The Curtain Rises, Have a Song on Your Lips, The Furthest End Awaits, Listener, Oedo no Candy, Furiko, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Samulife Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear readers!


I had a great week with work going quickly and meeting lovely people. I also managed to cram in a few films as well. I watched Parade and My Little Sweet Pea to get my reviews of those films written. I watched a few other films including Cold Weather (again) and Italian horror Something Creeping in the Dark.

I published a review of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno. I have a review for Patema Inverted and then Parade in the works and I hope to follow that with The Light Shines Only There ready to rock in my one post of the week format for reviews. I also published the results of this year’s Japan Academy Awards.

What is released in Japan this weekend?


Idol Tears Documentary of SKE48 Film Poster
Idol Tears Documentary of SKE48 Film Poster

Japanese Title: アイドルの涙 DOCUMENTARY of SKE48

Romaji: Aidoru no Namida DOCUMENTARY of SKE48

Release Date: February 27th, 2015

Running Time: 116 mins.

Director: Shin Ishihara

Writer: N/A

Starring: The girls of SKE48 like Mieko Sato, Mai Takeuchi, Jurina Matsui, Yuka Nakanishi and more like Rena Matsui (oh my),

AKB48’s sister group SKE48 (who are based in Nagoya) get their own documentary where we see them training, dancing, auditioning for roles and graduating and performing in concerts and music videos.



The Curtain Rises    

The Curtain Rises Film Poster
The Curtain Rises Film Poster

Japanese Title: 幕が上がる

Romaji: Maku ga Agaru

Release Date: February 28th, 2015

Running Time: 119 mins.

Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro

Writer: Kohei Kiyasu (Screenplay), Oriza Hirata (Original Novel),

Starring: Kanako Momota, Shiori Tamai, Haru Kuroki, Ayaka Sasaki, Reni Takagi, Momoka Ariyasu,

High school girl Saori (Momota) lives out in a small city in the country. She adores plays and is in the theatrical club and so when she meets her new teacher, Yoshioka (Kuroki), a graduate from a college in Tokyo who also loves plays, the two click. Saori, together with the play club, decide to compete in a theatrical competition for the local area but Yoshioka tells them to aim high and go for the national competition!



Have a Song on Your Lips    

Have a Song on Your Lips Film Poster
Have a Song on Your Lips Film Poster

Japanese Title: くちびるに歌を

Romaji: Kuchibiru ni Uta o

Release Date: February 28th, 2015

Running Time: 132 mins.

Director: Takahiro Miki

Writer: Yuichi Toyone, Yukiko Mochiji (Screenplay), Otsuichi (Original Novel),

Starring: Yui Aragaki, Yuri Tsunematsu, Shota Shimoda, Wakana Aoi, Mayu Watanabe, Kyoka Shibata, Hibiki Muroi, Hayato Sano, Kenta Kiritani, Fumino Kimura, Tae Kimura,

Yuri Kashiwaga (Aragaki) returns from Tokyo to her small town in the Goto Islands. She was once a piano prodigy but now works at a middle school as a temporary teacher in charge of the school chorus. To inspire the choristers, she gives them a task: write a letter to yourself 15 years later. The members of the choir write about their hopes and fears…




The Furthest End Awaits         

The Furthest End Awaits Film Poster
The Furthest End Awaits Film Poster

Japanese: さいはてにてかけがえのない場所

Romaji: Saihate nite – Kakegae no Nai Basho

Release Date: February 28th, 2015

Running Time: 118 mins.

Director: Chiang Hsiu-Chiung

Writer: Nako Kakinoki (Screenplay),

Starring: Hiromi Nagasaku, Nozomi Sasaki, Hiyori Sakurada, Masatoshi Nagase, Sakurada Hiyori, Kaisei Hotamori, Asami Usuda, Issei Ogata, Jun Murakami, Masatoshi Nagase, Miyoko Asada

Did you see that Rondon Eigasai ロンドン映画祭in the laurels at the start of the trailer? That’s where I saw this film, at the London Film Festival. The Furthest End Awaits is a film that is quiet yet burns with emotions and is well put together by its Taiwanese director Chiang Hsiu Chiung. It is a drama about grief and nostalgia.

Misaki Yoshida (Nagasaku) runs a coffee shop in Tokyo. When she finds out that her father has disappeared with debts to his name she heads back to her hometown in the Noto Peninsula, on the Sea of Japan to take responsibility. She finds that he has left an old family boathouse and a lot of debts. In order to clear the debts Misaki decides to turn the boathouse into a café and it attracts many locals such as Eriko Yamazaki (Sasaki), a single mother and hostess who has two children. The two women forge a friendship with each other.





Listener FIlm Poster
Listener FIlm Poster

Japanese: リスナー

Romaji: Risuna-

Release Date: February 28th, 2015

Running Time: 111 mins.

Directors: Mari Kawakita, Takahiro Horie, Yosuke Yamashita, Yoo Won-san, Yasunari Konno

Writers: Hiroyuki Hosoi, Mari Kawakita, Koichi Kubodera, Kotaro Kimura, (Screenplay),

Starring: Kenji Kawahara, Yuki Sakurai, Ai Kitaura, Kenichiro Tanabe, Ken Miyagawa, Momoko, Motoki Fukami, Tomomi Sugai, Risa Kikuchi,

This is an omnibus movie made up of five episodes each of which was planned and executed by students at Tokyo University of the Arts and the connecting tissue between each of the episodes is the broadcast of a certain radio station.




Oedo no Candy    

Oedo no Candy Film Poster
Oedo no Candy Film Poster

Japanese: お江戸のキャンディー

Romaji: Oedo no Kyandi-

Release Date: February 28th, 2015

Running Time: 79 mins.

Director: Leona Hirota

Writer: N/A

Starring: Kaori Momoi, Naoto Takenaka, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Takashi Murakami, Akihiro Mayama, Atsushi Hashimoto, Shohei Namba, Hiromu Takahashi, Jun Watanabe,

An all-male take on the classic ballet Swan Lake transposed to an Edo-period wonderland where courtesans and officials in the Shogun’s government, and the shogun himself fall in love and vie for the affection of the ones they desire. The radiant White Swan/ Swan Courtesan and the lovely Oden/Odette role is taken on by Akihiro Mayama. Mitsuru Fukikoshi is in this one and he’s a good actor!





Furiko Film Poster
Furiko Film Poster

Japanese: 振り子

Romaji: Furiko

Release Date: February 28th, 2015

Running Time: 99 mins.

Director: Norihiro Takenaga

Writer: Norihiro Takenaga (Screenplay), Tekken (Short Film),

Starring: Itsuji Itao, Naoko Ken, Manami Konishi, Jurina Matsui, Shido Nakamura, Tetsuya Takeda,

Based on a short film by Japanese comedian Tekken (Takefumi Kurashina) which can be seen here and should be watched, this is the story of a couple from the time they met as student and fell in love through the trials and tribulations of adulthood and a marriage marked with the birth of a beautiful daughter, some bad behaviour on his part and his attempt at redemption when his wife falls ill…



Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin   

Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin Film Poster
Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin Film Poster

Japanese Title: 機動戦士ガンダム THE ORIGIN

Romaji: Kido Senshi Gundam: The Origin

Release Date: February 28th, 2015

Running Time: 62 mins.

Chief Director: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Director: Takashi Imanishi

Writer: Katsuyuk Sumisawa

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka (Casval Rem Deikun – young), Megumi Han )artesia Som Deikun), Shuuichi Ikeda (Char Aznable), Ayumi Tsunmatsu (Astraia Tor Deikun) Eizou Tsuda (Zeon Zum Deikun), Miyuki Sawashiro (Crowley Hamon),

This one is for Gundam fans! It looks like tat this is the first in a four part series that will tell the story of Casval Rem Deikun and Artesia Som Deikun (Char and Sayla, before Char became known as the Red Comet) before the One-Year War in UC.0068. It will play for two weeks in 10 Japanese cinemas. More info can be found on Anime News Network.




Samuraifu Film Poster
Samuraifu Film Poster

Japanese: サムライフ

Romaji: Samuraifu

Release Date: February 28th, 2015

Running Time: 118 mins.

Director: Takeshi Moriya

Writer: Takuro Oikawa (Screenplay), Hidetaka Nagaoka (Original Novel)

Starring: Takahiro Miuram Mayu Matsuoka, Masaki Kaji, Reiya Masaki, Megumi Sato, Ryosuke Yamamoto, Jun Aonami, Mochika Yamada,

Let’s end on a happier note… this film is based on a non-fiction novel about a teacher named Nagaoka (Miura) who starts a school with the education environment he thinks will be ideal. It’s a struggle to get the project off the ground and he needs money so he takes on extra jobs and businesses like running a bar and a publishing company and it’s all done with the support of his family and some students and the inspiration of his former teacher/mentor.



8 thoughts on “The Curtain Rises, Have a Song on Your Lips, The Furthest End Awaits, Listener, Oedo no Candy, Furiko, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Samulife Japanese Film Trailers

  1. The SKE documentary is definitely for a “niche market.

    I will have to wait until someone is selling region-free pirated copies with no bonus features manufactured in China and sold cheaply on eBAy. (Was that a run-on sentence?)

    All the AKB docs are for fans only. I have read critiques about the docs that complained that the girls only “talked about the trials and tribulations of being a rising idol.” Duh.

    1. I can see what you mean about the AKB documentaries being fan only. People with no idea about fan culture won’t quite understand what’s going on or why people are so passionate about being part of the group.

  2. I really want to see Origin. Reconguista is alright it has its share of problems but this looks more akin to the original style that made Gundam so popular in the first place!

    1. I’m not the biggest Gundam fan so I let Reconguista float by me. I’m more of a real mecha guy. I like Patlabor, Gasaraki, and what I watched of Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen. That written, I did like Orguss 2 and Robotech and I did watch Gundam Wing all the way through so this project did get my interest.

    1. There’s so much going on with Gundam that it has become too daunting to get back into. I really don’t have the time to invest even though the preview looks good.

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