Kakou no Futari, Ossan’s Love: Love or Dead, Ni no kuni, Revival II Ai to biseibutsu, How to Identify the Correct Bus, Narenai Futari, I’m Crazy, I Want to Be a Farmer, The man most feared by the US military (USA), Seisyun Kaleidoscope, Mugen Foundation, Hoshi o sutete, Riben guizi Japanese Devils Confessions of Imperial Army Soldiers from Japan’s War Against China Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, everyone.

Dear Doctor Ino Two

Autumn is approaching!

I’m at the end of a 12-day working week. I watched a looooot of films. Usually one in the morning (horror/thriller) and then one in the evening (yakuza). I also watched Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – thoughts on that next week. I have to pack in doing PR for the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival which launches in October.

This week I posted about two festivals taking place, Horror Hiho, which is dedicated to horror movies, and OP Pictures pink film festival, which is self-explanatory. There are too many films from both to put in the trailer posts so they got their own separate posts. I also did my preview for the Japanese films at the 2019 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival – lots of master film-makers present.

What films are playing this weekend?

Kakou no Futari    Kakou no Futari Film Poster

火口のふたりKakou no Futari

Release Date: August 23rd, 2019

Duration: 115 mins.

Director: Haruhiko Arai

Writer: Haruhiko Arai (Script), Kazufumi Shiraishi (Novel),

Starring: Tasuku Emoto, Kumi Takiuchi,

Website   IMDB

Tasuku Emoto (And Your Bird Can Sing, Dynamite Graffiti) and Kumi Takiuchi (Greatful Dead) take the lead in this drama that looks absolutely steamy and sexy.

Synopsis: When don’t you want to attend an ex-lover’s wedding (seriously, when do you?)? When you are reeling from your own divorce and job loss. Kenji Nagahara (Tasuku Emoto) cannot resist, however, as he is drawn to attend the wedding of his ex-lover Naoko Sato (Kumi Takiuchi) in their home town of Akita. When she proposes they have a final one night stand, of course, their passion lasts longer than that and we see the extent of their obsession with each other…

Ossan’s Love: Love or Dead    Ossan's Love Love or Dead Film Poster

劇場版おっさんずラブ LOVE or DEAD Gekijouban Ossanzu Rabbu Love or Dead

Release Date: August 23rd, 2019

Duration: 117 mins.

Director: Toichiro Ruto

Writer: Koji Tokuo (Script),

Starring: Kei Tanaka, Kotaro Yoshida, Kento Hayashi, Nene Otsuka, Jun Shison, Rio Uchida, Ikki Sawamura, Shuko Ito,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: Soichi Haruta (Kei Tanaka) has returned to the real estate office after his year-long stint in Hong Kong and Shanghai and his co-worker Musashi Kurosawa (Kotaro Yoshida) still has feelings for him. A bunch of new faces show up but so does Ryota Maki (Kento Hayashi) who also has feelings for Soichi Haruta. This straight man is a big hit with the other guys in the office as competition heats up between different teams in the company and Musashi suffers an accident…

Ni no kuni    Ni no kuni Film Poster

二ノ国  Ni no kuni

Release Date: August 23rd, 2019

Duration: 100 mins.

Director: Yoshiyuki Momose

Writer: Akihiro Hino (Screenplay/Original Creator)

Starring: Kento Yamazaki (Yu), Kenjiro Tsuda (Gabaras), Maaya Sakamoto (Saki/Velsa), Koichi Yamadera (Balton), Mamoru Miyano (Yoki), Yuuki Kaji (Danpo),

Animation Production: OLM

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: High school boys Yuu and his friend Haru both have feelings for their mutual friend Kotona but they have bigger things to think about as they hop between this world and another world, Ni no Kuni as they get caught up in a life-threatening adventure.

Revival II Ai to biseibutsu    Sosei II ai to biseibutsu Film Poster

蘇生II 愛と微生物 Sosei II ai to biseibutsu

Release Date: August 23rd, 2019

Duration: 91 mins.

Director: Tetsu Shiratori (IMDB)

Writer: Kensaku Watanabe (Script),

Starring: Teruo Higa, Matsunori Nara, Kim Young-Kyu, Natallia I. Tsimokjina, Alexander N. Nikitin, / Drama cast: Koyo Maeda, Shigeyuki Nakamura, Shoichi Asano

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: A sequel to a 2015 film which combines drama with documentary. The focus is on how science can be used to clean up radiation and pollution with a particular reference to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Experts from around the world are talked to and one solution seems to be Effective Microorganisms being sprayed to reduce radiation.

The website has an English side so please read that for more information.

How to Identify the Correct Bus    Tadashii Basu no Miwakekata Film Poster

正しいバスの見分けかた Tadashii Basu no Miwakekata

Release Date: November 15th, 2015

Duration: 25 mins.

Director: Natsuki Takahashi

Writer: Natsuki Takahashi (Script),

Starring: Ayami Nakajo, Amane Okayama, Minori Hagiwara, Shono Hayama,

IMDB

A short film produced in 2015 and starring Ayami Nakajo, a popular model who has gone on to become a popular actor. It was written and shot by Natsuki Takahashi who was a third-year high school student at the time and it netted her some awards.

Synopsis: Takashima is a quirky high school girl who tends to be inconspicuous to everyone at school except her classmate Fujita since he has a crush on her. Hosokawa, another boy in their class, knows Fujita’s thoughts but is caught up in feelings of his own for Nakajima, a friend of Takashima. When Hosokawa hears that Takashima recently saw an alien, he tells Fujita the story and the boy falls in love…

Narenai Futari    Narenai Futari Film Poster

なれない二人 Narenai Futari

Release Date: August 23rd, 2019

Duration: 51 mins.

Director: Konosuke Higuchi 

Writer: Konosuke Higuchi (Script),

Starring: Yuki Izumisawa, Shogo Furukawa, Riho Takada,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: Shindo longs to be a professional entertainer but the day before his live show he meets and falls in love with a married woman. Then there’s Katsuta, a freelancer who is aiming to win a prize at a show to repay a debt. 

I’m Crazy    I'm Crazy Film Poster

アイムクレイジー Aimu Kureiji-

Release Date: August 24th, 2019

Duration: 86 mins.

Director: Masaaki Kudo

Writer: Yuuiko Kato, Masaaki Kudo (Script),

Starring: Yutaro Furutachi, Yuki Sakurai, Shinya Hamada, Seiki Sasaki, Ayaka Nakata, Soran Tamoto, Kenji Iwaya,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: Yuki is a musician who is on the verge of quitting when he is hit by a car on the day of his last gig. The car was being driven by a woman named Michiko who is a composer and performer but is stuck in a bad situation since she is effectively a single-mother raising her autistic song Hiroshi alone. Michiko is positive and confident despite her harsh reality and her behaviour gradually changes Yuki.

I Want to Be a Farmer    Ohyakushosan ni naritai Film Poster

お百姓さんになりたい Ohyakushosan ni naritai

Release Date: August 24th, 2019

Duration: 104 mins.

Director: Masaki Haramura

Writer: N/A

Starring: Yutaro Furutachi, Yuki Sakurai, Shinya Hamada, Seiki Sasaki, Ayaka Nakata, Soran Tamoto, Kenji Iwaya,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: This documentary carefully follows Akashi Farm which grows 60 kinds of vegetables in a 2.8 hectare field. The owner moved from Tokyo to Saitama, at the age of 28, to start organic farming, believing in natural cultivation without using fertiliser. People with various backgrounds such as pastry chefs and photographers come to Akashi Farm as trainees. People with disabilities working in agricultural welfare cooperatives and children participating in agricultural experience events are also welcomed at the farm.

The man most feared by the US military    Beigun (Amerika) ga mottomo osoreta otoko Kamejirō fukutsu no shōgai Film Poster

米軍(アメリカ)が最も恐れた男 カメジロー不屈の生涯 Beigun (Amerika) ga mottomo osoreta otoko Kamejirō fukutsu no shōgai

Release Date: August 24th, 2019

Duration: 128 mins.

Director: Tadahiko Sako

Writer: N/A

Starring: Kamejiro Senaga

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: This film depicting the life of Kamejiro Senaga (Wikipedia link) shows a politician who fought against the oppression of the US military in occupied Okinawa after the war. He began his political career as mayor of Naha and then as a member of the House of Representatives, representing the interests of Okinawa before and after it was returned to Japan and into retirement. The documentary looks into the many diaries left by Kamejiro, detailing his daily life with his wife and daughters, as well as his work as a politician.

Seisyun Kaleidoscope    Seisyun Kaleidoscope Film Poster

青春カレイドスコープ Seishun Kareidosuko-pu

Release Date: August 24th, 2019

Duration: 128 mins.

Director: Noriko Yuasa, Tomoyuki Kamimura, Yuuji Abe,

Writer: Noriko Yuasa, Tomoyuki Kamimura, Yuuji Abe, Kijin Nishi (Script),

Starring: Okaeri Kakko: Riria Kojima, Honoka Yoneyama; Ashita Kitto Motto: Miori, Mirei Tanaka, Yu Miyazawa, Masako Wakui; Natsuiro no Mafura-: Suzuka Chinzei, Haruka Momokawa,

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: An omnibus movie composed of youth stories played out by young actresses and written/directed by up-and-coming directors. “Okaeri Kakko” (director: Noriko Yuasa – Ordinary Everyday, Girl, Wavering) who has issues with her vision and seeing red/green which causes her world to have vivid colours. “Ashita Kitto Motto” ( Tomoyuki Kamimura) is about a girl who dreams of being a voice actor. She works with a colleague who likes cosplay and they draw characters. Natsuiro no Mafura (Yuuji Abe) depicts friendships and first loves.

Mugen Foundation    Mugen Foundation Film Poster

無限ファンデーション Mugen Fande-shon

Release Date: August 24th, 2019

Duration: 102 mins.

Director: Akira Osaki

Writer: N/A (Script),

Starring: Sara Minami, Nanoka Hara, Rin Onoka, Kosame Nishiyama, Nanami Hidaka,

Website   IMDB

A youth movie in which Akira Osaki, director of Obon Brothers, spins out a tale based on teenage girls heading to the future. It’s an improvisational play based on the song “To the Future” by Kosame Nishiyama and it was produced as part of the 2018 run of MOOSIC LAB.

Synopsis: One day, a high school girl named Nanoka who is not good at socialising, is led by a clear singing voice she hears from a recycling facility to meet a mysterious girl, Koyame. This spurs Nanoka to join the theatre club as a costumier and her future opens up.

Hoshi o sutete    Hoshi o sutete Film Poster

星を捨てて Hoshi o sutete

Release Date: August 24th, 2019

Duration: 68 mins.

Director: Mankichi Maeda, Kyohei Kikuchi,

Writer: Mankichi Maeda, Kyohei Kikuchi, (Script),

Starring: Kiwa Kyono, Ayaka Sugawara, Miki Kurutani, Kacho Tadano, Kisaki Shirasaki,

Website

Synopsis: A youth drama set in Akihabara where a high school girl named Yayoi Mizushima practically lives. She’s an outsider in her real life but loves walking around Akihabara and she is invited to become a member of an underground idol unit. This is at a time when there are rumours of a man from the future who predicts the destruction of mankind and it looks like Yayoi will make her debut on the day of destruction… 

Riben guizi Japanese Devils Confessions of Imperial Army Soldiers from Japan’s War Against China    Japanese Devils (Ribenguizi) Confessions of Imperial Army Soldiers from Japan’s War Against China Film Poster

日本鬼子(リーベン・クイズ) 日中15年戦争・元皇軍兵士の告白 Nihonkishi (rīben kuizu) nitchū 15-nen sensō moto kōgun heishi no kokuhaku

Release Date: December 01st, 2001

Duration: 126 mins.

Director: Minoru Matsui

Writer: Minoru Matsui (Script),

Starring: Yoshio Tsuchiya, Yoshio Shinozuka, Takeshi Ebato,

Synopsis taken from a university website: Fourteen veterans break Japan’s unspoken code of silence, remembering their brutal war crimes as enlisted men in China from 1931 to 1945

Ayakucho no Tonae no Chichibu no Yama

アヤクーチョの唱と秩父の山  Ayakucho no Tonae no Chichibu no Yama

Release Date: August 24th, 2019

Duration: 60 mins.

Director: Takashi Honma

Writer: 

Starring: 

Synopsis: This is the first music documentary film by Takashi Honma, a photographer and documentary film-maker. He goes to Ayacucho, a town located in the mountains of the Andes Mountains in southern Peru, with the singer Irma Osno who comes from there but lives in Chichibu in Saitama. Ayacucho means “place where the dead gather” in Quechua and in the past, Ayacucho was dominated by the violence of the “Shining Path” guerrillas but locals resisted through culture and Irma is going back for the first time in years.

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