Snow Flower, Whistleblower, Akai Yuki Red Snow, Korasho no Kaitei Wakuwaku Daibouken!, Gekijouban Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita, Gan ni naru mae ni shitte okukoto, Documentertainment AD-LIVE, Nemuru Mura Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, everyone!

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I hope you are well!

It has been an intense week knocking down proofreading projects, writing reviews, doing PR, and doing my regular day job and practising Japanese but I think I’m on top of everything. The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 has started but I won’t be going to the London leg of it because of a lack of time. That’s a bit of a shame because there are friends I would like to see. I’ve been fortunate to watch films that are fresh from 2018 as well as some from 2016 during this week and hope to continue.

I posted a review for Naomi Kawase’s 2016 drama Hikari and I posted about the films at this year’s Glasgow International Film Festival and the opening film of this year’s Osaka Asian Film Festival.

What is released this weekend in Japan?

Snow Flower    Yuki no Hana Film Poster

雪の華 Yuki no hana

Running Time: 125 mins.

Release Date: February 01st, 2019

Director:  Kojiro Hashimoto

Writer: Yoshikazu Okada (Screenplay),

Starring: Hiroomi Tosaka, Ayami Nakajo, Saki Takaoka, Kenta Hamano, Seiichi Tanabe, Yumena Yanai,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Miyuki Hirai (Ayami Nakajo) has been physically weak since she was a child and things get even more grim when she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Just when things seem to hit rock bottom she is the victim of crime and cannot fight back. The only positive thing she has going for her is the dream of going to Finland to see the Northern Lights. This is when a handsome young glass craftsman named Yusuke Watabiki (Hiroomi Tosaka) appears in front of her…

Whistleblower    Nanatsu no Kaigi Film Poster

七つの会議 Nanatsu no Kaigi

Running Time: 119 mins.

Release Date: February 01st, 2019

Director:  Katsuo Fukuzawa

Writer: Kentaro Ushio (Screenplay), Jun Ikeido (Novel)

Starring: Mansai Nomura, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yo Yoshida, Aki Asakura, Shingo Fujimori, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Tao Tsuchiya,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Tamio Yasumi (Mansai Nomura) works as a subsection chief for a company but he doesn’t work as hard as his colleagues. When Banji Harashima (Mitsuhiro Oikawa) is assigned to work as the new vice manager in the department, a company secret is exposed...

Akai Yuki Red Snow    Akai Yuki Film Poster

赤い雪 Akai Yuki Red Snow

Running Time: 106 mins.

Release Date: February 01st, 2019

Director:  Sayaka Kai

Writer: Sayaka Kai (Screenplay),

Starring: Masatoshi Nagase, Nahana, Arata Iura, Yui Natsukawa, Koichi Sato, Ken Yoshizawa,

Website

Synopsis: A young boy’s brother disappears and his memory of the event leads to a confused investigation. Despite this, the police arrest someone with a pretty bad criminal record so it seems like justice has been done. Not quite. 30 years later, an investigative reporter finds anomalies and the boy, now a man, has his own doubts. The two meet and are brought into contact with the suspect’s daughter and something unexpected happens…

Korasho no Kaitei Wakuwaku Daibouken!   Korasho no Kaitei Wakuwaku Daibouken Film Poster

映画 コラショの海底わくわく大冒険! 「Korasho no Kaitei Wakuwaku Daibouken!

Release Date: February 02nd, 2019

Running Time: 60 mins.

Director: Yoshiaki Okumura

Writer: Mitsutaka Hirota (Screenplay),

Starring: Yoshio Kojima (Note), Akemi Okamura, Ikue Otani, Kenji Hamada, Satomi Moriya, Yuki Masuda,

Animation Production: TMS Entertainment

ANN MAL Website

Synopsis from Anime News Network: The character Korosho, a spirit of a randsell backpack, is from Benesse’s “Shinken Zemi Shogaku Kouza” correspondence course for early elementary schoolers. The film is a collaboration with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and Team Kuroshio, a team of researchers and engineers dedicated to studying the ocean floor.

Gekijouban Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita   Gekijouban Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shomei Shite Mita Film Poster

劇場版 リケ恋 理系が恋に落ちたので証明してみた。 Gekijouban Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita

Running Time: 85 mins.

Release Date: February 01st, 2019

Director:  Sayaka Kai

Writer: Sayaka Kai (Screenplay), Alifred Yamamoto (Manga)

Starring: Nana Asakawa, Shun Nishime, Yuka Yano, Tom Fujita, Karin Ogino,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Ayame Himuro (Nana Asakawa) is a scientist in love with her colleague Shinya Yukimura (Shun Nishime) but before he accepts her emotions, he wants to prove that their love can be scientifically proven, quantified, and expressed factually otherwise he won’t tell Ayame he loves her. Ayame tries experiments to prove her love.

Gan ni naru mae ni shitte okukoto    Gan ni naru mae ni shitte okukoto Film Poster

がんになる前に知っておくこと Gan ni naru mae ni shitte okukoto

Running Time: 108 mins.

Release Date: February 02nd, 2019

Director:  Ryu Miyake

Writer: N/A

Starring: Fumihiko Wakao, Noriyuki Katsumata, Eiko Yamauchi, Etsuko Aruga,

Website

Synopsis: A documentary on the theme of “cancer” where 15 health professionals such as a surgeon, a radiation oncologist and others with cancer experiences, all talking about the disease and how best to face it.

Koi no Buta    Koi no Buta Film Poster

恋の豚 Koi no Buta

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: August 25th, 2018

Director: Hideo Jojo

Writer: Hideo Jojo, Ai Suzuki (Screenplay),

Starring: Tomok0 Namiki, Yuri Hana, Umi Mitoma, Fumio Moriya, Kakumaru Yoshida, Sosuke Yamamoto, Keichan,

Website

Synopsis: A big girl named Marie meets a skinny guy and it works out.

Documentertainment AD-LIVE    Documentertainment AD-LIVE Film Poster

ドキュメンターテイメント AD-LIVE Dokyumenta-deimento AD-LIVE

Running Time: 90 mins.

Release Date: February 02nd, 2019

Director:  Kenjiro Tsuda

Writer: Kenjiro Tsuda (Screenplay)

Starring: Kenichi Suzumura, Masaki Terasoma, Kosuke Toriumi, Yuichi Nakamura, Tomokazu Seki,

Website

Synopsis: A documentary based on the popular improvisation play “AD-LIVE (ad lib)” which celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018. Many popular voice actors appear on the stage to perform in front of a massive crowd. Audiences get to see this and the behind-the-scenes meetings and preparation.

 

Nemuru Mura   Nemuru Mura Film Poster

眠る村 Nemuru Mura

Running Time: 96 mins.

Release Date: February 02nd, 2019

Director:  Junichi Saito, Reika Kamata,

Writer: N/A

Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai (Narration)

Website

Synopsis: The mystery of the “Nabari poison grape case” involves a man named Masaru Okunishi who was convicted of killing five women and making twelve others ill with wine poisoned with pesticide. It happened in the rural town of Nabari, Mie Prefecture in 1961. Okunishi was the perpetrator because he was seen delivering the wine and his wife and his lover were two of the women killed. He was sentenced to death. There has been a lot of dispute over whether he was the real perpetrator because his confession was taken after he was tortured and evidence was shaky. His sister fought for his release but despite beating being on death row, he died in jail. It has been 57 years since the incident and director Junichi Saito has investigated the case before in drama form with Tatsuya Nakadai portraying Okunishi in prison in the film The Lifetime of Poison Wine in Nabari Incident. This is his latest investigation.

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7 thoughts on “Snow Flower, Whistleblower, Akai Yuki Red Snow, Korasho no Kaitei Wakuwaku Daibouken!, Gekijouban Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita, Gan ni naru mae ni shitte okukoto, Documentertainment AD-LIVE, Nemuru Mura Japanese Film Trailers

  1. RE: “Gekijouban Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita”

    Speaking as a scientist of sorts, I think that I would be able to objectively prove my love for her … although I would not need as much matrix algebra.

    1. If she confessed her love for me, we would be having picnics in parks, not trying to prove scientific formulas. Wait, no! We would be in the cinema enjoying films together and then talking about them in coffee shops afterwards!

  2. RE: “A big girl named Marie meets a skinny guy and it works out.”

    It is hard to tell or follow from the clip, but she invented a new diet?
    Whenever she wants to eat cupcakes she controls it by sniffing laundry?

    (Denny in country accent) Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a big country gal. You know what they say ,Big girls [censored] . Oh yeah.

    1. It just shows that love comes in all shapes and sizes and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It was released last year by a pink film label along with about 20 other titles, most of which had the cool actor Yota Kawase in them.

  3. Apparently an anime of “Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita” will be appearing in June this year. I’m sure it’ll be a hoot if that lie-action trailer is any indicator! 😉

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