Jossy’s, Disregarded People, Ninjani Sanjo! Mirai e no Tatakai, Otaku’s Daughter, We Are the Reds The Movie, Persona 3 the Movie #2 Midsummer Knight’s Dream, ポルトレ PORTRAIT, Flower Life Nakagawa Yukio, Godzilla (Re-mastered) and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Aldnoah.ZeroKey ImageThis time last week I was at the Terracotta Far East Film Festival where I was going to experience the awesomeness that is The Snow White Murder Case and other titles.I’ve got those reviews in the pipe-line and they are due next week. The Japanese selection was awesome and I am glad that I went, watched the films and hung out with fellow bloggers. Today I am going to another film festival which is screening nothing but anime like Patema Inverted, one of my most titles from 2013 I wanted to see but missed. Alas, the weather isn’t as good but I’ll be indoors for most of the day.

This week was spent gobbling chocolates and biscuits I got from the Japan  Centre and posting about some my Summer 2014 anime picks. I also put together a number of articles for Anime UK News about the Summer 2014 anime and they have gone down well on the forums. I also posted about a film festival happening in Dallas where one can watch some cool looking East Asian films!

What’s released in Tokyo this week?

 

Jossy’s   Jossys Film Poster

Japanese Title:女子―ズ

Romaji: Joshi-zu

Running Time: 97 mins

Release Date: June 07th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Yuichi Fukuda

Writer: Yuichi Fukuda (Screenplay),

Starring: Mirei Kiritani, Mina Fujii, Mitsuki Takahata, Kasumi Arimura, Mizuki Yamamoto, Ken Yasuda, Jiro Yasuda, Sautoki Minagawa,

Super Sentai shows… I’m no fan. With its mix of the fantastical and reality this might be funny in a way that the second half of Samurai Flamenco wasn’t… Samurai Flamenco, you broke my heart by taking that Super Sentai stuff seriously.

 

Monsters are attacking Earth and only heroes can save the day. These heroes are women whose surnames refer to colours – for example, Kanoko Midoriyama and Naoko Akagi – and these colours will be the uniforms they wear. Under the leadership of Commander Charles, these dames use their special “Women Tornado” to beat the crap out of monsters. The only problem is that they need to be together to use their special power and with love lives, shopping and personal things going on… Getting their schedules to synch might be a problem…

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Asian Film Festival of Dallas Preview Snippet

The 13th Asian Film Festival of Dallas will be launched in just over a month’s time and I have been contacted with some of the line-up. Looking at last year’s festival one can see a rich mix of titles from East Asia with anime making a huge impact. I like the look of the Japanese selection which included Berserk: Golden Age Arc I, Rurouni Kenshin, and Key of Life. The films I have been told about point to a diverse bunch which means that there should be something for everyone.

This year’s festival takes place from July 10th to July 17th at the Angelika Theatre which will be the place that Asian film fans can watch 40 feature films and shorts. There is a mixture of titles from Japan and Korea, some of which have been featured on this blog. Here are the films that were revealed so far:

 

Geki x Cine’s Seven Souls in Skull Castle                 Geki x Cine Film Poster

Japanese Title: ゲキ X シネ髑髏城城 の 七 にん

Romaji: Geki x Shine Dokuro Shiro no Shichi nin

Release Date: January 12th 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 179 mins.

Director: Kazuki Nakajima, Hidenori Inoue

Writer: Kazuki Nakajima, Hidenori Inoue

Starring: Shun Oguri, Mirai Moriyama, Taichi Saotome, Eiko Koike, Ryo Katsuji, Riisa Naka

If you want to do a historical epic, why not try doing it by maing a stageplay? This is the big-screen showing of the Gekidan Shinkansen theatre troupe’s production and it stars big names like Shun Oguri, Eiko Koike and Mirai Moriyama.

It is the Sengoku Period and Oda Nobunaga is old news as Toyotomi Hideyoshi tries to unify Japan. Hideyoshi (Moriyama) finds his path to glory taking a sticky turn when he runs into a group of samurai holed up in a fortress known as Skull Castle which stands near a village known as Salvation which has overthrown its feudal lord. Cue epic siege and a cast of characters including a wandering samurai (Oguri), a prostitute (Eiko) and a girl (Naka) who knows the secrets of the seven samurai. 

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Genkina hito’s Summer 2014 Anime Picks

Genkina hito’s Summer 2014 Anime Picks Ikemen Image

I submitted my Anime UK News Summer 2014 Preview last night and it’s awaiting a second pass in the validation queue from an editor. I wrote about 45 new shows airing on Japanese television and provided background and info and trailers on them. It might not look pretty but it gives info on what you might want to watch.

For the first time in a few seasons, I felt pretty light-hearted about writing up most of these shows and that’s mostly because of the diversity of shows.

Update: My Summer Anime Preview Part 1 and Part 2 are now out and forum discussion is here.

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All-Round Appraiser Q: The Eyes of Mona Lisa, A Minute More, Robot Girls Z, Samurai Pirates, Inabe, Samurai Zombie Fragile, Beauty Within, Oyako Present to the Future, Mother of the Bride, Japanese Film Trailers

Kiyoshi Kurosawa Real Takeru Sato Haruka AyaseThere are so many films released this weekend that I have had to split the trailer post into two (which I was doing a few months ago). I have had everything scheduled because I am down in London for the Terracotta Far East Film Festival where I’ll be watching three or four Japanese films, all of them released in Japanese cinemas this year – talk about fresh out of the oven. 

As far as this/last week’s blogging goes, I ended up posting reviews for Blue Ruin and Real, the Japanese line-up for the Edinburgh Film Festival and I posted trailers yesterday. So there. That’s your lot. You can breathe a sigh of relief over the fact that you don’t have to read any more badly spelled posts from me… Until Wednesday. 

 

All-Round Appraiser Q: The Eyes of Mona Lisa    All-Round Appraiser Q The Eyes of Mona Lisa Film Poster

Japanese Title:万能鑑定士Q モナ・リザの瞳

Romaji: Bannou Kanteishi Q Monariza no Hitomi

Running Time: 119 mins

Release Date: May 31st, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Shinsuke Sato

Writer: Manabu Uda (Screenplay), Keisuke Matsuoka (Original Novel)

Starring: Haruka Ayase, Tori Matsuzaka, Eriko Hatsune, Hiroaki Murakami, Pierre Deladonchamps, Jun Hashimoto

Based on a popular mystery novel by Keisuke Matsuoka, the story follows Riko Rinda (Ayase) who is an appraiser with sound judgement and an excellent memory. She’s in Paris because she has been hired by The Louvre to help facilitate a Mona Lisa exhibition in Japan. Yuto Ogasawara (Matsuzaka) is a magazine writer who follows her as she tries to solve a mystery. It looks very much like the BBC’s modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes what with the on-screen text and character who possesses super observational skills.

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Monsterz, Rose Color’s Buko, The Assorted Horizon, Sad Tea, June Light’s 3 Sisters, Nemurihime: Dream On Dreamer, Uwakoi, SAYAMA Mienai Tejo o Hazusu Made, Gekijouban Yuto-Kun Ga Iku, The Next Generation Patlabor Chapter 2 Japanese Film Trailers

Blue Ruin Amy HargreavesThere are so many films released this weekend I have split this post into two.  Here are a mixture of some of the big hitters for this weekend with some documentaries.  Sunday’s post will contain another mix.

 

Monsterz  Monsterz Film Poster

Japanese Title:モンスターズ

Romaji: Monsuta-zu

Running Time: 112 mins

Release Date: May 30th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Hideo Nakata

Writer: Yusuke Watanabe (Screenplay), Kim Min-seok (Original Script)

Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takayuki Yamada, Satomi Ishihara, Tomorowo Taguchi, Yutaka Matsushige, Tae Kimura,

Hideo Nakata of Ringu fame is back with an adaptation of a 2010 Korean film called Haunters which starred Gang Dong-Won (Duelist). Anyway, the story is about the battle between two men with special abilities. The film stars Tatsuya Fujiwara (Parade) and Takayuki Yamada (13 Assassins) who looks even more handsome with his neat haircut. Also in the film is Tomorowo Taguchi who is a legend thanks to his performance in Tetsuo: The Iron Man.

A Man (Fujiwara) possesses the ability to manipulate others with his eyes. With his ability he killed his abusive step-father but was abandoned by his mother. He now lives the life of a loner. His life changes again when he encounters a man he cannot manipulate. That man is Shuichi Tanaka (Yamada) who lives with his friends and works a dead-end job. He may not have money but his voice has special abilities…

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