A Drop of the Grapevine, Cape Nostalgia, Kin Kyori Renai, Housoukinshi: Sennou – Jaaku Naru Tetsu no Image, Harmonics Minyoung, Fukushima A Record of Living Things Episode Two Disruption, Sengoku Bloody Agent, The Tenor Lirico Spinto, Movie Version Japanese Film Trailers

ParasyteHello, dear audience. I hope you are all well. The autumn anime season is in full swing and I have watched a lot of premieres for a lot of shows. I was very impressed with Parasyte, fun a blackly comic body horror, and Gugure! Kokuri-san a comedy that made me laugh more than I hoped for. It also had a really, really dark tone surrounding the loneliness of the characters. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis was as action-packed as hoped. The biggest disappointment was Amagi Brilliant Park which didn’t make me laugh at all, plus a needless nude shot.

In terms of films, I had unexpected fun at work when I struck up a conversation with a lady from Hong Kong and we talked Wong Kar-Wai for quite a while. Moments like that make life fun. On the blog, I posted about the Korean action-thriller A Company Man and the UK release of Black Butler.

Next week, I’ll be back in London for the BFI London Film Festival. The following day, I’ll be watching Black Butler!

What is released this weekend?

A Drop of the Grapevine   A Drop of the Grapevine Film Poster

Japanese: ぶどうのなみだ

Romaji: Budou no Namida

Release Date: October 11th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 117 mins.

Director: Yukiko Mishima

Writer: Yukiko Mishima (Screenplay),

Starring: Yo Oizumi, Yuko Ando, Shota Sometani, Kyoko Enami, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kitaro, Ren Osugi, Lily,

Ao (Oizumi) returns to back home to Sorachi, Hokkaido, to take over his father’s vineyard after many years away. His younger brother Roku (Sometani) has never known him and their reunion is frosty but the two agree to work together try an create a special wine called “Black Diamond”, but it is a hard job and things look bad until a travelling camper named Erika (Ando) enters their lives and brings harmony.

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Cape Nostalgia   Cape Nostalgia Film Poster

Japanese: ふしぎな岬の物語

Romaji: Fushigina Misaki no Monogatari

Release Date: October 11th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 117 mins.

Director: Izuru Narushima

Writer: Masato Kato (Screenplay), Akio Morisawa (Original Novel)

Starring: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Hiroshi Abe, Yuko Takeuchi, Arata Iura, Eiko Koike, Tsurube Shofukutei,

Etsuko (Yoshinaga) lives in a village in Cape Myogane, Chiba Prefecture. With the help of her nephew Koji (Abe), she runs a coffee shop that has views of Mount Fuji. It is a popular place for people to gather and Etsuko shares the lives of her patrons.

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Kin Kyori Renai    Kin Kyori Film Poster

Japanese: 近キョリ恋愛

Romaji: Kin Kyori Renai

Release Date: October 11th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 118 mins.

Director: Naoto Kumazawa

Writer: Yukiko Manabe (Screenplay), Rin Mikimoto (Original Novel)

Starring: Tomohisa Yamashita, Nana Komatsu, Hirofumi Arai, Asami Mizukawa, Nozomu Kotaki, Mizuki Yamamoto, Kazuma Sano,

A film where a teacher starts a relationship with his pupil and the guy isn’t arrested…? This is based on a manga that was adapted into a television show and video game.

Haruka Sakurai (Yamashita) is a handsome part-time English teacher who is popular with his stuents. When he gives privates lessons to one of his students named Yuni (Komatsu) she develops more romantic feelings for him…

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Housoukinshi: Sennou – Jaaku Naru Tetsu no Image   Housoukinshi Sennou – Jaaku Naru Tetsu no Image Film Poster

Japanese: 放送禁止 洗脳 邪悪なる鉄のイメージ

Romaji: Housoukinshi: Sennou – Jaaku Naru Tetsu no Image

Release Date: October 11th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 118 mins.

Director: Toshikazu Nagae

Writer: Toshikazu Nagae (Screenplay), Rin Mikimoto (Original Novel)

Starring: N/A

A psychotherapist named Kirika Odajima is handed the case of a woman named Shimako who was brainwashed after a mysterious event which drove away her family. While digging into the story, Odajima finds a recording made by a journalist and friend of Shimako, Minami Washizu. On the recording is something horrifying.  Something evil.

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Minyon Baionno Hōsoku / Harmonics Minyoung   Harmonics Minyoung Film Poster

Japanese: ミンヨン 倍音の法則

Romaji: Minyon Baionno Hōsoku

Release Date: October 11th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 140 mins.

Director: Shoichiro Sasaki

Writer: Shoichiro Sasaki (Screenplay),

Starring: Min Youg, Yun Young, Hideaki Muto, Tatsunori Tanbe,

Min-Young is a college student living in Seoul who, inspired by the photo her recently deceased grandmother, goes in search of the Japanese family in the photo which was taken way back in World War II. She travels to Japan and encounters various people and learns of the hardships of the Japanese family.

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Fukushima A Record of Living Things Episode Two Disruption   Fukushima A Record of Living Things Episode Two Disruption

Japanese: 福島 生きもの の 記録 シリーズ2 異変

Romaji: Fukushima Ikimono no Kiroku Shirīzu 2 ihen

Release Date: October 11th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 85 mins.

Director: Masanori Iwasaki

Writer: Masanori Iwasaki (Screenplay),

Starring: N/A

Hats off to Japanese documentarians who are still reporting on the 3/11 disaster and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown because they are tracking the reach of the damage done to the ecosystem, the people and animals. This one is about animals such as macaques, cows and birds which were left in the danger zone. Some strange physical variations have been reported… Nothing exceptionally dangerous like in Fallout 3 but still, things are changing. It’s a sequel to a documentary released last year which picked up an award for Excellence at the Japan Film Awards.

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Sengoku Bloody Agent      Sengoku Bloody Agent Film Poster

Japanese: 戦極 Bloody Agent

Romaji: Sengoku Bloody Agent

Release Date: October 11th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 83 mins.

Director: Naoki Takeda

Writer: Naoki Takeda, Shin Tachibana (Screenplay),

Starring: Ayumi Kinoshita, Yuto Nakano, Masaki Nishimori, Rei Toda, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, Etsuke Sasai, Rie Nishiwaki,

It isn’t all horror, idols, and school girls! Japan can create bad ass low-budget action films. In this one, a woman named Aika (Kinoshita) hires a group of martial arts experts to take out every yakuza organisation in Japan but they meet their match with the Black Bullet organisation!

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Kumano Kara   From Kumano Film Poster

Japanese: 熊野から

Romaji: Kumano Kara

Release Date: October 11th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 90 mins.

Director: Chiseko Tanaka

Writer: Chiseko Tanaka (Screenplay),

Starring: Tsuyoshi Kaibe, Yoshinobu Iseya, Koichi Ito,

A travel writer and his best friend head to the south of Japan to visit a series of shrines from Taisha to Kumanogawa, Kamikura and Totsukawa. They see priests and pilgrims tourists and locals. Although there are actors here, some of the things filmed are unscripted.

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Kabadeen! Gekitotsu Koko hen    Kabadeen! Gekitotsu Koko hen Film Poster

Japanese: カバディーン!!!!!!!  激突・怒黒高校篇

Romaji: Kabadeen! Gekitotsu Koko hen

Release Date: October 04th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 92 mins.

Director: Yuichi Abe

Writer: Kota Oura (Screenplay),

Starring: Ryusuke Nakamura, Daisuke Watanabe, Toshihiko Tanaka,

This is about a bunch of ikemen high school boys who play a game called Kabaddi and that originates in India. The basketball team are invited to sign up.

Following on from last week’s Kabadeen! Film, this one sees the basketball team come to terms with the change of sport and they engage in brutal training in a forest to be Kabaddi all-stars…

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HappinessCharge Precure! The Movie: The Ballerina of the Land ofHappiness Charge Precure! The Movie The Ballerina of the Land of Dolls Film Poster Dolls

Japanese: 映画ハピネスチャージプリキュア!人形の国のバレリーナ

Romaji: Eiga HapinesuCha-ji Purikyua! Ningyō no Kuni no Bararina

Release Date: October 04th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 92 mins.

Director: Chiaki Kon

Writer: Yoshimi Narita (Screenplay),

Starring: Haruka Tomatsu (Iona Hikawa/Cure Fortune), Megumi Han (Hime Shirayuki/Cure Princess), Megumi Nakajima (Megumi Aino/Cure Lovely), Rina Kitagawa (Yuuko Oomori/Cure Honey),

The Pretty Cure girls are all set to watch a play when the dolls start talking. “Please rescue our kingdom!” the ballerina named Tsumugi says, and she leads the Pretty Cures to the Doll Kingdom. The Pretty Cures find things look normal at first, they are surrounded by cute stuffed animals and clockwork soldiers, but things get strange when they encounter a mysterious man named Black Fang. It turns out he is attacking the kingdom. Worse is to come when he captures Tsumugi. The Pretty Cures won’t stand for this and aim to save the day.

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Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Voyage of Remembrance   Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Remembrance Film Poster

Japanese: 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199「追憶の航海」

Romaji: Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Tsuioku no Kōkai

Release Date: October 11th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 131 mins.

Director: Takao Kato

Writer: Shigeru Morita (Screenplay),

Starring: Daisuke Ono, Takayui Sugo, Noriko Kuwashima, Kenichi Sugumura, Aya Uchida, Rina Sato, Shizuka Ito, Aya Hisakawa,

This is a compilation of the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 series, 26 episodes condensed into 131 minutes, ahead of the reboot for the franchise. Aliens’ attack Earth, humanity builds a big spaceship named Yamato. Lasers are fired. Things explode.

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The Tenor Lirico Spinto   The Tenor Film Poster

Japanese: ザ・テノール 真実の物語

Romaji: Za Tenōru Shinjitsu no Monogatari

Release Date: October 11th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 121 mins.

Director: Sang Man Kim

Writer: Sang Man Kim (Screenplay),

Starring: Ye-ryeon Cha, Yusuke Iseya, Ji-tae Yu, Natasa Tapuskovic, Kii Kitano, Dean Dawson,

Bae is a Korean opera singer and a rising star in the European opera world. Sawada is a music producer who wants to recruit him for a performance in Japan. The two become friends but when thyroid cancer threatens Bae’s life, he must have it cut out and that means cutting his vocal chords and losing his voice. With Sawada’s help, Bae gets back on the road to recovery and, possibly, back to singing.

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Tsuma ga Koishita Natsu   Tsuma ga Koishita Natsu Film Poster

Japanese: 妻が恋した夏

Romaji: Tsuma ga Koishita Natsu

Release Date: October 11th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 88 mins.

Director: Shinji Imaoka

Writer: Shinji Imaoka (Screenplay),

Starring: Mao Miyaji, Noboru Kaneko, Rynosuke Kawai, Honoka,

Koji has lost his wife Kaori physically and emotionally before she died and yet she was three months pregnant despite their sexless relationship… Koji decides to investigate their past including a former lover he had named Reiko…

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Endless Affair Owari Naki Jouji Movie Version   Endless Affair Owari Naki Jouji Film Poster

Japanese: 劇場版エンドレスアフェア 終わりなき情事

Romaji: Gekijouban Endoresu Afea Owari Naki Jouji

Release Date: October 11th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 103 mins.

Director: Shinji Imaoka

Writer: Shinji Imaoka (Screenplay),

Starring: Shigeyuki Totsugi, Hijiri Kojima, Tomoharu Hasegawa, Wakana Sakai, Ikkei Watanabe, Mickey Curtis,

Jdramas wrote about the drama last month because the film started off as a TV show.

Kosuke is a married man and a section manager in the media department of a large company. He has the chance to be the next department manager and to become the leader of a massive building project but things are in danger when a rival arrives at the company. Tachibana is desperate and so he contacts someone connected to the project, an ex-girlfriend from his university days…  The two meet and soon, Kosuke is cheating on his wife with whom he has become distant. More complications emerge.

The wife is better looking than the mistress… If I were him, I’d make more effort at home.

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This post took ages to write and I bet it took ages for you to read. Here’s a random video as a reward:

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19 thoughts on “A Drop of the Grapevine, Cape Nostalgia, Kin Kyori Renai, Housoukinshi: Sennou – Jaaku Naru Tetsu no Image, Harmonics Minyoung, Fukushima A Record of Living Things Episode Two Disruption, Sengoku Bloody Agent, The Tenor Lirico Spinto, Movie Version Japanese Film Trailers

  1. A Drop of Grapevine!

    Kin Kyori Renai… ick ick ick. I can’t understand that they are still doing these kind of stories. Or all the people swooning over it, just because of Yamapi. It’s still ick and Yamapi still can’t act.

    <The wife is better looking than the mistress… If I were him, I’d make more effort at home.

    Ummm, really? So it would have been okay to cheat on her if she'd been uglier? Or you should just make an effort if someone looks good?

    1. Yeah Kin Kyori Renai, I was surprised to see how big it was. I haven’t read or watched the entire thing but the teacher-student story and parts of the trailer are wrong on so many levels and films/media should not legitimise what is a serious issue.

      As for the comment on Endless Affair, I believe that if his relationship is floundering, he should make an effort to get back in touch with his wife. Marriage is a two-way street and they should discuss it. But that would make a boring drama! So he got in touch with an old flame except, for me, that old flame doesn’t hold a candle to his wife in terms of beauty so my mind is boggled by the betrayal. So yeah, he should put more effort in at home because she’s probably unhappy.

      1. It’s a quite common genre in shoujo mangas, supposedly because it’s a story it’s “okay”. And when it pops up in dramas (more kdramas come to mind than j-dramas), you’d be surprised how many people just kind of excuse it because it’s their favourite actors playing the characters. But then again, the kind of atrocious behaviour that is excused in kdramas, just because the actor is “hot” or does “cute” stuff is amazing. I’m just seeing psychos, creeps, paedophiles (etc.).

        It’s not that it’s a topic that shouldn’t pop up at all, but ethical part is nearly always ignored.

        As for Endless Affair, beauty isn’t everything in a relationship and it certainly doesn’t make a good relationship. Yeah, he should make an effort with his wife, but not because she’s more beautiful.

      2. That’s why I wondered why the guy wasn’t arrested… Just really uncomfortable with normalising what is a rather dangerous and potentially exploitative relationship that would and should cause outrage.

        Of course beauty isn’t everything. I should know since I’m a regular Tatsuo Fukuda.

        Watching Fuku-chan of Fukufuku Flats cut a little close to the bone in some scenes. Another example of how Yosuke Fujita knows how to write real people since I saw a lot of myself in the characters. Never got bullied like Tatsuo, though, thank the Lord.

  2. Thanks for the Korean-Japanese collaboration with Yusuke Iseya, been trying hard to update my list featuring actors from the two nations, and this one looks good. It maybe cheesy, but hey it can be good too. 🙂

    I just finished Ep1 of Parasyte and I agree with you, it’s fun to watch, enough to keep audience interest and makes the live action adaptation with Shota Sometani even more anticipated than already is.

    1. Tenor looks like a solid drama and I bet its tale of friendship would make me cry no matter how hard I try not to! It’s heartening to see that the film industries of both nations are making an effort to work together.

      I am really looking forward to the live action adaptation of Parasyte. The trailers suggest that the director has a solid grasp on horror and is willing to play things to their bloody extreme. Plus Shota Sometani!

      1. Good to hear on Parasyte live action, I also look forward to your review of Black Butler, saw it already, but then again, watching it on a really big screen and on top of that at a film festival is something altogether different.

      1. I’ve been listening to their covers the past hour. A lot of fun, and a lot of heart.

        I think I had found them one time looking for something else, but now I subscribed to them on YouTube.

        I salute you sir.

      1. I had to bring up images of the two on Google and there is a fleeting resemblance but I didn’t register it to a similar degree that you did. Mao has softer features. I think I’ll use this as an excuse to look at their images again and then cry because they are angels and I am a mere mortal. Excuse me.

      2. AsI say it was that particular screen cap in the youtube window that made me think -“Is that “Mao Inoue”? then I read the name Kinoshita, (which I hadn’t heard in years).

        I agree though that Inoue’s features are softer which makes her more expressive (and cuter! 😉 )

  3. Too bad about Amagi Brilliant Park. Maybe the next episode will be better. I still have to watch that one and Shingeki no Bahamut. You’ve interested me in Watching the Kokkuri anime. I Don’t Understand What My Husband is saying is only three minutes long, and Denki-gai’s comedy is rather hit or miss and driven completely off otaku culture. I need to find a better comedy!

    Sengoku Bloody Agent looks like fun. I’ll need to give that movie a shot.

    1. Shingeki no Bahamut! That and Parasyte had the strongest debuts. Psycho-Pass Season 2 was solid. Despite the slim premise, Gugure! Kokuri-san was sweet and dark and funny and I can see myself watching that until the very end.

  4. GooseHouse is one of my favorite bands, love this song you posted! Cape Nostalgia looks to be a rather relaxing film and the Yamato film looks like it is a step in the right direction for people that don’t want to watch the series. Enjoyed your post. Amagi Brilliant Park was ok, I would really like to see Kyoto Animation do another original series or even adapt a novel, all they are doing aside from Free! and Tamako Market these days are light novel adaptations.

    1. Cape Nostalgia… I watched a similar looking/feeling film at the London Film Festival – The Furthest End Awaits. You could try that.

      There’s going to be a brand new Yamato film released at the end of the year. The current series got excellent reviews but I have never been that interested in the series.

      The only Kyoto Animation anime I like are Hyouka and Nichijou, the others… don’t really work for me despite looking gorgeous so dropping Amagi one proves quite easy. Parasyte is truly excellence! I watched the second episode more times than I care to admit. Shingeki no Bahamut and Gugure! Kokkuri-san are also proving to be very entertaining.

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