Tremble All You Want, Waiting for the Moon, Revenge Girl, Torinoko City, That Is Not a Child But a Minor Japanese Film Trailers       

Happy weekend!

I hope everyone is well! I have just got back from meeting a friend at a coffee shop and I’m excited about the prospect of having time off work to watch films and eat good food with family over the Christmas period. This week, I posted about the films Being Good (2015), which was directed by Mipo O, and The Long Excuse (2016), the latest from super-talented director Miwa Nishikawa. These two women are at the top of my best directors list.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

Tremble All You Want

勝手にふるえてろ 「Katte ni Furue teroTremble All You Want Film Poster

Running Time: 117 mins.

Release Date: December 23rd, 2017

Director:  Akiko Ooku

Writer: Akiko Ooku (Screenplay), Risa Wataya (Original Novel)

Starring: Mayu Matsuoka, Daichi Watanabe, Takumi Kitamura, Anna Ishibashi, Kanji Furutachi, Hairi Katagiri,

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A person obsessed with ammonites? How quaint. However, I can’t ready the synopsis for this and not think about the Junji Ito manga Uzumaki.  This one was at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Synopsis: Yoshika (Mayu Matsuoka) is 24-years-old with a fairly unique hobby: she likes researching ammonite fossils and collects them. Perhaps this explains why she doesn’t have a boyfriend in her life. Or maybe the lack of a man is down to the fact that she pines for her first love, a guy from school named Ichi. One day, Ni, a guy who works at the same company, confesses his feelings for her.

Waiting for the Moon    Waiting for the Moon Film Poster

二十六夜待ち 「Nijuuroku ya machi

Running Time: 124 mins.

Release Date: December 23rd, 2017

Director:  Michio Koshikawa

Writer: Michio Koshikawa (Screenplay), Kazumi Saeki (Original Novel)

Starring: Arata Iura, Mei Kurokawa, Taro Suwa, Orime Amagi, Maho Yamada, Keiichi Suzuki, Shinsuki Suzuki,

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Michio Koshikawa has an extensive filmography as a producer with titles like The Wife of Gegege, Sketches of Kaitan City (both 2010), Our Homeland (2012) and “A Band Rabbit” and a Boy (2013), and Asleep (2015). This is one of his growing number of films he has made as a director. It was at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Synopsis: Set in a town in Tohoku region after the March 11th disaster, we follow a woman named Yumi who has lost everything and moves to her aunt’s construction shop in Fukushima. She takes up work in a small bar in a back alley where she meets a shopkeeper named Sugitani who has lost his memory of the past. Everything that is except one memory, his hands were cooking. Despite being surrounded by warm people, the two feel a strong sense of isolation and loneliness. Could it be this that draws the two together?

Revenge Girl   Revenge Girl Film Poster

リベンジgirl Ribenji girl

Running Time: 110 mins.

Release Date: December 23rd, 2017

Director:  Koichiro Miki

Writer:  Satoko Okazaki (Screenplay), Erika Yoshida (Original Novel)

Starring: Mirei Kiritani, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Sho Kiyohara, Fumika Baba, Aimi Satsukawa, Shinya Owada, Aisa Takeuchi,

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Synopsis: Miki Takaraishi (Kiritani) is beautiful, intelligent, and one of the hottest prospects coming out of Tokyo University. Alas, never judge a book by its cover because her personality is rotten. Yuga (Kiyohara), a scion of the influential Saito family, dates her and she falls in love but when he dumps her, she decides to get revenge and run for the office of prime minister. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and she has hired an elite team to help her win including Toshiya Kadowaki (Suzuki), her new campaign strategist.

That Is Not a Child But a Minor   That Is Not a Child But a Minor Film Poster

未成年だけどコドモじゃない Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo Janai

Running Time: 105 mins.

Release Date: December 23rd, 2017

Director:  Tsutomu Hanabusa

Writer:  Keiko Hokimoto (Screenplay), Kanan Minami (Original Manga)

Starring: Kento Nakajima, Yuna Taira, Yuri Chinen, Maika Yamamoto, Masahiro Takashima, Sylvia Grab, Tomoko Ikuta, Shingo Murakami,

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Synopsis: Karin Oriyama (Taira) gets what many people would consider the strangest present ever on her 16th birthday, news that she has been married off by her rich parents. It’s okay though, because her new husband is her first love Nao Tsurugi (Nakajima) and, he’s like, totally handsome and really popular in school! But then it’s not so okay, and not because of the whole idea of kids getting married, but because Nao doesn’t love her, he just wants the money. Cue her working to win his affections rather than divorce him because gender dynamics.

It’s going to get exposed because Karin’s classmate Isuzu (Chinen) really likes her and finds out about the marriage!

Torinoko City

トリノコシティ Torinoko Shitei

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: December 23rd, 2017

Director: Hiroki Yamaguchi

Writer:  Hiroki Yamaguchi, Ayumi Yokoyama (Screenplay), Yusuke Iwata (Original Work)

Starring: Nina Yamazaki, Yuki Tamaki, Shota Takasaki, Rie Oota, Momoko Kaechi, Mari Yamachi,

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Synopsis: Based on a catch Hatsune Miku vocaloid song from 2011, this is an SF tale about a lonely high school girl named Saeki (Yamazaki) who has anxiety about her future. She maintains her balance by using SNS but when she gets a strange machine that grants wishes, things get strange…

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4 thoughts on “Tremble All You Want, Waiting for the Moon, Revenge Girl, Torinoko City, That Is Not a Child But a Minor Japanese Film Trailers       

    1. Yeah, that very creepy title made me pause and I had to check the age of marriage in Japan, the UK, and US. Not that the age being just about legal makes it any better. It’s still all types of wrong.

      When I first saw it it made me think that the police should be called but then there was that film about a cop marrying a schoolgirl – P to JK

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