3ft Ball & Souls, After the Rain, My Friend “A”, What a Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife My Life, Last Love Letter, Ani Tomo, Zenigata, The Man From the Sea, Gachi Boshi, Hurry Go Round hide 20th MEMORIAL FILM, The Reverse Diaries, SEVEN/7, Mitsuko to Uchuu kobu, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi Chapter 5 “Rengoku-hen”, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Glorification Japanese Film Trailers    

Happy weekend, people!

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I hope everyone is fine and dandy!

I’ve been busy at work conducting Japanese language/culture classes as well as doing my regular job. On top of that, I’ve managed to squeeze in time to do some writing. I posted about Kore-eda Hirokazu winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes on Sunday and followed that with an interview I had with the incredibly talented Hayami Moet, director of Kushina, what will you be, at the Osaka Asian Film Festival. I then posted a review for the American indie film Columbus which I saw at the same festival. V-Cinema posted my interview with the team behind Bad Poetry Tokyo and the director Takayama Kohei, both of which were conducted at, you guessed it, the Osaka Asian Film Festival!!!

I’ll be continuing with the lessons in the next week but I have started a new anime, Golden Kamuy. It’s pretty freaking brilliant.

What’s released this weekend in Japan?

3ft Ball & Souls    3 ft Ball & Souls Film Poster

三尺魂Sanjaku Tamashii

Running Time: 93 mins.

Release Date: May 25th, 2018

Director:  Yoshio Kato

Writer: N/A

Starring: Honoka Murakami, Minehiro Kinomoto, Kanji Tsuda, Shinobu Tsuji,

Website    IMDB

Yoshio Kato, director of PLASTIC CRIME. He was inspired to become a movie-maker after watching Family Game (1983). This was at the Tokyo International Film Festival last year.

Synopsis: A group of four people gather together to commit suicide with a giant firework. However, after the explosion, the four are returned to just before their meeting. And it keeps happening. Three start to get the idea that the school girl in their group is actually from the future and try to persuade her not to join in…

After the Rain    After the Rain Film Poster

恋は雨上がりのように  Kurara – Hokusai no Musume

Running Time: 111 mins.

Release Date: May 25th, 2018

Director:  Akira Nagai

Writer: Riko Sakaguchi (Screenplay), Jun Mayuzuki (Original Manga)

Starring: Nana Komatsu, Yo Oizumi, Nana Seino, Hayato Isomura, Honoka Matsumoto, Yo Yoshida, Mari Hamada, Maika Yamamoto,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Akira Tachibana (Nana Komatsu) is just 17 but her life has hit a speedbump and she’s not sure what to do. An injury has curtailed her athletics career and she’s all adrift until she meets 45-year-old Masami Kondo (Yo Oizumi), the manager of a family restaurant. His kind manner convinces her to take on part-time work there and it also convinces her heart that there’s something more…

My Friend “A”   My Friend A Film Poster

友罪  Yuuzai

Running Time: 129 mins.

Release Date: May 25th, 2018

Director:  Takahisa Zeze

Writer: Takahisa Zeze (Screenplay), Gaku Yakumaru (Original Manga)

Starring: Toma Ikuta, Eita, Kaho, Yasuko Tomita, Mizuki Yamamoto, Koichi Sato, Eita Okuno, Kaoru Iida,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Junichi Masuda (Toma Ikuta) is the new guy at a factory in a small town. He’s pretty honest about his background. He failed in his attempt to become a journalist and isn’t sure what to do next. His co-worker Hideto Suzuki (Eita) is the complete opposite. Secretive and a bit of a loner, Suzuki doesn’t open up about his past. However, he slowly becomes friends with Junichi. This happens around the time that a child is killed in a nearby town. Masuda researches into that case and a series of child murders from 17 years ago and stumbles across an image of a boy who looks like Masuda... He decides to write an article on Masuda while befriending him and discovers a disturbing story.

What a Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life    What a Wonderful Family! 3 My Wife, My Life Film Poster

妻よ薔薇のように 家族はつらいよIII  Tsumayo Bara no you ni kazoku wa tsuraiyo III

Running Time: 123 mins.

Release Date: May 25th, 2018

Director:  Yoji Yamada

Writer: Yoji Yamada, Emiko Hiramatsu (Screenplay),

Starring: Toma Ikuta, Eita, Kaho, Yasuko Tomita, Mizuki Yamamoto, Koichi Sato, Eita Okuno, Kaoru Iida,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: The dysfunctional Hirata household is back and on the brink of another crisis when matriarch Fumie (Yui Natsukawa) finds the money she has saved over the years has been stolen and when her husband Konosuke (Masahiko Nishimura) becomes indignant that she even thought of saving money behind his back, she flies the coop leaving the house in disarray.

Last Love Letter   Last Love Letter Film Poster

ラストラブレター  Rasuto Rabu Reta-

Running Time: 58 mins.

Release Date: May 25th, 2018

Director:  Hiroyuki Morita

Writer: Hiroyuki Morita (Screenplay),

Starring: Sho Mineo, Yuko Kageyama, Ayumi Tada


Synopsis: Set in the not so distant future, a woman named Akiko brings her husband back from the dead via an android that will operate for two weeks. She and her “husband” live together again…

Ani Tomo   Ani Tomo Film Poster

兄友  Ani Tomo

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: May 26th, 2018

Director:  Ryo Nakajima

Writer: Chieko Nakagawa (Screenplay), Modomu Akagawara (Original Manga)

Starring: Ryusei Yokohama, Risaki Matsukaze, Karin Ono, Jun Fukuyama, Tsuyoshi Furukawa, Koudai Matsuoka,


This one features the actor Karin Ono who was in the fantastic and fantastically freaky Ordinary Everyday.

Synopsis: Sota Nishino (Ryusei Yokohama) and Yukihiro Nanase (Tsuyoshi Furukawa) are friends but things get a little embarrassing when Sota meets Yukihiro’s sister Mai (Risaki Matsukaze) and the two innocent kids start dating.

Zenigata   Zenigata Film Poster

ゼニガタ  Zenigata

Running Time: 111 mins.

Release Date: May 26th, 2018

Director:  Shinya Ayabe

Writer: Yuji Nagamori (Screenplay),

Starring: Ryohei Otani, Katsuya Kobayashi, Aimi Satsukawa, Yumi Adachi, Shunsuke Tanaka, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Masato Yoshihara, Yuki Tamaki, Takumi Tsuchida, Arisa Yagi,


Synopsis: Tomio Zenigata (Ryohei Otani) and his younger brother Shizuka (Katsuya Kobayashi) run a backstreet bar in a fishing port. They also double-up as money-lenders dealing with a variety of customers.

The Man From the Sea   The Man From the Sea Film Poster

海を駆ける  Umi wo Kakeru

Running Time: 107 mins.

Release Date: May 26th, 2018

Director:  Koji Fukada

Writer: Koji Fukada (Screenplay),

Starring: Dean Fujioka, Taiga, Junko Abe, Mayu Tsuruta, Adipati Dolken, Sekar Sari,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Atsuko (Mayu Tsuruta) and her son Takashi (Taiga) are two Japanese people who live in an Indonesian town by the sea with the intention of helping the locals. The place was ravaged by war and a tsunami but good things start happening when Atsuko finds a man washed up on a beach. This mysterious fellow speaks broken Japanese and Indonesian and is taken into their care. They name him Rau (Dean Fujioka) and he starts to wander around. Soon, news reports tell of him performing miracles and saving lives.

Gachi Boshi    Gachi Boshi Film Poster

ガチ星 Gachi Boshi

Running Time: 106 mins.

Release Date: May 26th, 2018

Director:  Kan Eguchi

Writer: Tomoki Kanazawa (Screenplay),

Starring: Kenichi Abe, Shoudai Fukuyama, Damari Hayashi, Ryo Funazaki, Kengo Morisaki,


Synopsis: Koji Hamajima (Kenichi Abe) has given up as a father, husband, and as a professional baseball player. He spends his time languishing in pachinko parlours around Ogura, Fukuoka Prefecture. Pushing 40, he decides to change his life by attending a bicycle racing school but finds the harsh reality a shock to his system as a combination of brutal training and instruction from the coaches and younger cyclists batter his resolve. Can he hang on?

Hurry Go Round hide 20th MEMORIAL FILM    Hurry Go Round Film Poster

Running Time: 108 mins.

Release Date: May 26th, 2018

Director:  Tomoaki Ishikawa

Writer: N/A

Starring: hide, YOSHIKI, INA, Yoichiro Yamazaki, Eric Westfall, Yuma Yamato,


Synopsis: Hide, the former guitarist of X Japan who died at the age of 33 in 1998, is still ma beloved musical icon in Japan and this documentary looks at the final days of the musician visiting places related to the man. The guy leading the film around his Yuma Yamato, an actor who has appeared in many films including the Chihayafuru trilogy.

The Reverse Diaries    The Reverse Diaries Film Poster

リバースダイアリー Riba-su Daiari-

Running Time:  99 mins.

Release Date: May 26th, 2018

Director:  Shin Sonoda

Writer: Shin Sonoda (Screenplay),

Starring: Gen Ogawa, Marie Ono, Erika Tsunashima, Iku Arai, Moeru Akazome, Masana Hirabuki,

Website IMDB

Synopsis from IMDB: A novelist Rihito Shiraishi meets Saki Honda, a somewhat eccentric woman, and he is attracted to her. Triggered by Saki’s suicidal attempt and reading her diary, Shiraishi recognizes that their encounter was not a coincidence. United by an airplane accident, they start to face their true selves eventually, influencing one another.


Running Time:  N/A

Release Date: May 28th, 2018

Director:  Yu-ya HARA

Writer: N/A

Starring: The guys the third generation of J Soul Brothers from Exile Tirbe


Synopsis: A documentary on the third generation J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE to coincide with their new album, FUTURE which is released on June 06th.

Mitsuko to Uchuu kobu    Mitsuko to Uchuu Kobu Film Poster

みつこと宇宙こぶ Mitsuko to Uchuu kobu

Running Time:  40 mins.

Release Date: May 29th, 2018

Director:  Risa Takeuchi

Writer: Risa Takeuchi (Screenplay),

Starring: Miku Komatsu, Yuuki Kaneda, Sota Shimano, Noa Miyano,


The director was at the Tokyo International Film Festival last year as one of a new generation of talents getting support in SHINPA 6.

Synopsis: Mitsuko (Miku Komatsu) is a middle-school student with an obsession over humps. Do they contain aliens? Galaxies? The secret to life? She needs to know. If she can find out, she can answer all sorts of questions!

Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi Chapter 5 “Rengoku-hen”    Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202 Ai no Senshi-tachi Chapter 5 Rengoku-hen Film Poster

宇宙戦艦ヤマト2202 愛の戦士たち 第五章「煉獄篇」 「Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi “Rengoku-hen”」

Release Date: May 25th, 2018

Running Time: 98 mins.

Director: Nobuyoshi Habara

Writer: Harutoshi Fukui (Screenplay),

Starring: Daisuke Ono (Susumu Kodai), Takayui Sugo (Juzo Okita), Noriko Kuwashima (Yuki Mori), Kenichi Suzumura (Daisuke Shima), Aya Uchida (Yuria Misaki), Rina Sato (Makoto Kato), Aya Hisakawa (Kaoru Niimi),

Website    MAL    ANN

Synopsis from ANN: Three years after the Yamato’s return from the planet Iscandar. The people of Earth restored their planet with the Cosmo Reverse System, and they signed a peace treaty with Garmillas. In addition to reconstruction, Earth developed a new defense fleet that includes the state-of-the-art battleship Andromeda. The Earth goes down a path of military expansion, despite Starsha Iscandar’s wishes. The Yamato helps accomplish this so-called peace, but it comes at the price of many invaluable sacrifices. The goddess Teresa, who prays for tranquility in space, calls the Yamato to a new voyage. The threat of Gatlantis is sweeping over the universe and approaching Earth.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Glorification    Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion - Glorification Film Poster

コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュIII 皇道  Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch – Ōdō

Running Time: 133 mins.

Release Date: February 10th, 2018

Director:  Goro Taniguchi

Writer: Ichiro Okouchi (Screenplay),

Starring: Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch Lamperouge), Takahiro Sakurai (Suzaku Kururugi), Yukana (C.C.), Akeno Watanabe (Viletta Nu), Ami Koshimizu (Kallen Stadtfeld),

Animation Production: Sunrise

Website ANN MAL

This is the final film in a trilogy recounting the events of the TV anime.

Synopsis: Following the conquest of Japan, The Empire of Britannia has near domination of the world . It has renamed Japan Area 11 and rules the country with a ruthlessness that doesn’t duck away from killing innocents. One Britannian named Lelouch vows to free the country after getting caught up with terrorists and meeting a young girl who gives him the power of Geass, which makes anyone obey any order…

7 thoughts on “3ft Ball & Souls, After the Rain, My Friend “A”, What a Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife My Life, Last Love Letter, Ani Tomo, Zenigata, The Man From the Sea, Gachi Boshi, Hurry Go Round hide 20th MEMORIAL FILM, The Reverse Diaries, SEVEN/7, Mitsuko to Uchuu kobu, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi Chapter 5 “Rengoku-hen”, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Glorification Japanese Film Trailers    

  1. I’m curious about After The Rain – not just because I enjoyed the anime but Akira was a tall slender girl and Nana Komatsu…well, isn’t. Plus, a lot of the show worked due to the goofy humour of the support cast which I can’t be translated into the live action format without feeling forced and incongruous. :/

    Still keen to see it though! 😛

      1. It was one of the top shows of last season – I saw it on Amazon Prime! There are some corkers in the current season too! It’s actually shaping up to being a good year for anime in Japan. 🙂

      2. I’m going to try and watch more than one show but I’m pushed for time. I’m mid-way through The Golden Kamuy and I’ve dropped Darling in the FRANXX. What are your recommendations?

      3. Golden Kamuy is an interesting one.

        My recs: Hinamatsuri, Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (aka WotaKoi), Megalo Box (for the old school vibe), Steins;Gate 0.

      4. Thanks for the recommendations. I’ll check out everything because the episodes are still airing so a show a day will see me catch up quickly. I should write about them as well, just like I used to.

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