Disconcerto, Rhapsody in front of Mahoro Station, Itsuka no, Genkan Tachi to, The Kumamoto Dormitory, The Next Generation Patlabor Chapter 5, Planet Mizusa, Wakusai Mizusa, Kenjuu to Medama-shou and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Planet Mizsa Film ImageBack from the BFI London Film Festival and two more films go on my huge backlog of reviews to write… Wednesday was all about The World of Kanako and The Furthest End Awaits, two massively different films and both awesome. I got to meet Tetsuya Nakashima and have my picture taken with him as well as ask some questions! On top of those two films, I also watched Black Butler on Friday and enjoyed a lot – Ayame Gouriki and Hiro Mizushima were both fantastic in bringing the characters to life. Next week I have to watch Annabelle and the week after I watch Ghostbusters. Is this review list going to ever be whittled down?

I’ll get to it. I hope to have The World of Kanako, Fuku-chan the The Light Only Shines There done and posted in the next two weeks.

Anyway, not much else this week except television like Shingeki no Bahamut, Parasyte (WHAT AN AWESOME SECOND EPISODE!), Gugure! Kokkuri-san (still very funny), and The Walking Dead which had an awesome episode to open up series five with.

This week I posted a review of the film How Selfish I Am! Which I saw at the Raindance Film Festival.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

God Tongue: Kiss Pressure Game The Movie 2 Psychic Love   God Tongue Kiss Pressure Game The Movie 2 Psychic Love Film Poster

Japanese: ゴッドタン キス我慢選手権 THE MOVIE2 サイキック・ラブ

Romaji: Goddotan Kisu Gaman Senshuken The Movie2 Saikikku Rabu

Release Date: October 17th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 117 mins.

Director: Nobuyuki Sakuma

Writer: Nobuyuki Sakuma (Screenplay),

Starring: Hitori Gekidan, Hiroaki Ogi, Yuki Himura, Osamu Shitara, Ken Yahagi, Ai Uehara, Minami Kojima, Marina Shiraishi, Hideaki Ito,

I remember a moment, back in the distant past of 2013, writing about the first God Tongue movie in a trailer post quite well. The reason I remember it is because I like the title God Tongue. So mysterious and sexy. Is the movie a romance or a dark mystery? Does the protagonist have a silver tongue that allows him/her to charm their way into and out of situations? That poster has so much going on, it looks awesome! Is it the sequel to the awesome video game, God Hand? It could also be a Pink film.

Subsequent research (browsing videos on YouTube – very scientific, as you can see) led me to watch the original TV show it is based on and I was disappointed. It is based on a variety show where comedians making jokes about/involving sexy women on cheap sets. It was a drag to watch. I suppose this stuff is funnier if you’re Japanese and understand the language perfectly.

Hitori Gekidan is dropped off at a school where there is someone with psychic powers causing trouble and he must not kiss for an entire day or something…

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Disconcerto (English Title) / Rhapsody in front of Mahoro Station Mahoro Ekimae Kyousoukyoku Film Poster(literal title)

Japanese: まほろ 駅前 狂騒

Romaji: Mahoro Ekimae Kyousoukyoku

Release Date: October 18th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 124 mins.

Director: Tatsushi Omori

Writer: Tatsushi Omori, Hikaru Kurozumi (Screenplay), Shion Miura (Original Novel),

Starring: Eita, Ryuhei Matsuda, Yoko Maki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kengo Kora, Maro Akaji, Nao Omori, Miku Iwasaki, Shohei Uno, Hirofumi Arai, Masaki Miura, Tomoko Naraoka,

This was recently screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival which I wrote about and from which I have copied and pasted the following text.

Director Tatsushi Omori had a strong year in 2013 with his film, The Ravine of Goodbye, and switches tones with this laid back title. He reunites with his leading lady from that film, Yoko Maki, and teams her up with two of Japan’s most talented young actors, Eita and Ryuhei Matsuda. This is the sequel film which was the sequel of a television series which was based on the novel of Shion Miura. Tony Rayns calls this, “a package of unsinkable charm!,” and he knows his stuff.

Tada (Eita) runs a “benriya” – a do-it-all service – in front of the fictional Mahoro Station n Tokyo. He is optimistic unlike his friend Gyoten (Matsuda) who is cynical. The two blunder through various assignments but when people and events from Gyoten’s past show up their friendship is pushed to breaking point…

Itsuka no, Genkan Tachi to   
Itsuka no, Genkan Tachi to Film Poster

Japanese: いつか の、 玄関たちと、

Romaji: Itsuka no, Genkan Tachi to

Release Date: October 18th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 85 mins.

Director: Yu Katsumata

Writer: Yu Katsumata (Screenplay),

Starring: Reina Fujie, Mugi Tachibana, Aya Enjoji, Chiako Matsubara, Houka Kinoshita, Michi Yamamura, Mayuno Katsuo, Kouyou Igarashi

Eighteen-year-old Ayame (Fujie) is a high school student who is about to graduate from high school. Her dream is to go to Tokyo but when her older sister Sumire (Tachibana) returns to the family home with her daughter Mayuko (Katsuo) who is also eighteen-years-old, Ayame finds her life disrupted.

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Kids=Zero   Kids=Zero Film Poster

Japanese: Kids=Zero キッズ=ゼロ

Romaji: Kids=Zero Kizzu=Zero

Release Date: October 18th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 62 mins.

Director: N/A

Writer: Yasutoshi Murakawa (Screenplay),

Starring: Aihime Yamaoka, Ai Yamazaki, Kei Kagaya, Ryoichi Yamaguchi

A tokusatsu series where kids in a talent school take the lead in the fight against evil. Some serious acting and acrobatics can be seen from these young ones, some of whom are mixed-race. 

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Kenjuu to Medama-shou   Kenjuu to Medama-shou Film Poster

Japanese: 拳銃と目玉焼

Romaji: Kenjuu to Medama-shou

Release Date: October 18th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 113 mins.

Director: Junichi Yasuda

Writer: Junichi Yasuda (Screenplay),

Starring: Takahiro Ono, Yuno Sakura, Hiroshi Tanaka, Kyohei Yaguchi, Hiroki Takeuchi, Takashi Tanimatsu, Miki Fujioka,

Only a teaser but this looks… interesting. What’s going on??? This is a self-produced film from Junichi Yasuda, made from money earned from bridal photography and corporate video production. With a camera and a limited crew, he has produced an action film where the hero, Shiro (Ono) a kind-hearted bachelor, lives in a small town. He finds out that  the man who runs the town factory, Sakamoto (Tanaka) is involved in hunting  down a group of dangerous individuals and resolves to join the fight perhaps with the intention of impressing the secretary at his workplace.

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The Kumamoto Dormitory    The Kumamoto Dormitory Film Poster

Japanese: 故郷の詩

Romaji: Kokyo no Uta

Release Date: October 18th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 71 mins.

Director: Goichi Mine

Writer: Goichi Mine (Screenplay),

Starring: Goichi Mine, Kaori Iida, Akira Goto, Momoka Okabe, Yuki Maeda, Akihiro Hishida, Ryu Kenichiro,

This was at the 2012 Pia Film Festival where it picked up a number of plaudits and where I got the synopsis from:

Daikichi is an aspiring stuntman, who left his cute girlfriend back in his hometown of Kumamoto and came to Tokyo. But he wasted his days in Tokyo drinking with his friend Tenshi, an aspiring filmmaker also from Kumamoto, picking up girls, and working on ideas for a film that will never be completed. Before he knows it, he is about to graduate. His future is unclear and his dream might not come true. Realizing that both his love life and filmmaking have hit dead ends, Daikichi sets out to perform the greatest stunt of his lifetime.

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The Next Generation Patlabor Chapter 5    The NExt Generation Patlabor Chapter 5 Film Poster

Japanese: THE NEXT GENERATION パトレイバー第5

Romaji: THE NEXT GENERATION PatlaborDai 5 Shou

Release Date: October 18th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Mamoru Oshii

Writer: Mamoru Oshii, (Screenplay), Masami Yuki (Original Novel)

Starring: Erina Mano, Toshio Kakei, Seiji Fukushi, Rina Ohta, Shigeru Chiba, Yoshinori Horimoto, Yoshikatsu Fujiki, Hinako Saeki, Daisuke Takashi,

This is the fifth in a seven-part series of films that act as a continuation of the Patlabor series with a brand new set of characters. In this one, we get the two segments, “Enkyori Sogeki 2000” (Long-range Sniping 2000) which is all about an elite sniper named Kasha who confronts the teacher who trained her in Russia, and episode 9, “Crocodile Dungeon.” Where we see the guys and girls of Section 2 venture underground to investigate rumour of a white crocodile that create pearls but they find something even scarier and Izumi ha to save the day. A feature length film is set for release after the next episode and will open during Japan’s Golden Week holidays next year.

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Prince of Tennis Musical Seigaku vs Shitenhouji    Prince of Tennis Musical Seigaku vs Shitenhouji Film Poster

Japanese: ミュージカル「テニスの王子様」青学vs四天宝寺

Romaji: Myuujikaru `Tenisu no Oujisama’ Seigaku vs Shitenhouji

Release Date: October 18th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 184 mins.

Director: Takeshi Konomi

Writer: Yukio Ueshima (Screenplay), Takeshi Konomi (Original Manga)

Starring: Yuki Kogoshi (Ryoma Echizen), Kazuyoshi Yamamoto (Shuichiro Oishi), Shintaro Anzai (Shiraishi Kuranosuke),

 

There are a lot of Prince of Tennis musicals and that’s because the series is massively popular in Japan. This is a recording from March of this year and is directed by the manga’s original creator.

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Planet Mizusa / Wakusai Mizusa   Planet Mizsa Film Poster

Japanese: 惑星ミズサ

Romaji: Wakusai Mizusa

Release Date: October 18th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 96 mins.

Director: Ryouken Sato

Writer: Ryouken Sato (Screenplay),

Starring: Hideki Fujioka, Aimi Satsukawa, Yuya Matsuura, Shohei Uno, Lily Franky, Mitsuyo Hoshino,

I love the poster for this one. The trailer looks interesting and there are a numbe actors in here like Lily Franky and Shohei Uno. A man named Yoshisuke (Fujioka) lives in a small town where strange things are afoot. He then meets a girl who claims to be an alien. Her name is Mizusa (Satsukawa). A strange relationship develops between them.

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Bonus video:

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4 thoughts on “Disconcerto, Rhapsody in front of Mahoro Station, Itsuka no, Genkan Tachi to, The Kumamoto Dormitory, The Next Generation Patlabor Chapter 5, Planet Mizusa, Wakusai Mizusa, Kenjuu to Medama-shou and Other Japanese Film Trailers

  1. Really looking forward to your reviews, especially Black Butler and The World of Kanako for completely different reasons 🙂

    This new Mahoro movie is something I have been interested since they reported that a sequel was being made. I watched Tada’s Do-It-All House and the TV series based on the book by Shion Miura, so more aspects of the characters, and further expansion into their lives and their work would be very much welcomed.

    Is Wood Job! Not part of the festival (Sometani, Magasawa, Ito) which is also from the same awesome writer?.

  2. Tada’s Do-It-All House is one of those films/doramas that everybody keeps telling me to watch and I keep putting off in favour of anime. Yep, Wood Job! is a Shion Miura work as well as Tada’s Do-It-All House.

    1. The live-action films are meant to be more comical than the movies. As a fan of the franchise, I’d love to see these released in the west! My favourite is Patlabor 2: The Movie. I’ve got the soundtrack and different versions of the film!

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