Chihayafuru Part II, Scanner: Kioku no Kakera wo Yomu Otoko, TerraFormars, Hana-Dama: Phantom, Manga wo hamidashita otoko: Akatsuka Fujio Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear audience!

Wild Berries Brother Shuji and Sister Tomoko

I have gorged myself on three Japanese films in my local arthouse cinema – Ran, Our Little Sister and Cesium and the Tokyo Girl. I watched them with family and friends and they got to see me do my film festival thing when I met the director of Cesium and a Tokyo Girl. The new spring anime season started a few weeks ago and while JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable is my favourite show, I’m totally taken with the OP for Kiznaiver:

Two posts this week, one about the BFI Anime Weekend for 2016 and the other previewing the Japanese films at Sci-Fi London: Cesium and a Tokyo Girl and Dual City. I also updated my Film Review Archive and Top Ten Films of the Year.

What’s released this weekend?


Chihayafuru Part II    

Chihayafuru Part II Film Poster
Chihayafuru Part II Film Poster

ちはやふる 下の句「Chihayafuru Shimo no ku 

Running Time: 103 mins.

Release Date: April 29th, 2016

Director: Norihiro Koizumi

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

Starring: Suzu Hirose, Shuhei Nomura, Mackenyu, Mayu Matsuoka, Miyuki Matsuda, Hiroya Shimizu, Jun Kunimura, Yuki Morinaga

Website IMDB

Chihayafuru is based on a popular long-running manga and it has been given a three-film treatment. It stars Suzu Hirose who is the titular little sister in the Hirokazu Kore-eda film Our Little Sister (2015) and Hirose makes a pretty good impression based on that film.

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.



Scanner: Kioku no Kakera wo Yomu Otoko   

Scanner Kioku no Kakera wo Yomu Otoko Film Poster
Scanner Kioku no Kakera wo Yomu Otoko Film Poster

スキャナー 記憶のカケラをよむ男 「Scanner: Kioku no Kakera wo Yomu Otoko

Running Time: 110 mins.

Release Date: April 29th, 2016

Director: Shusuke Kaneko

Writer: Ryota Kosawa (Screenplay),

Starring: Mansai Nomura, Fumino Kimura, Atsuko Takahata, Chisun, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Hana Sugisaki, Shota Yasuda, Aina Fukumoto,

Website  IMDB

Synopsis from IMDB: Kazuhiko Sengoku (Mansai Nomura) is a former comedian who worked as a popular duo with Ryuji Maruyama (Hiroyuki Miyasako) but he also has a special ability to read memories left behind in things or places and he used this ability during his performances. It soon overwhelmed him and so he left the limelight to become a caretaker of a mansion.

Kazuhiko Sengoku is called out of retirement to help find a woman when Ryuji and a high school student named Ami Akiyama (Hana Sugisaki) call on him for help. At first he turns them down but he has a strange vision…




TerraFormars Film Poster
TerraFormars Film Poster

テラフォーマーズ Terafo-ma-zu

Release Date: April 29th, 2016

Running Time: 109 mins.

Director: Takashi Miike

Writer: Kenichi Tachibana (Screenplay), Yu Sasuga (Original Manga)

Starring: Hideaki Ito, Emi Takei, Shun Oguri, Mariko Shinoda, Eiko Koike, Takayuki Yamada, Kane Kosugi, Tomohisa Yamashita,

Website    IMDB

I watched the OVAs for this just before the TV anime aired and I thought it was dull. The trailer for the film looks a lot more fun.

Synopsis: Earth is on the brink of collapse due to depleting natural resources and overpopulation. In order to secure the future of humanity, scientists send moss and cockroaches to help terraform Mars – cockroaches will help spread the moss across the Martian environment an help create an environment that humans can survive in. Years after the project is started, humans are sent to Mars and massacred by a strange presence. It turns out that the cockroaches have mutated!

Another mission is created 15 poor Japanese are sent to Mars to fight the roaches and they have been beefed up with special powers derived from insects. The fight for Mars begins!


Hana-Dama: Phantom    

Hana-Dama Phantom Film Poster
Hana-Dama Phantom Film Poster

華魂 幻影 Hana-Dama: Genei 

Running Time: 83 mins.

Release Date: April 30th, 2016

Director: Hisayasu Sato

Writer: Hisayasu Sato, Shinji Imaoka (Screenplay),

Starring:  Shima Ohnishi, Iori, Kanade Ai, Yota Kawase,  Miya Sakimoto, Moe Sakura, Kan Mikami, Anne Mari, Shizuko Kawakami,

Website   IMDB  

Synopsis: This is an erotic supernatural thriller from legenary pink film director Shinji Imaoka about a cinema projectionist named Teiichi (Shima Ohnishi). He has lost some memories but gained a visitor after he becomes haunted by a girl in black. She is reflected onto the cinema’s screen and sat on chairs. He makes contact with the girl and hides her in the projectionist room, but she disappears. Teiichi sees the phantom girl again and she draws him to the riverside where his lost memory then comes back.


Manga wo hamidashita otoko: Akatsuka Fujio    

Manga wo hamidashita otoko Akatsuka Fujio Film Poster
Manga wo hamidashita otoko Akatsuka Fujio Film Poster

マンガをはみだした男 赤塚不二夫 Manga wo hamidashita otoko: Akatsuka Fujio

Release Date: April 30th, 2016

Running Time: 96 mins.

Director: Masanori Tominaga

Writer: N/A

Starring: Fujio Akatsuka, Ichiko Aoba, Masao Adachi, Rieko Akatsuka, Frogman, Takao Igarashi, Akira Sakata, Tetsuya Chiba,

Website  IMDB

Synopsis: Fujio Akatsuka is the genius behind Genius Bakabon, Osomatsu-kun, and Himitsu no Akko-chan. These are works from the ‘60s that have become long-running family favourites. Osomatsu-kun has been updated to become Osomatsu-san, one of the funniest anime in the last few years. This is a documentary to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Fujio Akatsuka who died at the age of 72 in 2008 and it gathers together family-members, fellow cartoonists and more. There is home video footage as well as film from television. The director of the 2015 dramedy Rolling, Masanori Tominaga, has helmed this.


Japanese Movie Box Office Results for this Week:

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

Zootopia (2016/04/23)

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

I Am a Hero (2016/04/23)

The Revenant (2016/04/22)

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions  (2016/04/23)

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

Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai (2016/04/23)

Chihayafuru (2016/03/19)

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

2 thoughts on “Chihayafuru Part II, Scanner: Kioku no Kakera wo Yomu Otoko, TerraFormars, Hana-Dama: Phantom, Manga wo hamidashita otoko: Akatsuka Fujio Japanese Film Trailers

  1. RE: “Earth is on the brink of collapse due to depleting natural resources and overpopulation.”

    Very 1960s and 1970s. Sci-Fi writers need to adjust their thinking as Malthusian views of overpopulation are no longer realistic.

    The cockroaches would be better served to maintain their cockroach shape instead of mutating into humanoid forms, as cockroaches have better adaptive strategies in a harsh environment.

    — Mr. Science-Guy (unable to suspend his disbelief)

    1. Don’t count out Malthus just yet. Between global warming and the need to create more resources to feed booming populations across the World (especially as people change their diets and we have to raise more livestock etc.), we’re going to see natural resources deplete quickly. It’s like we’re at a precipice and people can’t stop themselves from consuming things.

      As for the cockroaches, I watched a couple of the OAVs but didn’t bother with the TV anime so I assume there’s some explanation for the mutations. Whatever the case, those cockroaches look scary.

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