Koi to Onchi no Houteishiki, Ninja the Monster, Classmates, Oyster Factory, Maiko: Dancing Child, Chimamire sukeban Chainsaw and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, readers!

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This trailer post is a bit of a rush-job. I spent plenty of time watching films for fun like Michael Clayton (2007) and X the Unknown (1956) and even more time practicing Japanese. This week I posted a review of Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) and a plugged the forthcoming Blu-ray release of Kikujiro.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

Koi to Onchi no Houteishiki   

Koi to Onchi no Houteishiki Film Poster
Koi to Onchi no Houteishiki Film Poster

恋とオンチの方程式Koi to Onchi no Houteishiki

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Running Time: 90 mins.

Director: Shiho Kozai

Writer: Shiho Kozai (Screenplay),

Starring: Natsuna Watanabe, Yuta Hiraoka, Masaya Kikawada, Yo Yoshida, Chihiro Otsuka, Miho Fujima,

Website  IMDB

Synopsis: Midori Yamabuki (Natsuna Watanabe) was once an aspiring pop idol but now she works as a bus guide in Kagawa Prefecture. The reason why is because she lost her confidence when she was younger. As a child she went to an audition in Tokyo and was laughed off the stage because she was tone death. Since that day she has kept a mic which her mother gave to her. This mic allows three wishes to come true. Midori may have to use this when Takuto Kurita (Masaya Kikawada), son of the CEO of a sound equipment company, comes to town and Midori falls in love with him…

 

 

Ninja the Monster   

Ninja the Monster Film Poster
Ninja the Monster Film Poster

Ninja the MonsterNinja the Monster

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Running Time: 84 mins.

Director: Ken Ochiai

Writer: Akihiro Dobashi (Screenplay)

Starring: Dean Fujioka, Aoi Morikawa, Soko Wada, Rantaro Mine,

Website  IMDB

Ken Ochiai is a new director worth watching after making Uzumasa Limelight (2014). He’s back with a more fantastical tale:

Synopsis: The 18th Century is drawing to a close and shogun has banned ninja activity in Japan and the once legendary shadow warriors are being hunted down and killed. A princess, Gohime (Aoi Morikawa), is on her way to Edo (present day Tokyo) and must pass through a forest which a dangerous creature stalks. She has a retinue of men to protect her, one is a former ninja named Denzo (Dean Fujioka). The monster attacks the travellers and the only survivors are the princess and Denzo. Will they be able to escape the monster?   

 

Classmates   

Classmates Film Poster
Classmates Film Poster

同級生「Doukyuusei

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Running Time: 91 mins.

Director: Shouko Nakamura

Writer: Asumiko Nakamura (Original Creator),

Animation Production: A-1 Pictures

Starring: Hiroshi Kamiya (Hikaru Kusakabe), Kenji Nojima (Rihito Sajo), Hideo Ishikawa (Manabu Hara),

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis from Anime News Network: During music class before the chorus festival, male student Hikaru Kusakabe notices that the bespectacled honour student Rihito Sajo is not singing. Although he thinks that Rihito just doesn’t like singing, he finds him practicing alone in the classroom after school. Without even thinking, Hikaru calls out to him.

 

 

Oyster Factory  

Oyster Factory Film Poster
Oyster Factory Film Poster

牡蠣工場  Kaki kouba

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Duration: 145 mins

Director: Kazuhiro Soda

Starring: Shinsuke Hirano, Koichi Watanabe, Yukiko Watanabe

Website  IMDB

I wrote about this documentary for a preview of the 2015 run of the Vancouver International Film Festival. Here’s the text:

This two hour plus documentary ostensibly looks at life inside an oyster factory but takes in the lack of young people entering the works, the generational divide and Chinese-Japanese relations as Chinese workers are brought in to help keep an oyster factory running.

Synopsis from the film’s website: In the Japanese town of Ushimado, the shortage of labor is a serious problem due to its population’s rapid decline. Traditionally, oyster shucking has been a job for local men and women, but for a few years now, some of the factories have had to use foreigners in order to keep functioning. Hirano oyster factory has never employed any outsiders but finally decides to bring in two workers from China. Will all the employees get along?

 

 

Maiko: Dancing Child   

Maiko futatabi no hakuchou Film Poster
Maiko futatabi no hakuchou Film Poster

Maiko ふたたびの白鳥  Maiko futatabi no hakuchou

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Duration: 70 mins

Director: Ase Svenheim Drivenes

Starring: Maiko Nishino

Website  IMDB

Not a J-movie but it does have a Japanese person as it’s subject. There’s an interesting interview with the director and star of this documentary on Cinelinx.

Synopsis from the film’s website: Maiko Nishino is the prima ballerina at the Norwegian National Ballet and this documentary charts her recent life as she balances becoming a mother and retaining her role as Odette and Odille in Swan Lake.

 

 

Ghoul – 100 Nen, Kimi wo Omou –   

Ghoul - 100 Nen, Kimi wo Omou – Film Poster
Ghoul – 100 Nen, Kimi wo Omou – Film Poster

グール 喰怨 百年、君を想う「Gu-ru Kuon Hyaku-nen, Kimi wo omou

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Running Time: 70 mins.

Director: Guillaume Tauveron

Writer: Yuta Higuchi (Screenplay)

Starring: Keisuke Kaminaga, Motohiro Ota, Mizuishi Atom, Sayaka Nakaya,

Website

Synopsis: A group of young people are summoned to a European style house deep in the mountains. One committed a crime. They are all put to a test. The trailer features the cast talking about the film.

 

Yuuwaku wa Arashi no yoru ni   

Yuuwaku wa Arashi no yoru ni Film Poster
Yuuwaku wa Arashi no yoru ni Film Poster

誘惑は嵐の夜に「Yuuwaku wa Arashi no yoru ni

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Running Time: 99 mins.

Director: Shinji Imaoka

Writer: Shinji Imaoka (Screenplay)

Starring: Mio Takaki, Tasuku Nagaoka, Yumi Ishikawa, Butcha, Takuya Matsunaga,

Website

Synopsis: A mother and daughter share the same lover.

 

 

Chimamire sukeban Chainsaw   

Chimamire sukeban Chainsaw Film Poster
Chimamire sukeban Chainsaw Film Poster

血まみれスケバンチェーンソー「Chimamire sukeban che-nso-

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Running Time: 73 mins.

Director: Hiroki Yamaguchi

Writer: Mitsunori Fukuhara (Screenplay). Rei Mikamoto (Original Manga)

Starring: Rio Uchida, Mari Yamachi, Seira Sato, Yuki Tamaki, Kayako Okuda,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: Rebel schoolgirl Giko Nokomura (Rio Uchida) is forced to take up a chainsaw and slice her way through zombies… some of whom are former classmates…

 

 

Baile Tokyo   

Baile Tokyo Film Poster
Baile Tokyo Film Poster

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Running Time: 89 mins.

Director: Yuu Sakakibara

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Website

 

Synopsis: Baile Tokyo is a documentary about F.C. Tokyo, one of the J League’s greatest football clubs. The team’s training and performance on the pitch and interviews off pitch over the 2015 season is the focus of the film.

 

Masuda Susumu kanja-san to ikiru   

Masuda Susumu kanja-san to ikiru Film Poster
Masuda Susumu kanja-san to ikiru Film Poster

増田進 患者さんと生きるMasuda Susumu kanja-san to ikiru

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Running Time: 95 mins.

Director: Shinya Todori

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Website

 

Synopsis: Doctor Masuda may be in his 80s but he shows no sign of slowing own and he can’t really afford to since Japan’s population is ageing. It’s a good thing he’s still going because he has pioneered different approaches to community medicine and he has become an expert doctors from acorss Japan visit.

 

Nakajima miyuki yakai VOL. 18 `Hashi no shita no arcadia’ gekijouban 

中島みゆき 夜会VOL.18 「橋の下のアルカディア」 劇場版Nakajima miyuki yakai VOL. 18 `Hashi no shita no arcadia’ gekijouban

Nakajima miyuki yakai VOL. 18 `Hashi no shita no arcadia' gekijouban Film Poster
Nakajima miyuki yakai VOL. 18 `Hashi no shita no arcadia’ gekijouban Film Poster

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Running Time: 113 mins.

Director: Ichizo Seo

Writer: N/A

Starring: Miyuki Nakajima, Ataru Nakamura, Takumi Ishida,

Website

Synopsis: Miyuki Nakajima is a massive force in Japanese music and she has had documentaries about her released in the past. This is the latest.

 

Daichi wo uketsugu   

Daichi wo uketsugu Film Poster
Daichi wo uketsugu Film Poster

大地を受け継ぐDaichi wo uketsugu

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Running Time: 86 mins.

Director: Junichi Inoue

Writer: N/A

Starring: Kazuya Tarukawa, Mitsuyo Tarukawa

Website

 

Synopsis: 11 students head to Kazuya Tarukawa’s farm which was gravely affected by the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. They learn about the personal tragedies of the farmers who work the land and the battle with Tokyo Electric Power Company.

 

 

劇場版SA サンキューコムレイズ UNDER THE SKY

劇場版SA サンキューコムレイズ UNDER THE SKYGekijouban SA sankyuu komureizu UNDER THE SKY

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Running Time: 70 mins.

Director: Yuichiro Iwaki

Writer: N/A

Starring: The band SA: TAISEI, NAOKI, KEN, SHOHEI,

Website  Wikipedia information on the band.

Synopsis: SA a.k.a. Samurai Attack are a punk band who rose to fame in the 1980s and then disbanded. They reformed in the 90s and have spent the time remastering old albums and reconnecting with fans as they tour. This documentary showcases a the pre-production for a performance.

 

劇場版SA サンキューコムレイズ UNDER THE FLAG

劇場版SA サンキューコムレイズ UNDER THE SKYGekijouban SA sankyuu komureizu UNDER THE FLAG

Release Date: February 20th, 2016

Running Time: 70 mins.

Director: Yuichiro Iwaki

Writer: N/A

Starring: The band SA: TAISEI, NAOKI, KEN, SHOHEI,

Website  Wikipedia information on the band.

Synopsis: SA a.k.a. Samurai Attack are a punk band who rose to fame in the 1980s and then disbanded. They reformed in the 90s and have spent the time remastering old albums and reconnecting with fans as they tour. This doc captures the behind-the-scenes of their July 11th, 2015 performance at the Hibiya Amphitheatre.

 

 

 

Japanese Movie Box Office Results for this Week:

The Martian (2016/02/05)

Nobunaga Concerto (2016/01/23)

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

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

Born in the EXILE Sandaime J Soul Brothers no Kiseki (2016/02/12)

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)

Black Mass (2016/01/30)

Paddington (2016/01/15)

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

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