Aiuta: My Promise To Nakuhito, School-Live!, Restaurant in the Sky, 12 Suicidal Teens, Day and Night, The Nikaido’s Fall, Imagination Alone is Beautiful GO TO THE FUTURE, Parallel World Theater, Kamen Rider Build NEW WORLD: Kamen Rider Cross-Z, Le Chocolat de H, Kakitai, ga tomaranai, Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo, Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System – Case. 1 Crime and Punishment Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, people!

Wild Zero Guns Out

I hope you are all well!

The weather has gotten cold and I have been staying in a bit more and watching films. I’ve continued my exercise routines and trying to get my English language studies back in flow. Really, this is business as usual.

This week I posted a review for Pink and Gray (2016) and a preview for the Japanese films playing at this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam.

What is released this week?

Aiuta: My Promise To Nakuhito    aiuta my promise to nakuhito film poster

愛唄 約束のナクヒト Aiuta Yakusoku no Nakuhito

Running Time: 126 mins.

Release Date: January 25th, 2019

Director:  Yasuhiro Kawamura

Writer: Masashi Shimizu, GReeeeN (Screenplay),

Starring: Ryusei Yokohama, Kaya Kiyohara, Hiroki Iijima, Riko Narumi, Naomi Zaizen, Miho Nakayama, Eita Okuno, Yuri Nakamura, Yasuko Tomita,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Toru (Ryusei Yokohama) has grown up without ever having the courage to love someone. One day, two fateful things happen: he meets his old friend Tatsuya (Hiroki Iijima) and finds a poem which inspires him. Toru now gains the courage to face love just in time to meet a girl named Nagi (Kaya Kiyohara) but it turns out she has a secret…

School-Live!    school-live film poster

がっこうぐらし! Gakkou Gurashi!

Running Time: 101 mins.

Release Date: January 25th, 2019

Director: Issei Shibata

Writer: Issei Shibata (Screenplay), Norimitsu Kaiho, Sadoru Chiba (Manga)

Starring: Nanami Abe, Midori Nagatsuki, Wakana Majima, Rio Kiyohara, Nonoka Ono, Daichi Kaneko,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Kurumi Ebisuzawa (Nanami Abe), Yuki Takeya (Midori Nagatsuki), Yuri Wakasa (Wakana Majima) and Miki Naoki (Rio Kiyohara) are high school girls in a place where the student body is mostly rotten. It turns out they are surrounded by zombies!

Restaurant in the Sky    restaurant in the sky film poster

そらのレストラン Sora no resutoran

Running Time: 126 mins.

Release Date: January 25th, 2019

Director:  Yoshihiro Fukgawa

Writer: Atsumi Tsuchi (Screenplay),

Starring: Yo Oizumi, Manami Honjou, Masaki Okada, Makita Sports, Jun Fubuki, Fumio Kohinata, Hidekazu Mashima, Huwie Ishizaki,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Yo Oizumi has made another film in his native Hokkaido. This one sees him play a farmer named Wataru who lives with his wife Kotoe (Manami Honjou) and daughter Shiori on a cattle ranch he inherited from his father. The place also contains a cheese workshop and Wataru works hard and has fun with family and friends on the property. They try their hand at opening a restaurant on site to promote local ingredients but just as it is about to happen a friend falls ill…

12 Suicidal Teens     12 suicidal teens film poster

十二人の死にたい子どもたち Jyuuni Nin no Shinitai Kodomotachi

Running Time: 118 mins.

Release Date: January 25th, 2019

Director:  Yukihiko Tsutsumi

Writer: Yutaka Kuramochi (Screenplay), Tow Ubukata (Novel)

Starring: Mahiro Takasugi, Yuto Fuchino, Kotone Furukawa, Kanna Hashimoto, Mackenyu Arata, Yuina Kuroshima, Hana Sugisaki, Riku Hagiwara, Takumi Kitamura, Ryota Bando, Ai Yoshikawa, Aisa Takeuchi,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Tow Ubukata will be familiar to anime fans because he wrote Le Chevalier D’Eon and entries in the Ghost in the Shell franchise. He also almost destroyed Psycho-Pass with a trash storyline but we won’t mention that and will pretend the second season never happened. Anyway, his story sees 12 teens gather at an abandoned hospital in order to commit suicide but when they find the body of a dead boy they attempt to find the killer. As they search we learn more about their backgrounds…

Day and Night        day and night film poster  

デイアンドナイト Dei ando Naito

Running Time: 134 mins.

Release Date: January 26th, 2019

Director:  Michihito Fujii

Writer: Shinnosuke Abe, Kazuhisa Kodera, Michihito Fujii, Takayuki Yamada (Screenplay),

Starring: Shinnosuke Abe, Masanobu Ando, Kaya Kiyohara, Tetsushi Tanaka, Manami Konishi, Aimi Satsukawa, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Shigeru Muroi,

Website IMDB

Super-handsome and cool Takayuki Yamada has produced this crime drama starring super-handsome Shinnosuke Abe, the hapless teacher in Ordinary Everyday (2017)

Synopsis: Koji Akashi’s (Shinnosuke Abe) family is falling apart after his father committed suicide due to his involvement as a whistleblower in a corporate scandal. This is connected to an orphanage under threat and one of the workers, Kitamura (Masanobu Ando), approaches Koji Akashi asking him to protect the children. The two men go to extreme lengths…

The Nikaido’s Fall    the nikaido_s fall film poster

二階堂家物語 Nikaido Ie Monogatari

Running Time: 106 mins.

Release Date: January 25th, 2019

Director:  Ida Panahandeh

Writer: Ida Panahandeh, Arsalan Amiri (Screenplay),

Starring: Masaya Kato, Shizuka Ishibashi, Keita Machida, Yoji Tanaka, Kazuko Shirakawa, Hana Hizuki, Kayo Ise,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Tatsuya Nikaido (Masaya Kato) is a middle-aged divorcee who runs an agricultural company and lives in a suburb with his daughter Yuko (Shizuka Ishibashi) and mother. Crisis hits the clan when his son dies and he and Yuko are pressured to save his family name and ancestral line. What this entails is only a male in the family can continue things. Tatsuya can either remarry and try and have a son or Yuko can marry a man who takes her family’s surname as a mukoyoshi (adopted son-in-law) of her father. But they both in love with someone who won’t provide such a solution and so tensions rise.

Imagination Alone is Beautiful GO TO THE FUTURE    imagination alone is beautiful go to the future film poster

想像だけで素晴らしいんだ GO TO THE FUTURE Souzou dakede subarashīnda GO TO THE FUTURE

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: January 26th, 2019

Director:  Abera Hidenobu

Writer: Abera Hidenobu (Screenplay),

Starring: Keiichi Yamamoto, Kantoku Ayaman, Makoto Endo, Fumiya Kimura, Kokoro Tobata, Rei Sugai,

Website

Synopsis: A movie released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Osaka-based band “PAN” which looks at the wonders of music through Tanabata. Three high school kids wrote wishes on one particular Tanabata, hoping for a bright future, but 20 years later, on the verge of hitting 40 years of age, the dreams have yet to come true. Do they give up? No!

Parallel World Theater    parallel world theater film poster

パラレルワールド・シアター Parareru Wu-rudo Shiata-

Running Time: 121 mins.

Release Date: January 26th, 2019

Director:  Shinya Tsutsumi

Writer: Shinya Tsutsumi (Screenplay),

Starring: Akira Tsuda, Kumi, Masataka Fujino, Toshiki Hirose, Risa Honma,

Website

Synopsis: A small theatre company known as “Quantum Physics” are preparing for their biggest performance in three years for a big anniversary and they are going to do a sci-fi play that portrays the sad destiny of the time travellers coming and going through the parallel world but conflict arises within the company itself as people’s lives and ideas complicate things.

Kamen Rider Build NEW WORLD: Kamen Rider Cross-Z   kamen rider build new world kamen rider cross-z film poster

ビルド NEW WORLD 仮面ライダークローズ Birudo NEW WORLD Kamen Raida- Kuro-zu

Running Time: 60 mins.

Release Date: January 25th, 2019

Director:  Kyohei Yamaguchi

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

Starring: Eiji Akaso, Atsuhiro Inukai, Kaho Takeda, Yukari Taki, Kensei Mikami, Yuki Ochi, Tetsuo Kanao,

Website Kamen Rider Fandom

Synopsis: A new world has been created and people live in peace after having lost their memories. However, one day, Ryuga Banjo/Kamen Rider Cross-Z meets a woman named Yui (Mariya Nagao) and she still has memories of the old world for some reason. This is the moment that the evil Kilbus attacks and people start to regain memories and fight again…

Le Chocolat de H      le chocolat de h film poster

Running Time: 80 mins.

Release Date: January 25th, 2019

Director:  Takashi Watanabe

Writer: N/A

Starring: Hironobu Tsujiguchi

Website

Synopsis: Hironobu Tsujiguchi is a famous chocolatier and he is the subject of this documentary. We watch him searching for materials in Ecuador to complete new works as well as participating in the world’s largest chocolate festival in Paris “Salon du Chocolat” where he received the highest rating “Gold Tablet” at the CCC (Club des Croqueurs de Chocolat) exhibition for the fifth consecutive year. The film was shot using the latest recording technology such as drones and ultra high speed cameras.

Kakitai, ga tomaranai    kakitai, ga tomaranai film poster

描きたい、が止まらない Kakitai, ga tomaranai

Running Time: 90 mins.

Release Date: January 26th, 2019

Director:  Takeshi Kondo

Writer: N/A

Starring: Noritsu Kokubo

Website

Synopsis: Noritsu Kokubo is a painter with Autism who started creating art at the age of three. He creates works using ballpoint pens and coloured pencils alone. He is world-famous and has drawn more than 300 works so far. For the last seven years, he has worked on the creation of ultra-precision paintings that are 1.6 meters wide by 10 meters long and it all depicts a town that combines influences he saw on the internet and television with his imagination. We see him at work and at home as he tries to get a driver’s license and lives his own life.

Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo    ashita sekai ga owaru toshitemo film poster

あした世界が終わるとしても 「Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo

Release Date: January 25th, 2019

Running Time: 108 mins.

Director: Yuhei Sakuragi

Writer: Yuhei Sakuragi (Screenplay),

Starring: Yuuki Kaji (Shin Hazama), Maaya Uchida (Kotori Izumi), Yoshiki Nakajima (Other Shin), Sayaka Senbongi (Kotoko Izumi), Aoi Yuki (Miko), Nana Mizuki (Yuri), Inori Minase (Riko)

Animation Production: Craftar

ANN MAL Website

Synopsis: Shin and Kotori have been friends since childhood but ever since Shin lost his mother he has developed a tendency to close himself off from others. These two high-schoolers find themselves confronted with other versions of themselves when two teens from another Japan appear in front of them.

Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System – Case. 1 Crime and Punishment   psycho-pass sinners of the system – case 1 crime and punishment film poster

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス Sinners of the System Case.1「罪と罰」 「PSYCHO-PASS Saikopasu Sinners of the System Case.1 Tsumi to Batsu

Release Date: January 25th, 2019

Running Time: 59 mins.

Director: Naoyoshi Shiotani

Writer: Ryo Yoshigami (Screenplay), Gen Urobuchi (Original Concept)

Starring: Ayane Sakura (Mika Shimotsuki), Hiroki Touchi (Teppei Sugo), Kana Hanazawa (Akane Tsunemori), Kenji Nojima (Nobuchika Ginoza), Tomokazu Seki (Shinya Kogami),

Animation Production: Production I.G

ANN MAL Website

New Psycho-Pass! What’s this? Tow Ubukata isn’t involved in this one? Good!

Synopsis: The Public Safety Bureau Building is rammed into by a car driven by Izumi Yasaka. This act of violence triggers all sorts of alerts especially because she is a psychological counsellor at the Sanctuary, a Latent Criminal Isolation Facility in Aomori Prefecture. However, right before her interrogation, orders are given to Enforcer Mika Shimotsuki and Inspector Nobuchika Ginoza to take Yasaka back to Aomori but what they discover there is a False Paradise.

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5 thoughts on “Aiuta: My Promise To Nakuhito, School-Live!, Restaurant in the Sky, 12 Suicidal Teens, Day and Night, The Nikaido’s Fall, Imagination Alone is Beautiful GO TO THE FUTURE, Parallel World Theater, Kamen Rider Build NEW WORLD: Kamen Rider Cross-Z, Le Chocolat de H, Kakitai, ga tomaranai, Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Toshitemo, Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System – Case. 1 Crime and Punishment Japanese Film Trailers

  1. Can’t believe they made a live action version of “School Live!”. Part of it’s appeal was its anime only silliness and tropes that traditionally don’t translate that the live action format (at least not successfully anyway) which they seem to have abandoned, so what’s the point?

    1. I haven’t watched the anime but this screams quick cash-in. The school setting, uniforms, and zombie movie make-up/prosthetics are easy to get. All they need is a collection of actors, some cameras and the whole thing is a go.

      Titles like this show the quality of One Cut and I Am a Hero!

      1. The point is they seem to removed everything that made the anime what it was, presumably because they can’t replicate those things in a live action scenario, so the question remains, why bother?

        A poor cash in like you say… 😦

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