Uchimura Summers the Movie: Angel, The Big Bee, BLACK ROOM, Watashitachi no Haa Haa, Girl’s Step, Red Ball and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend people!

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The summer 2015 anime season is winding down now and so I am preparing to embark upon one of those lengthy autumn season guides for Anime UK News. Stop by at the site to see some of the Japan-related events that are due to take place which I post on the front page and not here.

This week saw me posting about the London Film Festival and the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival. I’ve got one more festival to cover this month before heading back to reviews.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

Uchimura Summers the Movie: Angel   

Uchimura Summers the Movie Angel Film Poster
Uchimura Summers the Movie Angel Film Poster

内村さまぁ~ず THE MOVIE エンジェル「Uchimura Samazu The Movie Enjeru

Release Date: September 11th, 2015

Running Time: 85 mins.

Director: Hiroyuki Kudo

Writer: Hayashi Mori, Yoshibumi Takahashi (Screenplay),

Starring:  Masakazu Mimura, Teruyoshi Uchimura, Kazuki Ootake, Reiko Fujiwara, Yuki Kubota, George Takahashi, Ami Onuki,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Masaru Mitamura, Jiro Uchiyama and Kosaku Oshima all work at the “Enjeru-sha” which is a drop in spot for people who need problems solved. They take client’s requests by making a fictional scenario and as characters from their scripts.

 

Red Ball    

Red Ball Film Poster
Red Ball Film Poster

赤い玉、「Akai Tama

Release Date: September 12th, 2015

Running Time: 108 mins.

Director: Banmei Takahashi

Writer: Banmei Takahashi (Screenplay),

Starring:  Eiji Okuda, Fujiko, Yukino Murakami, Shota Hanaoka, Shiori Doi, Tasuku Emoto, Keiko Takahashi,

Website  IMDB

Synopsis: Shuji Tokita (Okuda) is a film director and a professor at a university but despite his success he is struggling to make his latest movie until he meets a female high school student named Ritsuko (Murakami)…

 

Girl’s Step    

Girl’s Step Film Poster
Girl’s Step Film Poster

ガールズ・ステップ「Ga-ruzu Suteppu

Release Date: September 12th, 2015

Running Time: 115 mins.

Director: Yasuhiro Kawamura

Writer: Michiro Egashira (Screenplay),

Starring:  Anna Ishii, Fuka Koshiba, Karin Ono, Mika Akizuki, Miku Uehara, Hayato Isomura, Miyabi Matsuura, Shunsuke Daito, Kei Otozuki,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Azusa (Ishii), Narumi (Koshiba), Hazuki (Ono), Tamaki (Akizuki) and Mika (Uehara) are high school students who lack confidence and ambitions but when they are inspired to form a dance club they soon find a direction in life and how to express themselves.

 

Watashitachi no Haa Haa   

Watashitachi no Haa Haa Film Poster
Watashitachi no Haa Haa Film Poster

私たちのハァハァ「Watashitachi no Haa Haa

Release Date: September 12th, 2015

Running Time: 90 mins.

Director: Daigo Matsui

Writer: Daigo Matsui (Screenplay),

Starring:  Sonoko Inoue, Reika Oozeki, Saku Mayama, Toko Miura, Sosuke Ikematsu, Eriko Nakamura, CreepHyp,

Website IMDB

CreepHyp helped create and played in the Daigo Matsui film How Selfish I Am! (2013). The film was all about how a group of people in tough circumstances coped with CreepHyp’s music providing solace. This looks like more of the same only a coming-of-age variant with a far simpler narrative. Sosuke Ikematsu and Eriko Nakamura return from the first film.

Synopsis: Four high school students travel from Fukuoka to Tokyo to attend a concernt put on by their number one rock band “CreepHyp.” The road is long and fraught with all sorts of incidents.

 

Kaiketsu Zorori: Uchuu no Yuusha-tachi   

Kaiketsu Zorori Uchuu no Yuusha-tachi Film Poster
Kaiketsu Zorori Uchuu no Yuusha-tachi Film Poster

かいけつゾロリ うちゅうの勇者たちKaiketsu Zorori: Uchuu no Yuusha-tachi

Release Date: September 12th, 2015

Running Time: 49 mins.

Director: Tomoko Iwasaki

Writer: Akiko Waba, Keigo Koyanagi, Mari Okada (Screenplay), Yutaka Hara (Original Creator)

Starring: Koichi Yamadera (Zorori), Rikako Aikawa (Ishishi), Motoko Kumai (Noshishi), Ai Kayano (Clara),

Website  ANN

Synopsis: Master thief Zorori and his partners in crime Ishishi and Noshishi go from looking for treasure at the bottom of the sea and up into space where they land on the mystery of star Mumun. Zorori meets Pretty Clara and a weird alien who threatens her.

 

Mizu to kaze to ikimono to Nakamura Keiko · Seimeishi wo tsumugu

Mizu to kaze to ikimono to Nakamura Keiko · Seimeishi wo tsumugu Film Poster
Mizu to kaze to ikimono to Nakamura Keiko · Seimeishi wo tsumugu Film Poster

水と風と生きものと 中村桂子・生命誌を紡ぐ「Mizu to kaze to ikimono to Nakamura Keiko · Seimeishi wo tsumugu

Release Date: September 12th, 2015

Running Time: 119 mins.

Director: Michio Fujiwara

Writer: N/A

Starring:  Keiko Nakamura, Toyo Ito, Norio Akasaka,

Website

Synopsis: The scientist Keiko Nakamura is the director of JT Biohistory Research Hall, an organisation dedicated to the study of what it means to be alive. After the East Japan Earthquake Keiko Nakamura reread the works of Kenji Miyazawa, a native of Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, a place hit hard by the disaster. She was inspired to stage a version of his story, Gauche the Cellist and visit the hometown of Kenji and meet a wide variety of people who live there to understand how human beings and nature work together.

 

The Big Bee   

The Big Bee Film Poster
The Big Bee Film Poster

天空の蜂「Tenku no Hachi

Release Date: September 12th, 2015

Running Time: 138 mins.

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi

Writer: Ichiro Kusuno (Screenplay), Keigo Higashino (Original Novel)

Starring:  Yosuke Eguchi, Masahiro Motoki, Yuke Nakama, Gou Ayano, Akira Emoto, Jun Kunimura, Ken Mitsuishi, Hana Matsushima, Kei Ishibashi,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: When a terrorist threatens to ram a remotely operated helicopter with a child onboard into a nuclear power plant Yuhara (Eguchi), the helicopter designer, and Mishima (Motoki), a nuclear power engineer, and a team of rescue workers aim to stop a disaster happening.

 

BLACK ROOM   

BLACK ROOM Film Poster
BLACK ROOM Film Poster

ブラックルーム「Burakku Ru-mu

Release Date: September 12th, 2015

Running Time: 90 mins.

Director: Masato Tsujioka

Writer: Masato Tsujioka (Screenplay),

Starring:  Masato Tsujioka, Yu Yuuki, Ryo Asagiri, Jiro Dan, Kyoko Aizome,

Website

The trailer for this lasts over three minutes and most of that time is spent showing the title of the film and playing some awful music. The real action is in the first twenty seconds.

Synopsis: Mario (Tsujioka) is a news show director who is jealous of his co-worker Hideki Shindo’s life. Or, more specifically, his fiancé Seira Kiyozumi. Mario s plans to lockup Seira Kiyozumi in a specially constructed dungeon…

 

Halloween Nightmare   

Halloween Nightmare Film Poster
Halloween Nightmare Film Poster

ハロウィンナイトメア「Harouin Naitomea

Release Date: September 12th, 2015

Running Time: 75 mins.

Director: Kotaro Terauchi

Writer: Kotaro Terauchi, Keiji Sagami (Screenplay), Ivory Dice (Original Work)

Starring:  Aki Asakura, Reiko Igarashi, Tetsuya Nakanishi, Erina, Takako Kitagawa, Emi Yoshida,

Website

Synopsis: Based on the free horror game, Halloween Nightmare is all about a girl who longs to work for a fashion magazine but ends up editing an occult magazine which is full of what she thinks of silly stories. However she investigates one particular story of a mysterious attacker killing people on Halloween day and she gets close to the world of the weird than she would like…

 

Japanese Movie Box Office Results for this Week:

Unfair: The End (Release: 2015/09/05)

Ted 2 (Release: 2015/08/28)

Jurassic World (Release: 2015/08/07)

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Release: 2015/08/07)

Minions Movie (Release: 2015/07/31)

S: The Last Policeman: Recovery of Our Future (2015/08/28)

Yowamushi Pedal the Movie (Release: 2015/09/05)

Boruto Naruto the Movie (Release: 2015/08/07)

The Boy and the Beast (Release: 2015/07/11)

Piece of Cake (Release: 2015/08/29)

6 thoughts on “Uchimura Summers the Movie: Angel, The Big Bee, BLACK ROOM, Watashitachi no Haa Haa, Girl’s Step, Red Ball and other Japanese Film Trailers

    1. We should play a game where you replace a high school girl character in a film with, say, an adult woman in her late 20s to early 40s, and see how the narrative changes. I’m willing to bet it will be more interesting and less creepy.

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