We Make Antiques, Love Disease, Tetsuya Kumagawa K Ballet Company “Cleopatra” in Cinema, Garo – Kami no kiba -, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie: Take On Me Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, people!

The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue Film Image Shizuka Ishibashi and Sosuke Ikematsu

I hope you are all well and had an excellent New Year’s period. I managed to watch three films and complete a lot of writing, share good food and drink with family and chat with friends. Then it was back to work, which is a bit of a drag, but my job is good and I get to meet lots of people and work in a nice environment. I would like to try a new job soon and I suppose the New Year’s Resolutions I made will help me. I posted about the Japan Foundation’s Touring Film Programme for 2018. More importantly, I kicked off the year in an awesome way with a review of The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue (2017). Reviewers paint it as a depressing film about isolation but I saw it as an uplifting human drama. Mindset and positive thinking.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

We Make Antiques    We Make Antiques Film Poster

嘘八百 Usohappyaku

Running Time: 105 mins.

Release Date: January 05th, 2018

Director: Masaharu Take

Writer: Shin Adachi, Masako Imai (Screenplay),

Starring: Kiichi Nakai, Kuranosuke Sasaki, Tomochika, Aoi Morikawa, Tomoya Maeno, Keiko Horiuchi, Shohei Uno, Jakujaku Katsura,

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The writer and director of 100 Yen Love team up again to make this comedy about counterfeit art. One of the actors involved is Tomoya Maeno who was fantastic in Emi-Abi.

Synopsis: Norio Koike (Kiichi Nakai) works as an antique dealer in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, close to a sacred place linked to the tea ceremony which produced Sen no Ryo. He wants to make a lot of money but business is hard so when he encounters a skilled ceramic artist named Sasuke Noda (Kuranosuke Sasaki) is a potter they decide to cheat an art appraiser by creating a new batch of Sen no Rikyu’s chaki (tea utensils).

Love Disease   Love Disease Film Poster

愛の病 Ai no Yamai

Running Time: 96 mins.

Release Date: January 06th, 2018

Director: Kota Yoshida

Writer: Hiroshi Ishikawa (Screenplay),

Starring: Saori Seto, Amane Okayama, Masayasu Yagi, Maho Yamada, Kokone Sasaki, Takahiro Kuroishi, Tomoko Fujita,

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This is a sensual suspense film based on a real case. It stars Amane Okayama who was great in Poetry Angel (2017).

Synopsis: Emiko (Saori Seto) is a single-mother. Her thug of an ex-husband demands money from her and so she works at a dating site to make ends meet. One of her clients is a factory worker named Shinnosuke (Amane Okayama) and he is completely in love with her, so much so, he spends all of his money on her and follows her orders including robbing people. What he doesn’t know is that she is in love with a construction worker named Akira (Masayasu Yagi) but there’s something stopping them from being together which is that Akira is devoted to taking care of his disabled older sister Kasumi (Maho Yamada). Emiko decides to use Shinnosuke to kill Kasumi to have Akira for herself…

Tetsuya Kumagawa K Ballet Company “Cleopatra” in Cinema   Tetsuya Kumagawa K Ballet Company Cleopatra in Cinema Film Poster

熊川哲也 Kバレエ カンパニー 「クレオパトラ」 in Cinema Kumakawa tetsuya K barē kanpanī `Kureopatora’ in Cinema

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: January 06th, 2018

Director: Tetsuya Kumakawa

Writer: N/A

Starring: Shoko Nakamura, Masaya Yamamoto, Stuart Cassidi, Yusuke,


Synopsis: This is thee seventh in a series of “Kumagawa Tetsuya K Ballet Company in Cinema” films which show the performance by K Ballet Company which is presided over by choreographer Tetsuya Kumagawa. This performance was recorded in October last year and takes the legend of Cleopatra and her beauty and dealings with the Romans as its subject.

Garo – Kami no kiba –    Garo Kaminokiba Film Poster

愛の病 Ai no Yamai

Running Time: 96 mins.

Release Date: January 06th, 2018

Director: Keita Amemiya

Writer: Keita Amemiya (Screenplay/Original Novel),

Starring: Wataru Kuriyama, Junya Ikeda, Tsunenori Aoki, Masahiro Inoue,

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When I wrote about my first Garo movie in 2012, I had no idea that the franchise was as big as it was and would get bigger. Over the years, it has added anime and more live-action movie spin-offs. This latest one was at the Tokyo International Film Festival last year.

Synopsis: The Garo franchise picks up where it left off in 2005. Reunited, the three Makai Knights – Ryuga, Takeru and Aguri – are confronted by Ryuga’s longtime enemy Jinga in their biggest battle yet.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie: Take On Me   Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie Take On Me Film Poster

映画 中二病でも恋がしたい! -Take On Me- Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me

Running Time: 82 mins.

Release Date: January 06th, 2018

Director:  Tatsuya Ishihara

Writer: Jukki Hanada (Screenplay),

Starring: Jun Fukuyama (Yuta Togashi), Maaya Uchida (Rikka Takanashi), Azumi Asakura (Kumin Tsuyuri), Chinatsu Akasaki (Shinka Nibutani), Sumire Uesaka (Sanae Dekomori),

Animation Production: Kyoto Animation

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Synopsis from Anime News Network: Rikka is now a third-year student, but she still has “chūnibyō” syndrome. University entrance exams loom on the horizon, and it’s spring break, and Yūta and Rikka are together as usual. One day, Rikka’s older sister Tōka declares that she’s going to take Rikka to Italy with her, as Tōka is moving to Italy for work and she thinks they should move together as a family. Yūta understands Tōka’s opinion, but thinks that at this rate he and Rikka will be separated. Shinka and the other members suggest that Yūta and Rikka should “elope,” and thus sets the stage for Yūta and Rikka’s travels throughout Japan in their escape drama.

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