Weathering With You, Tokyo Ghoul ‘S’, 5 Million Dollar Life, Walking Meat, Under Your Bed, Moonless Dawn, Nerima Zombie Night, I Don’t Want to Run Anymore, Robinson’s Garden Japanese Film Trailers

Welcome to the weekend.

A Silent Voice Image

I hope you are all well.

I want to start this trailer post by offering my condolences to the people at Kyoto Animation studio for the terrible tragedy they suffered with the arson attack.

It sounds so awful. I’ve used artwork from series made by them on this blog since it started and I work for an animation festival so I’ve come to watch and appreciate their works. One of the best screenings we had was for A Silent Voice where the audience was profoundly moved by the human drama on screen. Near all of us were in tears at the end. I think back on that screening and want to thank the folks at Kyoto Animation for making films and shows that help people connect with their shared humanity and I hope they can recover as best they can.

At the start of the week I posted about a series of special screenings orchestrated by the Tanabe Benkei Film Festival in Shinjuku. I then posted my review for the Nobuhiro Yamashita film Hard-Core, a tragi-comedy about outsiders and then a review for the super-excellent NDJC short film Last Judgement which plays in a free screening at the Japan Cuts festival of Japanese film in New York. I’ve been busy writing reviews for Japan Cuts. Three have been published on VCinema: The Kamagasaki Cauldron War, The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan, and the 2019 NDJC shorts. One of today’s Japan Cuts screenings is for the film Whole which I saw at the Osaka Asian Film Festival.

What is released in Japan this weekend?

Weathering With You    Weathering With You Film Poster

天気の子  Tenki no ko

Release Date: July 19th, 2019

Duration: 116 mins.

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Writer: Makoto Shinkai (Screenplay/Original Creator), Kyoko Nakajima (Novel)

Starring: Nana Mori (Hina Amano), Kotaro Daigo (Hodaka Morishima),

Animation Production: CoMix Wave Films

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: “This is a story about the world’s biggest secret. The secret that only she and I know.” The story centers around a boy and a girl choosing their own way to live through the twist and turns of fate in the world where the climate is losing its balance.

Tokyo Ghoul ‘S’    Tokyo Ghoul ‘S’ Film Poster

東京喰種 トーキョーグール S  Toukyou Kueshu To-kyo- Gu-ru S

Release Date: July 19th, 2019

Duration: 97 mins.

Director: Takuya Kawasaki, Kazuhiko Hiramaki

Writer: Chuji Mikasono (Screenplay), Sui Ishida (Original Manga)

Starring: Masataka Kubota, Maika Yamamoto, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Kai Ogasawara, Mai Kiryu, Nana Mori, Shota Matsuda,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: In a world where ghouls live amongst humans, a university student named Ken Kaneki (Masataka Kubota) finds himself caught between two worlds because he is half-ghoul and half-human. While he looks human, he must eat flesh. He shelters himself at Anteiku Cafe, a place run by friendly ghouls including Toka Kirishima (Maika Yamamoto). One day, a frightening new ghoul named Shu Tsukiyama (Shota Matsuda) appears at Anteiku Cafe. He is called the “Gourmet” and has plans for Kaneki.

Under Your Bed    Under Your Bed Film Poster

アンダー・ユア・ベッド  Anda- Yua Beddo

Release Date: July 19th, 2019

Duration: 98 mins.

Director: Mari Asato

Writer: Tatsuya Ishii (Screenplay), Kei Ohishi (Novel)

Starring: Kengo Kora, Kanako Nishikawa, Kenichi Abe, Ryosuke Miyake, Yugo Mikawa,

Website IMDB

Kengo Kora takes on a daring role that in this film directed by Mari Asato, someone who specialised in horror films like Bilocation prior to this. My favourite Kora roles are in The Drudgery Train and The Story of Yonosuke.

Synopsis: Naoto (Kengo Kora) was ignored by other people growing up. Whether at home or at school, he was ignored. The first person to call his name was a classmate named Chihiro (Kanako Nishikawa) and that sealed her fate as his dream girl. Naoto becomes obsessed with her and spends 11 years searching with nothing but her sweet memory during his school days as a reference until he finds her and discovers she is a different person. Naoto discovers how different by sneaking into her house and staying under her bed and tracking her every move…

Walking Meat    Walking Meat Film Poster

Release Date: July 19th, 2019

Duration: 20 mins.

Director: Shinya Sugai

Writer: Daishiro Tanimura (Screenplay),

Starring: Fukushi Ochiai (Masaru), Kenjiro Tsuda (Hasegawa), Maaya Uchida (Marin), Minami Tsuda (Kaori),

Animation Production: Sublimation

Website ANN MAL

An original CG short animation that was directed by Shinya Sugai and was shown at various festivals.

Synopsis: In an alternate world, humanity solves starvation by farming zombies. In Japan the corporation Flesh Inc. kicked the industry off in the Sixties using voodoo techniques imported from Africa, and has dominated the market by diversifying the zombie products it sells. Things go awry when three young workers  get trapped inside a fully automated zombie farm with their supervisor and a horde of undead break free which forces the kids and their elder to work together…

Moonless Dawn    Moonless Dawn Film Poster

暁闇  Gyouan

Release Date: July 19th, 2019

Duration: 57 mins.

Director: Harika Abe

Writer: Harika Abe (Screenplay),

Starring: Yuuka Nakao, Yuzu Aoki, Haruka Echigo, Kogarashi Wakasugi, Sakiko Kato, Saki Koizumi, Hideyuki Arai,

Website

Synopsis: Three teens experiencing loneliness find themselves connected by music posted online. There is lethargic junior high schooler Kou, whose father is a teacher at the same school. There is Tomoko whose love life is not going smoothly. Then there is Yuuka, who spends time with the strange men in the city when after school. 

5 Million Dollar Life    5 Million Dollar Life Film Poster

五億円のじんせい  Gooku Yen no Jinsei

Release Date: July 20th, 2019

Duration: 112 mins.

Director: Moon Sung-Ho

Writer: Naomi Hiruta (Screenplay),

Starring: Ayumu Mochizuki, Anna Yamada, Ryu Morioka, Satoru Matsuo, Sumire Ashina, Junko Emoto, Naomi Nishida, Taro Suwa,

Website IMDB

This is actually a pretty good film, one I reviewed as part of coverage for the New York Asian Film Festival. Here’s my review.

Synopsis: Mirai Takatsuki (Ayumu Mochizuki) had a life threatening disease as a child but he was saved thanks to public donations totalling five hundred million yen. This made him something of a celebrity and as he has grown up he has struggled to “repay” the life-saving moment given to him by the public. As an alienated high school student he decides to commit suicide and writes down his intentions on SNS which is how he receives a message from a stranger which states “if you want to die, you need to return the five hundred million yen first.” This challenge changes Mirai’s perspective on life.

The next two films are getting screened at Ikebukuro’s Cinema Rosa.

Nerima Zombie Night    Nerima Zombie Night I don't want to run anymore Film Poster

練馬ゾンビナイト  Nerima Zonbi Naito

Release Date: July 20th, 2019

Duration: 52 mins.

Director: Rei Takara

Writer: Rei Takara (Screenplay), 

Starring: Teruki Hirayama, Erika Yasumoto, Koto Kumukawa,

Website

Synopsis: An offbeat youth zombie movie set in Nerima Ward, just north of Ikebukuro in Tokyo. The story centres on three game-loving college students who find themselves caught in the middle of a zombie pandemic when one of their number is out at a convenience store looking for the girl he likes… 

I Don’t Want to Run Anymore    Nerima Zombie Night I don't want to run anymore Film Poster

もう走りたくない  Mou Hashiritakunai

Release Date: July 20th, 2019

Duration: 30 mins.

Director: Ryo Hirai

Writer: Ryo Hirai (Screenplay), 

Starring: Toshi, Yosuke Tanimura, Ayane Mikami, Ayumi Saotomi, Makoto Nishimura,

Website

Synopsis: A youth road movie depicting the journey of two men who cycle from Tokyo to the Sea of Japan, a distance of 260 kilometres. This work was produced as a graduation production of the Nihon University College of the Arts department by Kei Hirai, who shot it on 16 mm film. It is based on his own bicycle trips.

Robinson’s Garden    Robinson's Garden Film Poster

ロビンソンの庭  Robinson no Niwa

Release Date: 1987

Duration: 119 mins.

Director: Masashi Yamamoto

Writer: Masashi Yamamoto, Mikio Yamazaki (Screenplay),

Starring: Kumiko Ohta, Kou Machida, Tuko Ueno, Cheebo, Oto, Kanji Okumura, Sakevi Yokoyama, Ryoji Nomura, Marino Chiku,

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Synopsis: This 1987 film follows an outsider named Kumi (Kumiko Ota) who lives in a dormitory with a bohemian bunch of punk rockers and artists. When she discovers a patch of land and with an abandoned factory surrounded by flourishing flora, she moves there and begins to tend to the place in an effort to create paradise but things don’t end well…

4 thoughts on “Weathering With You, Tokyo Ghoul ‘S’, 5 Million Dollar Life, Walking Meat, Under Your Bed, Moonless Dawn, Nerima Zombie Night, I Don’t Want to Run Anymore, Robinson’s Garden Japanese Film Trailers

    1. Interesting to consider. I’ve been trying to avoid reviews but did check out a few Twitter comments and I have read mixed things about its first half but the second half is supposed to be stellar.

      And, yeah, the cloudscape is beautiful. When I was at Anime Expo with a friend, we both stopped in our tracks to admire the film’s poster which is the girl leaping into cloudscape. Stunning.

  1. The arson attack at KyoAni is tragic and terrible beyond words! My husband and I are looking for where we can make a monetary donation. He was going to buy items on the KyoAni website, but his Japanese isn’t good enough t nagivate the site.

    i have never cried so much in my life as I did while watching A Silent Voice. we got into a bit of an argument afterwords, as I didn’t find it realistic that she would have romantic feelings for him, given their history. I didn’t feel he deserved to be in her life. but then, if he wasn’t, if they weren’t together on that one night. . . i don’t know how to feel about it.

    1. Thanks for the message. That attack was so awful but people are rallying around Kyoto Animation with stores and museums in Japan like Animate collecting donations. The American company Sentai Filmworks have set up this GoFundMe page:

      https://www.gofundme.com/help-kyoani-heal

      Here’s the announcement on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SentaiFilmworks/status/1151726531896643584

      I hope we can help heal at least some of the hurt the folks at KyoAni are feeling right now.

      A Silent Voice was powerful stuff. I see where you are coming from. I was in tears seeing her get humiliated by the bullies despite her best efforts to fit in. He was vile with a capital “v” for being the ringleader. However, his “redemption” was potent stuff – the way the director and animators depicted the guilt he felt and his efforts to atone rang true. At the end, I didn’t picture them being or remaining a romantic couple. They were two teens looking for love and acceptance after suffering trauma. They grabbed onto whatever they could and, after struggling for so long, they could move on past their shared history.

      Thanks for your thoughts.

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