The Actor, The Inerasable, Saraba Abunai Deka: Long Goodbye, DOCUMENTARY of HKT48, DOCUMENTARY of NMB48, The Lover of My Ex, The Cross, Behind ‘The Cove’, Kaze no tayori and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, readers!

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi Episode 3 Tree

Well, what’s left of the weekend (at least I published it on the weekend). I have been very busy this week but I did manage to post about the Japanese films programmed for the Glasgow Film Festival and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. I also wrote news reports for those festivals for different websites. I watched two films – nuclear nightmare movie Threads (UK, 1984) and zombie actioner Junk (JP, 1999), I’ve marathoned all available episodes of the anime Boku Dake ga Inai Machi and re-started Shirobako after putting it on a back-burner. I’ve also gone and started listening to ’80s music again. There’s a great crop of films released this weekend with The Actor and Inerasable getting screened

What’s released this weekend?



The Actor   

The Actor Film Poster
The Actor Film Poster

俳優亀岡拓次「Haiyuu Kameoka Takuji

Release Date: January 30th, 2016

Running Time: 123 mins.

Director: Satoko Yokohama

Writer: Satoko Yokohama (Screenplay), Akito Inui (Original Novel)

Starring: Ken Yasuda, Kumiko Aso, Shohei Uno, Yoshiko Mita, Shota Sometani, Hirofumi Arai, Youki Kudoh,

Website    IMDB

This small character-driven drama was one of the more interesting looking films from last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival. It’s directed by Satoko Yokohama and it’s her second feature film after a career of shorts which has taken her to film festivals around the world. The film stars Ken Yasuda who man Japanese will recognise as a character actor with a colourful career but now he is coming into his own as a lead actor. The film has earned good reviews.

Synopsis from the Tokyo International Film Festival: Takuji Kameoka (Ken Yasuda) is a 37-year-old bachelor whose occupation is a “miscellaneous actor”. His only interest is drinking. One day he falls in love with a bar owner (Kumiko Aso) and his boring life begins to change. The film is based on the book “Actor, Takuji Kameoka” by Akito Inui, a five-time nominee for Japan’s most prestigious literary prize, the Akutagawa Prize. Satoko Yokohama, a much-admired up-and-coming newcomer, directs the film and we can immediately tell that she is a special talent, with a unique understanding that flows through to her actors and crew.


The Ark in the Mirage   

The Ark in the Mirage Film Poster
The Ark in the Mirage Film Poster

蜃気楼の舟 Shinkiro no Fune

Release Date: January 30th, 2016

Running Time: 99 mins.

Director: Yasutomo Chikuma

Writer: Yasutomo Chikuma (Screenplay),

Starring: Taiga Komizu, Min Tanaka, Ayako Ono, Tomomitsu Adachi, Aya Takekou, Noboru Mitani, Yota Kawase,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis: A man who works at a homeless shelter for old men exploits the people he looks after for their welfare payments. He was abandoned by his father after his mother died and has a cynical attitude but one day, he finds his father among the homeless men.


The Inerasable    

The Inerasable Film Poster
The Inerasable Film Poster

残穢住んではいけない部屋 Zange – Sunde wa Ikenai Heya

Release Date: January 30th, 2016

Running Time: 107 mins.

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura

Writer: Kenichi Suzuki (Screenplay), Fuyumi Ono (Original Novel)

Starring: Yuko Takeuchi, Ai Hashimoto, Kuranosuke Sasaki, Kentaro Sakaguchi, Kenichi Takito, Erika Shumoto,

Website    IMDB

We get a horror/mystery film from Yoshihiro Nakamura (The Snow White Murder Case) which is based on an award-winning novel. Both the film and novel are told in the first person as the main character investigates a haunted apartment and all the people involved in previous inestigations, deaths and hauntings. Of course, these ghosts are going to get people Ju-On style but how scary will it be?

Synopsis from IMDB: An author of mystery-novels (Yuko Takeuchi) helps a student (Ai Hashimoto) to uncover the tragic story of the people who lived in her apartment before which is filled with anger, hatred, murder and suicide.


Saraba Abunai Deka: Long Goodbye   

Saraba Abunai Deka Long Goodbye Film Poster
Saraba Abunai Deka Long Goodbye Film Poster

さらば あぶない刑事「Saraba Abunai Deka

Release Date: January 30th, 2016

Running Time: 118 mins.

Director: Toru Murakawa

Writer: Hiroshi Kashiwabara (Screenplay)

Starring: Hiroshi Tachi, Kyohei Shibata, Atsuko Asano, Toru Nakamura, Koji Kikkawa, Nanao, Bengal,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis: It took ten years but this is the first entry in a franchise that has been running since it’s 1986 TV dorama inception. The story concerns Toshiki Takayama (Hiroshi Tachi) and Yuji Oshita (Kyohei Shibata) who are two veteran cops called into action when the yakuza and a crime group from the Americas show their faces in the city of Yokohama.


DOCUMENTARY of HKT48 The Night Theatre manager Ozaki Cried   

Ozaki Shihainin ga Naita Yoru DOCUMENTARY of HKT48 Film Poster
Ozaki Shihainin ga Naita Yoru DOCUMENTARY of HKT48 Film Poster

尾崎支配人が泣いた夜 DOCUMENTARY of HKT48Ozaki Shihainin ga Naita Yoru DOCUMENTARY of HKT48

Release Date: January 29th, 2016

Running Time: 119 mins.

Director: Rino Sashihara

Writer: N/A

Starring: Rino Sashihara and te rest of HKT48

Website    IMDB

Synopsis: Documentary of HKT48 is the first HKT48 documentary and it is directed by HKT48 member Rino Sashihara (alongside an industry veteran). The girls are based in Hakata, Fukuoka prefecture and we get to see what goes on in the background of the group.



DOCUMENTARY of NMB48 Film Poster
DOCUMENTARY of NMB48 Film Poster

道頓堀よ、泣かせてくれ!DOCUMENTARY of NMB48LOVE! LOVE! SING! Ikite itoshite utau koto gekijouban

Release Date: January 29th, 2016

Running Time: 100 mins.

Director: Atsushi Funahashi

Writer: N/A

Starring: NMB48 Girls

Website    IMDB

Idols, idols, idols, blah, blah… wait. The director is ATSUSHI FUNAHASHI? He who has directed films about the fallout from Fukushima like Cold Bloom and Nuclear Nation? And for all my complaints about idols, the lovely Sayaka Yamamoto is in this and when I’ve seen her on game shows I’ve always found her to have a cool personality and she’s a good singer from what I can remember.

Synopsis: NMB48 is based in Namba, Osaka and it has been five years since their debut at Osaka Castle Hall. We see the struggles, efforts, and successes of the girls as the film trawls through photos and interviews from the inception of NMB48 to their latest developments as one of the most popular sister groups of AKB48.



The Lover of My Ex   

The Lover of My Ex Film Poster
The Lover of My Ex Film Poster

別れた女房の恋人「Wakareta nyobo no koibito

Release Date: January 28th, 2016

Running Time: 86 mins.

Director: Satoshi Kaneda

Writer: Shuji Kataoka (Screenplay),

Starring: Junko Maru, Hidemasa Shiozawa, Junichi Haruta, Ayaka Tomoda,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis: Naomi (Junko Maru) is a middle-aged divorcee who is torn between getting back together with her ex-husband and a young man named Sota (Hidemasa Shiozawa).



Neko nanka yondemo konai   

猫なんかよんでもこない。「Neko nanka yondemo konai

Release Date: January 30th, 2016

Running Time: 103 mins.

Director: Toru Yamamoto

Writer: Toru Yamamoto, Tamio Hayashi (Screenplay), Sugisaku (Original Manga)

Starring: Shunsuke Kazama, Mayu Matsuoka, Takeshi Tsuruno, Junko Uchida,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis from Dorama World: The film which is based on the same-titled manga by Sugisaku and had sold more than 270,000 copies to date, describes how a boxer Mitsuo (Kazama) faces the biggest crisis of his career as he has to retire if he loses his next match. At this point in time, Mitsuo’s elder brother picks up two cats from the streets thus resulting in Mitsuo, a dog lover, having to live with them and through his interaction with the cats, take a fresh look at his life.


Soshiki togo   

Soshiki togo Film Poster
Soshiki togo Film Poster

民暴「Soshiki togo

Release Date: January 30th, 2016

Running Time: 120 mins.

Director: Ryo Chris Kaihara

Writer: Ryo Chris Kaihara, Naoyuki Tomomatsu (Screenplay),

Starring: Hoka Kinoshita, Saaya, Hakuryu, Takashi Nishina, Izam, Honkon, Tadashi Naruse,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis: when a bunch of yakuza face being evicted from their headquarters by local residents they take their frustration out on one particular target, a worker for cit hall. He is soon shown the corruption in local government and a violent history is revealed.


The Cross    

The Cross 2016 Film Poster
The Cross 2016 Film Poster


Release Date: January 30th, 2016

Running Time: 122 mins.

Director: Sho Igarashi

Writer: Sho Igarashi (Screenplay), Kiyoshi Shigematsu (Original Novel)

Starring: Keisuke Koide, Fumino Kimura, Yasuko Tomita, Masatoshi Nagase. Ryota Koshiba, Ayumi Orii,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis: Shunsuke Fujii was a middle school student who committed suicide due to being bullied. He left a letter behind that revealed that his classmate Yu Sanada (Keisuke Koide) was a friend and Sayuri Nakagawa (Fumino Kimura) was a girl he had a crush on. Shunsuke’s suicide has destroyed his parents. Shunsuke’s mother (Yasuko Tomita) and father (Masatoshi Nagase) cannot forgive Shunsuke’s classmates and they have spent 20 years of their life carrying their own cross since Shunsuke Fujii’s death…


Behind ‘The Cove’   

Behind ‘The Cove’ Film Poster
Behind ‘The Cove’ Film Poster

ビハインド・ザ・コーヴ 捕鯨問題の謎に迫る「Bihaindo za ko-bu hogeimondai no nazo ni semaru

Release Date: January 30th, 2016

Running Time: 107 mins.

Director: Keiko Yagi

Writer: Keiko Yagi (Screenplay),

Starring: Keiko Yagi, David Hance, Joji Morishita, Richard O’Barry, Katsunori Horihata, Louis Psihoyos,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis: Director Keiko Yagi may be an amateur director but the subject of whaling and the controversy that surrounds it has inspired her to make this documentary to explore the topic.


Kaze no tayori   

Kaze no Tayori Film Poster
Kaze no Tayori Film Poster

風のたより「Kaze no tayori

Release Date: January 30th, 2016

Running Time: 90 mins.

Director: Munetoshi Mukai

Writer: Satoko Okazaki (Screenplay),

Starring: Yuko Akimoto, Ren Osugi, Kaoru Hirata, Yuki Saso, Shuntaro Yanagi, Masaya Kato, Yuko Araki,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis: This is set in Sendai four years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and concerns a young woman (Yuko Shinki) entrusted with the café owned by her grandfather (Ren Osugi). She leaves that behind to open a café in Tokyo. All that changes when her grandfather falls ill…


Japanese Movie Box Office Results for this Week:

Nobunaga Concerto (2016/12/23)

Star Wars The Force Unleashed (2016/12/18)

Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger The Movie: Ninjas in Wonderland (2016/12/23)

Eiga Youkai Watch: Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan! (2016/12/19)

Paddington (2016/01/15)

Seasons/Les Saisons (2016/01/15)

Orange (2016/12/11)

The Walk (2016/12/23)

Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen (2016/01/08)

Bridge of Spies (2016/01/08)


12 thoughts on “The Actor, The Inerasable, Saraba Abunai Deka: Long Goodbye, DOCUMENTARY of HKT48, DOCUMENTARY of NMB48, The Lover of My Ex, The Cross, Behind ‘The Cove’, Kaze no tayori and other Japanese Film Trailers

    1. Nice to see you 🙂

      I hope it turns out well. There are two installments to the anime and they are both getting cinema screenings from what I saw. I reckon that we’ll get it on DVD in the UK. I’m really behind on the Monogatari franchise since I haven’t watched any that aired in 2015.

    1. Threads is the stuff of nightmares and apparently it was shown in schools across the UK!!! Talk about an effective teaching aid.

      I really want to see The Actor as well. It was one of the most interesting looking titles at last year’s TIFF. I didn’t go to see anything by Satoko Yokohama when she was in the UK a few years ago and now I’m beginning to wonder if I’ve missed something major.

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