Ii nioi no suru eiga, Omote to ura the Final, New Initial D the Movie Legend 3: Mugen, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 5 (To Beloved Ones), Gekijouban Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam Over the wishes Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend… or rather, new week.

Uzumasa Limelight Chihiro Yamamoto and Seizo Fukumoto Train
Uzumasa Limelight Chihiro Yamamoto and Seizo Fukumoto Train

Sorry, this trailer post’s a bit late because I wanted to let my review of Uzumasa Limelight have a share of the… limelight on the blog. I gave that a 4/5 because I enjoyed it a lot and it can teach viewers a thing or two about the Japanese film industry. I also posted some PR about the film’s theatrical release as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme.

I watched a couple of Japanese zombie movies last week like Wild Zero (1999). I also went to the cinema to watch The Revenant and was blown away by the epic scope of the visuals, great acting by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, the great musical score by Ryuichi Sakamoto and the nuanced look at the Native American characters.

What was released last weekend? Lots of stuff.

AKECHI kunoichi ninpo gaiden   

AKECHI kunoichi ninpo gaiden Film Poster
AKECHI kunoichi ninpo gaiden Film Poster

AKECHI くノ一忍法外伝「AKECHI kunoichi ninpo gaiden

Release Date: February 06th, 2016

Running Time: 79 mins.

Director: Hiroyuki Kawasaki

Writer: Shinji Hirata (Screenplay),

Starring: Noriko Fujioka, Narumi Yonezawa, Yasuko Tsuji,

Synopsis: This one is an ultra low-budget movie from pink film director Hiroyuki Kawasaki. It doesn’t show up on IMDB and doesn’t appear to have a website but it is listed on Wikipedia’s list of ninja films. The film takes place during the Sengoku period and focusses on eight kunoichi who are caught between Oda Nobunaga and his general Akechi Mitsuhide.

 

Ii nioi no suru eiga   

Ii nioi no suru eiga Film Poster
Ii nioi no suru eiga Film Poster

いいにおいのする映画「Ii nioi no suru eiga

Release Date: February 06th, 2016

Running Time: 73 mins.

Director: Mai Sakai

Writer: Mai Sakai (Screenplay),

Starring: Rie Kaneko, Haruhi Nakajima, Kaito Yoshimura, micci the mistake, possession mongoloid, Velladon

Website    IMDB

Rie Kaneko from the idol group Ladybaby makes a feature film appearance in this weird little title that was crowd funded. It doesn’t look bad and I’ve now decided that Ladybaby is my new favourite idol group. Info straight from Tokyo Girls Update.

Synopsis: High school girl Rei (Rie Kaneko) wants to be a lighting technician and her friend Kaito (Kaito Yoshimura) is a whiz when it comes to organising the music production but these childhood friends get sucked into the world of Vampillia who has musical friends that Rei and Kaito can work with and some pretty dark desires to boot…

 

Omote to ura the Final   

Omote to ura the Final Film Poster
Omote to ura the Final Film Poster

表と裏「Omote to Ura Dai 2-shou

Release Date: February 06th, 2016

Running Time: 120 mins.

Director: Kenichi Fujiwara

Writer: Mayuko Yoshiyuki, Kenichi Fujiwara (Screenplay)

Starring: Kaname Endo, Shunsuke Daito, Chihiro Ohtsuka, Saori Takizawa, Manabu Hamada, Mikio Ohsawa, Sayaka Tsuruta,

Website IMDB

A young and idealistic lawmaker named Kyoichi (Endo) and a yakuza named Shoji (Daito) who were childhood friends at the same orphanage. Both want to change a corrupt world but while Kyoichi does so through politics and charisma, Shoji uses violence and the two reunite to change society… “in and out.”

 

 

New Initial D the Movie Legend 3: Mugen   

New Initial D the Movie Legend 3 Mugen Film Poster
New Initial D the Movie Legend 3 Mugen Film Poster

新劇場版 頭文字D Legend 3 –夢現Shin Gekijouban Initial D Legend 3 -Mugen-

Release Date: February 06th, 2016

Running Time: 65 mins.

Chief Director: Masamitsu Hidaka, Director: Tomohito Naka

Writer: Mayori Sekijima (Screenplay), Shuuichi Shigeno (Original Manga)

Animation Production: LIDEN FILMS, SANZIGEN Animation Studio

Starring: Mamoru Miyano (Takuma Fujiwara), Yuichi Nakamura (Keisuke Takahashi), Daisuke Ono (Ryosuke Takahashi, Hiroaki Hirata (Bunta Fujiwara), Minoru Shiraishi (Itsuki Takeuchi),

Website ANN MAL

This is the third in a trilogy of films that retell the original Initial D story.

Synopsis: High school student Takumi Fujiwara works at a gas station during the day and as a delivery boy for his father’s tofu shop during the night. Thanks to his experience driving his father’s Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno, he develops precise driving skills and soon becomes the greatest amateur road racer on Mt. Akina’s highway and this makes him a rival to racing groups in the prefecture who want to take him on in races.

 

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 5 (To Beloved Ones)     

Code Geass Boukoku no Akito 5 「Itoshiki Mono-tachi e」 Film Poster
Code Geass Boukoku no Akito 5 「Itoshiki Mono-tachi e」 Film Poster

コードギアス 亡国のアキト 最終章「愛シキモノタチヘ」「Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito 5 Itoshiki Mono-tachi e

Release Date: February 06th, 2016 (Japan)

Running Time: 59 mins.

Director: Kazuki Akane

Writer: Yoshinari Asakawa (Screenplay), Hiroshi Ohnogi (Original Creator),

Animation Production: Sunrise

Starring: Miyu Irino (Akito Hyuuga), Maaya Sakamoto (Layla Malkal), Ai Kayano (Anna Clement), Takahiro Sakurai (Suzaku Kururugi), Yoko Hikasa (Ayano Kousaka)

Website ANN MAL

The year is 2017 around the time Lelouch took on the alter-ego “Zero” and built up his “Black Knights” rebellion army to free Japan from The Holy Britannian Empire but the Akito series is a spin-off which takes place in Europe. This was originally a four episode OAV which was meant to finish last year but was given one last episode.

Synopsis: The Holy Britannian Empire has invaded the continent and is about to defeat the E.U and a young pilot named Akito Hyuuga leads a special team fighting to prevent what seems inevitable. Then Layla Malkal, a former Britannian Aristocrat comes to the E.U.’s aid, commanding the “Wyvern” Knightmare corps comprised of Japanese teenagers and t looks like they might be able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat but the risks involved in every battle are immense.

 

 

Gekijouban Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam Over the wishes   

Gekijouban Last Exile Ginyoku no Fam Over the wishes Film Poster
Gekijouban Last Exile Ginyoku no Fam Over the wishes Film Poster

ラストエグザイル 銀翼のファム Over The WishesRasuto Eguzairu Ginyoku no Famu Over The Wishes

Release Date: February 06th, 2016

Running Time: 120 mins.

Director: Yukio Takahashi

Writer: N/A

Animation Production: Gonzo

Starring: Aki Toyosaki (Fam Fan Fan), Ai Kayano (Millia il Velch Cutrettola Turan), Aoi Yuuki (Giselle Collette Vingt), Chiwa Saito (Teddy), Jun Fukuyama (Orang),

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis from ANN: The Sky Pirate Fam and Millia (the princess who Fam rescued as her Turan Kingdom faced devastation) wage a battle against the Ades Federation that reduced Turan to ashes, and aim to establish a revived Turan Kingdom.

 

 

Ika rete iru?   

Ika rete iru Film Poster
Ika rete iru Film Poster

イカれてイル? Ika rete iru?

Release Date: February 06th, 2016

Running Time: 78 mins.

Director: Michihiro Takeuchi

Writer: Michihiro Takeuchi (Screenplay)

Starring: MAGiC BOYZ

Website IMDB

Synopsis: The MAGiC BOYZ are a bunch of junior high school kids who have become the world’s first Hip-Hop idol group with magical powers and they are a part of the Stardust Promotion agency so they are pop-music cohorts with Momoiro Clover Z. They made this movie in the style of a fake documentary.

 

Mood Swings   

Yureru kokoro Film Poster
Yureru kokoro Film Poster

ゆれる心「Yureru kokoro

Release Date: February 01st, 2016

Running Time: 75 mins.

Director: Shuji Kataoka

Writer: Shuji Kataoka (Screenplay)

Starring: Saki Seto, Akiyoshi Shibata, Haruna Yabuki, Shiro Shimomoto, Akira Aoyama, Rin Ogawa

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Misaki (Saki Seto) is an OL who is involved in the wedding of a co-worker and collaborating with a senior she has a crush on.

 

Kokonotsu no mado   

Kokonotsu no mado Film Poster
Kokonotsu no mado Film Poster

9つの窓「Kokonotsu no mado

Release Date: February 06th, 2016

Running Time: 99 mins.

Director: Kei Hiro, Ai Nagura, Kazuya Ogawa, Tsuyoshi Sone, Yo Hirose,

Writer: N/A

Starring: Rie Kitahara, Shinobu Mogi, Yuria Kizaki, Sae Miyazawa, Chiyori Nakanishi, Yui Yokoyama, Yuuna Ego, Anna Iriyama,

Website

Synopsis: The Short Shorts Film Festival and AKB48 collaborate to create nine short movies with stories of first love and vampires making up the content.

 

Given ima, koko, ni aru shiawase   

Given ima, koko, ni aru shiawase Film Poster
Given ima, koko, ni aru shiawase Film Poster

Given いま、ここ、にあるしあわせ「Given ima, koko, ni aru shiawase

Release Date: February 06th, 2016

Running Time: 90 mins.

Director: Natsuko Takahashi

Writer: N/A

Starring: Chie Ayado (Narrator)

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Three children with incurable illnesses and their families are the focus of this documentary.

 

Hakuoki SSL sweet school life THE MOVIE   

Hakuoki SSL sweet school life THE MOVIE Film Poster
Hakuoki SSL sweet school life THE MOVIE Film Poster

薄桜鬼SSL sweet school life THE MOVIEHakuoki SSL sweet school life THE MOVIE

Release Date: February 06th, 2016

Running Time: 78 mins.

Director: Kensaku Miyashita

Writer: Kensaku Miyashita (Screenplay)

Starring: Toshiyuki Someya, Atsushi Kimura, Masyu Ishiwatari, Seiya Inagaki, Katsuhiko Ibuka, Yuki Tamaki, Ryouma Baba,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Otome games are big business in Japan and slowly taking off in the West as developers and fans catch up which is where dedicated bloggers like Otoge Meow comes in to spread knowledge. That’s where I got some information for this. We have a live-action feature film adaptation of the Hakuoki game series which recasts the cast of Shinsengumi samurai warrior characters as teachers and students in modern Japan. The film is a continuation of a dorama.

Japanese Movie Box Office Results for this Week:

Nobunaga Concerto (2016/01/23)

Saraba Abunai Deka: Long Goodbye (2016/01/30)

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

Black Mass (2016/01/30)

The Inerasable (2016/01/30)

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

Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger The Movie: Ninjas in Wonderland (2016/01/23)

Paddington (2016/01/15)

Seasons/Les Saisons (2016/01/15)

Orange (2016/12/12)

6 thoughts on “Ii nioi no suru eiga, Omote to ura the Final, New Initial D the Movie Legend 3: Mugen, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 5 (To Beloved Ones), Gekijouban Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam Over the wishes Japanese Film Trailers

  1. RE: Kokonotsu no mado.
    It might be interesting.
    “Everyone Loves Rie” of course
    How much of the screen does Anna “fill out” …
    Of the 99 minutes running time, how much face time does Yuihan get? Of course I lose all track of time looking at her…

    Wait … teenage VAMPIRES … oh no, no, no …
    : )

    1. It seems like there’s an AKB-related release every week but more importantly, AKB vampires are the most kawaii vampires out there, confirmed by Kokonotsu no mado.

      In all seriousness, the quality of collaborators that idol groups are working with is on an upwards trajectory. A few years ago it was low-budget horror films, now we’re getting respected festivals and directors joining the trend.

  2. I had no idea they did a last exile film?! I loved the first series to see the second series but it sounds intriguing. Why couldn’t Kazuki Akane direct the Geass series? Akito has such a strong story not to mention it’s cool we get to see Suzaku and the others in this OVA film series!

    1. I liked the first series (I bought the soundtrack and have it as a boxset) a lot but the second one overdid it with the cute girls in the promos so I didn’t check it out. That written, Range Murata’s illustrations of women are gorgeous!

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