Sensei Kunshu, Ao-Natsu Kimi ni Koi Shita 30-nichi, My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: The Two Heroes, Doushiyoumonai Koi no Uta, The Exorcist Nurse, Poem of Seasons Woven Together / Flavors of Youth, K SEVEN STORIES Episode2 「SIDE: BLUE Tenrou no Gotoku」, Kamen Rider Build: Be The One, Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs. Keisatsu Sentai Patranger en Film, Zenra Resistance, Garandou, Fureto tsumori de, Tokyo Noir, Crazy Road of Love Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, people!

I hope you are all well.

I’ve started doing regular PR work for a festival which is on the horizon and I’m making my way through as many films as I can and I also re-watched some Ghibli films which are getting aired on television in the UK. That written, I’ve been in work every day this week (it’s a 12 day work week) and hanging out at places and eating Japanese food when I get the chance as I try and take advantage of the nice weather. This week was chicken katsu curry, next week will be a sushi party of sorts.

In terms of posts on this blog, there was one for the Japanese Film Festival Los Angeles which starts in a couple of weeks time and there was one for Donation Theater, a way of donating money to a charity while also getting the chance of watching indie films. It’s all set up to help the people of western Japan recover after the rainfall. I hope you will help out.

What’s released this weekend in Japan?

Sensei Kunshu    Sensei Kunshu Film Poster

センセイ君主 Sensei Kunshu

Running Time: 104 mins.

Release Date: August 01st, 2018

Director: Sho Tsukikawa

Writer: Erika Yoshida (Screenplay), Momoko Koda (Original Manga)

Starring: Ryoma Takeuchi, Minami Hamabe, Taiki Sato, Rina Kawaei, Yuki Saso, Riko Fukumoto, Yuma Yamoto, Yua Shinkawa,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis:High schooler Ayuha Samaru (Minami Hamabe) is a good girl who gives her best in everything but when she runs into financial difficulties while settling the bill at a gyudon restaurant it seems she’s in a bit of a pinch until a handsome young man intervenes and pays for her. It turns out that he is her new home room teacher Yoshitaka Hiromitsu (Ryoma Takeuchi), and Ayuha is convinced that he is her fated loved one.

Ao-Natsu Kimi ni Koi Shita 30-nichi    Ao-Natsu Kimi ni Koi Shita 30-nichi Film Poster

青夏 きみに恋した30日 Ao Natsu Kimi ni Koi Shita 30-nichi

Running Time: 113 mins.

Release Date: August 01st, 2018

Director: Takeshi Furusawa

Writer:  Yukiko Mochiji (Screenplay), Atsuko Nanba (Original Manga)

Starring: Wakana Aoi, Hayato Sano, Aimi Terakawa, Rinka Kumada, Seika Furuhata, Shiori Akita, Takumi Kizu, Atom Mizuishi,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis:A high school girl from Tokyo (Wakana Aoi) spends her summer in the country where she meets a high school boy (Hayato Sano) and the two fall in love.

My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: The Two Heroes   My Hero Academia The Movie Two Heroes Film poster

僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE 2人の英雄(ヒーロー)Boku no Hi-ro- Akademia THE MOVIE 2 Hito no Eiyuu (Hi-ro-)

Release Date: August 02nd, 2018

Running Time: 96 mins.

Director: Kenji Nagasaki

Writer: Yousuke Kuroda (Screenplay), Kohei Horikoshi (Original Creator)

Starring: Izuku Midoriya (Daiki Yamashita), All Might (Kenta Miyake), Ochako Uraraka (Ayane Sakura), Shoto Todoroki (Yuuki Kaji), Wolfram (Rikiya Koyama), David Shield (Katsuhisa Namase), Melissa Shield (Mirai Shida)

Animation Production: Bones

MAL ANN Website

Synopsis: Deku and All Might are getting ready for summer training when they are invited to I-Island, a high-tech artificial moving island where the scientists of the world have their knowledge pooled together for an upcoming exhibition about Quirk. While there, Deku meets a Quirkless girl named Melissa and gets thrown into a hostage situation when the island’s security system is hijacked by villains…

Doushiyoumonai Koi no Uta   Doushiyoumonai Koi no Uta Film Poster

どうしようもない恋の唄 Doushiyoumonai Koi no Uta

Running Time: 96 mins.

Release Date: August 04th, 2018

Director: Kenichiro Nishiumi

Writer: Ichiro Ryu, Hitoshi Ishikawa (Screenplay), Yuu Kusanagi (Original Novel)

Starring: Shinsuke Kato, Rina Fujisaki, Yuki Mamiya, Rion Takahashi, Kokone Sasaki, Hitoshi Ishikawa, Hideo Sakaki,

Website    

Synopsis:Mitsutoshi Yashiro (Shinsuke Kato) has lost everything when his business goes under and his wife leaves him. He heads to a red light district to have sex one last time and he meets Hina (Rina Fujisaki) who alters his course of actions…

The Exorcist Nurse    Kurokan Film Poster

黒看 Kurokan

Running Time: 94 mins.

Release Date: August 04th, 2018

Director: Masafumi Yamada

Writer: Masaki Tsujino, Masafumi Yamada (Screenplay), Aruji Kuroki (Original Short Story)

Starring: Nanami Yamada, Haruka Momokawa, Kaori Saeki, Masumi Hirose, Yu Wakamatsu,

Website

Synopsis:Toshie Asama (Nanami Yamada) is a nurse at a hospital that becomes the focal point of weird phenomena after a patient named Yukiko Norita (Kaori Saeki) is admitted. Yukiko is a newly-wed who develops ulcers when her husband touches her. Could this and all the other things be the result of a curse?

Poem of Seasons Woven Together / Flavors of Youth -International Version-    Shikioriori Poem of Seasons Woven Together Film Poster

詩季織々Shikioriori

Release Date: August 04th, 2018

Running Time: 74 mins.

Chief Director: Haoling Li

Director/Writer: Haoling Li (Shanghai Koi), Jiaoshou Yi Xiaoxing (Hidamari no Choshoku), Yoshitaka Takeuchi (Chiisana Fashion Show)

Starring: Chiisana Fashion Show: Minako Kotobuki (Irin), Haruka Shiraishi (Lulu), Hiroki Yasumoto (Steve), Hidamari no Choshoku: Taito Ban (Shaomin), Mariya Ise (Shaomin), Shanghai Koi: Ikumi Hasegawa (Shiaoyu), Takeo Otsuka (Rimo)

Animation Production: CoMix Wave Films

MAL ANN Website

Synopsis (ANN report paraphrased): This is a collection of three shorts titled Hidamari no Choshoku (Sunny Breakfast), Chiisana Fashion Show (A Small Fashion Show), and Shanghai Koi (Shanghai Love), and they are all set in Chinese cities. As can be ascertained from the titles, they are based on the themes of food, clothing, and shelter. Hidamari no Choshoku is about a young man working in Beijing and his grandmother in his hometown. Chiisana Fashion Show is about sisters living in Guangzhou. Shanghai Koi is set in 1990s Shanghai and is an homage to 5 Centimeters Per Second.

K SEVEN STORIES Episode2 SIDE: BLUE Tenrou no Gotoku」   K SEVEN STORIES Episode2 「SIDE BLUE Tenrou no Gotoku」 Film Poster

K SEVEN STORIES Episode2 SIDE:BLUE 天狼の如く」

Release Date: August 04th, 2018

Running Time: 64 mins.

Director: Shingo Suzuki

Writer: Azano Kouhei (Screenplay), GoRA, GoHands (Original Creator)

Starring: Kenjiro Tsuda (Gouki Zenjou), Tomokazu Sugita (Reishi Munakata), Takahiro Sakurai (Izumo Kusanagi), Yuuki Kaji (Tatara Totsuka), Taku Yashiro (Daichi Yamata), Miyuki Sawashiro (Seri Awashima),

Animation Production: GoHands

Website   ANN MAL K Wiki

Synopsis: The story continues with Munakata teaching sword fighting skills to Gouki Zenjou.

Kamen Rider Build: Be The One   Kamen Rider Build Be The One Film Poster

劇場版 仮面ライダービルド Be The One Gekijouban Kamen Raida- Birudo Be The One

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: August 04th, 2018

Director: Kazuya Kamihoriuchi

Writer:  Shogo Muto (Screenplay), Shotaro Ishinomori (Original Work)

Starring: Atsuhiro Inukai, Eiji Akaso, Kouhei Takeda, Kaho Takada, Yuki Ochi, Yukari Taki, Yuiaki Kiyama,

Website    IMDB Kamen Rider Wiki

Synopsis:The Japanese Civil War has left the people of the country yearning to be reunited and three friends Sento, Hokuto and Touto support each other in that very mission. The country is split into regions with governors, all of whom are part of an evil organisation called “Blood Tribe”, which intends to take over the entire world. Their first plan is to destroy Sento Kiryu/Kamen Rider Build through manipulating Sento’s friends and other civilians against him. Can he overcome this threat?

Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs. Keisatsu Sentai Patranger en Film   Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patranger en Film Film Poster

快盗戦隊ルパンレンジャーVS警察戦隊パトレンジャー en film  Kaito sentai rupanrenja VS keisatsu sentai patorenja en film

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: August 04th, 2018

Director: Teruaki Sugihara

Writer: Junko Komura (Screenplay),

Starring: Asahi Itou, Shogo Hama, Haruka Kudo, Kousei Yuuki, Ryo Yokoyama, Kazusa Okuyama, Seiya Motoki,

Website    IMDB Power Rangers Wikia

Synopsis:An inter-dimensional crime syndicate known as Gangler acquire dangerous weapons after raiding the Lupin Collection, a vast ensemble of dangerous items acquired by the legendary gentleman thief Arsène Lupin over his career. There are two Super Sentai teams out to stop them: one being the Lupinrangers: Kairi Yano, Toma Yoimachi and Umika Hayami who aim to steal back the collection to not only live up their namesake’s reputation but also wish back those they have lost. The other team are the Patrangers: Keiichiro Asaka, Sakuya Hikawa and Tsukasa Myojin who are tasked to uphold justice by retrieving the collection and taking down the members of Gangler. The mysterious Noël Takao who aids them as the fourth member in both teams.

The next couple are short films made by graduates of Tokyo University of the Arts from 2015 – 2017. They worked on each other’s films and the three films are in one of the trailers:

Garandou

がらんどう Garandou

Running Time: 29 mins.

Release Date: August 04th, 2018

Director: Anna Kawahara

Writer: Anna Kawahara (Screenplay),

Starring: Risa Kojima, Tamami Sakakura, Nina Kumagaya, Koichi Sakaguchi,

Synopsis:Anna Kawahara’s film is about a young woman who lost her mother at a young age and resents her father. The young woman connects with her grandmother.

Zenra Resistance

ゼンラレジスタンス Zenra Rejisutansu

Running Time: 15 mins.

Release Date: August 04th, 2018

Director: Tatsuro Nishikawa

Writer: Mizuho Nakano (Screenplay),

Starring: Yoshio Hosokawa, Miki Takemoto, Tetsuro Mihara, Yusuke Oishi, Yuuki Tomoyama, Daisuke Fujisawa, Eijo Takuto,

Synopsis: This one is about a guy who used to go streaking. He has hidden it from his girlfriend but when an old friend contacts him, he cannot contain his passion… or his naked body.

Fureto tsumori de    Fureto tsumori de Film Poster

触れたつもりで Fureto tsumori de

Running Time: 28 mins.

Release Date: August 04th, 2018

Director: Tatsuro Nishikawa

Writer:  Anna Kawahara (Screenplay),

Starring: Erika Oota, Mitsunori Izumi, Yasuyuki Sakurai, Kikka Oishi, Daisuke Matsuki, Nobuyuki Yukawa,

Website

Synopsis: A former criminal goes to an instrument shop where a high school girl works. Their meeting heralds a new relationship that leads to a certain incident…

Tokyo Noir    Tokyo Noir Film Poster

東京ノワール Tokyo Nowa-ru

Running Time: 82 mins.

Release Date: August 04th, 2018

Director: Masa Yamashita

Writer: Masa Yamashita (Screenplay),

Starring: Kotaro Inoue, Hiroshi Ryougoku, Akira Ohtata, Ichiro Kusakabe, Hiroshi Ota, Yusuke Kasai, Marino Baba,

Website    IMDB

Synopsis: Narumi is the leader of a yakuza group but is eager to retire. It has been a year since the death of his friend and he has been looking for a way out but when a gun trafficking job goes wrong and a cop is shot, Narumi is in the cross-hairs of cops and criminals alike.

Crazy Road of Love    Crazy Road of Love Film Poster

恋のクレイジーロード Koi no Kureiji- Ro-do

Running Time: 18 mins.

Release Date: August 04th, 2018

Director: Koji Shiraishi

Writer:  Koji Shiraishi (Screenplay),

Starring: Shohei Uno, Shunsuke Tanaka, Sumire Ashina, Noriyuki Takahashi,

Synopsis: A bus travelling down a quiet country road picks up a woman. At least that’s what it seems like until it turns out to be a man with a shovel who bludgeons one passenger and threatens the driver to make him keep driving. Then he turns his attention to a young man and his girlfriend…

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