Dear Deer, Galaxy Turnpike, Kagura Me, A Summer Day, Your Voice, Only 4 You, Ninja Hunter, Halloween Nightmare 2, Tobidasu PuriPara: Minna de Mezase! Idol☆Grand Prix and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, readers!

 Happy Hour Mountain Trip

The Tokyo International Film Festival launched this week and there are quite a few good-looking films. I should cover it but around this time of the year I am super busy. I’m also spending less time writing about films these days. I need to practice Japanese more so something has to get cut, not that I’m happy about it especially since I’m seeing anime and films I think are brilliant. For example, Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider has me hooked so I bought the book.

With that written, I posted on film review this week and it was for Happy Hour (2015) which I saw at the London Film Festival. It gets its release in Japan this December.

I went to see Sicario (2015) in a cinema yesterday and it was a well-crafted and tense film full of great performances. I am tempted to review it.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

Dear Deer   

Dear Deer Film Poster
Dear Deer Film Poster

ディアーディアー「Dia Dia

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 107 mins.

Director: Takeo Kikuchi

Writer:  Noriaki Sugihara (Screenplay),

Starring: Yuri Nakamura, Koji Kiryu, Yoichiro Saito, Rinko Kikuchi, Shota Sometani, Wakana Matsumoto, Yurei Yanagi,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: When three siblings named Fujio (Kiryu), Yoshio (Saito) and Akiko (Nakamura) were children, they lived in a mountain village and saw the elusive “Ryoumou Deer,” but nobody believed them. As adults their paths have diverged. The eldest child Fujio still lives in the same village and runs small factory but he is in serious debt. The middle child, Yoshio is living in the psychiatric ward of a hospital. The youngest child, Akiko, lives Tokyo, having fallen in love with a man and ran away there. When their father becomes ill the three siblings reunite in their mountain village.

 

Galaxy Turnpike  

Galaxy Turnpike Film Poster
Galaxy Turnpike Film Poster

ギャラクシー街道「Gyarakushi Kaido

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 110 mins.

Director: Koki Mitani

Writer: Koki Mitani Screenplay),

Starring: Shingo Katori, Haruka Ayase, Shun Oguri, Yuka, Takanori Nishikawa, Sayaka Akimoto,

Website   IMDB

Koki Mitani is back and he has made the Japanese version of The Jetsons. Okay, that was a lie. This is an original sci-fi film from the Japanese master of comedy and it doesn’t look remotely funny. The signs for this looked bad from the promo pictures alone, never mind the trailer. The terrible costumes and makeup and the dodgy looking sets look worse in motion as is revealed by this review by Mark Schilling over at the Japan Times.

Synopsis: It is the year 2265 and a married couple, Noa (Katori) and Noe (Ayase), run the space diner Sandsand Burger which is 150 years old. Located on a path which connects Earth to a space colony located between Jupiter and Saturn, they get all sorts of customers including space pimps and space police, intergalactic mimes, aliens and more. Everything is fine until Noa’s alien ex-girlfriend (Yuka) shows up and tries to steal him from Noe who is the romantic target of a customer herself.

 

Kagura Me   

Kagura Me Film Poster
Kagura Me Film Poster

かぐらめKagura me

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 112 mins.

Director: Yasuo Okuaki

Writer:  Nozomu Namba (Screenplay), Yasuo Okuaki (Original Novel)

Starring: Rina Takeda, Ren Osugi Mariko Tsutsui. Tomomitsu Adachi, Keiko Shirasu, Masayuki Imai, Mei Kurokawa, Komai Se,

Website   IMDB

This one was at the Montreal Film Festival and it caught my eye because t seemed like a decent drama plus it stars the legend that is Ren Osugi and the shooting star that is Rina Takeda who continues to move between mainstream and indie with ease. The story is familiar but the actors are favourites of mine so it can work.

Synopsis: When Akine (Takeda) was a child, her mother was seriously ill and at the height of her mother’s illness Akine’s father, Kyoujiro (Osugi), went to perform a traditional dance called shishi kagura. Akine’s mother passed away. Since then, Akine has held a grudge against her father and as soon as she graduated from high school she left her hometown.

Five years later, Akine has returned to her hometown on the anniversary of her mother’s death and finds a woman who looks just like her mother with her father who is preparing to perform the traditional shishi kagura dance at a festival again. This will be his final performance. Unfortunately Kyoujiro falls ill. Will Akine step in to perform for him?

 

A Summer Day, Your Voice   

A Summer Day, Your Voice Film Poster
A Summer Day, Your Voice Film Poster

夏ノ日、君声Natsu no hi kimi no koe

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 94 mins.

Director: Tomoyuki Kamimura

Writer:  Tomoyuki Kamimura (Screenplay),

Starring: Chika Arakawa, Shono Hayama, Wakana Matsumoto, Reiya Masaki, Daisuke Nagakura, Seika Furuhata, Yuki Konoe, Maiko Kikuchu, Kengo Okuchi,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: Tetsuo Togami (Hayama) is a high schooler who is in hospital after getting into a fight. He meets fellow patient Maiko Takashiro (Arakawa) who is deaf and has an incurable disease. Tetsuo doesn’t want anything to do with her at first but then they begin exchanging text messages and a relationship grows until Tetsuo pledges to take Maiko out on a date on her birthday but her condition worsens.

 

Only 4 You   

Only 4 You Film Poster
Only 4 You Film Poster

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 85 mins.

Director: Keisuke Toyoshima, Madoka Kumagai, Yu Katsumata, Yosuke Fujita,

Writer:  N/A

Starring: Micro, Ayako Omura, Daiki Yamagaki, Satoshi Ogawa, Mina Yamakawa,

Website

Synopsis: This is an omnibus film from four directors including Yosuke Fujita (Fuku-chan of Fukufuku Flats, Fine, Totally Fine), which has stories of “modest miracles encountered in daily life.” The stories revolve around music and the characters include rakugo artists and enka singers getting a new lease of life. 

 

Ninja Hunter   

Ninja Hunter Film Poster
Ninja Hunter Film Poster

忍者狩りNinja-gari

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 102 mins.

Director: Seiji Chiba

Writer:  Seiji Chiba (Screenplay), Missei Shirakawa (Original Novel)

Starring: Mitsuki Koga, Mei Kurokawa, Masanori Mimoto, Kazuki Tsujimoto, Kentaro Shimazu,

Website   IMDB

I think that my review of Seiji Chiba’s 2011 film Alien vs Ninja made clear that I am no fan. Everything I dislike about that film is evident in this trailer – the same non-descript cave and forest he uses for sets, the dull look and cheap aesthetics, the same the lack of ambition. It’s a shame because we need more hot-blooded ninja action!

Synopsis from Shochikufilms.com: In 1581 during a gruelling feud between 2 ninja clans, Tao, a ninja from the Iga Clan, wakes up with amnesia. 40 ninjas lie dead in front of him and off to one side lies a dead female ninja. He doesn’t remember how and why he got there. His assignment is to retrieve a document that will reveal the traitor’s identity. Who killed all the ninjas? Is one of them the traitor? Little by little Tao solves the mystery.

 

Halloween Nightmare 2   

Halloween Nightmare 2 Film Poster
Halloween Nightmare 2 Film Poster

ハロウィンナイトメア 2 Harouin Naitomea 2

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 62 mins.

Director: Yosuke Yamashita

Writer: Yosuke Yamashita (Screenplay), Ivory Dice (Original Work)

Starring:  Rena Takeda, Mizuki Masuda, Chie Sasaki, Reiko Igarashi, Takako Kitagawa, Tetsuya Nakanishi,

Website

Synopsis: Based on the free horror game, Halloween Nightmare 2 involves a mysterious murderer who wears a jack o lantern on his head and kills people on Halloween day. This time some cosplay girls are getting stalked…

 

Tobidasu PuriPara: Minna de Mezase! IdolGrand Prix   

Tobidasu PuriPara Minna de Mezase Aidoru Guran Puri Film Poster
Tobidasu PuriPara Minna de Mezase Aidoru Guran Puri Film Poster

とびだすプリパラ み~んなでめざせ!アイドル☆グランプリ「Tobidasu PuriPara: Minna de Mezase! AidoruGuran Puri

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 60 mins.

Director: Nobutaka Yoda

Writer: Hitomi Mieno (Screenplay)

Starring: Miyu Kubota (Sophie Houjou), Himika Akaneya (Laala Manaka), Yui Makino (Aroma Kurosu), Chinatsu Akasaki (Falulu Vocaldoll), Yuki Wakai (Leona West),

Website MyAnimeList

This is the sequel to a PriPara film released in March where girls join idol units and perform in the PriPara amusement park. It’s a 3D feature for little girls who enjoy this sort of thing.

 

 

Boku wa Bosan   

Boku wa Bosan Film Poster
Boku wa Bosan Film Poster

ボクは坊さん。Boku wa Bosan

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 114 mins.

Director: Yukinori Makabe

Writer:  Kenya Hirata (Screenplay), Missei Shirakawa (Original Novel)

Starring: Atsushi Ito, Mizuki Yamamoto, Junpei Mizobata, Gaku Hamada, Miyuki Matsuda, Issey Ogata, Yoneko Matsukane,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: Koen Shirakawa (Ito) is shocked by the death of his grandfather, a priest at a local temple. This event makes him reassess life so he quits his job at a bookstore and becomes a monk at a temple.  

 

Tanemaki usagi Fukushima ni mukiau seishun   

Tanemaki usagi Fukushima ni mukiau seishun Film Poster
Tanemaki usagi Fukushima ni mukiau seishun Film Poster

種まきうさぎ フクシマに向き合う青春Tanemaki usagi Fukushima ni mukiau seishun

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 87 mins.

Director: Yasuyuki Mori

Writer:  N/A

Starring: N/A

Website

Synopsis: The Great East Japan Earthquake has been covered from numerous angles in documentaries from animals to surveying the wreckage, farmers removed from their land to the rescue operations and reuniting people with their saviours to anti-nuclear protestors. Here’s another doc but it focusses on teaching high schoolers from Fukushima about nuclear energy from the 3/11 disaster to Hydrogen bombs and the Cold War and the way people are opposed to nuclear energy around the world.

 

Nihon zero nen: fukushima kara no kaze dai 2 sho   

Nihon zero nen fukushima kara no kaze dai 2 sho Film Poster
Nihon zero nen fukushima kara no kaze dai 2 sho Film Poster

日本零年 フクシマからの風 第二章Nihon zero nen: fukushima kara no kaze dai 2 sho

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 91 mins.

Director: Tetsu Kato

Writer:  Tetsu Kato (Screenplay),

Starring: Hinako Saeki, Mitsunori Furusawa, Otowa Kidoguchi, Miori Kiuchi, Rinne Konno, Sayuri Sakaguchi, Atsumi Sakurai,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: The protagonist of the film (called “shujinko S” “main character S” in English) lives in Tokyo and when the meltdown in Fukushima occurs his wife Sakiko (Saeki) disappears with their child. It turns out that Fukushima is where Sakiko is from so the main character searches for her and finds the place is a disaster zone.

 

Trash    

Trash Film Poster
Trash Film Poster

TRASH トラッシュTRASH TORASSHU

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 88 mins.

Director: Hajime Gonno

Writer:  Masao Iketani (Screenplay),

Starring: Elly, Kaname Endo, Yuya Endo, Masayasu Yagi, Yuri Nakamura, Kosei Amano,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: TRASH stars ELLY of the dance vocal unit “The third J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE”, and he takes the role of Kent Hondo, a musclebound fighter who flits between his hometown and Tokyo with an old flame in tow. The two find themselves being pursued by gangsters.

 

Koryu Minatoya IN-TUNE   

Koryu Minatoya IN-TUNE Film Poster
Koryu Minatoya IN-TUNE Film Poster

港家小柳IN-TUNEMinatoya Koryu IN-TUNE

Release Date: October 24th, 2015

Running Time: 33 mins.

Director: Atiqa Kawakami

Writer:  N/A

Starring: Koryu Minato, Toyoko Sawamura,

Website

Synopsis: This documentary records a performance by Koryu Minato. She has been a storyteller from her first performance in 1969 and she displays her skills in this 33 minute performance which is accompanied by a shamisen player.

 

 

Japanese Movie Box Office Results for this Week:

 

Library Wars – The Last Mission (2015/10/10)

The Intern (2015/10/10)

Bakuman (Release: 2015/10/03)

Heroine Shikkaku (Release: 2015/09/19)

John Wick (2015/10/16)

UFO Gakuen no Himitsu (2015/10/10)

Gamba: Gamba to Nakama-tachi (2015/10/10)

The Anthem of the Heart (Release: 2015/09/19)  

Attack on Titan: End of the World (Release: 2015/09/19)

Fantastic Four (Release: 2015/10/09)

8 thoughts on “Dear Deer, Galaxy Turnpike, Kagura Me, A Summer Day, Your Voice, Only 4 You, Ninja Hunter, Halloween Nightmare 2, Tobidasu PuriPara: Minna de Mezase! Idol☆Grand Prix and other Japanese Film Trailers

  1. Hayley

    Oh wow, I didn’t know Yosuke Fujita had a new short film! I’d really like to see that!

    Dear Deer looks good too – I am a big fan of the title. So many puns, I’m impressed by this alone😀

    1. Yep and the Enka singer Yuki Tokunaga is in it! It looks like it’s on a similar level to Cheer Girls.

      Dear Deer looks like a good drama as well.

      Next week’s trailer post will be before Saturday since that day is Halloween and I want to post a film review!

  2. I was going to remark on how Seiji Chiba finally has someone who can act in his films in the shape of Mei Kurokawa (who frankly deserves to be a bigger name); alas from watching that trailer even she can’t seem to deliver a worthy performance under Chiba.:\

    1. Not even Mei Kurokawa can save that by the looks of it. It looks like she dies early and is in flashbacks. Meanwhile we get Seiji Chiba’s usual action scenes. Maybe it’s better than we expect?

      1. If he keeps making films, someone might throw more money and a better DP at him and maybe he might make the next Citizen Kane… It will probably have ninjas. Everything is improved with ninjas.

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