Silver Spoon, The Court of Zeus, Kizuna Futatabi Kizuna Futatabi no Sora e Blue Impulse, Zetsu ōkami Zero Black Blood Shiro no Fumi, Shinema Toraberu Eigakan de Miru Seikaiisan no Tabi Machupichu Nasuka Ankōru Iseki-hen, Go! Go! Kaden Danshi The Movie Afureko Panikku, Stand By Me Doraemon, New Directions in Cinema Japanese Film Trailers

Mother Korean FilmThe first of the two trailer posts for the weekend where Japan finally gets to experience 12 Years a Slave (congrats go to the filmmakers for winning big at the Oscars) there are lots of adaptations of feel-good books, anime and what not. In this first trailer post we have the live-action Silver Spoon and Doraemon but more interesting is The Court of Zeus from Gen Takahashi.


Silver Spoon  Silver Spoon Film Poster

Japanese: 銀の匙 Silver Spoon

Romaji: Gin no Saji Shiruba Supun

Running Time: 111 mins.

Release Date: March 07th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Keisuke Yoshida

Writer: Ryo Takada (Screenplay), Hiromu Arakawa (Manga)

Starring: Kento Nakajima, Alice Hirose, Tomohiro Ichikawa, Haru Kuroki, Kazue Fukiishi, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Sho Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Renji Ishibashi

Hiromu Arakawa is famous amongst anime and manga fans for Full Metal Alchemist but what some may not realise is that she has created other titles like Silver Spoon which has become a favourite amongst anibloggers. I’ve read that she grew up on a farm which explains why she created a farm story… Anyway, the movie adaptation has some great named in the cast like Haru Kuroki, Mitsuru Fukikoshi and Sho Aikawa.

Yugo Hachiken (Nakajima) is an ace at studying and believes that he can attend any school around the country and succeed. Then he heads to Ooejo agricultural high school and finds that he’s completely lost while his classmates, who are from farming families, are totally fine. They know what they want to do with their lives while Yugo flounders. To succeed, Yugo begins to get to know the other students and rural life. As he must studies harder and interacts with others more, he grows as a person.


The Court of Zeus  Court of Zeus Film Poster

Japanese Title:  ゼウス の 法廷

Romaji: Zeus no Houtei

Running Time: 136 mins.

Release Date: March 08th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Gen Takahashi

Writer: Gen Takahashi (Screenplay),

Starring: Hijiri Kojima, Hironobu Nomura, Shun Shioya, Shigeru Sugimoto, Jun Kawamoto

Gen Takahashi’s latest film was at last year’s Raindance Film Festival. It was one of the few Japanese films I did not watch despite liking his coming-of-age slow murder mystery Goth. He’s now carving out a career as a director exposing the problems in the Japanese criminal justice system with titles like Confessions of a Dog which looked at problems in a police force and this which is about a merciless prosecutor facing a difficult trial.

Megumi is going to marry to Kano, a judge with an iron fist and favours the police and prosecutors over defendants. Megumi’s decision is a shock to her friends because she is a liberal and she soon finds living with him difficult. Her former lover Yamoaka likens Kano to the omnipotent Greek god Zeus. Tellingly, he also reasons that this makes her Themis – Zeus’ wife who is considered to be the embodiment of justice. In a dramatic chain of events, Megumi finds herself in the dock as Kano takes on the hardest trial of his life. 


Kizuna Futatabi Kizuna Futatabi no Sora e Blue Impulse Film Posterno Sora e Blue Impulse

Japanese: 絆 再びの空へ Blue Impulse

Romaji: Kizuna Futatabi no Sora e Blue Impulse

Running Time: 118 mins.

Release Date: March 08th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Masaaki Tezuka

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Blue Impulse are the aerobatic team of the Japan Air Self-Defence Force and during the Great East Earthquake and Tsunami their airbase, Matsushima, was heavily damaged when Miyagi prefecture was hit. The results feature the heartbreak that the entire region suffered. Although their aircraft had been moved to another base to take part in the event, much worse was in store for some of the pilots who lost family members. The documentary tracks the recovery of the team from this disaster and we get to see some who took part in the rescue efforts and the way they bring delight to people at displays.


Zetsu ōkami Zero Black Blood White Chapter  Zetsu ōkami Zero Black Blood Shiro no Fumi Film Poster

Japanese: 絶狼 ZERO BLACK BLOOD 白ノ章

Romaji: Zetsu ōkami Zero Black Blood Shiro no Fumi

Running Time: 72 mins.

Release Date: March 08th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Ryu Kaneda/ Keita Amemiya

Writer: Kenji Aoki (Screenplay),

Starring: Rei Fujita, Naoki Takeko,

This is the first part of Zero: Black Blood, a spin-off miniseries from the Garo television series which was the first in a two-parter that collected three of the six episodes of the miniseries. This title is the White Chapter and it is followed by the Black chapter. In this miniseries, Rei Suzumura, the Silver Fanged Knight Zero is back to investigated the joint human and Horror commune led by the Horror Ring.



Shinema Toraberu Eigakan de Miru Seikaiisan no Tabi Machupichu Nasuka Ankōru Iseki-hen  Cinema Travel Machu Picchu Nazca Angkor Ruins of World Heritage Journeys Edition View in cinema movie theater FIlm Image

Japanese: シネマ・トラベル 映画館でみる世界遺産の旅 マチュピチュ・ナスカ・アンコール遺跡編

Romaji: Shinema Toraberu Eigakan de Miru Seikaiisan no Tabi Machupichu Nasuka Ankōru Iseki-hen

Running Time: 45 mins.

Release Date: March 08th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Hiroshina Yamazaki

Writer: N/A

Starring: Michio Hazama, Mika Doi

Cinema-goers get a high-def virtual tour of some world heritage sites like Angkor Wat Machu Piccu and Nazca. Alas, no trailer.


Go! Go! Kaden Danshi The Movie Afureko Panikku   Go! Go! Kaden danshi The Movie Afureko Panikku Film Poster

Japanese: Go!Go!家電男子 THE MOVIE アフレコパニック

Romaji: Go! Go! Kaden Danshi The Movie Afureko Panikku

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: March 08th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: ROKUGOU

Writer: Kenji Aoki (Screenplay),

Starring: Kenta Hamano, Kana Hanazawa, Daigo Matsui, Shigeki Hosokawa,

This film is about the live-action adaptation of the flash animation Go! Go! Consumer Electronics Boy and it features seiyuu like Kana Hanazawa, directors, producers and other staff as well as clips from the animation. See how the Japanese film industry mercilessly plunders even trashy ideas for live-action films… F*ck that, see Kana Hanazawa, my favourite seiyuu, in a film role!


Stand By Me Doraemon  Stand By Me Doraemon Film Poster

Japanese: 映画ドラえもん 新・のび太の大魔境 ペコと5人の探検隊

Romaji: Eiga Doraemon Shin Nobita no Dai makyō Peko to 5-ri no tanken-tai

Running Time: 109 mins.

Release Date: March 08th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Ryuichi Yagi, Takashi Yamazaki

Writer: Takashi Yamazaki (Screenplay), Fujiko F. Fujio – Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko (Original Creators)

Starring: Wasabi Mizuta (Doraemon) Megumi Oohara (Nobita), Subaru Kimura (Gian), Yumi Kakazu (Shizuka), Tomokazu Seki (Suneo)

The latest Doraemon film is the 34th in the movie series and is about the nuclear powered time-travelling cat taking Nobita and friends to an unexplored part of the word where they encounter a giant dog statue in a jungle. The directors are Takashi Yamazaki (Space Battleship Yamato and Returner) and Ryuichi Yagi.


New Directions in Japanese Cinema

The funding from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs went to anime studios last week and now the live-action world gets a shot this week. The folks organising this year’s New Directions in Japanese cinema have released their latest batch of 30 minute shorts and there are five getting shown in a cinema in Tokyo.



Kaori and Machine Oil  Kaori to Kikaiyu Film Image

Japanese Title:  カオリと機械油

Romaji: Kaori to Kikaiyu

Running Time: 30 mins.

Director: Obihiro (?) Kitagawa

Writer: Obihiro (?) Kitagawa

Starring: Yuka Hyodo, Yukari Horibe, Take Manabe, Nagisa Matsunaga, Shigeki Kato,

Something about a woman with strange body odour who works in a small machine shop has a quiet existence with her dull boyfriend until the business goes bust…


Fashionable Bangaichi  Fashionable Bangaichi Film Image

Japanese Title:  オシャレ番外地

Romaji: Oshare Bangaichi

Running Time: 30 mins.

Director: Kosuke Takaya

Writer: Kosuke Takaya (Screenplay)

Starring: Wataru Takara, Koshika Kobayashi, Rumi Hiragi, Satoshi Sakata

Naoto is hired to be the model of a fashion brand but the clothes are a strange selection.

Michizure         Michi Zushi Film Image

Japanese Title:  ミチずレ

Romaji: Michi Zushi

Running Time: 30 mins.

Director: Sungho Moon

Writer: Wataru Mimura (Screenplay)

Starring: Motoki Ochiai, Yuma Yamato, Sho Yakumaru, Ken Takagi,

Motoki Ochiai (The Kirishima Thing) gets caught up in a scam involving the delivery of luggage to some suspicious place.

The Iron Horse and the Wind  The Iron Horse and the Wind Film Image

Japanese Title:  鉄馬と風

Romaji: Tetsu Uma to Kaze

Running Time: 30 mins.

Director: Naoya Asanuma

Writer: Naoya Asanuma (Screenplay)

Starring: Keisuke Tarumi, Takaki Uda, Ai Kitaura, Kenji Kawahari

Naoya Asanuma, director of Heart Beat and second unit director of the recently released Ikeshima Ballad, takes the helm of a film about two young guys on a motorcycle. The bike is a pristine Harley-Davidson owned by a poor brother of one of the lads. How did he come by it and why did he own it?

Setagaya, 39-chome  Setagaya, 39-chome Film Image

Japanese Title:  世田谷区,39丁目

Romaji: Setagaya, 39-chome

Running Time: 30 mins.

Director: Seiji Yamashita

Writer: Seiji Yamashita (Screenplay)

Starring: Shota Shimoda, Minami Hamabe, Hinako Saeki

In this short, a fifth-grader named Kou step into a bizarre world where people have violent personalities and meets a girl named Mio.

2 thoughts on “Silver Spoon, The Court of Zeus, Kizuna Futatabi Kizuna Futatabi no Sora e Blue Impulse, Zetsu ōkami Zero Black Blood Shiro no Fumi, Shinema Toraberu Eigakan de Miru Seikaiisan no Tabi Machupichu Nasuka Ankōru Iseki-hen, Go! Go! Kaden Danshi The Movie Afureko Panikku, Stand By Me Doraemon, New Directions in Cinema Japanese Film Trailers

  1. HS

    I found Court of Zeus kind of odd – I’m not convinced I entirely got it. It’s got this absurd comedy running right through it but it doesn’t quite go far enough to feel satirical. Then it’s got this strange ending that seems like a Hollywood cliché but there’s a sting in the tail right before it finishes. Maybe it’s just that the legal systems are so different but there are few things that strain the credibility too – I can’t believe it’s legally OK to let someone preside over the murder trial of their ex-fiancé. It’s very interesting, just…odd.

    1. Sounds like I might have been disappointed by this one. Interesting but flawed and half-hearted in any possible criticism… I was curious about this film when I saw it listed at Raindance because I really liked Goth – perhaps I overrate that film… but this trailer doesn’t inspire much from me. I still haven’t watched Confessions of a Dog.

      Your objections to the legal seem entirely justified. It doesn’t sound like a good idea having someone too close to the defendant presiding over the trial.

      My favourite trailer will be posted tomorrow!

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