Crows Explode, Gachiban Utra Max , L-DK, Kazuya, What Comes Along With Love, Shiba Jōmonken no Yume, Bright Audition, Route 42, White Feather “Light from Phony” HIGH★LIGHTZ★LITTLE★UNIVERSE Japanese Film Trailers

It has been a pretty slow week but it has been enlivened by the end theme of “Humanity Has Declined” which I have started watching again.

cropped-space-dandy-is-cool-baby.jpgLonger hours away from the computer and more time revising for Japanese were enlivened by the song. In order to relax a little more, I played “The Walking Dead: 400 Days” in preparation for starting the second season. I also kept watching anime because the Spring 2014 season is underway. “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure” has proven to be the stand out so far. In posting terms, I relayed news on the Terracotta Far East Film Festival’s short film competition and I posted about news on the release of “The Story of Yonosuke” and I reviewed that film last year following the last Terracotta festival.

What Japanese films are released in Japan this weekend?

Crows Explode Crows Explode Film Poster

Japanese: クローズ EXPLODE

Romaji: Kuro-zu EXPLODE

Running Time: 129 mins.

Release Date: April 12th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda

Writer: Kosuke Mukai, Rikiya Mizushima, Takashi Hasegawa (Screenplay), Hiroshi Takahashi (Original Novel)

Starring: Masahiro Higashide, Taichi Saotome, Ryo Katsuji, Takanori Iwata, Kenzo, Kento Nagayama, Yuya Yagira,

A new generation of actors take on the challenge of making the “Crows” franchise including Masahiro Higashide (“The Kirishima Thing”) and Kento Nagayama (“Crime or Punishment?!?”). It looks pretty flashy and quite surprisingly, it is directed by Toshiaki Toyoda, the man behind “9 Souls” and “Monsters Club.” Perhaps, in making that comment, I haven’t watched as many of his films as I should have.



Gachiban Ultra Max Gachiban Ultra Max Film Poster

Japanese: ガチバン ULTRA MAX

Romaji: Gachiban Utra Max

Running Time: 75 mins.

Release Date: April 12th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Takashi Motoki

Writer: Yuko Matsuda (Screenplay), Ayu Watanabe (Original Novel)

Starring: Yamada Yuki, Kubota Masataka, Arai Atsushi,

The “Gachiban” series regularly pops up in these trailer posts (this is the 20th) and now I have found a blog which lists every entry in the series since it bag in 2008! Apparently, the series started out as a satire of “Crows Zero” but has “obtained its own fan following with both action fans, and fan-girls that love to see ikemen boys beating the crap out of each other.”



L-DK   LDK Film Poster

Japanese: L-DK

Romaji: L-DK

Running Time: 113 mins.

Release Date: April 12th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Yasuhiro Kawamura

Writer: Yuko Matsuda (Screenplay), Ayu Watanabe (Original Novel)

Starring: Ayame Gouriki, Kento Yamazaki, Rei Okamoto, Akiyoshi Nakao, Ren Kiriyama, Anna Ishibashi, Miho Shiraishi, Seiji Fukushi

This is the live-action adaptation of Ayu Watanabe’s ongoing shoujo manga of the same name which has been running since 2009. L-DK is a pun on the abbreviation LDK – “Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen” and follows a high school girl named Aoi (Gouriki) who ends up living with the most popular guy in school, Shusei (Yamazaki) when his apartment suffers damage from a sprinkler going off.



Kazuya  KAZUYA Film Poster

Japanese: Kazuya

Romaji: Kazuya

Running Time: 96 mins.

Release Date: April 12th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Kozo Tamura

Writer: N/A

Starring: Kazuya

What happens when a potential rock star fails to make the big time? KAZUYA (Kazuya Watanabe) was the frontman of the band “PHOOL” who were popular in Sapporo in the 90’s but broke up. KAZUYA didn’t give in. He went solo. Only he hasn’t sold that many records and now he is in his 50s…



What Comes Along With Love  Koi ni Tsukimono Film Poster

Japanese: 恋につきもの

Romaji: Koi ni Tsukimono

Running Time: 103 mins.

Release Date: April 12th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Daichi Masui

Writer: Daichi Masui, Kohei Igarashi (Screenplay), Fumiko Fumi (Original Novel)

Starring: Kana Matsumoto, Sairi Ito, Shono Hayama, Hiekazu Mine, Ran Taniguchi, Shuri, Hiroshi Takahashi, Yuri Aikawa


“Koi no Tsukimono” is the live-action adaptation of Fumko Fumi’s manga which is a collection of short stories. The shorts getting adapted are Ibara no Bara (Rose With Thorns), Tōfu no Ie (House of Tofu), and Koi ni Tsukimono.



Shiba Jōmonken no Yume   Shiba Jōmonken no Yume Film Poster

Japanese: シバ 縄文犬のゆめ

Romaji: Shiba Jōmonken no Yume

Running Time: 99 mins.

Release Date: April 12th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Shinichi Ise

Writer: N/A

Starring:Terui Mitsuo

The Shiba Inu is a Japanese dog. It first came to fame in the Jomon period when it was bred for hunting. At one point, the entire existence of the breed was under threat, but it has bounced back. Terui Mitsuo runs the Shiba Inu Preservation Society and this documentary is about his work and the dog.




Bright Audition          Bright Audition Film Poster

Japanese: ブライト オーデイション

Romaji:Buraito O- dishon

Running Time: 76 mins.

Release Date: April 12th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Kazuhisa Yusa

Writer: Dai Sako

Starring:Yoshihide Sasaki, Hisanori Sato, Shintaro Akutsu, Takuya Negishi, Airi Nakajima, SAORI, Nanako Yamashita, Mao Ishikawa, Kyoko Ochiai, Ami Ishii, Kozo Sato


Am I reading this correctly? Dai Sako, director of the interesting sounding “Running on Empty” (2010) and writer of even more interesting sounding “Vacation” (2008) is the scriptwriter for this fluff for pretty boy singer Yoshihide Sasaki and other pretty models and singers where they are part of a deadly judging process to become the model for a famous fashion magazine?



White Feather “Light from Phony”  White Feather “Light from Phony” Film Poster

Japanese: 白い羽 “Light from Phony”

Romaji: Shiroi Hane “Light from Phony”

Running Time: 31 mins.

Release Date: April 12th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Yusuke Maeno

Writer: Rei Kimura (Screenplay),

Starring: Shogo Okamoto, Tokiko Manabe

This short film is about a boy who worries a lot about his mother who is often away at work. He hears tales of an angel who lives in the park and decides to look for it. No trailer.






Running Time: 101 mins.

Release Date: April 12th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Yusuke Maeno

Writer: N/A

Starring: Kentaro Oka, Susumu Ikeda, Mariko Yoshitake


This 2007 youth drama is screened alongside White Feather.



Route 42                  Route 42 Film Poster

Japanese: ルート 42

Romaji: Ru-to 42

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: April 12th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Naoki Segi

Writer:  N/A (Screenplay)

Starring: Akiko Kikuchi, Sosuke Takaoka, Mayumi Ono, Kohei Takeda

Route 42 is also called the Tropical Route and connects Hamamatsu, Shizuoka and Wakayama, Wakayama in Japan and crosses the Ise Bay via ferry. On this route are three young people, namely Tatsuya who lost a lover in a car accident, Yoko who is meant to be getting married but is on the run, are on this route…


2 thoughts on “Crows Explode, Gachiban Utra Max , L-DK, Kazuya, What Comes Along With Love, Shiba Jōmonken no Yume, Bright Audition, Route 42, White Feather “Light from Phony” HIGH★LIGHTZ★LITTLE★UNIVERSE Japanese Film Trailers

  1. HS

    The next series of The Walking Dead game is fantastic so far, the first episode is really brutal though 😦 *spoiler* something extremely depressing happens.

    I loved Humanity has Declined! I’m mainlining JoJo too – I started watching the first arc last week and before I knew it I’d watched the whole thing! Really looking forward to the second arc now Crunchy have finally put it up 😀

    I’ve seen some poor reviews for Crows Explode which is sad as I loved the first two and I really like Toshiyaki Toyoda’s films. Well, I loved Monsters Club which is a really divisive film but wasn’t so taken with I’m Flash so far as I remember. I think Miike’s films work because they’re so outrageously over the top and fun whereas this looks a bit more realistic so I’m not sure it can support the same level of teenage drama without collapsing in on itself. The first two also have the most amazing retro theme tune! I still want to see it though as I loved the first two so much.

    1. That’s not really much of a spoiler. Bad stuff happens in The Walking Dead no matter what you try to do… 😦 As long as Clementine survives I’m okay with everything…

      The Walking Dead was my favourite game of 2012 and I recently completed 400 Days and I’m about to embark on the second season. I’m very much looking forward to playing a game with a gripping story.

      Humanity Has Declined was a really special show that I keep returning to. That end theme has been on repeat for a while now. Masumi Ito’s intros and end themes are addictive!

      I quickly went through JoJo when I first saw it, as well. It’s so awesome especially with all the moe/NEET shows that are getting released. After a long day at work, I’m about to relax and watch Knights of Sidonia and then the latest JoJo.

      I’ve watched the first Crows film but the yankee genre doesn’t interest me on the whole. I’m curious about the Gachiban films and seeing how funny they are since they are a parody of Crows.

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