Her Father, My Lover, Hana’s Miso Soup, Eiga Youkai Watch: Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!, Alice in Dreamland, Ryuichi Hirokawa Human Battlefield, Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend!!

Subete ga F ni naru the Perfect Insider Souhei and Moe

A week left until Christmas. The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme has been announced and so I’ll get a preview of that done but for Anime UK News. Here I’ll try and close out the year with reviews of films, decent ones, not zombie trash like Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies (2008). Next year sees the release of the live-action adaptation of I Am a Hero and, as I mentioned during my report on the trailer earlier this week, I’m excited about it.

Subete ga F ni naru: The Perfect Insider ended and I have to say that it has become a strong contender for my anime of the year. I’m still waiting on that final episode of One-Punch Man to see if I change my mind. Blood Blockade Battlefront was fun but I still haven’t seen the last episode of that.

What’s released this weekend?

Her Father, My Lover      

Her Father, My Lover Film Poster
Her Father, My Lover Film Poster

友だちのパパが好きTomodachi no Papa ga Suki

Release Date: December 19th, 2015

Running Time: 105 mins.

Director: Kenji Yamauchi

Writer: Kenji Yamauchi (Screenplay),

Starring: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Yukino Kishii, Wako Ando, Kei Ishibashi, Tomu Miyazaki, Kami Hiraiwa,

Website    IMDB

Film of the weekend by a long shot. This one played at the Tokyo International Film Festival which is where I got the synopsis from. It looks like fun and stars Mitsuru Fukikoshi who is great playing as bitter weedy guys. I liked his turn in Cold Fish (2011).

Synopsis: “You’re a sicko”. University student Taeko is appalled by her kooky friend Maya’s attraction to her father, Kyosuke. His affair with workmate Hazuki results in her pregnancy. His divorce from cancer survivor Midori, who only encourages Maya further. Meanwhile, her jilted lover Tadokoro, who also happens to be her former high school teacher, begins to stalk her. Maya’s obsession with Kyosuke sets off a chain reaction of imploding relationships, and all Taeko can do is watch…

 

Hana’s Miso Soup   

Hana’s Miso Soup Film Poster
Hana’s Miso Soup Film Poster

はなちゃんのみそ汁Hanachan no Misoshiro

Release Date: December 19th, 2015

Running Time: 118 mins.

Director: Tomoaki Akune

Writer: Tomoaki Akune (Screenplay), Shingo Yasutake, Chie Yasutake, Hana Yasutake (Original Book)

Starring: Ryoko Hirosue, Kenichi Takito, Emina Akamatsu, Mahiru Konno, Kiwako Harada,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis: Chie (Ryoko Hirosue) is a happy woman. She has a boyfriend named Shingo (Kenichi Takito) and her life seems idyllic but when she is diagnosed with breast cancer her world is rocked. Shingo steps up to the plate and asks her to marry him. Despite having to undergo treatment the two try for a child and they succeed in having one: Hana. Chie is determined to pass on memories of time spent together with her daughter and that includes making miso soup.

 

Eiga Youkai Watch: Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!   

Eiga Youkai Watch Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan! Film Poster
Eiga Youkai Watch Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan! Film Poster

映画 妖怪ウォッチ エンマ大王と5つの物語だニャン!Eiga Youkai Watch: Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!

Release Date: December 19th, 2015

Running Time: 110 mins.

Director: Shigeharu Takahashi, Shinji Ushiro

Writer: Yoichi Kato (Screenplay), Miho Tanaka, Akihiro Hino (Original Scenario), Takuzo Nagano (Original Character Design), LEVEL-5 (Original Creator),

Starring: Haruka Tomatsu (Keita Amano), Etsuko Kozakura (Jibanyam), Yuuki Kaji (Fuyunyan), Chie Satou (Kanchi Imada), Aya Endo (Fumika Kodama),

Website ANN MAL  

Synopsis: For the second Youkai Watch movie we get an omnibus tale made up of five stories which are connected to a a machine which turns Keita into a ghost nd a mission to travel into the future to meet the next owner of the device to try and figure out a way to save Keita.

As well as this film, audiences will get the chance to see the five minute short Snack World (スナックワールド) which is directed by Takeshi Mori and written by Akihiro Hino.

 Snack World Film Poster

 

Alice in Dreamland   

Alice in Dreamland Film Poster
Alice in Dreamland Film Poster

アリス・イン・ドリームランド「Arisu in Dori-murando

Release Date: December 19th, 2015

Running Time: 110 mins.

Director: Kentaro Hachisuka, Mari Shimizu

Writer: Kentaro Hachisuka (Screenplay),

Starring: Aya Uchida (Alice), Hiro Shimono (The White Rabbit), Kazuya Ichijou (The Dark), Shiori Katsuta (The Red Queen), Mai Hashimoto (The Cheshire Cat),

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: Alice in Dreamland is a stop-motion/doll animation film which was crowd-funded. Mari Shimizu’s dolls take centre stage in a new spin on Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland tale.

 

 

Ryuichi Hirokawa Human Battlefield   

Ryuichi Hirokawa Human Battlefield Film Poster
Ryuichi Hirokawa Human Battlefield Film Poster

広河隆一 人間の戦場Hirokawa Ryuichi Ningen no Senjou

Release Date: December 19th, 2015

Running Time: 98 mins.

Director: Saburo Hasegawa

Writer: N/A

Starring: Ryuichi Hirokawa

Website    IMDB

Here’s an interesting article about Ryuichi Hirokawa which gives more about the famous photographer’s background.

Synopsis from documentary Japan: A film covering two years of Ryuichi Hirokawa, a 71 year-old photojournalist and the founder of DAYS JAPAN, a monthly photojournalism reviews.

The film follows Hirokawa visit his origins, Chernobyl and Palestine, and through this we discover the man, and the subjects of his work, what he calls “human battlefields”, any place where human dignity is at risk.

 

Gekijoban: Tokyo Joshi Puroresu “Bakuon Serenade”   

Gekijoban Tokyo Joshi Puroresu “Bakuon Serenade” Film Image
Gekijoban Tokyo Joshi Puroresu “Bakuon Serenade” Film Image

劇場版 東京女子プロレス 爆音セレナーデGekijoban: Tokyo Joshi Puroresu “Bakuon Serenade”

Release Date: December 19th, 2015

Running Time: 101 mins.

Director: Michiru Arashiyama

Writer: N/A

Starring: Yuka Sakazaki, MIZUHO, Ai Shimizu, Rika Tatsumi,

Synopsis: A documentary following female pro-wrestlers in Japan.

 

Japanese Movie Box Office Rankings for this Week:

Orange (2015/12/11)

007 Spectre (2015/12/04)

Haha to Kuraseba (2015/12/11)

Kamen Rider X Kamen Rider Ghost & Drive: Super Movie War Genesis  (2015/12/11)

I Love Snoopy The Peanuts Movie (2015/12/04)

Sugiara Chiune (2015/12/05)

125 Years Memory (2015/12/05)

Girlz und Panzer der Film  (2015/11/21)

High Speed! – Free! Starting Days – (2015/12/05)

Little Prince (2015/11/21)

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6 thoughts on “Her Father, My Lover, Hana’s Miso Soup, Eiga Youkai Watch: Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!, Alice in Dreamland, Ryuichi Hirokawa Human Battlefield, Japanese Film Trailers

  1. <Her Father, My Lover

    Mark Schilling didn't seem to care for it very much.

    <Film of the weekend by a long shot.

    But truth be told, out of the batch of films listed, that and Ryuichi Hirokawa Human Battlefield are the only ones that I’d be interested in watching.

    1. Great to see you back!

      I generally agree with Mark Schilling’s reviews but I like Mitsuru Fukikoshi as an actor so I’m always game for a movie with him in especially when he plays a creep and he gets a really juicy role here. But yeah, it’s a slow end to the year. Her Father, My Lover and Alice in Dreamland are the highlights.

  2. Hayley

    That Alice in Dreamland trailer is one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever seen. Shouldn’t really have expected anything else from Mari Shimizu, so it’s my own fault for pressing play >_<

    1. The Jan Svankmajer Alice in Wonderland has set the bar high for creepy adaptations but this one comes close! I really want to see it for the dolls and the stop motion animation. Plus it’s an indie film as well.

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