Chihayafuru, The Town Where Only I Am Missing, Jogging Wataridori, Tsumugu, Convenience Store Yume Monogatari, Kaikou, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Introductory Chapter, Tenshi ni “I’m Fine” and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear audience!

Dolls Miho Kanno and Hidetoshi Nishijima
Dolls Miho Kanno and Hidetoshi Nishijima

I posted quite a few articles this week including one about a film screening at the Japanese Embassy in London – Acacia Walk, a series of Events Commemorating the Anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami at the Japan Society New York and a review of the Takeshi Kitano film Dolls. I watched plenty of other films for fun this week including In the House (2012, Dir: Francois Ozon), and The Witch (2015, Dir: Robert Eggers).

What’s released this weekend?

Chihayafuru   

Chihayafuru Film Poster
Chihayafuru Film Poster

ちはやふる 上の句「Chihayafuru Kami no ku 

Running Time: 111 mins.

Release Date: March 19th, 2016

Director: Norihiro Koizumi

Writer: Norihiro Koizumi (Screenplay), Yuki Suetsugu (Original Novel)

Starring:  Suzu Hirose, Shuhei Nomura, Mackenyu, Mayu Matsuoka, Miyui Matsuda,

Chihayafuru Film Poster 2
Chihayafuru Film Poster 2

Hiroya Shimizu

Website IMDB

I have read a lot about Chihayafuru in my years reading anime and manga. It’s the sort of series that flies under the radar of many manga fans but people who read it love it a lot. It’s a series I feel I should have started if only because the card game that the main character plays looks like a lot of fun. I can slap cards out of people’s hands! Oh, and poster 2 looks so much better.

Synopsis: Chihaya Ayase (Suzu Hirose) is a high school student who plays the card game karuta. She picked it up in elementary school when she met Arata Wataya who transferred into her school from another in Fukui Prefecture. The two parted ways when Arata returned to Fukui but only Chihaya continued to play karuta, something which she wants to change which is why she starts a karuta club at her high school in order to find Arata again.

 

The Town Where Only I Am Missing   

The Town Where Only I Am Missing Film Poster
The Town Where Only I Am Missing Film Poster

僕だけがいない街Boku Dake ga Inai Machi

Release Date: March 19th, 2016

Running Time: 120 mins.

Director: Yuichiro Hirakawa

Writer: Noriko Goto (Screenplay), Kei Sanbe (Orginal Manga)

Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kasumi Arimura, Yuriko Ishida, Tetta Sugimoto, Seiji Fukushi, Kento Hayashi, Tamae Ando, Tsubasa Nakagawa,

Website  IMDB

I’m currently enjoying the anime of Boku Dake ga Inai Machi. It’s the sort of thriller you get addicted to watching thanks to the involved story and cliff-hanger endings. I don’t know how the story will fit into a movie considering it’s based on a long-running manga,

Synopsis: Satoru Fujinuma (Tatsuya Fujiwara) is a struggling manga artist who keeps his distance from people. He works dead-end part-time delivering pizzas but he has a secret. Satoru Fujinuma has the ability to travel back in time. This ability is called “revival.” With “revival” Satoru can go back in time before terrible incidents occurred so he can prevent bad things from happening. After a series of events involving kidnapped and murdered children and the death of his mother who confronted the killer, Satoru travels back to his childhood when a serial murder case took place with the victims being children. When Satoru does travel back his adult mind inhabits his body at the age of an elementary school student.

 

Jogging Wataridori   

Jogging Wataridori Film Poster
Jogging Wataridori Film Poster

ジョギング渡り鳥「Jogingu Wataridori 

Running Time: 157 mins.

Release Date: March 19th, 2016

Director: Takuji Suzuki

Writer: Takuji Suzuki (Screenplay)

Starring:  Yukari Nakagawa, Toshio Furuya, Yurie Nagayama, Hiromi Furukawa, Mayumi Sakaguchi, Akane Chaen, Atsushi Oda, Keiko Furuuchi,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: A group of aliens searching for God find themselves stranded on Earth when their mothership breaks down. They begin to observe people in a town through cameras and microphones. The aliens do not have concepts of “I” and “you,” face the human concept of “I am not you.” Will the aliens finally meet God?

 

Tsumugu   

Tsumugu mono Film Poster
Tsumugu mono Film Poster

つむぐものtsumugu mono

Release Date: March 19th, 2016

Running Time: 109 mins.

Director: Kazutoshi Inudo

Writer: Yusuke Moriguchi (Screenplay)

Starring: Saburo Ishikura, Kim Kkot-bi, Riho Yoshioka, Yojin Hino, Chika Uchida, Yuki Morinaga, Shohei Uno,

Website  IMDB

This one played at the Osaka Asian Film Festival where it was amongst a number of intriguing-looking films. It has a solid story and cast.

Synopsis: Takeo (Saburo Ishikura) is a widower who lives in Fukui Prefecture. He works as a traditional paper maker who lives and works alone. He has a brain tumour which causes him to fall and be incapacitated. He needs help but he is unwilling to open his heart to anyone.

A Korean girl named Yona (Kim Kkobi) is in Japan on a working holiday and works with Takeo. Despite his abusive language and prejudice, she is determined to help Takeo.

They may be from different countries, different generations, and have different genders but their hearts and souls learn to communicate.

 

Convenience Store Yume Monogatari   

Convenience Store Yume Monogatari Film Poster
Convenience Store Yume Monogatari Film Poster

コンビニ夢物語「Konbini yume monogatari 

Running Time: 94 mins.

Release Date: March 19th, 2016

Director: Hideji Matsuoi, Shu Okada,

Writer: Yu Orihara (Screenplay) Yumiko Himei (Original Novel)

Starring:  Atsumi, Jiro Sato, Ayane, Kumiko Fujiyoshi, Yuki Akimoto, Akiko Nishina, Shion Machida,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: After his father suffers a heart attack, Koichi returns to his small home town to look after the family liquor store. His friends from school pay a visit and he discovers new and old emotions reawaken.

 

Kaikou   

Kaikou Film Poster
Kaikou Film Poster

邂逅「Kaikou 

Running Time: 82 mins.

Release Date: March 19th, 2016

Director: Jacky Woo

Writer: Yuki Sato (Screenplay)

Starring:  Hironobu Nomura, Noriko Arai, Haru Nagata, Masumi Amakawa, Honoka Yonegawa,

Website

Synopsis: A family on the verge of collapse head to the Philippines after the father Soichi gets a work transfer. His wife Kazuko doesn’t trust him and his daughter Airi is bullied at school and it looks like Soichi might be n trouble in work. As all seems lost some of Japan’s lost soldiers from World War II appear and the family are confronted with the dead. Can this chance encounter heal the rifts in the family?

 

Easter Nightmare shi no Easter Bunny   

Easter Nightmare shi no Easter Bunner Film Poster
Easter Nightmare shi no Easter Bunner Film Poster

イースターナイトメア 死のイースターバニー I-suta- naitomea shi no i-suta- bani-  

Running Time: 63 mins.

Release Date: March 19th, 2016

Director: Wataru Hiranami

Writer: Wataru Hiranami (Screenplay)

Starring:  Sayaka Tomaru, Nanaka Kawamura, Haruka Wameiku, Ryousuke Kouno, Taiki Yoshida,

Website

Synopsis: The Halloween Nightmare movie series gets an Easter spin-off and it’s written and directed by Wataru Hiranami, a guy more used to working on dramas. His story is about a high school girl named Kanako who is being stalked. She prays to God and she is given a murderous Easter Bunny…

 

Kaze no Hamon     

Kaze no Hamon Film Poster
Kaze no Hamon Film Poster

風の波紋「Kaze no Hamon」 

Running Time: 99 mins.

Release Date: March 19th, 2016

Director: Shigeru Kobayashi

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: A family moved from Tokyo to a remote mountain village in Niigata prefecture and built their own house and grow their own rice. This documentary captures their day-to-day lives.

 

Hana no you ni aru ga mama ni    

Hana no you ni aru ga mama ni Film Poster
Hana no you ni aru ga mama ni Film Poster

花のように あるがままに「Hana no you ni aru ga mama ni 

Running Time: 78 mins.

Release Date: March 19th, 2016

Director: Kenjiro Minato

Writer: N/A

Starring: Bae Ewha

Website

Synopsis: Bae Ewha is a woman with Korean ancestry who lives and works as a dancer in Kyoto. Her parents did the same thing during the war and she has followed in their footsteps but instead of being forced to entertain troops Bae Ewha challenges stereotypes and prejudices held against Koreans.

 

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Introductory Chapter   

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Introductory Chapter Film Poster
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Introductory Chapter Film Poster

甲鉄城のカバネリ序章「Koutetsujou no Kabaneri Joshou

Release Date: March 18th, 2016

Running Time: N/A

Director: Tetsuro Araki

Writer: Ichiro Okouchi (Screenplay/Series Composition),

Animation Production: Wit Studio

Starring: Tasuku Hatanaka (Ikoma), Sayaka Senbongi (Mumei), Mamoru Miyano (Biba), Maaya Uchida (Ayame), Yuuki Kaji (Takuma), Mariya Ise (Yukina),

Website ANN MAL

From the makers of the hit anime Attack on Titan comes an anime that closely resembles Attack on Titan. The story involves humans cowering in cities, under siege from zombie-like enemies with a mysterious origin. The director is Tetsuro Araki (Attack on Titan), the music is by Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan), some of the voice actors are in Attack on Titan, the animators work for Wit Studio who are most famous for Attack on Titan. You get the picture. There’s a lot of hype behind this show and it looks good from the PVs but can lightning strike twice? Anime fans in Japan get this special preview.

Synopsis from Anime News Network: On the island country Hinomoto, humans hide themselves in fortresses called “stations” against the threat of zombie-like beings with steel hearts known as “Kabane.” Only armored locomotives known as “Hayajiro” go between the stations. Ikoma, a boy who lives in the Aragane station and helps to build Hayajiro, creates his own weapon called Tsuranukizutsu in order to defeat the creatures. One day, as he waits for an opportunity to use his weapon, he meets a girl named Mumei, who is excused from the mandatory Kabane inspection. During the night, Ikuma meets Mumei again as he sees Hayajiro going out of control. The staff on the locomotive has turned into the creatures. The station, now under attack by Kabane, is the opportunity Ikoma has been looking for.

 

Eiga Precure All Stars: Minna de Utau Kiseki no Mahou!   

Eiga Precure All Stars Minna de Utau Kiseki no Mahou! Film Poster
Eiga Precure All Stars Minna de Utau Kiseki no Mahou! Film Poster

映画プリキュアオールスターズ みんなで歌う♪奇跡の魔法!「Eiga Purikyuae O-ru Suta-zu: Minna de Utau Kiseki no Mahō!

Release Date: March 19th, 2016

Running Time: 70 mins.

Director: Yutaka Tsuchida

Writer: Isao Murayama (Screenplay), Izumi Todo (Original Creator)

Animation Production: Toei Animation

Starring: Yu Shimamura (Haruka Haruno/Cure Flora), Rina Kitagawa (Yuko Omori/Cure Honey), Haruka Tomatsu (Iona Hikawa/Cure Fortune), Megumi Han (Hime Shirayuki/Cure Princess), Ai Maeda (Karen Minatsuki/Cure Aqua), Ai Nagano (Komachi Akimoto/Cure Mint),

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis from Anime News Network: Mirai and Rico come to the human world to play, but are separated when the witch Sorciere and her servant Torauuma suddenly appear. Their aim is to acquire the tears of the 44 Precure girls, using them for her “Most Evil Magic.” Only the friendship of all 44 Precure girls will allow them to protect the world.

 

School of Nursing    

School of Nursing Film Poster
School of Nursing Film Poster

スクール・オブ・ナーシング 「Sku-ru obu na-shingu

Release Date: March 19th, 2016

Running Time: 116 mins.

Director: Satoshi Adachi

Writer: Hideki Kojima (Screenplay), Kaoru Yamazaki (Original Book),

Starring:

Website

Synopsis: The problems of modern Japanese society – an ageing population, shortages of healthcare workers – is tackled in this human drama where a group of aspiring nurses work hard to be the best and live up to the ideals they hold despite personal problems such as cheating husbands.

 

Tenshi ni “I’m Fine”         

Tenshi ni “Aimu Fainu” Film Poster
Tenshi ni “Aimu Fainu” Film Poster

天使に“アイム・ファイン”「Tenshi ni “Aimu Fainu” 

Running Time: 144 mins.

Release Date: March 19th, 2016

Director: Utsuhito Sonoda

Writer: Ryuho Okawa (Originl Novel), Utsuhito Sonoda (Original Screenplay,

Starring: Kirara, Yoshimi Ashikawa, Noboru Kaneko, Kazuki Shimizu,  Miki Aika, Nanako Ookouchi,

Website

Synopsis: Five people suffering crises call upon angels for help. One is a schoolgirl bullied by classmates, the other is an actress who gets the news she has terminal cancer, another is a politician on the verge of losing his job, and father/son greengrocers find their dreams of a brighter future dashed when a nuclear accident taints their crop. An angel descends from heaven to help them.

 

 

Japanese Movie Box Office Results for this Week:

Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016 (2016/03/05)

The Good Dinosaur (2016/03/12)

Everest: The Summit of the Gods (2016/03/12)

What a Wonderful Family! (2016/03/12)

I’m Not Just Going to Do What Kurosaki-kun Says (2016/02/27)

The Martian (2016/02/05)

Nobunaga Concerto (2016/01/23)

The Big Short (2016/03/04)

PriPara Mi~nna no Akogare Let’s Go PriPari (2016/03/12)

Ultraman X The Movie: Here Comes! Our Ultraman (2016/03/12)

8 thoughts on “Chihayafuru, The Town Where Only I Am Missing, Jogging Wataridori, Tsumugu, Convenience Store Yume Monogatari, Kaikou, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Introductory Chapter, Tenshi ni “I’m Fine” and Other Japanese Film Trailers

  1. I love the “Chihayafuru” anime and while the live action film looks interesting I am concerned they’ve replaced its heart with schmlatz.:\

    “Erased” is a great anime and it looks a decent adaptation from that trailer (which seems a little spoilerish too s we have a couple more weeks left on the anime) but again i hope they don’t mess with it too much. At least the mother doesn’t have those horrible fish lips!😛

    The AOT clone does look pretty good I have to say. It does seem to be different enough to create some distance and identity for itself despite its obvious pedigree.

    1. Anime to the rescue this weekend.

      Chihayafuru and Erased both get such great write-ups that I will probably attempt to watch/read them but I have that standard scepticism over how they will fit in such involved stories. Doramas seem like the natural home for them. That written, Warner Bros. Japan haven’t released a dud yet and the trailers for both look really good. And yes, no fish lips. It took me a few episodes to get past those…

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