I Am a Hero, Sharing, Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions, Sound! Euphonium the Movie: Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band, The Sun, and other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear readers!

Cesium and the Tokyo Girl

I am feeling very, very tired today. I attended a film festival last night and watched Cesium and a Tokyo Girl (2015) and then attended an after-party where I met the director and his translator and had a few drinks – mostly apple juice! I didn’t get home until late and that was after heading to a Chinese take-away and didn’t get to sleep until past midnight. I’m staying up late again to write this after wasting a whole Saturday. Tomorrow… I go to see Ran (1985) in a cinema. This week, I posted about the DVD/Bluray release of Uzumasa Limelight (2014) and the screening of Adrenaline Drive (1999) at the Japanese embassy.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

I Am a Hero    

I am a Hero FIlm Poster
I am a Hero FIlm Poster

アイアムアヒーロー「Ai amu a hi-ro-

Release Date: April 23rd, 2016

Running Time: 127 mins.

Director: Shinsuke Sato

Writer: Akiko Nogi (Screenplay), Kengo Hanazawa (Original Manga)

Starring: Yo Oizumi, Masami Nagasawa, Kasumi Arimura, Miho Suzuki, Yu Tokui, Yoshinari Okada, Nana Katase,

Website    IMDB

I Am a Hero was first published in 2009 and in the years since it was launched it has over 4 million copies in print. My review of the manga shows how much I like it and I have been half-anticipating half-dreading seeing what the film will turn into. The trailer has left me relieved. I like what I see. Here’s a preview I wrote for the film.

Synopsis: Hideo Suzuki (Yo Oizumi) is a manga artist assistant who is struggling to get his own manga made. As he struggles with life a mysterious virus spreads throughout Japan and the rest of the world. People with the virus are known as ZQN and they turn into zombies with super speed and strength and attack other people. One of the victims of the virus is Hideo’s girlfriend Tetsuko (Nana Katase) who comes down with the virus and attacks him. Hideo flees Tokyo and heads out into the country.

During his escape he meets a high school girl named Hiromi Hayakari (Kasumi Arimura) but she has been bitten by a ZQN, a baby without teeth, so her infection isn’t as bad. During their escape they head to a mall where a group of survivors lead by NEETs are hiding on the roof. There they meet Nurse Yabu (Masami Nagasawa) who hopes she can draw an antibody from Hiromi.

 

Sharing    

Sharing Film Poster
Sharing Film Poster

Release Date: April 23rd, 2016

Running Time: 111 mins.

Director: Makoto Shinozaki

Writer: Makoto Shinozaki, Zenzo Sakai (Screenplay),

Starring: Asuka Hinoi, Kinuo Yamada, Ryudai Takahashi, Tomoki Kimura, Kumi Hyodo, Takuji Suzuki,

Website    IMDB

Sharing has toured the international film festival circuit having cropped up at this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival and the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival amongst other places. It is now hitting cinemas in Japan and it looks interesting and was described as psychological Cronenberg-like film which is a description that you almost never see to describe contemporary Japanese films. It’s different and different is good. The lead is played by Kinuwo Yamada and she has appeared in Villain (2010), Confessions (2010) and There’s Nothing to Be Afraid of (2013).

Synopsis: Eiko (Kinuo Yamada) is a psychology teacher in a university. She lost her husband in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and this pushes her to research cases of individuals who claim to have had precognitive dreams about the disaster. One of her students, Kaoru (Asuka Hinoi), is a member of the drama club, and is writing a stage a play about the disaster. The two become so engaged in their projects that it pushes friends and colleagues away from them as they become more extreme n their work…

 

 

Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai    

Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai Film Poster
Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai Film Poster

ずっと前から好きでした。 告白実行委員会  「Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai」 

Running Time: 112 mins.

Release Date: April 23rd, 2016

Director: Tetsuya Yanagisawa

Writer: Yoshimi Narita (Screenplay), HoneyWorks (Original Creator)

Starring: Haruka Tomatsu (Natsuki Enomoto), Kana Asumi (Akari Hayasaka), Hiroshi Kamiya (Yuu Setoguchi) Aki Toyosaki (Mio Aida),

Animation Production: Qualia Animation

Website  ANN    MAL

Synopsis from Anime News Network: The Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ~Renai Series~ project centers around such popular songs as “Kokuhaku Yokō Renshū” (Confession Rehearsal), “Hatsukoi no Ehon” (The Picture Book of the First Love), and “Yakimochi no Kotae” (The Answer to Jealousy). HoneyWorks has released three albums, Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita. (I’ve Always Liked You.) in January 2014, Boku Ja Dame Desu ka? in November 2014, and Naru Sono Shunkan o (That Moment I Fell in Love) on July 15.

 

Sound! Euphonium the Movie: Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band    

Sound! Euphonium the Movie Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band Film Poster
Sound! Euphonium the Movie Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band Film Poster

劇場版 響け!ユーフォニアム~北宇治高校吹奏楽部へようこそ~ 「Gekijouban Hibike! Euphonium: Kitauji Koukou Suisouraku-Bu e Youkoso」 

Running Time: 103 mins.

Release Date: April 23rd, 2016

Director: Tatsuya Ishihara

Writer: Jukki Hanada (Screenplay) Ayano Takeda (Original Creator)

Starring: Ayaka Asai (Hazuki Kato), Chika Anzai (Reina Kousaka), Moe Toyota (Sapphire Kawashima), Tomoyo Kurosawa (Kumiko Oumae),

Animation Production: Kyoto Animation

Website  ANN    MAL

Synopsis from My Anime List: After swearing off music due to an incident at the middle school regional brass band competition, euphonist Kumiko Oumae enters high school hoping for a fresh start. As fate would have it, she ends up being surrounded by people with an interest in the high school brass band. Kumiko finds the motivation she needs to make music once more with the help of her bandmates, some of whom are new like novice tubist Hazuki Katou; veteran contrabassist Sapphire Kawashima; and band vice president and fellow euphonist Asuka Tanaka. Others are old friends, like Kumiko’s childhood friend and hornist-turned-trombonist Shuuichi Tsukamoto, and trumpeter and bandmate from middle school, Reina Kousaka.

However, in the band itself, chaos reigns supreme. Despite their intention to qualify for the national band competition, as they currently are, just competing in the local festival will be a challenge—unless the new band advisor Noboru Taki does something about it.

 

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions    

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Film Poster
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Film Poster

劇場版 遊☆戯☆王 THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS 「Kono Danshi, Mahou ga Oshigoto Desu.」 

Running Time: 130 mins.

Release Date: April 23rd, 2016

Director: Satoshi Kuwabara

Writer: Kazuki Takahashi (Script/Original Creator)

Starring: Shunsuke Kazama (Yugi Muto), Kenjiro Tsuda (Seto Kaiba), Hidehiro Kikuchi (Hiroto Honda), Kana Hanazawa (Sera),

Animation Production: CoMix Wave Films

Website  ANN    MAL   IMDB

Synopsis from Anime News Network: In the past Yūgi Yami and Kaiba have clashed many times. Yami Yūgi, who resides in Yūgi Mutō’s body, and Kaiba will have a duel that bets their prides and accepts each other’s mutual experience. “Kaiba and Aigami, who seek to obtain the Millennium Puzzle, finally duel!,” “The duel field turns into dimensional terrain through Aigami’s power!,” and “Kaiba’s monsters become powerless…!”

For the sake of his motives, Aigami spies on Yugi and his friends as they live their everyday lives. However, after coming in contact with Kaiba, and because their goals conflict, they begin a duel. To combat Kaiba, a skilled and powerful duelist, Aigami employs frightening tactics…!

 

 

The Sun    

The Sun Film Poster
The Sun Film Poster

太陽 Taiyou

Release Date: April 23rd, 2016

Running Time: 129 mins.

Director: Yu Irie

Writer: Yu Irie (Screenplay), Tomohiro Maekawa (Original Play)

Starring: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mugi Kadowaki, Yuki Furukawa, Toshiki Ayata, Kouki Mizuta, Shingo Tsurumi, Yoko Nakamura, Jun Murakami,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis: Biological terrorism has almost wiped humanity out but there are survivors and they are split into two different kinds of human survivors. There are the Nokusu who were infected with the virus but survived and now they carry an antibody. These are a unique breed of human because most of them are young, healthy and have high intelligence, but they are sensitive to ultraviolet rays and so they are active mostly during the night. The other group are the Kyurio, people who have survived by never having been infected by the virus. The Kyurio are discriminated against and live in pverty. One such Kyurio is Tetsuhiko Okudera (Ryunosuke Kamiki) and he wishes he could be a Nokusu. Yui Ikuta (Mugi Kadowaki) is Tetsuhiko’s childhood friend.

 

Dodgeball no Shinri 01    

Dodgeball no Shinri 01 Film Poster
Dodgeball no Shinri 01 Film Poster

ドッジボールの真理 code01 伝説のレッドブルマー Dojjibo-ru no shinri koudo 01 densetsu no redo buruma-

Release Date: April 23rd, 2016

Running Time: 60 mins.

Director: Yoichiro Hayama

Writer: Yoichiro Hayama (Original Story/Screenplay)

Starring: Azusa Togashi, Saki Funaoka, Tomona Morioka, Lisa Hotta, Eri Wada, Marika Fukunaga, Mai Yasuda,

IMDB

Synopsis: Rei and Mari have gained supernatural powers from playing dodgeball and these powers serve them well when they enter a private high school and take part in a tournament with a beautiful girl who also has strange powers.

 

Death Forest Kyoufu no Mori 4      

Death Forest Kyoufu no Mori 4 Film Poster
Death Forest Kyoufu no Mori 4 Film Poster

デスフォレスト 恐怖の森4Desu Foresuto Kyoufu no Mori 4

Release Date: April 23rd, 2016

Running Time: 65 mins.

Director: Yasutake Torii

Writer: Satoshi Okonogi (Screenplay), Kazz (Original Game Creator)

Starring: Julia Tomita, Mitsuki Kimijima, Cyborg Kaori, Kouta Kosugi,

Website

More death forest films… I never thought it would turn into a series. Here’s what I wrote for the second one and I think the comment still stands:

I never thought that the first Death Forest (released last December) would get a sequel but the Japanese film industry will adapt anything (because original ideas are too dangerous to bet on). The reason for my cynicism? These Death Forest films are based on a free downloadable game where people get chased by a big white headed thing. Japanese let’s players have tackled this in a number of videos. The new film looks worse than the first.

Synopsis: Characters played by J-pop idols and actors from previous films team up toface the huge fac monsters again. Their journey takes them to a suspicious hospital and a haunted forest…

 

The next two films are from Nepal but directed by a Japanese person

Katomanzu ni Chiruhana   

Katomanzu ni Chiruhana Film Poster
Katomanzu ni Chiruhana Film Poster

カトマンズに散る花Katomanzu ni Chiruhana

Release Date: April 23rd, 2016

Running Time: 96 mins.

Director: Toshiaki Itoh

Writer: Toshiaki Itoh, Narayan Raj Panda, (Screenplay)

Starring: Ganesh Man Lama, Sharmila Gurung, Jagat Rajthala, Apsara Karki, Santosh Lama, Late Gopal Bhutani, Saujanya Subba, Sasundhara Bhusal,

Website

Synopsis from Wikipedia entry on the novel: 45 years old Suyogbir is the main male protagonist. An ex-army serviceman Suyog fought against Japan in the second world war but being poor hearted was not even able to kill a single soldier and had not received any medal. Although his village is in hills, he lives in Kathmandu valley. His daily routine has become to drink alcohol in the evenings in the bar. He brutally raped and murdered several indigenous girls and he remembers several incidents during the war.

 

He meets and becomes friend with Shivaraj in the bar. Shivaraj has three sisters: Mujura, Sakambari and Sanu. Suyogbir unknowingly becomes near to them all and falls in love with Sakambari but he finds difficult to tell her. One day finding her alone, he kisses her revealing his love towards her.

Later, Suyogbir stops visiting Shivaraj and his family. He later knows Sakambari was ill and one day he comes to know Sakambari has committed suicide.

Syuog concludes even one sided love kills.

 

Kathputali: The Angel of the Himalayas

カタプタリ 風の村の伝説kataputari-fū no mura no densetsu

Release Date: April 23rd, 2016

Running Time: 51 mins.

Director: Toshiaki Itoh,

Writer: Toshiaki Itoh

Starring: Ganesh Man Rama

Website

 

Japanese Movie Box Office Results for this Week:

Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare (2016/04/16)

Crayon Shin-chan Movie 24: Bakusui! Yumemi World Dai Totsugeki (2016/04/16)

Assassination Classroom: The Graduation (25/03/16)

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

Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice (25/03/16)

Chihayafuru (2016/03/19)

Spotlight (2016/04/15)

The Good Dinosaur (2016/03/12)

The Town Where Only I Am Missing (2016/03/19)

The Masked Rider #1 (2016/03/16)

6 thoughts on “I Am a Hero, Sharing, Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions, Sound! Euphonium the Movie: Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band, The Sun, and other Japanese Film Trailers

  1. Re: Sharing
    Having these premonitions and psychic moments of insight are not fun, believe me. Also it never works when I really need to find my car keys.
    Is it me, do all those empaths look like they are having some really bad ice cream headaches.
    : )

    RE: Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai
    Sorry to see that these are not available in America.

    RE: Sound! Euphonium the Movie:
    I sure hope that this is a better “summary” movie of the first season than most movies packaged this way. Many of my friends loved the series, but I thought it was getting tedious 4 episodes in.
    I hope the movie can move things along a little better.

    Cheers to that Apple Juice!

    1. I never watched Sound! Euphonium so I can’t comment on it but it gets a lot of love and a compilation film doesn’t seem like it would capture such a long story. It will be interesting to see if it does and by the time the film comes to the west I may have watched the TV show!

      Sharing looks so much like the sort of film I would love to watch! You’ll have to tell me how those psychic powers work!

      1. Somewhat similar to the characters in the film …
        True Story: There was one time in graduate school when I was working in the computer lab. All of a sudden I felt faint, and started to sweat through all my pores. I had a vision that another student (Dan ) would come to the door and tell me “We are out of milk in the coffee room.”. About 5 minutes later, Dan came to the computer room door and told me “We are out of milk in the coffee room.” … EXACTLY as in my vision a few minutes earlier.
        How this information could possibly be important to my life, I do not know, but when I think about this, it makes me start to believe that there is more to this existence than what hard science tells us.
        My flashes of clairvoyance are always about something mundane like that. I can’t conjure up winning lottery numbers or pick stocks unfortunately.

      2. I also believe it’s best to be open-minded about things and that there’s a lot more to life than we know about including, paranormal things. I think we all get moments like you describe. I have had moments like that and spend time trying to figure out what it all means.

  2. Sorry to point this out but in your extreme tiredness you’ve posted the “Katomanzu ni Chiruhana” trailer for the “Kathputali: The Angel of the Himalayas” preview. Or perhaps it was too much apple juice?😉😛

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