The Night I Swam, A Seaside Weekly Tabloid, Seinaru Mono, Stray Dogz 8, Walking with My Grandma, Seven Colours★Rocket, Ninagawa Yukio Theatre 2 “midokumaru fainaru”, Tenshi Ja nai!, Sore sore ga yattekitara…, Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer, Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kung-Fu Boys ~Ramen Tairan~ Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend, People!

I’m at the end of day six of a twelve day work week and I’m feeling okay but there is a lot of content I need to publish as well as working on things for my regular job. This week saw me post about introducing some films at a festival, the rather excellent line-up of films at the Udine Far East Film Festival, and the rather superb Japanese twosome in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. I’m going to keep the pace up with a post tomorrow and break with my regular schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, to keep posting content I have waiting to be released. That’s not including a festival I’m helping put together later this year. Heck, I updated the trailers for last year’s Osaka Asian Film Festival earlier today… I like being busy.

What is released this weekend in Japan?

The Night I Swam / La nuit ou j’ai nage    The Night I Swam Film Poster

泳ぎすぎた夜Oyogi Sugita Yoru

Running Time: 79 mins.

Release Date: 2018

Director:  Kohei Igarashi, Damien Manivel,

Writer: Ichiro Kusuno (Screenplay), Sui Ishida (Original Manga)

Starring: Takara Kogawa, Keiki Kogawa, Chisato Kogawa, Takashi Kogawa, Yuji Kudo,The Night I Swam Film Poster

Unifrance IMDB   Website

Kohei Igarashi, (Hold Your Breath Like a Lover) and Damien Manivel (A Young Poet, The Park) met at Locarno earlier this year and decided to collaborate. The resulting film was unveiled at the 74th Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti category back in August. I missed it at the time but it turned up at Tokyo FILMeX which is where I caught up with it and it looks special since it charts a magical day in the life of a little boy who takes a detour from school and explores his local area. No dialogue, just the sounds of the world coupled with images that show the young character demonstrating the innocence and curiosity of a child his age. =

Synopsis from the Venice Film Festival: Snow covered mountains in Japan. Every night, a fisherman makes his way to the market in town. His 6 year old son is awoken by his departure and finds it impossible to fall back to sleep. In the sleeping household, the young boy draws a picture he then slips into his satchel. On his way to school, still drowsy, he strays off the path and wanders into the snow…

Seinaru Mono   Seinaru Mono Film Poster

聖なるもの Seinaru Mono

Running Time: 90 mins.

Release Date: May 14th, 2018

Director: Isora Iwakiri

Writer: Isora Iwakiri (Screenplay),

Starring: Mio Minami, Sara Ogawa, Shun Yamamoto, Gouki Agata, Aya Kitai, Miki Handa, Marika Matsumoto, Akari Saho, Hikaru Aoyama,


Synopsis: A movie study group at a university has a legend about a woman who appears once every four years to take part in a film that will become a masterpiece. One day, a beautiful girl named Minami (Mio Minami) then appears…

A Seaside Weekly Tabloid  A Seaside Weekly Tabloid Film Poster

海辺の週刊大衆 Umibe no Shukan Taishu

Running Time: 82 mins.

Release Date: May 14th, 2018

Director: Yu Ota

Writer: Makoto Ueda (Screenplay),

Starring: Naoki Matayoshi, Nagisa Shibuya, Sayaka Isoyama, Jun Murakami, Aiamu Noda, Mitsuhiro Fujiwara, Fuku Suzuki, Tano Suzuki,


Synopsis: A man finds himself washed up on a seashore with nothing but a weekly magazine, the “Shukan Taishu”. While waiting for help, he reads the mag and he daydreams. These daydreams turn into delusions and, because hep isn’t arriving any time soon, the delusions turn into his only company…

Stray Dogz 8   Stray Dogz 8 Film Poster

闇金ドッグス8 Yamikin Dogguzu8

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: May 14th, 2018

Director: Takashi Motoki

Writer: Masao Ikegaya (Screenplay),

Starring: Yuki Yamada, Tsunenori Aoki, Takashi Nishina, Soran Tamoto, Sanae Yuki, Hinata Satou, Hisahiro Ogura,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Ando (Yuki Yamada) gets involved in the case of a habitual debtor named Kenichi Yuzawa whose son who works for a talent agency, fall into a coma. Kenichi tries to pay off his debts with his son’s health insurance.

Tenshi Ja nai!   Tenshi Ja nai Film Poster

天使じゃないッ! Tenshi Ja nai!

Running Time: 82 mins.

Release Date: May 14th, 2018

Director: Shintaro Sakurai

Writer: Koichi Tomoki (Screenplay), Kazuto Okada (Original Work)

Starring: Aya Yoshizaki, Iroha Yanagi, Yuuji Takao, Kumiko Tsushimi, Manaka Nishihara, Mika Nonomiya, Aya Kawasaki, Kaori Hisamatsu,


Synopsis: High-schooler Kazu Okada (Yuuji Takao) is in love with classmate Manami (Aya Yoshizaki) but is constantly bullied which leads him to dabble with the devil and summon a demon to curse his bullies, a trio of busty girls. It turns out that the one he summons is a beautiful trainee demon named Cele (Iroha Yanagi) and the sexy chaos begins.

Ninagawa Yukio Theatre 2 “midokumaru fainaru”   Ninagawa Yukio Theatre 2 “midokumaru fainaru” Film Poster

蜷川幸雄シアター2「身毒丸 ファイナル」 Ninagawa Yukio Shiata- 2 “midokumaru fainaru”

Running Time: 90 mins.

Release Date: April 14th, 2018

Director: Yukio Ninagawa

Writer: Risa Kishida, Shuji Terayama (Original Work)

Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kayoko Shiroishi, Yoko Ran, Kenichi Ishii, Kasahara Orito,


Synopsis: Three of Ninagawa’s plays are going to be screened in cinemas in order to remember the great theatre/film director who died in 2016. This features Tatsuya Fujiwara playing a young man in a forbidden love-affair with an older woman.

Sore sore ga yattekitara…   Sore sore ga yattekitara... Film Poster

それ それがやって来たら… Sore sore ga yattekitara…

Running Time: 64 mins.

Release Date: May 14th, 2018

Director: Hikaru Okita

Writer: Hikaru Okita, Shino Kondo (Screenplay),

Starring: Kanako Hiramatsu, Hikari Shiina, Naoki Kato, Junya Maki, Nanae, Yuka Inaba, Yuuya Kanemaru, Aona Watase,

Synopsis: A bunch of kids in the forest get attacked by a clown with a knife. Gang up on the guy and bludgeon him to death with rocks! He can only take down one of you at a time!

Walking with My Grandma / Grandma Road      Walking with My Grandma Film Poster

ばぁちゃんロード Baachan Ro-do

Running Time: 89 mins.

Release Date: May 14th, 2018

Director: Tetsuo Shinohara

Writer: Naho Kamimura (Screenplay),

Starring: Ayane Nagabuchi, Mitsuko Kusabue, Takahiro Miura, Dori Sakurada, Shingo Tsurumi, Akiyoshi Tsujimoto,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Natsumi (Ayane Nagabuchi) has been proposed to by her boyfriend (Takahiro Miura) and her grandmother Kiyo (Mitsuko Kusabue) wants to walk with her. However, the old lady will have to recover from a hurt leg but she has the help of Natsumi and the rest of her family.

Seven Colours★Rocket    Seven Colours★Rocket Film Poster

虹色★ロケット Nijiro Rokketo

Running Time: 74 mins.

Release Date: May 14th, 2018

Director: Shunta Ito

Writer: Shunta Ito, Minami Hirayama (Screenplay),

Starring: Yuka Matsunaga, Minami Hirayama, Shunta Ito, Hiroe Koizumi,

Website JFDB

Synopsis: This indie film was put together by high school students and shown at the Tollywood cinema in Shimokitazawa ten years ago. It’s about a mysterious transfer student named Yuka (Yuka Matsunaga) who has a disease and how she comes into contact with a student named Minami (Minami Hirayama) who is trying to overcome a past suicide attempt.

Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kung-Fu Boys ~Ramen Tairan~   Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori Kung-Fu Boys ~Ramen Tairan~ Film Poster

クレヨンしんちゃん 爆盛!カンフーボーイズ~拉麺大乱~ Eiga Kureyon Shin-chan Bakumori! KunFu- Boizu- ~Ramen Tairan~

Running Time: 104 mins.

Release Date: April 13th, 2018

Director: Wataru Takahashi

Writer: Kimiko Ueno (Screenplay), Yoshito Usui (Original Creator)

Starring: Akiko Yajima (Shinnosuke Nohara), Miki Narahashi (Misae Nohara), Satomi Koorogi (Himawari Nohara), Toshiyuki Morikawa (Hiroshi Nohara),

Animation Production: Shin-Ei Animation

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: Shinnosuke and his friends head to a Chinatown named Aiyātown in Kusakabe, Saitama, to learn the legendary “Puni Puni Fist” martial art around the same time a bad batch of ramen makes the neighbourhood violent.

Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer   Detective Conan Zero the Enforcer Film Poster

名探偵コナン ゼロの執行人 Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin

Running Time: 110 mins.

Release Date: April 13th, 2018

Director:  Yuzuru Tachikawa

Writer: Takeharu Sakurai (Screenplay), Gosho Aoyama (Original Creator)

Starring: Minami Takayama (Conan Edogawa), Megumi Hayashibara (Ai Haibara), Ikue Otani (Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya), Yukiko Iwai (Ayumi Yoshida),

Animation Production: TMS Entertainment, V! Studio

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis from Anime News Network: There is a sudden explosion at Tokyo Summit’s giant Edge of Ocean facility. The shadow of Tōru Amuro, who works for the National Police Agency Security Bureau as Zero, appears at the site. In addition, the “triple-face” character is known as Rei Furuya as a detective and Kogorō Mōri’s apprentice, and he is also known as Bourbon as a Black Organization member. Kogorō is arrested as a suspect in the case of the explosion. Conan conducts an investigation to prove Kogorō’s innocence, but Amuro gets in his way.

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