ochiai (Screenplay)

Starring: Nozomi Sasaki, Kai Kobayashi

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Yoshitaro Nomura Film Season at the ICA in April

Yoshitaro Nomura Film Season ImageThe name of director Yoshitaro Nomura has only been mentioned on this blog once and it was in relation to the anime “Coppelion” back in January. He’s a man I know from researching other titles. It’s a bit of an oversight because he is one of those directors who started work during the New Wave of Japanese filmmaking (think Nagisa Oshima) and carved out a mighty fine career tackling difficult subject matter and was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government in 1995. I get the chance to rectify that oversight because the Institute of Contemporary Arts down in London is playing host to a season of his films during a 6-day run of his films from April 18th until April 23rd.

Yoshitaro Nomura Film Image

Yoshitaro Nomura was a popular director and pioneer of Japanese film noir. He made his debut in 1953 with “Pigeon” and directed, wrote and produced around 89 films up until his death in 2005, some of which are considered classics He worked a lot on adaptations of novels by the best-selling author Seicho Matsumoto and created what some critics consider the best version of “Zero Focus” (1961) which is one of the films getting screened at the ICA. The other films include the 1974 thriller, “Castle of Sand”, which is ranked as one of the greatest ever-Japanese films by domestic critics, as well as “The Demon” (1978), “Stakeout” (1958), and “The Shadow Within” (1970).

Here’s the breakdown of the films, just click on the titles for more information such as times and a more detailed synopsis:

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The Lion Dance, Tokyo Doppelkonzert, Walking with a Friend, Zero Black Blood Black Chapter Japanese Film Trailers

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What a week! Work was hectic despite the good weather and I managed to get more overtime done. I have almost finished sorting through y things. I tossed even more things into the trash/recycling and made the solemn promise to not buy a physical copy of a magazine again. Not sure about books. With my Kindle Fire, that should be an easy enough promise to keep – subscription to Sight & Sound sorted! Haruki Murakami collection ported over. Very few Banana Yoshimoto titles on Kindle, though… This is problematic.

Anyway, I spent this week reliving The Walking Dead (hasn’t the TV series improved!!!) while watching my sister playing the game. Tears filled my eyes whenever Clementine spoke. That game still has a hold on me. I did some film related stuff like interviews and scoped out a potential Japanese film for the Cannes Film Festival. I posted some “Shadyrelated articles because it gets released on Monday and my heart won’t stop racing at the thought of owning it. I also posted about a Terracotta Film Club screening of the Korean film “Mother” (also net week) and some trailers yesterday.

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In His Chart 2, Grand Cinema Bando Tamasaburo Nihonbashi, Dog’s Way, Tangerines on Cat Japanese Film Trailers

Izumi Okamura image 2This weekend you get two trailer posts made up of eight films. The first post consists of two big releases, the star-packed medical drama “In His Chart 2” and the family drama “Tangerines on Cat” – oh ho ho, what a strange name but it apparently gets it from the fact that the story is set in a prefecture famous for the fruit. There’s the first Cinema Kabuki release of the year and a drama the trailer for which left me underwhelmed. That written, I have not seen it so the jury is out on it.

Here are the trailers.

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Terracotta Film Club at the Prince Charles Cinema Screen Mother

I was perusing Twitter yesterday when I found out some great news for Korean film fans (and fans of great cinema in general) in London: the Terracotta Film Club will screen Bong Joon-ho’s film “Mother” on March 26th. Here’s the PR:

Mother Korean Film Prison Visit

With Mother’s Day approaching on 30 March, we thought what better time to screen Bong Joon-ho’s 2009 Hitchcockian murder mystery, MOTHER.

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Shady – Random Things Connected to the Film…

I was surprised by how taken with the film “Shady“, especially the performances of the lead-actresses and the skill of the writer and director. This post is full of random things connected to like how to pronounce the name of the lead actress and so forth. Researching these guys made me appreciate how talented they were (after doing this I’m intrigued enough to try my hand at writing about Fumie Nikaido and Shota Somatani). It’s interesting to know these things but hard to put them in a review without going off on a tangent. It’s info on the director and the two lead actresses.

Shady Film Guys

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Shady: Different Opinions on an Awesome Film

Shady DVD Case

Shady” is released by Third Window Films on March 24th, and I want to support the film as much as possible. Why? Well, as I stated in my review published last week:

A film like “Shady” simply must be seen. It will grapple with your emotions and when the house lights are put on in the cinema you will want to discuss the plot, the way that Watanabe creates meta references to other films, dupes us into watching a narrative that refuses to follow traditional paths and ends on a rather unsettling note. You will want to discuss how he always finds a way to disrupt meaning and the way the actresses are so perfect in their roles that other actors or actresses could not do what they did. You will want to compare “Shady” to other school films or relationship dramas and probably find them lacking in some way. You will want to discuss “Shady” and re-experience it to confirm what you just saw. 

Genki Jason Genkinahito’s J Film Review (March 10th, 2014) – Yeah, I’m quoting myself!

I watch a lot of films and this one was a real stand-out that held me in its narrative grip from start to finish thanks to the excellent writing and direction of Ryohei Watanabe and the performances of lead actresses mimpi * β and Izumi Okamura. It left me breathless and tense throughout its running time. It is an example of perfect filmmaking. I loved it. I loved it so much, it took the top spot of my best films of the year! It even beat Sion Sono’s latest feature, “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” which is mind-boggling when you consider I’m a huge Sono fan. How good is the film? Am I over-hyping it? Here are quotes from reviews written by others who have seen “Shady” – there is a lot of praise the film and its director Ryohei Watanabe! A word of warning, some reviews give a little away.

You can listen to music composed by the talented and performed by lead actress mimpi * β while looking!

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Sakamoto-kun wa Mitame Dake ga Majime, Gekisha! Kajirena netsuai-chū!, Girl’s Recipe, Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi Valentine Day, Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai, 1000-Nen-go no mirai e 3. 11 Bokenshi-tachi no shōgen, Ultraman Ginga Theater Special Ultra Monster Hero Battle Royale! Japanese Film Trailers

Genki-Shady-Izumi-(Izumi-Okamura)-Stalks-the-HallsOnly one post this week and that was for Shady. It gets released at the end of the month and I hope it gets seen by a wide audience. I wanted the review to breathe a little and get some time in the sun before throwing another dozen things up as is my usual habit. Like I state in my review, it’s a mix of the high school dramas of Shunji Iwai and the dark psychological dramas of Roman Polanski. It builds upon a script full of excellent characterisation, twists you won’t see coming and two actresses who breathe life into their roles to create one of the most gripping films I have seen in ever. It now sits upon my best film of 2013 list. I thought the review was pretty good – a little on the long side Genki-Shady-Misa-(mimpi)-Peeks-into-Classmuch like many of the things I have posted over the last three years but that’s because I liked the film a lot. I want the film to do well and get a good audience so I’ll try some more posts promoting the film and then get down to writing reviews for the films I saw at the 2014 Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme.

Just to Go Back in Time, and bring 2013 up again, I now know that I will knock off two titles from my list of films released last year that I wish I could have watched because a film festival will be screening them!!! How do I know? My other job as an anime journalist and what not… 😉

In film terms I watched The Grand Budapest Hotel and enjoyed it tremendously. Expect a review! I posted some trailers yesterday and I’ve also added extra titles to my film review archive as well. Now… on to the trailers!

 

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai Film Poster

Japanese Title: 世界一初恋 バレンタイン編

Romaji: Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai

Release Date: March 15th, 2014

Running Time: N/A

Director: Chiaki Kon

Writer: Chiaki Kon (Screenplay)

Starring: Kenyuu Horiuchi (Takafumi Yokozawa), Noboru Sogetsu (Zen Kirishima), Yui Horie (Hiyori Kirishima), Shinnosuke Tachibana (Chiaki Yoshino), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Shota Kisa), Takashi Kondo (Ritsu Onodera)

Hmm… how popular are shounen-ai titles in Japan? Well, massive, if the figure of 9 million for the number of light novels in the sekai-ichi hatsukoi series are to be believed. ANd why not? The latest film is directed by Chiaki Kon (Junjo Romantica) and is about two guys, Takafumi Yozawa and Masamune Takano, two guys at a publishing company who had a shared experience while at college…  According to Anime News Network:

Takafumi Yokozawa (voiced by Kenyuu Horiuchi) starts the trailer by saying, “My First Love that won’t come true. I knew that from the beginning.” The video’s text reads, “A man who was heartbroken by his best friend he always loved… A man who was an “inseparable work partner” and was harsh on himself and others.” Later on in the video, Yokozawa thinks to himself, “Why do I get so defensive when the conversation comes to him?”

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