Pumpkin Girl, honey, Psychic Agents, Neteru toki dake aishiteru., Deaf Person’s South America Report, Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film Yume ga Tsunagu Kagayaki no Harmony, ANIMA o ute!, Tokyo Outskearts Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, people!

I had a fantastic week visiting temples and shrines, museums, and restaurants with friends and, performing hanami with wonderful people. It was a fantastic experience that will stay with me. Now I’m back in the trenches writing reviews and transcribing interviews using my free time before I go back to my regular job next week. I posted two reviews this week: Girl Returned and CYCLE-CYCLE, both screened at the Osaka Asian Film Festival.

What’s released this weekend?

Pumpkin Girl   Misozi Onna wa Romanchikku na Yume wo Miru ka Film Poster

三十路女はロマンチックな夢を見るか? Misozi Onna wa Romanchikku na Yume wo Miru ka?

Running Time: 91 mins.

Release Date: March 31st, 2018

Director: Kentaro Yamagishi

Writer: Kentaro Yamagishi, Miyuki Uehara (Screenplay)

Starring: Rina Takeda, Yuki Kubota, Akiyoshi Orie, Yoshimasa Kondo, Miki Sakai, Yuki Saso, Michi Yamamura, Sho Tomita,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Nina (Rina Takeda) is single, stuck in a boring job, and on the cusp of turning 30 with no fun on the horizon. Things take an unexpected turn when she finds three bank robbers in her home and decides to join their gang…

honey   Honey Film Poster

ハニー Hani-

Running Time: 105 mins.

Release Date: March 31st, 2018

Director: Koji Shintoku

Writer: Junpei Yamaoka (Screenplay), Amu Meguro (Original Manga)

Starring: Sho Hirano, Yuna Taira, Ryusei Yokohama, Kaho Mizutani, Nana Asakawa, Gaku Sano, Asami Usuda, Shinobu Nakayama, Yu Takahashi, Tadashi Sakata,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: School badboy Taiga Onise (Sho Hirano) has a bad reputation but cute schoolgirl Nao Kogure (Yuna Taira) sees another side to him when he asks her out and shows his considerate nature.

Psychic Agents   Psychic Agents Film Poster

増山超能力師事務所 激情版は恋の味 Masuyama Chonoryokushi Jimusho: Bakijohan wa Koi no Aji

Running Time: 89 mins.

Release Date: March 31st, 2018

Director: Shinji Kuma

Writer: Tsuyoshi Sakurai (Screenplay), Tetsuya Honda (Original Novel)

Starring: Naoki Tanaka, Kodai Asaka, Yuri Nakamura, Tokio Emoto, Root, Atsuko Hirata,Chisun, Masao Yoshii, Azusa Mine, Jiro Dan,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: The psychics team at Masuyama Psychic Office run into their toughest case yet when one of their number, Atsushi Takahara (Kodai Asaka) falls in love with Aoba (Azusa Mine), a young woman with psychic powers and a dark pas and she gets involved with a kidnapping case they are investigating whilst also becoming the prime suspect for a murder. Can Masuyama’s leader, Keitaro Masuyama (Naoki Tanaka) help his employees out?t.

Neteru toki dake, aishiteru.   Neteru toki dake aishiteru Film Poster

寝てるときだけ、あいしてる。Neteru toki dake, aishiteru.

Running Time: 110 mins.

Release Date: March 31st, 2018

Director: Yasuomi Kawahara

Writer: Yasuomi Kawahara (Screenplay),

Starring: Tami Maeda, Takanori Sekiguchi, Tomo Kasajima, Shinya Yokoyama,


Synopsis: A film shot in a similar style to some works by Harmony Korine and Terrence Malik about a man torn between his wife and her sister.

Deaf Person’s South America Report   Deaf Person_s South America Report Film Poster

聾者のボクの南米見聞録Rosha no Boku no Nanbei Kenmonroku

Running Time: 90 mins.

Release Date: March 31st, 2018

Director: YASU

Writer: N/A

Starring: Norihiko Matsumoto,


Synopsis: Norikhiko Matsumoto was born deaf and also has dichromatic iris. Despite these differences in appearance and ability, he travelled as a backpacker through South America and this documentary captures his extraordinary journey.

Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film Yume ga Tsunagu Kagayaki no Harmony   Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film Yume ga Tsunagu Kagayaki no Harmony Film Poster

Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film 夢が紡ぐ輝きのハーモニー Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film Yume ga Tsunagu Kagayaki no Harmony

Running Time: 110 mins.

Release Date: March 31st, 2018

Director: Shigeru Kato

Writer: N/A

Starring: Wakana Ootaki, Keiko Kubota, Hikaru Masai,


Synopsis: Kalafina are famous for performing the theme songs to many an anime from Aldnoah.Zero and Black Butler to Time of Eve. Just as the composer and a member of the group announced their departure, this documentary has been released and features clips from concerts.

ANIMA o ute!      ANIMA o ute! Film poster

ANIMAを撃て! ANIMA o ute!

Running Time: 77 mins.

Release Date: July 15th, 2017

Director: Takahiro Horie

Writer: Takahiro Horie (Screenplay),

Starring: Saika Hattori, Yuu Koyanagi, Haruka Kurosawa, Eriko Nakamura, Umi Todo, Gitan Otsuru,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Saika Hattori plays Miho, a young woman who wants to study classical dance/ballet abroad. She’s waiting for her opportunity when she encounters a drummer who frees her spirit and lets her dance freely.

Tokyo Outskirts      Kawagoe Highway Film Poster

川越街道Kawagoe Kaido

Running Time: 110 mins.

Release Date: March 31st, 2018

Director: Daichi Oka

Writer: Daichi Oka (Screenplay),

Starring: Takenori Kaneko, Rei Konishi, Yuuhi Suenobu, Yukio Kaneda, Yuki Koga, Saho, Nozomi Kawashima,

Website IMDB

Yes, I know that’s not how you spell the word “outskirts”.

Synopsis: Takenori Kaneko plays Satoshi, a 40-something man who has lived as a shut-in for most of his life in Kawagoe, Saitama. When his mother runs away from home, he decides to leave the house and search for her. The trail leads him to Ikebukuro in Tokyo.

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