Oh Brother, Oh Sister!, Shanti Days 365 Days, Happy Breath, Oyaji Actor Z, Black Butler: Book of Murder, Prince of Tennis Musical National Convention Seigaku vs Rikkai, After Opening Night Japanese Film Trailers

This is going to be a brief trailer post because fewer films than usual Castlevania Order of Ecclesiahave been released this weekend and I have cut down on the chatter because I have been consumed writing reviews for The World of Kanako, Black Butler, and The Light Shines Only There. They are titanic pieces of rambling reviewing written while listening to parts of the Kanako soundtrack. Also some art galleries are opening up where I work. Bad Education is over. Anyway, I’ll post The World of Kanako next Monday and there will be a special Halloween post on Friday.

Staying with the Halloween theme, I’m going to watch Ghostbusters next week! Plus, did everyone see the synopsis for one of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s next films? It’s a supernatural tale! I felt joy reading it because it’s a return to what he’s good at and it looks great!

In terms of what I posted about this week, I covered the East Winds Film Festival which has a great line-up of films from all around East Asia.

What’s released this weekend in Tokyo?

Oh Brother, Oh Sister!   Oh Brother, Oh Sister! Film Poster

Japanese: 小野寺の弟・小野寺の姉

Romaji: Onodera no Otouto Onodera no Ane

Release Date: October 25th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 114 mins.

Director: Masafumi Nishida

Writer: Masafumi Nishida (Screenplay/Original Novel),

Starring: Osamu Mukai, Hairi Katagiri, Nao Omori, Mizuki Yamamoto, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Minato Kotobuki, Tsuyoshi Muro, Kumiko Aso,

This is an adaptation of a book directed by the original author and the actors performed a theatrical version just last year. There’s a lot of dedication on show and some great actors. The story doesn’t grab me but what about the trailer???

Yoriko (Katagiri) and her younger brother Susumu (Mukai) have lived together since their parents died at an early age. Yoriko has hit forty while Susumu is in his thirties and neither have married but they are content just being together. One day, the two meet people who make them consider living apart.



Shanti Days 365 Days, Happy Breath    Shanti Days 365 Days, Happy Breath Film Poster

Japanese: シャンティ・デイズ 365日、幸せな呼吸

Romaji: Shanti Deizu 365 Nichi, Shiawasena Kokyu

Release Date: October 25th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 108 mins.

Director: Koto Nagata

Writer: Koto Nagata (Screenplay),

Starring: Mugi Kadowaki,  Jessica Michibata, Dean Fujioka, Jun Murakami, Shingo Tsurumi, Midori Kiuchi, Akira Watamoto, Tomoko Takaya, Nicole Ishida,

From Suurkiitos, the company that brought us My Pretend Girlfriend and Rent-a-Cat comes a yoga movie!

Miku (Kadowaki) moves from Tokyo to Aomori and moves into an apartment with Kumi (Michibata), a model and yoga instructor and also runs a modelling business. There is a clash of personalities because Miku is more laidback than Kumi but through the power of yoga they discover the power of friendship!



Oyaji Actor Z   Oyaji Danyuu Z Film Poster

Japanese: おやじ男優Z

Romaji: Oyaji Danyuu Z

Release Date: October 25th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 100 mins.

Director: Yutaka Ikeshima

Writer: Kyoko Godai (Screenplay) Go Arisue (Original Novel),

Starring: Seiki Nakamitsu, Koji Makimura, Yasushi Takemoto, Asam Sakanokami, Kaori Takeshita, Yuko Hoshino, Yumi Yoshiyuki, Maya Sawamura,

What do you get when you combine a filmmaker familiar with the erotic (Yutaka Ikeshima) with a book by someone who likes bondage and more erotic stuff (Go Arisue)? Apparently, this rather cheap and sleazy looking title. Some of the promo images for this left me disturbed. I feel sorry for the gravure idols taking part in this. Oh look, some of that stuff is in this NSFW trailer. You have been warned.

It’s all about an old guy named Mitsuo who has had a business fail on him and is in debt. He wants to escape the constant nagging of his family and gets his chance with AV actress Yuri Natsume.



Black Butler: Book of Murder   Black Butler Book of Murder Film Poster 2

Japanese: 黒執事 Book of Murder 上巻

Romaji: Kuro Shitsuji Book of Murder Joukan

Release Date: October 25th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Noriyuki Abe

Writer: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Series Composition/OVA Script),

Starring: Daisuke Ono (Sebastian Michaelis), Maaya Sakamoto (Ciel Phantomhive), Emiri Kato (Mey-yin), Shunji Fujimura (Mr Tanaka), Hiroki Touchi (Baldroy), Shintaro Asanuma (Arthur),

Straight from Anime News Network!

At the Queen’s behest, young master Ciel Phantomhive hosts a lavish Black Butler Book of Murder Film Posterbanquet to be attended by the crème-de-la-crème of London’s elite. What begins as a fabulous affair quickly takes a dark turn when guests begin turning up dead! Murder takes center stage in this chilling OVA collection where even a debonair demon butler isn’t safe from a killer on the prowl. Should Sebastian and Ciel wish to once more see the light of day, they must join forces with their guests, including the legendary author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to unravel the mystery – and apprehend the murderer before it’s too late!



Prince of Tennis Musical National Convention Seigaku vs Rikkai

Japanese: ミュージカル「テニスの王子様」全国大会 青学vs立海青学vs四天宝寺

Romaji: Myuujikaru `Tenisu no Oujisama’ Seigaku vs Shitenhouji

Release Date: October 18th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Takeshi Konomi

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

Starring: Yuki Kogoshi (Ryoma Echizen), Kazuyoshi Yamamoto (Shuichiro Oishi), Hideya Tawada (Kunimitsu Tezuka),

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. No trailer.



After Opening Night   Rina Takeda After Opening Night

Japanese: 夜があけたら

Romaji: Yoru ga Aketara

Release Date: October 25th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 92 mins.

Director: Kiyoto Kawamura

Writer: Kiyoto Kawamura (Screenplay),

Starring: Rina Takeda, Satoshi Kasajima, Takuya Watanabe, Yuri Kamiya,

Rina Takeda, the action girl, has made massive strides into dramatic roles in interesting films like The Tale of Iya and School Girls Gestation. She is here again in an indie film from ENBU Seminar about a woman who tracks down the schoolgirl who was having an affair with her husband who is a teacher…


Random music video:


4 thoughts on “Oh Brother, Oh Sister!, Shanti Days 365 Days, Happy Breath, Oyaji Actor Z, Black Butler: Book of Murder, Prince of Tennis Musical National Convention Seigaku vs Rikkai, After Opening Night Japanese Film Trailers

    1. Sorry about the wait!!!

      I’m posting about a film festival and then a Halloween movie this week and I’ll get Black Butler reviewed for next week. Then I try and whittle down the backlog. The review for The World of Kanako is finished, I will post it soon.

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