Ajin: Demi-Human – Compel, Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Dai-3-bu –Akogare, Bittare!!!, Crossroads, Ai wo Katareba Hentai Desuka Free Kitchen, Robo to miri and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, dear readers.

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I hope you are all well. I have been waking up really early in the morning and watching more zombie films to review for the blog. It is part of my summer of splatter season that has gone awry and lasted longer than expected but with less content. Never mind. I wrote about the latest Third Window Films release, Ruined Heart, on Monday and then I posted my review of Zombie Self Defence Force which was a lot of fun. More zombie films to be reviewed.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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Zombie Self-Defence Force ゾンビ自衛隊 (2006)

Zombie Self-Defence Force   

Zombie Self Defence Force DVD Cover
Zombie Self Defence Force DVD Cover

ゾンビ自衛隊Zonbi Jietai

Release Date: April 23rd, 2006

Running Time: 75 mins.

Director: Naoyuki Tomomatsu

Writer:  Naoyuki Tomomatsu, Chisato Ogawara (Screenplay),

Starring: Mihiro, Kenji Arai, Masayuki Hase, Norman England, Yu Machimura, Eriko Nagamine, Miyu Watase, Kiyo Yoshizawa,

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Self Defence Force comes from the writer/director duo of Naoyuki Tomomatsu and Chisato Ogawara who have made lots of erotic/crime/horror movies like Rape Zombie, Maidroid, Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl, and Bounty Hunter Vixens. This is a knowingly funny low-budget horror film, and much safer than those raunchy titles, as it goes at everything with a gleeful sense of humour that is similar to Evil Dead II.

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Third Window Films Release Ruined Heart

The latest Third Window Film release caught my attention earlier this year because it saw the collaboration between Wong Kar-Wai’s favourite cinematographer Christopher Doyle (the man responsible for the look for Happy Together, In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express) and the awesome actor Tadanobu Asano (Vital, Watashi no Otoko, Ichi the Killer, Survive Style 5+).

The film is a gangster flick which looks stylish and involves Asano falling for a gangster’s moll played by Mexican star Nathalia Acevedo (Post Tenebras Lux) and the two going on the run. They are working with the Phillipine director Khavn (Mondomanilla) and music is provided by German synth-pop duo Stereo Total. Long time readers will remember that I wrote about this when Asano and Stereo Total were at Nippon Connection earlier this year when trio played a concert and attended the screening of the film. Here are the details!

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Ghost Theatre, Girlz und Panzer der Film, Digimon Adventure tri. 1: Saikai, Hitsuji wo Kazoeru Sayonara, Tsugaku Tochu, Raintree no Kuni, YOKO THE CHERRY BLOSSOM, Hoshasen o abita X nengo 2, Areno, Before a Falling Star Fades Away and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear readers!

War Back to the Sea Kaori Iwase Film Image

I finally got back into reviewing films for the summer of splatter films (I know it’s autumn) and it was with the trashy Attack Girls’ Swim Team vs. the Undead which got a pretty low final score. Zombie Self-Defence Force and High School Girl Rika – Zombie Hunter are due next week to complete the set then I’ll go back and cover Noboru Iguchi films and more low-budget films. Much more productive and informative was my news piece about the London International Animation Festival. I wrote a story for Anime UK News and then expanded it for my preview after doing more research.

We won, darlin’

What’s released this weekend in Japan?

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Undead Pool Attack Girls’ Swim Team vs. the Undead 女子競泳反乱軍 (2007)

Undead Pool / Attack Girls’ Swim Team vs. the Undead  Attack Girls’ Swim Team vs. the Undead DVD Cover

女子競泳反乱軍Joshikyoei hanrangun

Release Date: December 25th, 2007

Running Time: 96 mins.

Director: Koji Kawano

Writer:  Satoshi Owada (Screenplay),

Starring: Sasa Handa, Yuria Hidaka, Ayumu Tokito, Sakae Yamazaki,

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I thought this was a horror film, a silly horror film. That’s what IMDB labels it as, an action horror. It was a silly horror but it turns out that it’s also a pink film. According to Wikipedia it is a title from the erotic horror genre and it stars AV girls like Sasa Handa, Yuria Hidaka, and Ayumu Tokito.

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Japanese Films at The London International Animation Festival 2015

The London International Animation Festival takes place at the Barbican Cinema and lasts from December 04th to 13th. 200 animated short and feature films have been selected from the 2,400 entries that were submitted to the festival and there are many from Japan. The festival organisers have programmed the Japanese films in several categories including the International Competition Programmes. Here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer:

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Happy Toy, `Tokyo- no Yoru’ no Asa, Harmony, Foujita, Three Stories of Love, The Motors, Durarara!!x2 Ten Special, and other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear readers!

Osomatsu san Anime Image

This post is early because I’m feeling a bit off this week which explains the lack of film reviews. There’s a backlog of reviews to write and a stack of films to watch but my thoughts are elsewhere – Japan, work. I will get back into blogging but for now I want to practice my Japanese more – transitive/intransitive again.

I am watching lots of anime like Osomatsu-san, Subete ga F ni naru: The Perfect Insider, and One Punch Man. I’ve gone back to listening to Shibuya-kei after a long absence as well.

There are plenty of great films released this weekend with “Tokyo no Yoru” no Asa, The Motors and Three Stories of Love. I hope I get the chance to see them!

What’s released this weekend?

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Cinema Angel, Grasshopper, Gekijouban Mozu, Terminal, Tsugaku Densha, Iroasete Colorful, 7’s, Duel, Wasure yuki, Vomit Love from Rancid Town and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello, dear readers.

Charisma Yabuki (Yakusho) and Mitsuko (Fubuki) Talk

I have been terribly lazy about writing films this week. I have spent more time working and more time practicing Japanese and less time watching films. I did see the latest James Bond movie, Spectre, in a cinema and it was BLOODY FANTASTIC. I walked out of it feeling utterly satisfied, striding out of the cinema with a gleeful smile on my face. I might write a review of it (and Sicario). If I do it won’t be until the week after next. I may not write a review and may get back to watching Japanese films.

The last film I watched/reviewed was Charisma (1999), a thoroughly brilliant existential horror movie from my favourite director Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

What’s released this weekend in Japan?

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