Eiga Chibi Maruko-chan – A Boy from Italy -, Showa Genroku Era Comic Storytelling Yotaro’s Wandering Director’s Cut, Denki Groove the Movie?, REVIVAL This is mixed martial arts of Japan Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend and Merry Christmas, people!

Machine Girl Minase Yashiro, Asami before battle

I hope you guys had a good Christmas. I have had a lot of time off work recently and so I watched a lot of films including Howl’s Moving Castle, 100 Yen Love, Arrietty, and It’s a Wonderful Life. I also got lots of useful presents and I am now playing Fallout 4 over the rest of my winter holidays.

Only one post this year and that’s The Machine Girl (2008) which is a splatter film that is a lot of fun.

What’s released this weekend?

Eiga Chibi Maruko-chan – A Boy from Italy –   

Eiga Chibi Maruko-chan – A Boy from Italy - Film Poster

映画ちびまる子ちゃん イタリアから来た少年「Eiga Chibi Marukochan Itaria kara kita Shounen

Release Date: December 23rd, 2015

Running Time: 94 mins.

Director: Jun Takagi

Writer: Momoko Sakura (Screenplay/Original Creator),

Starring: TARAKO (Momoko “Chibi Maruko-chan” Sakura), Kei Tomiyama (Tomozo Sakura), Kyousei Tsukui (Sekiguchi-kun), Masami Kikuchi (Hanawa-kun), Mie Suzuki (Sumire Sakura),

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Synopsis: An Italian boy named Marco is one of six foreign children placed in Chibi Maruko-chan’s town on a home stay. Marc o confesses his love to Maruko and tries to court her. The film will also follow Maruko and her classmates as they travel to Kyoto and Osaka.

 

Showa Genroku Era Comic Storytelling Yotaro’s Wandering Director’s Cut      

Showa Genroku Era Comic Storytelling Yotaro’s Wandering Director’s Cut Film Poster
Showa Genroku Era Comic Storytelling Yotaro’s Wandering Director’s Cut Film Poster

昭和元禄落語心中 “与太郎放浪篇”ディレクターズカット版「Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Yotaro Horo Hen Direkuta-zu Katto Hen

Release Date: December 23rd, 2015

Running Time: 94 mins.

Director: Mamoru Hatakeyama

Writer: Jun Kumagai (Screenplay), Haruko Kumota (Original Creator),

Starring: Tomokazu Seki (Yotaro), Akira Ishida (Kikuhiko), Chaurin (Bansai Tsuburaya), Megumi Hayashibara (Miyokichi), Yu Kobayashi (Konatsu),

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Showa Genroku Era Comic Storytelling is an adaptation of a manga by Haruko Kumota the anime will premiere on January 8 so why is it in a cinema? According to Anime News Network “a theatrical screening of the “director’s cut” of the OAD episodes bundled with the manga’s seventh and eighth volumes will be played at Shinjuku Cinemart in Tokyo from December 26 to January 8 (with a break in December 30 and January 1), and in Cinemart Shinsaibashi in Osakafrom January 2 to January 8.”

Synopsis: The anime’s first story revolves around a mature prisoner who was released on good behavior during Japan’s Showa Genroku era (1960s to early 1970s). He is called Yotarō by others, a term that means an “anti-hero” or a “dim-witted man.” When he returns to society, he starts a new life in rakugo (comic storytelling). Touched by Yakumo’s role as the “grim reaper,” he asks the master to take him in as an apprentice.

 

 

Denki Groove the Movie?    

Denki Groove the Movie Film Poster
Showa Genroku Era Comic Storytelling Yotaro’s Wandering Director’s Cut Film Poster

DENKI GROOVE THE MOVIE? 石野卓球とピエール瀧DENKI GROOVE THE MOVIE? Ishino Takkyu to Pie-ru Taki

Release Date: December 26th, 2015

Running Time: 115 mins.

Director: Hitoshi Ohne

Writer: Kenji Yamauchi (Screenplay),

Starring: Masakazu Amahisa, Andi Absolon, Masahiro Hidaka, Kera, Shinco, Pierre Taki, Keigo Oyamada,

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Synopsis: Denki Groove celebrated their 25th anniversary last year and their music has been a mainstay of Japanese pop music. This doc contains footage fro their debut in 1989 to now and features everybody involved over the years giving their view on the group. It’s directed by Hitoshi One, the dude behind Moteki and Be My Baby.

 

REVIVAL This is mixed martial arts of Japan   

REVIVAL This is mixed martial arts of Japan Film Poster
Showa Genroku Era Comic Storytelling Yotaro’s Wandering Director’s Cut Film Poster

REVIVAL これが日本の総合格闘技だREVIVAL kore ga Nihon no sougou kakutougida

Release Date: December 26th, 2015

Running Time: 100 mins.

Director: Shigeru Saeki

Writer: N/A

Starring: Takashi Otsuka, Shunsuke Kitada,  Yuuma Horiuchi,

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Synopsis: I know nothing about MMA but it looks like DEEP has brought MMA to Japan and they stage massive events like DEEP DREAM IMPACT 2014 at Saitama Super Arena. We get a behind the scenes look at the tournament and the people involved. DEEP have a YouTube channel so you can check out some of the fights.

 

Japanese Movie Box Office Results for this Week:

Eiga Youkai Watch: Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan! (2015/12/19)

Star Wars The Force Unleashed (2015/12/18)

Orange (2015/12/11)

Haha to Kuraseba (2015/12/11)

007 Spectre (2015/12/04)

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)

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

125 Years Memory (2015/12/05)

2 thoughts on “Eiga Chibi Maruko-chan – A Boy from Italy -, Showa Genroku Era Comic Storytelling Yotaro’s Wandering Director’s Cut, Denki Groove the Movie?, REVIVAL This is mixed martial arts of Japan Japanese Film Trailers

    1. It was a good Christmas thanks! I hope yours was good!

      I must admit that I did get a bit emotional during It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s a timeless classic! Alas, I missed watching Scrooged this year…

      I’ve ended the year on some pretty dire Italian zombie movies, a great giallo, a classic British film from the 1930s and contemporary Japanese dramas. All in all, I’ve watched nearly 200 films. I was tempted to post a list of what I watched but that would be boring for others to read through.

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