Hanagatami, Mr. Long, Konu ka ame, The 8-Year Engagement, Borderline, Nippon’s Educational Challenge Part II, The · Compassion part 2 hope and action, Movie Shimonoseki, Movie Yokai Watch Shadow Side Demon King’s Resurrection Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend!

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I hope everyone is having another great weekend! We are just over a week away from Christmas so that means gathering together with the family and enjoying good food and drink, Christmas movies, and giving and receiving presents. You better be prepared!

With time off work, I’m looking forward to relaxing a lot more and indulging in watching films, hanging out with friends and family etc. Reviews will still be published as I aim to increase the amount of reviews over news items. Two films I watched and posted about this week were… Bitter Honey (2016) and Haruneko (2016).

What is released in Japanese cinemas this weekend?

Hanagatami    Hanagatami Film Poster

花筐 「Hanagatami

Running Time: 169 mins.

Release Date: December 16th, 2017

Director:  Nobuhiko Obayashi

Writer: Nobuhiko Obayashi, Chiho Katsura(Screenplay),

Starring: Shunsuke Kubozuka, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Keishi Nagatsuka, Tokio Emoto, Mugi Kadowaki, Yuriko Oo, Tetsuya Takeda, Takako Tokiwa, Hirona Yamazaki,

IMDB Website

Hanagatami is the latest film from veteran director Nobuhiko Obayashi, probably best known in the West for his 70s horror-musical House. This was at the Tokyo International Film Festival where it got a myriad of reviews praising its vision and uniqueness (Japan Times, for example) and anti-war message.

Synopsis: It is the spring of 1941 and the setting is Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture. Toshihiko Sakakiyama (Shunsuke Kubozuka), who has just returned from Amsterdam where his parents are living, to live a 17-year-old, to live with his wealthy aunt Keiko (Takako Tokiwa) and attend the local boys’ high school. He lives life to the full with dinner parties and picnics, frolicking in the country and partying in the city. He does this with a close group of friends including a cousin named Mina who suffers from lung disease but the war is drawing closer and their lives will be changed forever… 

MR LONG    Mr Long Japanese Film Poster 

ミスター・ロン Misuta- Ron   

Running Time: 129 mins.

Release Date: December 16th, 2017

Director: SABU

Writer: SABU

Starring: Chen Chang, Sho Aoyagi, Yiti Yao, Runyin Bai, Masashi Arifuku, Taro Suwa, Tetsuko Okusa, Shiiko Utagawa, Yusuke Fukuchi, Tetsuya Chiba,


Synopsis:  Mr. Long (Chang Chen) is a Taiwanese hitman who uses knives to take out his targets. However, one assignment in Tokyo goes wrong and he finds himself wounded and on the run. He ends up in a run-down part of the city where he meets a young boy named Jun (Runyin Bai) who brings him clothing and water. Mr. Long soon meets Jun’s mother, Lily (Yiti Yao), a former prostitute and he suddenly finds his life changes as he gets to know his neighbours and wins them over with his cooking. However, the past will soon catch up… 

Konu ka ame   Konu ka ame Film Poster

小ぬか雨 Konu ka ame

Running Time: 61 mins.

Release Date: December 16th, 2017

Director: Akira Inoue

Writer: Tsutomu Nakamura (Screenplay), Shuuhei Fujisawa (Original Work)

Starring: Kii Kitano, Kento Nagayama, Takashi Nishinata, Hirotaro Honda,


Synopsis: The third of the Good Morning Jidaigeki films which adapt Shuuhei Fujisawa’s novels, this one is about a woman who lost her parents early in life and grew up without fun memories. She lives alone in a footwear shop left by his uncle and it looks like she will be married off to someone she doesn’t love when she meets a young man on the run from some unspecified conflict. Despite not knowing a thing about him, she begins to soften and help him…

The 8-Year Engagement    The 8-Year Engagement Film Poster

8年越しの花嫁 8 Nen Goshi no Hanayome

Running Time: 199 mins.

Release Date: December 16th, 2017

Director: Takahisa Zeze

Writer: Yoshikazu Okada (Screenplay), Hisashi Nakahara, Mai Nakahara (Autobiographical Novel)

Starring: Takeru Satoh, Tao Tsuchiya, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Tetta Sugimoto, Kazuki Kitamura, Kenta Hamano, Yuri Nakamura, Keisuke Horibe, Kanji Furutachi,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Three months before Hisashi (Satoh) and Mai (Tsuchiya) are due to marry, Mai becomes ill and falls into a coma. Hisashi remains by her side, praying for her recovery and the magic moment happens but when it does, it seems Mai has lost her memory. Will the two live happily ever after?

Borderline    Borderline Film Poster

ボーダーライン Bo-da-rain

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: December 16th, 2017

Director: Takeshi Watanabe

Writer: Masao Ikegaya (Screenplay),

Starring: Rei Fujita, Atsushi Arai, Jun Soejima, Shunsuke Nishikawa, Yukijiro Hotaru, Kaname Endo, Masahiro Komoto,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Aberu Wagatsuma (Rei Fujita) is a mechanic who has a sideline in delivering goods for gangsters on that two-lane black top. One night, he meets his childhood friend, a brother in blues by the name of Reo Akai (Atsushi Arai). This young cat is fresh from getting beaten up by yakuza and on the run. The two use Aberu’s car to escape but with the yakuza in hot pursuit, Aberu will have to make a choice over whether to hits the brakes on his criminal career or accelerate straight towards the vanishing point…

Nippon’s Educational Challenge Part II    Nippon's Educational Challenge Part 2 Film Poster

ニッポンの教育 挑む 第二部 Nippon no kyōiku idomu dainibu

Running Time: 114 mins.

Release Date: December 16th, 2017

Director: Katsuhiko Tsutsui

Writer: N/A

Starring: Shozo Kikuchi


Synopsis: Education expert Shozo Kikuchi was recorded in the spring of 2016, in the Ino area of Kochi City. He has been in the education sector for 33 years and developed his own philosophies as well as a school, the “Inomachi Kikuchi Gakuen”. Witness what he has to say about school and how he gets kids enthusiastic about education.

The · Compassion part 2 hope and action   

The Compassion part 2 hope and action Film Poster

ザ・思いやりパート2 希望と行動編 Za omoiyari pāto 2 kibō to kōdō-hen

Running Time: 90 mins.

Release Date: December 16th, 2017

Director: Leland Buckley

Writer: N/A

Starring: Leland Buckley, Kumiko Yokoi, Hiro Matsumoto,


Synopsis: Leland Buckley, an American who has lived in Japan for more than 20 years, get involved with the whole debate about the American bases in Okinawa. This takes a slightly comedic look at a serious issue which covers America’s war efforts, the cost of hosting troops, and also informs viewers on the perspective of Americans who are given information about the cost of hosting US troops.

Movie Shimonoseki    Movie Shimonoseki Film Poster

映画 潜行一千里 Eiga senkō issenri

Running Time: 122 mins.

Release Date: December 16th, 2017

Director: Masahiro Mukoyama

Writer: N/A

Starring: Svenja Ponkon, Katsuya Tomita, Toranosuke Aizawa, Yota Kawase,

Synopsis: A making-of documentary that followed the production process of “Bangkok Nights”, the film from Katsuya Tomita which was shot in Thailand. The doc sees the makers travel through Thailand and Laos and into Bangkok.

Movie Yokai Watch Shadow Side Demon King’s Resurrection   Movie Yokai Watch Shadow Side Demon King's Resurrection Film Poster

映画 妖怪ウォッチ シャドウサイド 鬼王の復活 Eiga Yōkai Wotchi Shadōsaido Oniō no Fukkatsu

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: December 16th

Director:  Shinji Ushiro

Writer: Yoichi Kato, Akihiro Hino (Script), Shigeru Mizuki, Level-5 (Original Works)

Starring: Takaya (Jibanyan), Tomokazu Seki (Whisper), Daisuke Hirakawa (Komasan), Ryohei Kimura (Enma Daioh), Takehito Koyasu (Nurarihyon),

Animation Production: Actas

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis from Wikipedia: Taking place 30 Years after the events of the anime[4], There was once a boy who can control Yo-kai using a mysterious watch and did his duties maintaining the relationship between two races. His role did not last long as he cannot see Yo-kai when he grows up and the watch the boy once owned was buried within space and time. 30 years later, everyday life resumed and the whole world was peaceful until a strange comet draws near the Earth. An epidemic Yo-kai virus known as Onimaro started affecting people with malevolent intentions and is spreading indefinitely, turning them into Kaodeka Oni and causing chaos throughout the city. With the end near, only the ones chosen by the new Yo-kai Watches can stand up against the upcoming threat and would save both Yo-Kai and humans from certain destruction.

2 thoughts on “Hanagatami, Mr. Long, Konu ka ame, The 8-Year Engagement, Borderline, Nippon’s Educational Challenge Part II, The · Compassion part 2 hope and action, Movie Shimonoseki, Movie Yokai Watch Shadow Side Demon King’s Resurrection Japanese Film Trailers

  1. It won’t be shown where I am, but I hope to watch 8年越しの花嫁 when I get the chance. The trailer looks good, and I saw a clip of the real-life couple whose story on which the film is based. It was a really touching story. Looking forward to seeing Sato Takeru in a more romantic role!

    1. I don’t see this hitting Europe which is a shame because it’s always nice to get stories like this. It would be interesting to get a documentary on the real couple.

      Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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