Love Live! The School Idol Movie, Yowamushi Pedal Re: ROAD, Sakana-kun Kenkyuujo Sakana no Sekai he Rettsugyo-! Tobu! Tatakau! Odoru! Hen, Our Little Sister, Umimachi Diary, Lyre no Inori, Rolling, and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend!

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I have been busy writing away this week for a season of film and manga reviews I will announce on Monday. I spent a couple of hours during the first part of this month updating old reviews with information and posters and whilst doing that I got a bit nostalgiac for a period four years ago (for various reasons) and decided I wanted to watch lots of films and write about them once again for fun so I hit my DVD/film backlog and purchased some new ones. I only watched one film this week and that was the Dutch horror film The Elevator (1983). Only one post this week and that was for Japan Cuts 2015.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

Love Live! The School Idol Movie   

Love Live! The School Idol Movie Film Poster
Love Live! The School Idol Movie Film Poster

Japanese: ラブライブ!The School Idol Movie

Romaji: Rabu Raibu! The School Idol Movie

Release Date: June 13th, 2015

Running Time: N/A

Director: Takahiko Kyogoku

Writer: Jukki Hanada (Original Screenplay), Sakurako Kimino (Original Concept), Hajie Yatate (Original Creator),

Starring:  Aina Kusuda (Nozomi Tojo), Aya Uchida (Kotori Minami), Emi Nitta (Honoka Kosaka) Yoshino Nanjou (Eri Ayase),

The film begins directly after the second season, at the graduation ceremony of the third-year students. With the graduation of the third-year members, it looks like the group μ’s will be no more so the nine girls take one last walk around the school together but when they attempt to leave the school, a single email is sent to them, and the curtain on a new story for μ’s begins…

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Yowamushi Pedal Re: ROAD   

Yowamushi Pedal Re ROAD Film Poster
Yowamushi Pedal Re ROAD Film Poster

Japanese: 弱虫ペダル Re:ROAD

Romaji: Yowamushi Pedal Re: ROAD

Release Date: June 12th, 2015

Running Time: N/A

Director: Osamu Nabeshima

Writer: Reiko Yoshida (Series Composition), Wataru Watanabe (Original Creator),

Starring:  Daiki Yamashita (Sakamichi Onoda), Jun Fukushima (Shokichi Naruko), Atsushi Abe (Touichirou Izumida) Kousuke Toriumi (Shunsuke Imaizumi),

Yowamushi Pedal is all about an otaku named Sakamichi Onoda who loves anime and games so much he rides his bicycle to and from Tokyo’s Akihabara shopping district on 60-mile round trip over steep slopes after school. Onoda’s life changes when he encounters his school’s cycling team, and he ends up joining the competitive sport of bicycle racing. The film compiles episodes from the second season of the TV anime and will also include new animation.

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Sakana-kun Kenkyuujo Sakana no Sekai he Rettsugyo-! Tobu! Tatakau! Odoru! Hen   

Sakana-kun Kenkyuujo Sakana no Sekai he Rettsugyo-! Tobu! Tatakau! Odoru! Hen Film Poster
Sakana-kun Kenkyuujo Sakana no Sekai he Rettsugyo-! Tobu! Tatakau! Odoru! Hen Film Poster

Japanese: さかなクン研究所 さかなの世界へレッツギョー! 飛ぶ!闘う!踊る!編

Romaji: Sakana-kun Kenkyuujo Sakana no Sekai he Rettsugyo-! Tobu! Tatakau! Odoru! Hen

Release Date: June 12th, 2015

Running Time: 45 mins.

Director: Osamu Nabeshima

Writer: N/A

Starring:  Sakana-kun, Naoki Tatsuta, Sara Nakayama,

Kids, this is your chance to see the popular television show Sakana-kun on the big screen and learn more about fish and researching them. The theme for this one is fly – Tobu, Fight – Tatakau, dance – odour and we see examples of that fro a fierce turf war in the seas to flying fish!

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Our Little Sister (International Title) / Umimachi Diary

Umimachi Diary Film Poster
Umimachi Diary Film Poster

Japanese: 海街 Diary

Romaji: Umimachi Diary

Release Date: June 13th, 2015

Running Time: 126 mins.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

Writer: Shin Adachi (Screenplay), Akimi Yoshida (Original Manga)

Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Shinobu Otake, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ryo Kase, Jun Fubuki, Ryohei Suzuki, Oshiro Maeda, Lily Franky, Kirin Kiki

Our Little Sister/Umimachi Diary was at this year’s Cannes Film Festival  where it impressed critics in the first week and then sank without a trace. Is the story too slight? It is based on an award-winning josei manga series created by Akimi Yoshida and the film is directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, the auteur behind Kiseki, Nobody Knows, After Life, Still Walking, and Like Father, Like Son,  films which prove very popular with international audiences.. He brings back a lot of collaborators from previous films like Lily Franky (Judge!) and Jun Fubuki (Like Father, Like Son), Kirin Kiki, Oshiro Maeda (the cuter younger brother in Kiseki), and Haruka Ayase (Real). It looks like a solid drama.

29-year-old Sachi Kouda (Ayase), 22-year-old Yoshino Kouda (Nagasawa), and 19-year-old Chika Kouda (Kaho) live in a house once owned by their grandmother in Kamakura. Their parents are divorced, their father having left them fifteen years ago. When they learn of their father’s death they decide to attend his funeral where they meet their 14-year-old sister Suzu Asano (Hirose) who has nobody to care for her. Sachi invites her to join them in Kamakura.

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Lyre no Inori   

Lyre no Inori Film Poster
Lyre no Inori Film Poster

Japanese:  ライアの祈り

Romaji: Raia no Inori

Release Date: June 13th, 2015

Running Time: 119 mins.

Director: Hiroyuki Kurokawa

Writer: Toshio Terada (Screenplay), Akio Morisawa (Original Story)

Starring:  Anju Suzuki, Takashi Ukaji, Rina Takeda, Takayuki Takuma Yoko Oshima, Takehiro,

Rina Takeda, the martial artist, continues to prove her acting abilities with an appearance in a love story centred on archeology. Takashi Ukaji (Wild 7). It’s all about people connecting with each other because of their interest in a historical era in Japan, the Jomon period. The last film I watched with this very theme was Mai Mai Miracle!

Goro (Ukaji) is an archeologist, fascinated with the Jomon period and the national treasure Gassho-Dogu clay figurine. Another person with an interest in the period is Momoko (Suzuki) who seems to have memories of a past life from the Jomon period. Goro is fascinated by these dreams and the two start a timid relationship.

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Rolling   

Rolling Film Poster
Rolling Film Poster

Japanese:  ローリング

Romaji: Ro-ringu

Release Date: June 13th, 2015

Running Time: 93 mins.

Director: Masanori Tominaga

Writer: Masanori Tominaga (Screenplay),

Starring:  Takahiro Miura, Elisa Yanage, Reiko Mori, Hirohiko Sugiyama, Yohta Kawase,

This is an original film (not an adaptation of a book or dorama) from the director of Vengeance Can Wait and it looks really good! It’s a black comedy and as is traditional with Japanese films of this type, it looks like it’s hard going to be a dark ride.

 The story takes place in a city called Mito and it concerns a former teacher named Gondo (Yohta) who was bounced from his job when it was discovered he secretly filmed his own students. At rock-botto and ditched by his girl Mihari, he bumps into a student named Kanichi (Miura) who tells him that one of the girls in his video is now an idol. Gondo hatches a blackmail plot with an illicit recording at its centre.

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Aru Torishirabe   

Aru Torishirabe Film Poster
Aru Torishirabe Film Poster

Japanese:  ある取り調べ

Romaji: Aru Torishirabe

Release Date: June 13th, 2015

Running Time: 90 mins.

Director: Akio Murahashi

Writer: Ryota Nakanishi (Screenplay),

Starring:  Ryota Nakanishi, Yoichiro Saito, Ayumi Nishi, B-saku Sato,

In this film we see a man arrested on suspicion of killing his wife and son and the guy pleads for the death penalty! A veteran detective is brought in to interrogate the man.

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Shiro Majo Gakuen Owari to Hajimari (Innocent Lilies: The end and the beginning   

Shiro Majo Gakuen Owari to Hajimari Film Poster
Shiro Majo Gakuen Owari to Hajimari Film Poster

Japanese:  白魔女学園 オワリトハジマリ

Romaji: Shiro Majo Gakuen Owari to Hajimari

Release Date: June 13th, 2015

Running Time: 90 mins.

Director: Koichi Sakamoto

Writer: Reiko Yoshida (Screenplay),

Starring:  Dempagumi.inc members – Mirin Furukawa, Risa Aizawa, Nemu Yumemi, Eimi Naruse, Ayane Fujisaki and Moga Mogami, regular actors/seiyuu Fuuka Nishihira, Nina Endo, Shou Tomita, Ibuki Tsuji, Rin Honoka, Usa Sakurano, Kasumi Yamaya, Haruka Tomatsu, Shusuke Saitou, Rina Koike, Mao Shido, Miyuki Torii, Kasumi Yamaya, Haruka Tomatsu

Back in September 2013, TV Asahi and Toei partnered up to create  the Innocent Lilies series and film which starred the members of the Japanese idol girl group Dempagumi.inc. The sequel gets released today!

The girls at the White Witch Academy all want to become a White Witch and are learning witchcraft techniques to develop their magical powers but there is a lot of danger involved!

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NEET of the Living Dead   

Neet of the Living Dead Film Poster
Neet of the Living Dead Film Poster

Japanese:  ニート・オブ・ザ・デッド

Romaji: Nito Obu Za Deddo

Release Date: June 13th, 2015

Running Time: 38 mins.

Director: Akio Nanki

Writer: Akio Nanki (Screenplay),

Starring:  Mariko Tsutsui, Houka Kinoshita, Suzuko Kaneko, Horiken.

A home drama about a family with a NEET in their midst mixed with the horror of a zombie siege. Is the NEET son a zombie already?

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Yuigon   

Yuigon Film Poster
Yuigon Film Poster

Japanese:  遺言

Romaji: Yuigon

Release Date: June 13th, 2015

Running Time: 32 mins.

Director: Kosuke Kibe

Writer: Kosuke Kibe, Naoyuk Sumita (Screenplay),

Starring:  Zatsutaro Idenshi, Kazuo Kaneko, Motoi Koyanagi, Kyoko Matsumoto, Naho Nakajima, Nobuyoshi Nishida, Makoto Obata,

The cast for this is great because it includes the actor who performed motion capture procedures for Lightning Naho Nakashima (IMDB has her listed as Naho Nakajima), in Final Fantasy XIII and one of the seiyuu for the anime Shirobako, Motoi Koyanagi.

Kyoko coul not kill her husband who had been zombified, she found it too tough. Instead she gets a vigilante to do the deed and take her other half to an execution ground for zombies but the task proves far more difficult than any of them could have imagined…

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The Guidepost   

The Guidepost Film Poster
The Guidepost Film Poster

Japanese:  道しるべ

Romaji: Michishirube

Release Date: June 13th, 2015

Running Time: 97 mins.

Director: Shigeyuki Tanaka,

Writer: Mitsuru Osumi (Screenplay),

Starring: Makiko Watanabe, Mari Hideyuki Kanaya, Takashi Nishima,

This looks like a mistaken identity comedy where a fraudster and an apprentice care-giver with the same name and waaiting at the same spot get picked up by the wrong cars which were meant for the other guy and driven to the wrong workplace.

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Random music video:

7 thoughts on “Love Live! The School Idol Movie, Yowamushi Pedal Re: ROAD, Sakana-kun Kenkyuujo Sakana no Sekai he Rettsugyo-! Tobu! Tatakau! Odoru! Hen, Our Little Sister, Umimachi Diary, Lyre no Inori, Rolling, and Other Japanese Film Trailers

  1. Suzu Hirose looks like her actual age in Our Little Sister rather than when she was in Gakkou no Kaidan. She is so cute. Our Little sister is the only movie I want to watch from all those movies.

    1. Kaidan as in stairs not ghosts😉

      Rolling and Our Little Sister look to be the best this weekend. One is a female driven drama the other is a male one and they offer contrasting looks at life in contemporary Japan with some fierce drama in the latter and a laidback charm in the former. I want to see both!

  2. Another Koreeda movie to watch out for! I’m so excited for Our Little Sister🙂 But it was really the Yowamushi Pedal mention in the title that made me click the story, haha. I’m such a fan😛 (I feel like I’ve been absent from WordPress for so long, it’s good to be reading posts here again)

    1. Ha ha😉

      Yowamushi Pedal is practically unwatched in the West and yet it is such a quality title, at last from what I have seen of it.

      The funny thing is the other day I was wondering if you had posted anything recently. Glad to see you back!🙂

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