Fukushima (Town of Love and Hope), Saint Seiya Legend of Sanctuary, Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen’s Gravestone, Mission Impossible Samurai, The Round Table, Aibiki, Nothing Parts 71, Uwakoi 2 and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Barakamon ImageThe summer is here and I’m feeling a little drained of energy. I’m trying to remember how I coped with all of these previews last year… Wow, this time last year there was that awesome weekend with great films. This weekend? Not so much greatness at first glance apart from the Lupin the III.

It was a movie-rich week because I watched the J-horrors Fuan no Tane, POV: A Cursed Movie and the UK vampire flick Byzantium. I also watched Oculus which was a fun horror movie starring Karen Gillan who I almost met at the Doctor Who premiere four years ago. Expect reviews for the Japanese films.

As far as the blog goes, I reviewed Be My Baby and Museum Hours. Apologies for the brevity of the trailer posts (although I bet some are breathing a sigh of relief).

Fukushima (Town of Love and Hope)   Fukushima (Town of Love and Hope) Film Poster

Japanese Title:あいときぼうのまち

Romaji: Ai to Kibou no Machi

Running Time: 126 mins

Release Date: June 21st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Hiroshi Kanno

Writer: Junichi Inoue (Screenplay),

Starring: Yoko Natsuki, Hiroshi Katsuno, Kohei Kuroda, Yoko Oike, Miku Chiba, Nao Seta, Yusuke Sugiyama

In 1945, a student named Hideo has been mobilized by the government to work at a uranium mine in Ishikawa, Fukushima Prefecture during World War II.

In 1966, Hideo lives in Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture and opposes the building of a nuclear power plant. His position alienated him from everybody else including his daughter Aiko who was in love with Kenji, a supporter of the nuclear power plant.

In 2011, Kenji and his son both work for the Tokyo Electronic company, but his son dies of cancer. Kenji meets Aiko again.

On March 11, 2011 the Great East Japan Earthquake occurs.



Saint Seiya Legend of Sanctuary   Saint Seiya Legend of Sanctuary Film Poster

Japanese Title:聖闘士星矢 LEGEND of SANCTUARY

Romaji: Seitoushi Seiya Legend of Sanctuary

Running Time: 93 mins

Release Date: June 21st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Keiichi Satou

Writer: Tomohiro Suzuki (Screenplay), Masami Kuramada (Original Creator)

Starring: Ayaka Sasaki (Saori Kido/Athena), Kaito Ishikawa (Pegasus Seiya), Daisuke Namikawa (Aquarius Camus), Kenji Akabane Dragon Shiryu), Kensho Ono (Cygnus Hyoga),


This film adapts the popular Saint Seiya manga which was published in the 80’s. It focusses on Sanctuary arc from Masami Kuramada’s manga and is directed by Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny TV anime, Ashura). The story starts with Saori, a girl with a mysterious power who finds out that she’s the reincarnation of the goddess Athena and she gets saved from an assassin by Pegasus Seiya who tells her all of the details about her destiny which involves heading to Sanctuary and waging a war against its Pope. To do this, she needs Seiya and his fellow Bronze Saints to battle twelve Gold Saints.



Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen’s Gravestone   Lupin the IIIrd Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone Film Poster

Japanese Title: LUPIN THE IIIRD 次元大介の墓標

Romaji: Lupin the Third: Jigen Daisuke no Bohyou

Running Time: 51 mins

Release Date: June 21st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Takeshi Koike

Writer: Yuuya Takahashi (Screenplay), Monkey Punch (Original Creator),

Starring: Daisuke Jigen (Kiyoshi Kobayashi), Arsene Lupin III (Kanichi Kurit), Miyuki Sawashiro (Fujiko Mine), Kouichi Yamadera (Koichi Zenigata)

Lupin fans get ready for more cat-burglary shenanigans as he’s back in a spinoff from the 2012 TV anime Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. Instead of focussing on Fujiko, this tells the story of Jigen and how he became friends with Lupin. The film is directed by Takeshi Koike (Redline).

Lupin and Jigen infiltrate East Doroa to steal a secret treasure called Little Comet. Queen Malta, a singer from East Doroa, was just assassinated in neighbouring West Doroa, resulting in a tense situation at the border. Despite the chaos the duo successfully steal the Little Comet, but a sniper tries to shoot Jigen during their getaway. The sniper is Yael Okuzaki, an assassin who prepares graves for his targets before executing his kills. It is said that no one has survived after Yael Okuzaki makes a grave for that target.



Super High Speed! Alternate Attendance   Mission Impossible Samurai Film Poster

International Title: Mission Impossible Samurai

Japanese Title:超高速!参勤交代

Romaji: Chokosoku ! Sankin kotai

Running Time: 119 mins

Release Date: June 21st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Katsuhide Motoki

Writer: Akihiro Dobashi (Screenplay),

Starring: Kuranosuke Sasaki, Kyoko Fukada, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Masahiko Nishimura, Takanori Jinnai, Yasufumi Terawaki, Seiji Rokkaku,

 The Yunagaya Domain in the Tohoku region is small but it has a goldmine that some in the Shogun’s government want. Masaatsu Naito is ordered to perform Sankin-kotai which means that the daimyo visits the shogun in Edo. Unfortunately the cost is high and the time limit of 8 days is short. Could this be a plot to steal the gold mine? Masaatsu has to get the Sankin-kotai done!



The Round Table    Round Table Film Poster

Japanese Title: 円卓 こっこ、ひと夏のイマジン

Romaji: Entaku

Running Time: 113 mins

Release Date: June 21st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Isao Yukisada

Writer: Chihiro Ito (Screenplay), Kanako Nishi (Novel),

Starring: Mana Ashida, Ryuhei Maruyama, Misato Aoyama, Jingi Irie, Norito Yashima, Ayumi Ishida, Mikijiro Hira

Kokko (Ashida) has a loving family yet is dissatisfied with life and admires loneliness…



Aibiki   Aibiki Film Poster

Japanese Title:逢いびき

Romaji: Aibiki

Running Time: 83 mins

Release Date: June 21st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Yukinari Hanawa

Writer: N/A (Screenplay),

Starring: Junko Maru, Shinsuki Akagi, Akane Yurika,

Yokohama is the location of a love affair between  freelance photographer named Tadashi (Akagi) and Yuko (Maru), a part-timer at a design company. Their boredom with family life propels them into each other’s arms but will their passion bring disaster?



Uwakoi 2    Uwakoi 2 Film Poster

Japanese Title:うわこい 2

Romaji: Uwakoi 2

Running Time: 106 mins

Release Date: June 21st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Hitoshi Ishikawa

Writer:  Hitoshi Ishikawa, Chihiro Nakamura, Norihisa Yoshimura (Screenplay), Masahiro Itosugi (Original Manga)

Starring: Yurina Yanagi, Tomoyuki Ishida, Nami Motoyama

This is the second part of a trilogy which adapts an ecchi manga.

In the first film, Yukiteru (Ishida) burns his house down and he has to move into the house of his friend Yuno (Yanagi). As they have grew up they became known as a couple but a transfer student in Yuno’s class, Rena (Motoyama), became interested in Yukiteru and the two become intimate… And yet Yukiteru goes back to Yuno but cannot forget Rena and when the three are in the same room during a birthday party, sparks fly…



Chichi no Kokoro   Chichi no Kokoro Film Poster

Japanese Title:父のこころ

Romaji: Chichi no Kokoro

Running Time: 89 mins

Release Date: June 21st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Masaaki Taniguchi

Writer:  Masaaki Taniguchi, Toshiharu Hamamoto (Screenplay),

Starring: Masaji Otsuka, Airi Kaminishi, Takako Hinago, Miki Meiki,

Masaaki Taniguchi director of Signal and The Girl Who Leapt through Time casts the folk singer Masaji Otsuka in his first film at the age of 63. Otsuka portrays a man who flew the coop and left his family after getting fired from his job. She had to support her two children alone. The son, Kenichi, discovers his father and wants to bring him back because his sister Emi is getting married. It will be a surprise. Mother is not pleased.



China / Japan My Country   China Japan My Country Film Poster

Japanese Title:中国・日本 わたしの国

Romaji: Chuugoku / Nihon Watashi no Kuni

Running Time: 108 mins

Release Date: June 21st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: N/A

Writer:  N/A

Starring: Shizuka Yamada


The documentary looks at kids of Japanese fathers and Chinese mothers who were left behind during the post-war period through the story of Shizuka Yamada who was raised in China and moved to Japan.



Nothing Parts 71   Nothing Parts 71 Film Poster

Japanese Title: Nothing Parts 71

Romaji: Nothing Parts 71

Running Time: 123 mins

Release Date: June 21st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Sento Takenori

Writer:  Sento Takenori, Yuki Yamada (Screenplay),

Starring: Shinichi Tsuha, Shoichi Yamada, Akira Nakao, Joe Torreson, Tomoji Yamashiro

Sento Takenori, producer of Eureka, makes his directorial debut with this film set in Okinawa. A teacher named Tomokazu gets sent to prison after a confrontation with an American soldier results in death. When he gets out, he is plagued by trauma and takes a job recovering war dead. He soon makes friends with a man named Shinji who also joins him in the job (after almost running Tomokazu over).


A Voyage of Bun-you: Vietnam and Okinawa  Ishikawa Bun’yo wo Tabi suru Film Poster

Japanese Title:石川文洋を旅する

Romaji: Ishikawa Bun’yo wo Tabi suru

Running Time: 109 mins

Release Date: June 21st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Koichi Omiya

Writer:  N/A

Starring: Ishikawa Bunyo

Ishikawa Bunyo is a famous reporter who was stations in Saigon during the Vietnam war and stayed there in the aftermath, photographing battles and the transition to modern Vietnam. He has also documented the presence of US bases in Okinawa. This documentary looks at his work.


3 thoughts on “Fukushima (Town of Love and Hope), Saint Seiya Legend of Sanctuary, Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen’s Gravestone, Mission Impossible Samurai, The Round Table, Aibiki, Nothing Parts 71, Uwakoi 2 and Other Japanese Film Trailers

  1. There’s a lot to contemplate here! Will have to have another look at all these titles – or, maybe, I’ll just be totally lazy and wait for which ones you love!
    Lynn 😀

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