We Are Little Zombies, To the Ends of the Earth, Don’t Cry, Mr. Ogre, For Whom the Alchemist Exists, Shiba Park, Junichi, Love Drives You Crazy, Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Kingdom Movie, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm, Handling Method for Grumpy Woman, Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie, Girlz und Panzer das Finale Part 2, Aitachi no Gakko, Toureppu “Kaiju no Kodomo” wo sagashite, Dance! Horror Restaurant, Moeyo! Shippai Joshi Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend!


I hope you are all well.

This weekend’s trailer post is an epic one as lots of titles are released on Friday and Saturday. My week in blog posts started with a review of the Korean film The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil (2019) and then a review of Whole (2019) which I wrote back in March and then a preview of the films that have been programmed for Japan Cuts 2019 – a great selection!

What is released this weekend?

To the Ends of the Earth      To the Ends of the Earth Film Poster

旅のおわり世界のはじまり  Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari

Release Date: June 14th, 2019

Duration: 120 mins.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Writer: Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Screenplay),

Starring: Atsuko Maeda, Ryo Kase, Shota Sometani, Tokio Emoto, Adiz Rajabov,

Website     IMDB

Kiyoshi Kurosawa teams up with a great cast to make a movie which is a co-production between Japan and Uzbekistan to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Two of the leading actors have worked in his films, Atsuko Maeda being the lead in Seventh Code and Shota Sometani having a supporting role in Real.

Synopsis: Yoko (Atsuko Maeda) is a reporter for a TV variety program and her assignment is to find a mythical fish in a huge lake in Uzbekistan, a country that once flourished as the centre of the Silk Road. Things don’t quite go according to plan for Yoko and her crew and, one day, drawn by a mysterious voice, she departs from their company and loses herself in the wonders of the country…

We Are Little Zombies   We Are Little Zombies Film Poster

ウィーアーリトルゾンビーズWi a Ritoru Zonbizu

Release Date: June 14th, 2019

Duration: 120 mins.

Director:  Makoto Nagahisa

Writer: Makoto Nagahisa (Screenplay),

Starring: Keita Ninomiya, Satoshi Mizuno, Mondo Okumura, Sena Nakajima, Masaaki Akahori, Eriko Hatsune, Sosuke Ikematsu, Rinko Kikuchi, Yuki Kudo, Seiko Ito, Akito Inui, Nobue Iketani, Chai,

Website IMDB

This has won awards and plaudits at Sundance and it was at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year. It has an otaku aesthetic with 8-bit computer games being a big influence. Some really great actors are in this one and it has a lot of buzz from people who have seen it.

Synopsis: When their parents are die, four 13-year-olds, Hikari, Ishi, Yuki and Ikuko, find they cannot cry. What do you do in such a situation? Well they make a rock band to search for their emotions. While doing that, they meet the far-our residents of a junk yard and hit the big time!


Don’t Cry, Mr. Ogre  Don’t Cry Mr. Ogre Film Poster

泣くな赤鬼  Nakuna Akaoni

Release Date: June 14th, 2019

Duration: 111 mins.

Director: Atsushi Kaneshige

Writer: Atsushi Kaneshige (Screenplay), Kiyoshi Shigematsu (Original Short Story)

Starring: Shinichi Tsutsumi, Yuya Yagira, Rina Kawaei, Ryo Sato, Yumi Asou, Ryo Ryusei,

Website IMDB

Atsushi Kaneshige has worked as first assistant director on Hush! (2001), Detroit Metal City (2002), and Kore-eda’s films Like Father, Like Son (2013), Our Little Sister (2015), and After the Storm (2016). He has two great actors in the lead roles, Shinichi Tsutsumi (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?) and Yuya Yagira (Nobody Knows, Destruction Babies).

Synopsis: When Takashi Obuchi (Shinichi Tsutsumi) was a high school baseball coach he had a fierce reputation for being tough and passionate with his students. This, coupled with his tanned face, earned him the nickname “Red Demon Teacher”. That was a while back. Now Takashi is middle-aged and a little more mellow. He isn’t the only one to change. Tomoyuki Saito (Yuya Yagira) was a talented member of the baseball team before he dropped out of school but now he is a responsible adult married to a woman named Yukino (Rina Kawaei) and he has a baby. However he only has only 6 months left to live due to having terminal cancer. Takashi regrets that he was so strict with his students and plans something for Tomoyuki.

For Whom the Alchemist Exists  For Whom the Alchemist Exists Film Poster

劇場版 誰ガ為のアルケミスト  Gekijouban Ta ga Tame no Arukemisuto

Release Date: June 14th, 2019

Duration: 118 mins.

Chief Director: Shoji Kawamori, Director: Masanori Takahashi

Writer: Toshizo Nemoto (Screenplay),

Starring: Inori Minase (Kasumi Nagasaka), Ryota Ohsaka (Edgar L. Leonhart),

Production Studio: Satelight

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: Shoji Kawamori is a director famous for mecha anime. He worked on the opening video for the smartphone game this movie is based on. The story takes place on the continent of Babel, where the Tower of Babel looms large over seven nations. The invention of alchemy led to a war that brought humanity to the brink of extinction. An uneasy peace was called and alchemy was banned from use for hundreds of years since until another war broke out in Continental Year 911. The nation of Lustrice assembled an army bolstered by alchemy but the others rallied together to beat them. However, the alchemy is still in use and chaos is brewing…

Shiba Park    Shiba Park Film Poster

柴公園  Shiba Koen

Release Date: June 14th, 2019

Duration: 99 mins.

Director: Shinya Ayabe

Writer: Yuji Nagamori (Screenplay),

Starring: Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Shima Ohnishi, Masaru Mizuno, Yuki Sakurai, Jiro Sato, Wakana Matsumoto

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Three middle-aged men with Shiba dogs meet up in a park everyday and have casual conversations about whatever is on their minds.

Junichi    Junichi Film Poster

潤一  Junichi

Release Date: June 14th, 2019

Duration: N/A

Director: Eiji Kitahara, Nanako Hirose,

Writer: Mami Sunada (Screenplay), Areno Inoue (Original Creator)

Starring: Jun Shison, Mina Fujii, Kaho, Noriko Eguchi, Aju Makita, Marika Itou, Mieko Harada,


Hirokazu (After the Storm) Kore-Eda and Miwa (Wild Berries, Dreams for Sale) Nishikawa’s  BUNBUKU production company are engaged in a variety of projects which are coming to light. Director Nanako Hirose is at Japan Cuts next month with the film His Lost Name and she is credited as one of the directors of this drama.

Synopsis: Junichi Ito (Jun Shison) is a young man who wanders around Japan with seemingly no home. He does possess the ability to fascinate women (probably because he’s super handsome) and in this drama changes the lives of six different ladies who are all unsatisfied with their lives.

Love Drives You Crazy    Mimi o kusara seru hodo no ai Film Poster

耳を腐らせるほどの愛  Mimi wo kusara seru hodo no ai

Release Date: June 14th, 2019

Duration: 90 mins.

Director: N/A

Writer: N/A

Starring: Yusuke Inoue, Aoi Morikawa, Norito Yashima, Mario Kuroba, Kasumi Yamaya, Yuu Nobue, Mijika Nagai,


Akira Ishida and Yusuke Inoue are a hugely popular comedy duo who have made a murder-mystery combined with love and comedy.

Synopsis: Suzukichi Suzuki was super-popular before he was super-murdered by someone amongst a group of people he led to a hotel on an island. An investigation unfolds with Suzuki, a talking corpse narrating things, at the centre of a love quadrangle because he was involved with many women in the group. Drama ensues and gets blown at of proportion as strangers show up.

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Kingdom Movie  Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Kingdom Movie Film Poster

劇場版 うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ マジ LOVE キングダム  Gekijouban Uta no Purinsu sama Maji LOVE Kingudamu

Release Date: June 14th, 2019

Duration: 84 mins.

Chief Director: Takeshi Furuta, Director: Tomoka Nagaoka

Writer: Noriyasu Agematsu, Broccoli (Original Creator)

Starring: Hiro Shimono (Sho Kurusu), Junichi Suwabe (Ren Jinguji), Kenichi Suzumura (Masato Hijirikawa), Kousuke Toriumi (Cecil Aijima), Tsubasa Yonaga (Nagi Mikado),

Production Studio: A-1 Pictures

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: The otome game “Uta no Prince Sama ♪” debuted on the PSP in 2010 before getting an anime adaptation. This is the first movie adaptation. The story takes place in a school for unique people who aim to be an idol. Lessons are focused on making the best musical performance so expect lots of singing and dancing and high-quality stage production.

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm  Fate kaleid liner Prisma Illya Prisma Phantasm Film Poster

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya プリズマ☆ファンタズム  Gekijouban Ta ga Tame no Arukemisuto

Release Date: June 14th, 2019

Duration: 63 mins.

Director: Shin Oonuma

Writer: Hazuki Minase, Kenji Inoue (Series Composition), Hiroshi Hiroyama, Type-Moon (Original Creator)

Starring: Kaori Nazuka (Miyu Edelfelt), Mai Kadowaki (Ilyasviel von Einzbern), Chiwa Saito (Chole von Einzburn)

Production Studio: SILVER LINK

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: Hiroshi Hiroyama takes the Fate/stay night characters such as Illyasviel von Einzbern and imagines them not as deadly warriors locked in a serious and mysterious life-and-death competition for magical dominance but as magical girls involved in slapstick comedy.

Handling Method for Grumpy Woman  Handling Method for Grumpy Woman Film Poster

女の機嫌の直し方  Onna no Kigen no Naoshi Kata

Release Date: June 15th, 2019

Duration: 107 mins.

Director: Shunsuke Arita

Writer: Naomi Hiruta (Screenplay), Ihoko Kurokawa (Original Essay)

Starring: Akari Hayami, Yuta Hiraoka, Rena Matsui, Daichi Saeki, Erena Mizusawa, Goki Maeda,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Ai Majima (Akari Hayami) studies AI at a university and is collecting data for her graduation thesis which is about finding what makes it difficult for men and women to understand each other and how to overcome it. The theme of her thesis is”way to make women feel better according to differences of the brain between men and women” and for research on her thesis, Ai Majima begins to work part-time at a wedding hall. Alongside Wedding Planner Seiji Aoyanagi (Yuta Hiraoka), she is in charge of a wedding for a couple where all kinds of problems between bride and groom and their family and friends occur!


Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie    Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie Film Poster

青春ブタ野郎はゆめみる少女の夢を見ない  Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai

Release Date: June 15th, 2019

Duration: 89 mins.

Director: Soichi Masui

Writer: Masahiro Yokotani (Script), Hajime Kamoshida (Original Creator)

Starring: Asami Seto (Mai Sakurajima), Kaito Ishikawa (Sakuta Azusagawa), Atsumi Tanezaki (rio Futaba), Inori Minase (Shoko Makinohara), Maaya Uchida (Nodoka Toyohama),

Production Studio: CloverWorks

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: Sakuta Azusagawa is a high school student with “puberty syndrome” who has visions of a bunny girl. The girl is Mai Sakurajima, Sakuta’s upperclassman and also a famous actress who has gone on hiatus from the entertainment industry. Sakuta is the only one who sees Mai as a bunny-girl figure and so he sets out to solve this mystery, and as he spends time with Mai, he learns her secret feelings. Other heroines who have “puberty syndrome” start to appear in front of Sakuta.

Girlz und Panzer das Finale Part 2      Girls und Panzer das Finale Part 2 Film Poster

ガールズ&パンツァー 最終章 第2話 「Ga-ruzu & Pansha- Saishuushou dai 2 go 」

Release Date: June 15th, 2019

Duration: 54 mins.

Director: Tsutomu Mizushima

Writer: Reiko Yoshida (Screenplay),

Starring: Ai Kayano (Saori Takebe), Mai Fuchigami (Miho Nishizumi), Ikumi Nakagami (Yukari Akiyama), Mami Ozaki (Hana Isuzu), Yuka Iguchi (Mako Reizei),

Production Studio: Actas

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: The film will depict the finale of the battle between Ooarai Girls Academy and other schools where girls operate tanks.


Aitachi no GakAitachi no Gakko Film Posterko

アイたちの学校  Aitachi no Gakko

Release Date: June 15th, 2019

Duration: 99 mins.

Director: Yuu Kosan

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: The exchange of people and languages between Korea and Japan has been going on for a long time and it has been a fractious history at times with plenty of conflict and hatred. After the war, Koreans in Japan were able to get education at state-funded Korean schools and universities but in 2010, the Japanese government removed the Korean school from the high school grant system, and local governments also cut off subsidies one after another. The long history of Koreans in Japan is unearthed through unknown historical material and testimonials and shows the battle against 100 years of discrimination.

Turep “Kaiju no Kodomo” wo sagashite    Turep “Kaiju no Kodomo” wo sagashite Film Poster

トゥレップ 「海獣の子供」を探して  Toureppu “Kaiju no Kodomo” wo sagashite

Release Date: June 15th, 2019

Duration: 85 mins.

Director: Nobutaka Yamaoka

Writer: N/A

Starring: Win Morisaki, Daisuke Igarashi, Shinichi Nakazawa, Haruo Saji, Ai Futaki, Yuko Tajima


Synopsis: This is a live-action film produced by STUDIO 4°C, the animation production company that created the anime “Children of the Sea” (released last week and screened at this year’s Annecy). A man disappeared, leaving six videotapes. The tapes titled “The Sea Beast”, “The Sea”, “Life”, “Mythology”, “Dialogue” and “Space” are interviews with experts in different locations about each title. These are interspersed with voice memos of the missing man as he ponders “the possibility of mankind living in the sea”. This question leads the man to Micronesia where there is a seventh tape without a title and what that tape shows… Voice actor Win Morisaki, one of the cast for Children of the Sea, plays the missing man but real scientists and experts are interviewed.

Dance! Horror Restaurant  Dance Horror Restaurant Film Poster

踊る!ホラーレストラン  Odoru! Hora- resutoran

Release Date: June 15th, 2019

Duration: 82 mins.

Director: Seiki Watanabe

Writer: Seiki Watanabe (Screenplay)

Starring: Daijirou Harada, Midori Otsuka, Hina Izumi, Kaoruco, Makoto (Stardust Brothers) Tezuka, Akemi Ishii,


Synopsis: When the owner of restaurant Kagami, a world-renowned gastronomic researcher, he discovers that his once-popular Michelin star rated business is empty… until a strange man appears and shows him what has happened. Which appears to be dancing… Everything is served up with a side-order of dancing… truly a horrifying development for a restaurant experience.

Moeyo! Shippai Joshi  Moeyo! Shippai Joshi Film Poster

燃えよ!失敗女子  Moeyo! Shippai Joshi

Release Date: June 15th, 2019

Duration: 107 mins.

Director: Masaaki Shindo

Writer: Udai Iwasaki (Screenplay)

Starring: Honoka Akimoto, Nao Sakura, Yusuke Ogura, Haruna Sakamoto, Mayumi Sato, Frogman (Narration),


Synopsis: A youth movie based in Aichi and Nagoya with the idol group “TEAM SHACHI”. These four girls have different dreams such as being an actress or a dancer and must contend with troubles in their everyday life as they follow their chosen path.

15 thoughts on “We Are Little Zombies, To the Ends of the Earth, Don’t Cry, Mr. Ogre, For Whom the Alchemist Exists, Shiba Park, Junichi, Love Drives You Crazy, Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Kingdom Movie, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm, Handling Method for Grumpy Woman, Rascal Does Not Dream of Dreaming Girl the Movie, Girlz und Panzer das Finale Part 2, Aitachi no Gakko, Toureppu “Kaiju no Kodomo” wo sagashite, Dance! Horror Restaurant, Moeyo! Shippai Joshi Japanese Film Trailers

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