According to Our Butler, The Confidence Man JP: The Movie, Children of the Sea, Iwane: Sword of Serenity, Fafner THE BEYOND, Masui, Saihate Risutorante, Moratorium, Boku to Keanin to obaachan-tachi to., Yukiko-san no Ashioto Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend!

Eyes of the Spider Nijima (Aikawa) the Office Drone

Get hyped!

Time to watch films. I have four Korean titles lined up for this weekend, one of which I watched well over a decade ago (The Host). I tried watching some films earlier in the week but didn’t get far into them before turning them off due to other demands. Anyway, a news story and an interview I did were published over at Anime UK News at the tail end of last week and two reviews I wrote for V-Cinema were also published – Minidoka and Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066. I also posted a review of the short film Slowly here and then an interview I did with the director and producer of that film, Momoko Fukuda and Jumpei Inoue.

What is released this weekend?

According to Our Butler    According to Our Butler Film Poster

うちの執事が言うことには Uchi no Shitsuji ga Iu Koto niwa

Running Time: 103 mins.

Release Date: May 17th, 2019

Director:  Shinji Kuma

Writer: Takeshi Aoshima (Screenplay), Shiina Takasato (Original Novel)

Starring: Ren Nagase, Sho Kiyohara, Yuta Jinguji, Mio Yuki, Fuju Kamio, Toshihiro Yashiba, Jun Murakami, Hideko Hara, Mitsuru Fukikoshi,

Website IMDB


Synopsis: Kaei Karasuma (Ren Nagase) is the scion of a great family and subject to a deadly plot, but with the help of his butler Soma Kisaragi (Sho Kiyohara), he and his family will be protected from the conspiracy.

The Confidence Man JP: The Movie  The Confidence Man JP The Movie Film Poster

コンフィデンスマンJP Konfidensu Man JP the movie

Running Time: 116 mins.

Release Date: May 17th, 2019

Director:  Ryo Tanaka

Writer: Ryota Kosawa (Screenplay),

Starring: Masami Nagasawa, Masahiro Higashide, Fumiyo Kohinata, Yuko Takeuchi, Haruma Miura, Lisa Oda, Yosuke Eguchi, Atsuko Maeda,

Website IMDB


Synopsis: Dako (Masami Nagasawa), Boku-chan (Masahiro Higashide) and Richard (Fumiyo Kohinata) are professional con artists who have travelled to Hong Kong to attempt to steal a diamond from Ran Riu (Yuko Takeuchi), a member of the Hong Kong triad. They have a rival in a handsome conman Jessie (Haruma Miura) who tries to get in on the action.

Iwane: Sword of Serenity    Iwane Sword of Serenity Film Poster

居眠り磐音 Inemuri Iwane

Running Time: 121 mins.

Release Date: May 17th, 2019

Director:  Katsuhide Motoki

Writer: Yuki Fujimoto (Screenplay), Yasuhide Saeki (Original Novel)

Starring: Tori Matsuzaka, Fumino Kimura, Kyoko Yoshine, Tasuku Emoto, Pierre Taki, Akira Emoto, Naomi Zaizen,

Website IMDB


Synopsis: Iwane Sakazaki (Tori Matsuzaka), Kinpei Kobayashi (Tasuku Emoto) and Shinnosuke Kawade (Yosuke Sugino) are childhood friends who have risen to the rank of samurai together. Their bond is strengthened by the fact that Kinpei’s younger sister Mai is married to Shinnosuke and Iwane will marry Nao (Kyoko Yoshine). Their bond is shattered when Shinnosuke kills Mai after hearing allegations of an affair and then Kinpei takes revenge. The final act is to be Iwane Sakazaki executing his friend…

Fafner THE BEYOND    Fafner THE BEYOND Film Poster

蒼穹のファフナー THE BEYOND Soukyuu no Fafner THE BEYOND

Release Date: May 17th, 2019

Running Time: 85 mins.

Director: Takashi Noto

Writer: Tow Ubukata (Screenplay),

Starring: Satsumi Matsuda (Kaguya Minashiro), Souma Saitou (Maris Excelsior), Risae Matsuda (Sakuya Minashiro),

Animation Production: XEBECzwei

ANN MAL Website

Synopsis: “Fafner” are humanoid mobile weapons “Fafner” and their pilots are teens who battle creatures called “Festum” It’s a long-running franchise and a new series is starting so the first three episodes of the 12 episode series will be screened. 

Masui  Masui Film Poster

魔睡 Masui

Running Time: 121 mins.

Release Date: May 17th, 2019

Director:  Kazuto Kuramoto

Writer: Tomomi Ikeda (Screenplay), Mori Ogai (Original Story)

Starring: Kazuko Iwamoto, Yuki Nakamura, Masami Suga, Yohei Nozaki, Natsuko Kimura, Mizuho Yoshida,


Synopsis: This one reminds me of the film Cure considering its story is based on a novella written by the writer, Mori Ogai, on the theme of crime using hypnosis, this is a story of a university professor whose wife, Yuriko, is being hypnotised by a student at the university. His evidence is how his wife is becoming increasingly vague during the day and suffers strange dreams at night…

Saihate Risutorante    Saihate Risutorante Film Poster

最果てリストランテ Saihate Risutorante

Running Time: 91 mins.

Release Date: May 18th, 2019

Director:  Keita Matsuda

Writer: Keita Matsuda (Screenplay),

Starring: Ryota Murai, Jun Q, Hazuki Mamiya, Takayuki Suzuki, Anna Konno, Yuuki Izawa, Mei Sakai,



Synopsis: Ryota Misaki (Ryouta Murai) and Han Ji-Seok (Jun Q) run a mysterious restaurant that people normally visit only once in their lives when they are about to eat their last meal. This is based on a TV series of the same name.

Boku to Keanin to obaachan-tachi to.    Boku to Keanin to obaachan-tachi to Film Poster

僕とケアニンとおばあちゃんたちと。 Boku to Keanin to obaachan-tachi to.

Running Time: 70 mins.

Release Date: May 18th, 2019

Director:  Kosuke Sasaki

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A



Synopsis: A documentary at a nursing facility in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture depicting the care workers and the residents they help try to live happy lives.

Moratorium    Moratorium Film Poster

モラトリアム Moratoriaumu

Running Time: 85 mins.

Release Date: May 18th, 2019

Director:  Shinichiro Sawa,

Writer: Shinichiro Sawa (Screenplay)

Starring: Makoto Shinada, Aki Nakagawa, Minae Omi, Chie Oiishi, Shino Uemura,



Synopsis: A university student who struggles to interact with people finds inspiration in a clown who performs in a park. Seeing an audience laugh at the figure makes the student return time and again to see the performance but one day the clown is gone. Instead, the student meets a man who asks if she would like to be a clown. In order to better communicate with others, she decides to give it a go…

The Landlady    Yukikosan no Ashioto Film Poster

雪子さんの足音 Yukiko-san no Ashioto

Running Time: 112 mins.

Release Date: May 18th, 2019

Director:  Sachi Hamano,

Writer: Houki Yamazaki (Screenplay) Kumi Kimura (Original Story)

Starring: Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Nahana, Hisako Ookata, Manzo Nomura, Kenta Kiguchi, Masaaki Takarai,



Synopsis: A story of a group of people who are drawn to a western-style house where there is a place for them to gather. It is run under the auspices of a woman named Yukiko.

Children of the Sea   

海獣の子供  Kaijuu no Kodomo

Duration: 111 mins.

Release Date: May 19th, 2019

Director: Ayumu Watanabe

Writer: Daisuke Igarashi (Screenplay/Original Creator),

Starring: Mana Ashida (Ruka Azumi), Hiiro Ishibashi (Umi), Seishuu Uragami (Sora), Goro Inagaki (Masaaki Azumi), Yuu Aoi (Kanako Azumi), Win Morisaki (Anglade),

Music: Joe Hisaishi

Animation Production: Studio 4°C

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: Ruka is a young girl whose parents are separated and whose father works in an aquarium. When two boys, Umi and Sora, who were raised in the sea by dugongs, are brought to the aquarium, Ruka feels drawn to them and begins to realize that she has the same sort of supernatural connection to the ocean that they do. Umi and Sora’s special power seems to be connected to strange events that have been occurring more and more frequently, such as the appearance of sea creatures far from their home territory and the disappearance of aquarium animals around the world. However, the exact nature of the boys’ power and of the abnormal events is unknown, and Ruka gets drawn into investigating the mystery that surrounds her new friends.

4 thoughts on “According to Our Butler, The Confidence Man JP: The Movie, Children of the Sea, Iwane: Sword of Serenity, Fafner THE BEYOND, Masui, Saihate Risutorante, Moratorium, Boku to Keanin to obaachan-tachi to., Yukiko-san no Ashioto Japanese Film Trailers

  1. humbledaisy1

    I’m not sure if I will ever understand people’s interest in clowns. The plot of Moratorium seems two steps away from a horror film rather than a life affirming drama. Thanks for all the updates –

    1. Thanks for the comments. I really appreciate them!

      As for Moratorium, it’s probably totally innocent and staid but you never know…

      On a related note, whenever I think of clowns, I think of this song:

      It has to be in the new Joker movie!

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