Thermae Romae II, Jingū Kirin Watashi no Kamisama, Sayonara Cake and Mysterious Lamp, Aibou: The Movie III, Ueshima Jane Beyond, Kuro, Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon, A.F.O. (All For One), Tamako Love Story, Sora no Otoshimono Final Eternal My Master, Naked Ring Finger, Ride For Life The Eigo Sato Story Japanese Film Trailers

Rent-a-cat computerI hope everyone had a Happy Easter and everything. Even though most of the nation has a break, I spent most of the holiday in my museum (who the heck opens a museum on Easter Sunday????). I also had this song going through my head while in work:

On Good Friday, I watched Rent-a-Cat, on Easter Sunday, I watched more Knights of Sidonia and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and so only one post this week and that was for Rent-a-Cat. I’m busy studying for a Japanese exam, an attended a press conference for a film festival (more on that on Monday) and watching films like Museum Hours, Cold Eyes and Monster. So a lot more film related stuff than usual.

Here are the trailers:

Thermae Romae II  Thermae Romae 2 Film Poster

Japanese Title: テルマエ・ロマエII

Romaji: Terumai Romai II

Running Time: 113 mins.

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Hideki Takeuchi

Writer: Hiroshi Hashimoto (Screenplay), Mari Yamazaki (Original Manga)

Starring: Hiroshi Abe, Aya Ueto, Riki Takeuchi, Masachika Ichimura, Takashi Sasano, Kai Shishido, Kazuki Kitamura

In between the last Thermae Romae (2012) and this new one, I have read Mari Yamazaki’s original manga and it looks like it adapts more of the stories, which is no bad thing because the manga was enjoyable. Parts of it memorable. In this film, Lucius (Abe) has used the techniques her learnt from Japanese onsen of the uture to create famous bathhouses in ancient Rome. Now he has to renovate the Colosseum during a time when Rome is at risk of splitting apart due to politics. He soon finds that he travels forward in time where he meets Mami (Ueto) who has become a successful writer for a bath magazine.



Naked Ring Finger  Naked Ring Finger Film Poster

Japanese: はだかのくすりゆび

Romaji: Hadaka no Kusuriyubi

Running Time: 92 minutes

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Yuya Yamaguchi

Writer: Tadashi Shimizu (Screenplay),  Tsuyatsuya (Original Manga)

Starring: Noriko Hamada, Keisuke Tarumi

Another manga adaptation. More hentai. Looks awful but then I haven’t read the manga or watched the film so I could be wrong. It’s about a woman named Midori who gets into an affair with her daughter, Maya’s fiancé in an arranged marriage.



A.F.O. (All For One)   All For One Film Poster

Japanese: A.F.O. (All For One)

Romaji: Hadaka no Kusuriyubi

Running Time: 105 minutes

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

General Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Director: Yoshiaki Tago

Writer: Tadashi Shimizu (Screenplay),  Tsuyatsuya (Original Manga)

Starring: Takuya Ishida, Azusa Okamoto, Ronaldo Santos

After the filth of the last film comes something more good-natured film which sees genius director Yukihiko Tsutsumi team up with students at the Aichi Institute of Technology to make a story about a poor football team who scent a chance of victory by trying to recruit a skilled footballer from Brazil. However, he says that he hates football and refuses to play…



Tamako Love Story   Tamako Love Story Film Poster

Japanese: たまこラブストーリー

Romaji: Tamako Rabu Suto-ri-

Running Time: 83 minutes

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Naoko Yamada

Writer: Reiko Yoshida (Screenplay),

Starring: Yuri Yamashita (Shiori Asagiri) Aya Suzaki (Tamako Kitashirakawa), Atsushi Tamaru (Mochizou Ooji) Juri Nagatsuma (Kanna Makino),

Tamako Love Story continues as Mochizou and Tamako inch closer and closer together… I think. I haven’t watched the TV anime. Main cast and staff from the TV anime are returning and Kyoto Animation are doing the animating.



Sora no Otoshimono Final Eternal My Master   Sora no Otoshimono Final Eternal My Master Film Poster

Japanese: そらのおとしものFinal 永遠の私の鳥籠(エターナルマイマスター)

Romaji: Sora no Otoshimono Final: Eien no Watashi no Torikago (Eta-naru Mai Masuta)

Running Time: 49 minutes

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Hisashi Saito

Writer: Jiyu Ogi (Screenplay), Suu Minazuki (Original Creator)

Starring: Saori Hayami (Ikaros) Souichiro Hoshi (Tomoki Sakurai), Aki Toyosaki (Chaos) Yoko Hikasa (Hiyori Kazane),

The Heaven’s Lost Property franchise gets a new film where a harem of busty angels get involved with the school boy Sakurai Tomoki, a super-pervert and one in particular, Ikaros, demands that he becomes her master…



Ride For Life The Eigo Sato Story    Ride for Life the Eigo Sato Story Film Poster

Japanese: ライド・フォー・ライフ The Eigo Sato Story

Romaji: Raido Fo- Raifu The Eigo Sato Story

Running Time: 87 minutes

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Naoko Yamada

Writer: Reiko Yoshida (Screenplay),

Starring: Eigo Sato, Mike Metzger, Daisuke Suzuki,

This documentary is big news in the motocross world because Eigo Sato was a much respected freestyle motocross veteran of around a decade when he died last year in his home of Iwaki City. He was much respected by fellow competitors and that respect can be seen in a documentary directed by his friend Hitoshi Kajino.




Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon    Number 10 Blues Sayonara Saigon Film Poster

Japanese Title: ナンバーテンブルース さらばサイゴン

Romaji: Namba- Ten Buru-su Saraba Saigon

Running Time: 99 mins.

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Norio Osada

Writer: Norio Osada (Screenplay),

Starring: Yusuke Kawazu, Lan Thanh, Kenji Isomura, Eiichi Kikuchi 

This one is a film rescued from obscurity and screened at last year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival. It is a road movie/Vietnam war film about a Japanese businessman naed Toshio Sugimoto who flees the country with his lover when the war goes south. This is a action film shot in Vietnam during the Vietnam war and it was to be the directorial debut of Norio Osada, a scriptwriter who had worked with Kinji Fukasaku (Battles Without Honour or Humanity, Battle Royale) but when funding dried up the film was never finished and sat in the National Film Centre of Japan. It was rediscovered recently and the film was completed.



Kuro                                                  Kuro Film Poster

Japanese Title: はなればなれに

Romaji: Hanare Banareni

Running Time: 86 mins.

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Daisuke Shimote

Writer: Daisuke Shimote (Screenplay),

Starring: Airi Kido, Yu Saitoh, Hideo Nakaizumi, Wakana Matsumoto

This one screened at last year’s East End Film Festival where Alua saw it and found it enjoyable enough to give it 8 out of 10 in her review. It’s getting a limited screening in Tokyo.

Three people recently traumatised by life’s ups and downs meet up: Kuro once had dreams of being a baker until she was fired, Eito has recently broken up with his fiancé and Gou’s career as a theatre director is in imminent danger of dying when the lead actress of his own play goes missing. The three retreat from the world to a remote seaside hotel where a schoolgirl named Momo falls in with them and they all indulge in silly games.



Ueshima Jane Beyond   Ueshima Jane Beyond Film Poster

Japanese: 上島ジェーンビヨンド

Romaji: Ueshima Je-no Biyondo

Running Time: 116 minutes

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Maccoi Saito

Writer: Yayoi Fujitani (Screenplay),

Starring: Ryuhei Ueshima, Katsuhiro Higo, Kayoko Okubo, Hiroshi Shinagawa, Yumi Seimiya, Kayo Noro, Aika Ando, Aino Kishi

In 2009, popular entertainer Ryuhei Ueshima tried to learn how to surf and made a film about it. 5 years later and he’s back making a fool of himself as he enters a serious competition. While that’s happening he’s trying to avoid other complications like romance and the law.



Aibou: The Movie III   Partners the Movie III Film Poster

Japanese: 相棒劇場版III 巨大密室!

Romaji: Aibou Gekijouban III Kyodai Misshitsu!

Running Time: 114 minutes

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Seiji Izumi

Writer: Yasuhiro Koshimizu (Screenplay),

Starring: Hiroki Narimiya, Yutaka Mizutani,  Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Koji Ishizaka, Yumiko Shaku, Toru Kazama, Tsuyoshi Ihara

A new year, a new Aibou movie! Ukyo Sugishita and Toru Kai are sent to a small island near Tokyo by their boss at the National Police Agency to investigate a mysterious death. The island is privately owned by a wealthy businessman and seems to be the site of a small community of former members of the Japanese Self-Defence Force. Could the mysterious death be linked to these guys? Ukyo and Toru find their investigation halted by these ex-soldiers!



Sayonara Cake and Mysterious Lamp  Goodbye Cake and Mysterious Lamp Film Poster

Japanese: さよならケーキとふしぎなランプ

Romaji: Sayonara kēki to fushigina ranpu

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Junichi Kanai

Writer: Junichi Kanai, Bi-guru (Beagle?) Otsuka (Screenplay),

Starring: Kohei Dojima, Kaoru Hirata, Masahiko Sakata

Singer-songwriter Kohei Dojima stars as a guy making a cake and going through all sorts of family strife after fighting with his father. Okay, there’s more to it than that as he hooks up with a new collective of people at a café he finds work in.



Jingū Kirin Watashi no Kamisama   Jingu Watashi no Sama Film Poster

Japanese: 神宮希林 わたしの神様

Romaji: Jingū Kirin Watashi no Kamisama

Running Time: 96 minutes

Release Date: April 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Takeshi Fushiwara

Writer: N/A

Starring: Kirin Kiki

The actress Kirin Kiki travelled to the Ise Grand Shrine in 2013 and a documentary of her journey was broadcast by Tokai TV. This is the re-edited version for theatres (hey, if trashy TV anime can do it, Kiki can too). We see her start from her home in Tokyo and the people she interacts with as she learns more about the shrine and what it means to other people.


7 thoughts on “Thermae Romae II, Jingū Kirin Watashi no Kamisama, Sayonara Cake and Mysterious Lamp, Aibou: The Movie III, Ueshima Jane Beyond, Kuro, Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon, A.F.O. (All For One), Tamako Love Story, Sora no Otoshimono Final Eternal My Master, Naked Ring Finger, Ride For Life The Eigo Sato Story Japanese Film Trailers

  1. I thought Kuro was great, but it’s not for everyone for sure, only for those that don’t mind a very whimsy film that is essentially about nothing at all. Seino thought it was utterly pointless, TiredPaul found it good fun as well. That’s a nice new poster for the film though. Never realised it hadn’t yet been released in Japan.

    Will you be back in town for Terracotta? We’ll have to go for an extra round of gyozas and candy café.

    1. I’ll be back in town for Terracotta. I’ve already got three films I have made a priority, I just have to get the tickets for them. I’ve got a Terracotta post lined up for next week and the one for Anime UK News is live already. The Japanese films look ace!

  2. HS

    I think some people have been a bit mean about Thermae Romae – someone (maybe Tom Mes?) named it as their worst film of last year but it’s not as if it ever claimed to be anything more than a mainstream comedy and it does that pretty well. *shrug* I thought it was quite funny. Haven’t read the manga but I’m up for the further adventures of Lucius in the future 😀

    1. Aaahhh, the marvels of the Roman world and modern Japanese onsen…

      I have the first film but I haven’t watched it… so little time to do all that I want! I liked the manga and the movies seem to follow it for the most part. It’s a good-natured and quaint series of vignettes that are amusing even if repetitive.

    1. Harems… Ugh. I grew up on gritty 80s/90s cyberpunk/mecha anime full of violence and politics so harem anime with pervy/loser/bland leads don’t normally appeal (there are the odd ones which are well-written).

      Warning: Massive spoilers and much swearing:

      1. Don’t get me wrong I am not defending their quality. Am just saying that they can be so damn funny 😀

        Hence the guilty pleasure.

        Haha and I will be watching that show pronto. The language alone! xD

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