Sideline, My Love Story!!, Inu ni namae wo tsukeru hi, Onna no ko yo shitai to odore, We Are Perfume: World Tour 3rd Document, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin ‘Artesia’s Sorrow’ and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, people!

Charisma Koji Yakusho and Jun Fubuki

I have gone and published this trailer post early because Halloween falls on a Saturday this year and I traditionally post a film review on Halloween so this Saturday is reserved for a review of a film I think is pretty special and scary on a soulful level and just right for Halloween. So far this week I have spent more time watching television shows like The Walking Dead, Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider, and lots of time practicing Japanese –passive form, transitive/intransitive.

Earlier this week, I posted an announcement about the release of Makeup Room. Expect a film review on Saturday.

What’s released this weekend?

Remember in my review for Happy Hour (2015) when I praised Japan and Korea for producing and sustaining more female filmmakers than the West? Take a look at the names of the directors and you’ll notice that nearly half of the releases are directed by women and for most it is not their first feature but their third or fourth and they cast plenty of middle-aged women. Western films fans! Broaden your horizons and look East.

Sideline   

Sideline Film Poster
Sideline Film Poster

サイドラインSaidorain

Release Date: October 31st, 2015

Running Time: 94 mins.

Director: Sakurako Fukuyama

Writer:  Sakurako Fukuyama (Screenplay),

Starring: Yusuke Fukuda, Koichi Yoshino, Yuki Murata, Reina Asami, Ryoga Funatsu, Takuya Kusakawa, Kai Ogasawara, Takashi Matsuo,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: Daigo (Yusuke Fukuda) and his friends are part of the young men’s club of their neighborhood association and have been friends since childhood. As adults they are drifting apart but are reunited when they meet an eight-year-old girl named Hana and discover that Hana’s mother Usage (Reina Asami) is raising her alone since the death of her husband. The guys get together for the festival and aim to perform a male cheerleading routine.

 

My Love Story!!   

My Love Story!! Film Poster
My Love Story!! Film Poster

俺物語!!Ore Monogatari!!

Release Date: October 31st, 2015

Running Time: 105 mins.

Director: Hayato Kawai

Writer:  Akiko Nogi (Screenplay), Kazune Kawahara, Aruko (Original Manga),

Starring: Ryohei Suzuki, Mei Nagano, kentaro Sakaguchi, Sawa Suzuki, Yasufumi Terawaki,

Website   IMDB

I like the anime adaptation of Ore Monogatari!! a lot and I feel that the live-action film will have to do a lot to live up to. The trailer looks decent enough. The actors managed to do a decent job of portraying the characters but where will the story go?

Synopsis: Takeo Goda (Ryohei Suzuki) is an ultramasculine guy who I best friends with Makoto Sunakawa (Kentaro Sakaguchi), a bishounen. Takeo is super popular with the guys because of his athletic abilities but the girls ignore him in favour of Makoto. That changes when Takeo saves high school girl Rinko Yamato (Mei Nagano) from a pervert on a train. Takeo falls in love with her but thinks Rinko likes Makoto. This changes when Rinko tracks Takeo down…

 

Inu ni namae wo tsukeru hi   

Inu ni namae wo tsukeru hi Film Poster
Inu ni namae wo tsukeru hi Film Poster

犬に名前をつける日Inu ni namae wo tsukeru hi

Release Date: October 31st, 2015

Running Time: 107 mins.

Director: Akane Yamada

Writer:  Akane Yamada (Screenplay)

Starring: Satomi Kobayashi, Takaya Kamikawa, Misato Aoyama, Saori Imamura, Satoshi Fujii,

Website

Synopsis: Kuno Kanami (Satomi Kobayashi) is a woman who works at an animal protection centre and one of a number of people who help rescue the animals left to fend for themselves after the Great East Japan Earthquake. She works on a television show called “a dog’s life” which is all about animals left behind in the disaster.

 

Onna no ko yo shitai to odore / Girls, Dance with the Dead   

Onna no ko yo shitai to odore Film Poster
Onna no ko yo shitai to odore Film Poster

女の子よ死体と踊れOnna no ko yo shitai to odore

Release Date: October 31st, 2015

Running Time: 70 mins.

Director: Kayoko Asakura

Writer:  Kayoko Asakura (Screenplay)

Starring: Ano, Chibo, Chiffon, Kechon, Mone, Yonapi, Keiko Furuuchi, Fukiko Hara, Hiroaki Kawatsure, Teruhiko Nobukuni,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: The Yurumerumo! girls more about them on Tokyo Girls Update take part in a horror comedy where one of the members of the group, Ano, is a corpse brought back to life through an occult ceremony. Ano was quite happy being dead so the Yurumerumo! Girls start trying to kill her off… permanently.

 

Tokyo no Hi   

Tokyo no Hi Film Poster
Tokyo no Hi Film Poster

東京の日Tokyo no Hi

Release Date: October 31st, 2015

Running Time: 102 mins.

Director: Chihio Ikeda

Writer:  Chihiro Ikeda (Screenplay)

Starring: Kyoko Kagawa, Makiko Watanabe, Shuri, Saki Tanaka, Jundai Yamada, Chizuru Asano, Daisuke Sasaki,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: Akari has made a very capricious decision to move to Tokyo. With no plan and no experience to help her she stuffs everything into her suitcase and wanders around until she reaches a café where a man named Yusuke works. He offers her the opportunity to stay at his place and so two lonely people being living together and warm to each other…

 

Fukushima: Ikimono no kiroku 3   

Fukushima Ikimono no kiroku 3 Film Poster
Fukushima Ikimono no kiroku 3 Film Poster

福島 生きものの記録 シリーズ3 拡散Fukushima: Ikimono no kiroku 3

Release Date: October 31st, 2015

Running Time: 91 mins.

Director: Masanori Iwasaki

Writer:  N/A

Starring: Hiroaki Koide

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: Here’s an update on the animals in the Fukushima area courtesy of director Masanori Iwasaki’s series which explores the environmental impact of radition from Fukushima Daiichi.

 

We Are Perfume: World Tour 3rd Document   

We Are Perfume World Tour 3rd Document Film Poster
We Are Perfume World Tour 3rd Document Film Poster

Release Date: October 31st, 2015

Running Time: 120 mins.

Director: Taketoshi Sado

Writer:  N/A

Starring: Perfume: Yuka Kashino, Ayaka Nishiwaki, Ayano Ohmoto

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: It has been years since I last listened to Perfume but I am aware of their growing global popularity and this documentary covers their world tour which included a visit to this year’s SXSW festival. Expect behind the scenes, exclusive interviews and more.

 

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin   ‘Artesia’s Sorrow’    

Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin ‘Artesia’s Sorrow’ Film Poster
Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin ‘Artesia’s Sorrow’ Film Poster

機動戦士ガンダム THE ORIGIN II 哀しみのアルテイシア「Kido Senshi Gundam: The Origin II Kanashimi no Aruteishia

Release Date: October 31st, 2015

Running Time: 58 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),

Website ANN

Synopsis: This is the second 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. The episode’s story moves three years ahead to U.C. 0071. The story will follow the tearful separation of the siblings Casval and Artesia (before they became known as Char and Sayla). It will also feature more of the development of the mobile suits, particularly on the Zeon side. It will play for two weeks in 15 Japanese cinemas. Find out more at Anime News Network.

 

Eiga Go! Princess Precure Go! Go!! Gōka 3-bon Date!!!   

Eiga Go! Princess Precure Go! Go!! Gōka 3-bon Date!!! Film Poster
Eiga Go! Princess Precure Go! Go!! Gōka 3-bon Date!!! Film Poster

映画Go!プリンセスプリキュア Go!Go!!豪華3本立て!!!「Eiga Go! Princess Precure Go! Go!! Gōka 3-bon Date!!!

Release Date: October 31st, 2015

Running Time: 75 mins.

Director: Akifumi Zako, Hiroshi Miyamoto, Yukio Kaizawa

Writer: Kaori Yamagata (Screenplay)

Starring: Hibiku Yamamura (Kirara Amanogawa/Cure Twinkle), Masumi Asano (Minami Kaido/Cure Mermaid), Yu Shimamura (Haruka Haruno/Cure Flora), Cho (The King) Kaori Yamagata (The Queen), Kana Hanazawa (Princess Pampururu), Hinata Uegaki (Princess Prefi),

Website ANN

This is at the Tokyo International Film Festival which is heavily laden with anime.

Synopsis: The movie this time around is the first for Pretty Cure: Go! Go!! Gorgeous Triple Feature!!! It’s a sparkling Happy Halloween party at the movie theater!! This fall, the highly popular TV series Go! Princess Pretty Cure (ABC, tv asahi affiliates) is coming to the big screen! It’s a Halloween-themed super-gorgeous triple feature, with “A Precious Treasure of Pumpkin Land”, “Lefy’s Wonderful Night”, and “Cure Flora and a Mysterious Mirror”. “Strongly, kindly, and beautifully” Pretty Cures get a glamour power-up, including CG anime and the appearance of their mini-sized versions!

 

Japanese Movie Box Office Results for this Week:

 

Galaxy Turnpike (2015/10/24)

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

The Intern (2015/10/10)

Bakuman (Release: 2015/10/03)

Maze Runner 2 The Scorch Trials (2015/10/23)

Transporter Ignition (2015/10/24)

Heroine Shikkaku (2015/09/19)

UFO Gakuen no Himitsu (2015/10/10)

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

John Wick (2015/10/16)

7 thoughts on “Sideline, My Love Story!!, Inu ni namae wo tsukeru hi, Onna no ko yo shitai to odore, We Are Perfume: World Tour 3rd Document, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin ‘Artesia’s Sorrow’ and other Japanese Film Trailers

  1. RE: Tokyo no Hi “she reaches a café where a man works. He offers her the opportunity to stay at his place and so two lonely people being living together and warm to each other”

    So this is Science Fiction then?

  2. Yes, the trailer reminded me I need to catch up with Perfume. It has been a while since I followed them. I wouldn’t mind seeing their doc.

    I should go over to YouTube and catch up with their … DOH! (slaps head)

    1. I checked all sorts of groups from AKB48 to Dempagumi.inc to Perfume to Ling Tosite Sigure to Number Girl and I could still access their videos. I’m watching this whole situation carefully, though. Thanks for the warning. Might have to migrate to Jpopsuki…

  3. If there was one anime that I didn’t want to see a Live Action version of it would be Ore Monogatari!! The fact that Takeo was supposed to be a hulking brute and they’ve just found a tallish guy to play him (with horrible make-up) says it all really..:/

    1. My general view when it comes to an adaptation is that it doesn’t have to match the source, it just needs to set out to do something and do it well. Few live-action adaptations of anime are good so I’m not expecting miracles from this one but it can still be fun.

      1. I don’t know. If it doesn’t match the source then its not really an adaptation just something relying on the established name to hook an audience, which is more of a con in my book.

        In this instance however, part of what Ore Monogatari work was the silliness, comic overreactions and similar frippery which can’t be replicated via the live action medium, something Takeo’s appearance here proves.

        But it might still be fun depending on how they handle the romance and what bits they keep and what has been excised or changed. That is the key to a good adaptation for me anyway!😉

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