The Ninja War of Torakage, Ju-on: The Final, Ghost in the Shell: New Movie, Hold Your Breath Like a Lover, KIRI: Shokugyo Koroshiya Gaiden and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend people!!!

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Jotaro before the Final Fight

This post is super-late because I have been writing reviews for two J-horror films as part of my splatter season of horror and gore and all sorts of other stuff. I also wrote a bunch of manga reviews. WHAT A FINALE TO JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE!!! Not enough respect is given to that show which has been a gripping affair and I had tears in my eyes at certain points!

Anyway, I posted about my Splatter Season and a review for White Panic (2005).

What’s released this weekend?

Hold Your Breath Like a Lover   

Hold Your Breath Like a Lover Film Poster
Hold Your Breath Like a Lover Film Poster

Japanese:  息を殺して

Romaji: Iki wo Koroshite

Release Date: June 20th, 2015

Running Time: 85 mins.

Director: Kohei Igarashi

Writer: Kohei Igarashi (Screenplay),

Starring:  Goichi Mine, Yusuke inaba, Ran Taniguchi, Koji Harada, Tomomitsu Adachi, Ran Arai, Rina Tanaka, Yuki Inagaki

Kohei Igarashi studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts which is where Kiyoshi Kurosawa teaches. His film has shades of Pulse (2001) to it what with the apocalypse angle which makes it intriguing but it also looks gorgeous! It was at this year’s Nippon Connection and I’m pretty devastated that I may not get to see it!

It is sometime in the near-future in a seemingly abandoned factory. A handful of workers spend their time playing video games, battling out love conflicts and aimlessly walking through gloomy offices and corridors while haunted by the ghosts of the dead in what seems to be the preamble to the apocalypse.


The Ninja War of Torakage   

Torakage Film Poster
Torakage Film Poster

Japanese: 虎影

Romaji: Torakage

Release Date: June 20th, 2015

Running Time: 94 mins.

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura

Writer: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Jun Tsugita (Screenplay),

Starring:  Takumi Saito, Yuria Haga, Eihi Shiina, Kanji Tsuda, Maki Mizui, Mao Mita,

I’ve reviewed a couple of Yoshihiro Nishimura films here – Tokyo Gore Police and Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl and I’ll review a few more for my splatter season. This one stars Takumi Saito who I trashed for his performance in Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009) but came to like in For Love’s Sake (2012). Co-star Eihi Shiina isn’t in many films but when she is, she’s memorable as anyone who saw Audition (1999) can attest.

Set in the Sengoku Period, Torakage (Takumi Saito) is retired ninja who left his old ninja ways to raise a family with his wife in a quiet village. All of that changes, one day, when the leader of the ninja clan he belonged to captures him and holds his family hostage in order to get hidden treasure. Torakage picks up his sword to defend his family, throwing himself into a fight for the treasure.


Ju-on: The Final   

Ju-on The Final Film Poster
Ju-on The Final Film Poster

Japanese Title:  呪怨ザ・ファイナル

Romaji: Juon Za Faibaru

Release Date: June 20th, 2015

Running Time: 91 mins.

Director: Masayuki Ochiai

Writer: Masayuki Ochiai, Takashige Ichise (Screenplay)

Starring: Airi Taira, Ren Kiriyama, Kai Kobayashi, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Miyabi Matsuura,

I’m reviewing a Ju-On film for my splatter season! I’ll let you guess which one. This is the latest, and reputedly the last in the franchise and it looks like a continuation of the last Ju-On, Ju-On: Beginning of the End.

Mai’s younger sister Yui is missing after taking a job at an elementary school where she was the teacher of Toshio Saeki, a student who never appeared in class. Mai finds out about Toshio and decides to visit the Saeki house for clues on her sister’s disappearance…


The Pearls of the Stone Man   

The Pearls of the Stone Man Film Poster
The Pearls of the Stone Man Film Poster

Japanese:  愛を積むひと

Romaji: Ai wo Tsumu Hito

Release Date: June 20th, 2015

Running Time: 125 mins.

Director: Yuzo Asahara

Writer: Yuzo Asahara, Takuro Fukuda (Screenplay), Edward Mooney, Jr. (Original Novel)

Starring:  Koichi Sato, Kanako Higuchi, Keiko Kitagawa, Shuhei Nomura, Hana Sugisaki, Hiroyuki Morisaki, Akira Emoto, Yo Yoshida,

Koichi Sato, lead actor in Starfish Hotel (2006) and Infection (2004) takes the lead role in a domestic drama.

Atsushi (Koichi Sato) and Ryoko (Kanako Higuchi) are a married coupled. They decide they want to live around nature and move to Biei in Hokkaido, Japan. Atsushi isn’t sure what to do with his free time, so Ryoko asks him build a stone wall around their house. Atsushi experiences tragedy, but later gets closer to his estranged daughter, Satoko (Keiko Kitagawa). Atsushi continues building the stone wall.


Takoyaki no Uta   

Takoyaki no Uta Film Poster
Takoyaki no Uta Film Poster

Japanese:  ローリング

Romaji: Takoyaki no Uta

Release Date: June 19th, 2015

Running Time: 76 mins.

Director: Takushi Chikakane

Writer: Takushi Chikakane (Screenplay),

Starring:  Miho Tomizu, Ryoko Tanaka, Saki Furuwa, Sunny Francis

Takoyaki is my favourite Japanese food! I could eat it all day!

Miho and Karin Sawada are a mother and daughter who live in Kansai. Karin loves baseball and her works in a takoyaki shop. It’s summer and the air conditioning fails. The daughter is driven to destraction but the mother says wait until we ae more money. Opportunity will soon come calling!


Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld   

Yakuza Apocalypse Film Poster
Yakuza Apocalypse Film Poster

Japanese: 極道大戦争

Romaji: Goku dou dai sensou

Release Date: June 20th, 2015

Running Time: 125 mins.

Director: Takashi Miike

Writer: Yoshitaka Yamaguchi (Screenplay),

Starring: Hayato Ichihara, Riko Narumi, Lily Franky, Reiko Takashima, Kiyohio Shibukawa, Sho Aoyagi, Mio Yuki, Pierre Taki, Denden, Yayan Ruhian, Yuki Sakurai,

Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld was at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival and it was part of the Director’s Fortnight where it was given mixed reviews. This seems like one for the fans!

Akira (Ichihara) is inspired the by fearsome reputation of the so-called “invincible” yakuza boss Genyo Kamiura (Franky) to become a yakuza himself. What he finds is not what he expected. His fellow gangsters don’t play by old-school rules of loyalty and honour. Even worse, they treat him like a fool and his sensitive skin means he cannot tattoos. Things change when Akira gets caught up in an assassination attempt on Genyo…


Ghost in the Shell: New Movie   

Ghost in the Shell 2015 Film Poster
Ghost in the Shell 2015 Film Poster

Japanese Title: 攻殻機動隊 新劇場版

Romaji: Kōkaku Kidōtai Shin Gekijō-ban

Release Date: June 20th, 2015 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Chief Director: Kazuchika Kise, Director: Kazuya Nomura

Writer: Tow Ubukata (Screenplay),

Starring: Maaya Sakamoto (Motoko Kusanagi), Kenichirou Matsuda (Batou), Ikkyuu Juku (Daisuke Aramaki), Tarusuke Shingaki (Togusa),

Ghost in the Shell (GitS) is one of my favourite franchises and so new entries is good news, as far as I’m concerned. The trailer I have here features a potted history of the GitS franchise with new footage at the end. Fans should be at ease because it looks like the franchise is in safe hands with Production I.G bringing this to life under the direction of Kazuchika Kise, the guy behind the Arise reboot plut a Production I.G vet with work on all of the Ghost in the Shell movies and other titles like City Hunter, Goku II: Midnight Eye (that Manga UK dub is glorious!), Giovanni’s Island and Patlabor. The director is another interesting chap. Kazuya Nomura has directed episodes of incredible anime like Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Dennou Coil and was involved in Ghost Hound and Mind Game. The script comes from Tow Ubukata who has written good cyberpunk titles like Mardock Scramble.

The story takes place in 2029 and involves Motoko Kusanagi, Batou, Togusa and the rest of Section 9 investigating the assassination of the prime minister and it looks like someone from Kusanagi’s past may be involved.

Guitar Madagascar   

Guitar Madagascar Film Poster
Guitar Madagascar Film Poster

Japanese:  ギターマダガスカル

Romaji: Gita- Madagasukaru

Release Date: June 20th, 2015

Running Time: 106 mins.

Director: Takeshi Kamei

Writer: Takeshi Kamei

Starring:  Thominot Andrianjafy,

Straight from the film’s IMDB page:

Guitar Madagascar is a movie about the people of Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world. It’s a movie about their views on life and death, and also about how everything is connected by a rich culture of music. In Madagascar, death is seen as one phase of eternal life. Via funerals and other rituals a dead person continues to have a presence among the living. For today’s people of Madagascar, music remains an essential way to interact with the spirits of their ancestors. Guitar Madagascar follows the travels of 5 musicians as they reconnect with their roots. These trips paint a picture of the lives of a people who live modestly off the land, and where a joyful music springs up at the smallest opportunity.


Okinawa Urizun no Ame   

Okinawa Urizun no Ame Film Poster
Okinawa Urizun no Ame Film Poster

Japanese:  沖縄 うりずんの雨

Romaji: Okinawa Urizun no Ame

Release Date: June 20th, 2015

Running Time: 148 mins.

Director: Jean Yunkaman

Writer: N/A

Starring:  Eiko Asato, Eriko Ikeda, Masao Ishikawa, Yoko Tamaki,

An American director examines the spirit of the people of Okinawa from the fighting with US forces in World War II to now with US military bases on the island.


KIRI: Shokugyo Koroshiya Gaiden   

KIRI `shokugyō koroshi-ya.' Gaiden Film Poster
KIRI `shokugyō koroshi-ya.’ Gaiden Film Poster

Japanese:  KIRI 「職業・殺し屋。」外伝

Romaji: KIRI `shokugyou koroshi-ya.’ Gaiden

Release Date: June 20th, 2015

Running Time: 77 mins.

Director: Koichi Sakamoto

Writer: Hideaki Nishikawa (Original Manga), Hidehiro Ito, Itaru Er (Screenplay),  

Starring:  Yumiko Shaku, Yuki Kubota, Ayane, Atsushi Arai, Suzu Toshioka, Yuka Ohnishi, Ayame Misaki, Arisa Komiya,

This is based on a manga serialised in Young Animal and it’s about a woman with the job of an assassin who aims to take out people who love killing others.


Random music video:

BACANNO! is awesome. I want to make something like this.

6 thoughts on “The Ninja War of Torakage, Ju-on: The Final, Ghost in the Shell: New Movie, Hold Your Breath Like a Lover, KIRI: Shokugyo Koroshiya Gaiden and Other Japanese Film Trailers

  1. Yumiko Shaku barely seems to have aged. 😮

    I see they are sticking with the ARISE character designs for the new GITS film. I prefer the SAC version of the Major myself! 😉 😛

    1. It’ll always be the first Ghost in the Shell movie for me. I had been watching anime for a long time at the point it was released but it blew my mind and made me redefine what I wanted out of my films and anime! The designs and the voice acting are the best!

      In fact, Manga UK dubbing on all those ’80s and ’90s titles is the best. I don’t understand why Americans trash it all the time.

      1. I hate dubs so I wouldn’t know this but were they dubbed with English voice actors per chance? That might explain why the Yanks would hate them if they didn’t have a good old American voice! 😛

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