Yuho no ato, Dumping Ground, Little Miss Period, One Night, Nunchaku and Soul, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu – Hyouketsu no Kizuna, Sumikko Gurashi: Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko, That Moment My Heart Cried, Geki × Cine SIREN IN THE SHADOWS, CinemaKabuki Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku, Fafner THE BEYOND, Crying Free Sex Never Again!, Kokuumon Gate Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, people!

Birthday Wonderland Film Image 1

I hope you are all well!

I watched a bunch of more horror films this week and worked harder on my kanji. Slightly less overtime at work. I’m about to spin up for a few outside projects at the end of November to refresh my teaching skills.

This post was easier to write because a few of these films were recently shown at the Tokyo International Film Festival. I posted the awards handed out at the fest and also a review for the fun anime adventure Birthday Wonderland.

What is released this weekend?

Yuho No Ato    Yuho no ato Film Poster

夕陽のあと  Yuuho no ato

Release Date: November 08th, 2019

Duration: 133 mins.

Director: Michio Koshikawa

Writer: Ureha Shimada (Screenplay), Ryuho Ookawa (Novel)

Starring: Shihori Kanjiya, Maho Yamada, Masaru Nagai, Satoru Kawaguchi, Midori Kiuchi, Towa Matsubara, Shohei Uno, Saori Watanabe,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Satsuki lives on an island in Kagoshima. She is a local through-and-through having grown up and starting a new family there. She has taken the step of fostering a seven-year-old boy and wants to adopt him legally. It all appears to be going smoothly but the arrival of a woman named Akane from Tokyo begins a stormy series of events as it is revealed that she is the birth mother and wants to reconnect with her son.

Little Miss Period      Little Miss Period Film Poster

生理ちゃん  Seiri-chan

Release Date: November 08th, 2019

Duration: 75 mins.

Director: Shunsuke Shinada

Writer: Shin Akamatsu (Screenplay), Ken Koyama (Manga)

Starring: Fumi Nikaido, Sairi Ito, Yoshinori Okada, Ren Sudo, Hana Toyoshima, Manami Iida, Risaki Matsukaze, Kyohei Kanomi,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Aoko works as an editor at a publishing house who, alongside heaving to content with deadlines, has to balance a horrible boss and a romance with a well-off widower boyfriend (Yoshinori Okada) who wants to marry her, but he has an 11-year-old daughter (Hana Toyoshima) who hates her. When her period strikes, she is resigned to its presence, a big plush that she has to drag around. 

Riho (Ito) works at the same publishers but as a cleaner. As she does her job, she makes observations about the people around her which she turns into material for her blog. When her period strikes (also a plus), she gets irritable and angry. She figures she will be single for the rest of her life but she is noticed by someone at the company who thinks her writing is good and fancies her as a life partner.

Hikaru (Matsukaze) is Aoko’s teenage sister and she is beginning to have her period just as and her boyfriend are getting closer to going all the way. Although less of a pain, any romantic and carnal thoughts are delayed by her period which turns up as a smaller plush. 

Can all three ladies get past this most awkward time and find happiness?

One Night    One Night Film Poster

ひとよ  Hitoyo

Release Date: November 08th, 2019

Duration: 123 mins.

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi

Writer: Izumi Takahashi (Screenplay)

Starring: Takeru Satoh, Ryohei Suzuki, Mayu Matsuoka, Yuko Tanaka, Kuranosuke Sasaki, Mariko Tsutsui, Hanae Kan, Megumi,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Koharu (Yuko Tanaka), in an effort to protect her three children from their abusive father, she murdered the man. It shattered their family and sent them on wildly different paths. 15 years later, the family reunites again, each bearing scars from their traumatic background…

Nunchaku and Soul    Nunchaku and Soul Film Poster

ヌンチャクソウル  Nunchaku Souru

Release Date: November 09th, 2019

Duration: 76 mins.

Director: Akiyoshi Koba

Writer: Akiyoshi Koba (Screenplay),

Starring: Masahiro Kuroki, Atsushi Takahashi, Jun Bay, Anju Kurosu, Yun Hayama, Michiko Hayashi, Shinichiro Osawa,

Website IMDB

I saw this one at the Osaka Asian Film Festival where I was charmed by its low-key comedy about two guys in small-town Japan overcoming their problems through nunchaku and soul music. The audience I was with laughed through it and we were all impressed by the dance moves and nunchaku skills of Masahiro Kuroki in the post-screening Q&A. Here’s my review and here’s the interview I did with director Akiyoshi Koba.

Synopsis: Numata (Masahiro Kuroki) is a bit of a nerd who loves nunchaku. He yearns for some fun in life and an encounter with a cute woman named Reiko at a mixer leads him to join the dance class she attends but it is run by a devilishly handsome instructor who has his sights firmly set on the lady. To be in with the chance to win Reiko’s heart, Numata enters a  dance contest but he needs help from  Soma (Atsushi Takahashi), a middle-aged singer of a funk band whose own life is a bit of a mess. Between the two, and through the power of dance, they confront their problems…

Dumping Ground    Dumping Ground Film Poster

ヴィニルと烏  Biniru to Karasu

Release Date: November 08th, 2019

Duration: 32 mins.

Director: Kosuke Yokota

Writer: Kosuke Yokota (Screenplay), 

Starring: Kosuke Yokota, Satoru Iguchi, Yoshinori Miyata, Shuto Moriya, Kenya Nojima,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Jun is being bullied at school so he visits his brother to learn boxing. Even though he becomes stronger, he still can’t stand up for himself so his brother has to intervene…

Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro   Lupin III Castle of Cagliostro Film Poster

ルパン三世 カリオストロの城

「Rupan Sansei Kariosutoro no Shiro」

Release Date: December 15th, 1979 (Japan)

Duration: 96 mins

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Yasuo Otsuka (Screenplay), Haruya Yamazaki, Hayao Miyazaki (Script), Monkey Punch (Original Manga)

Starring: Yasuo Yamada (Arsene Lupin III), Makio Inoue (Goemon Ishikawa), Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Jigen Daisuke), Goro Naya (Inspector Zenigata), Eiko Masuyama (Fujiko Mine), Sumi Shimamoto (Lady Clarisse de Cagliostro)

Animation Production: Tokyo Movie Shinsha

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: Famed thier Arsene Lupin III and best-pal/partner in crime Jigen, search for a counterfeiter who Lupin the IIIrd 4DXhas rendered their latest casino heist a waste of time as they discover their haul of cash are called “Goat Bills”. They discover that the fake money they have comes from a counterfeiter in the secluded country of Cagliostro and he is a wicked count who is holding a beautiful and innocent princess in a tower. Lupin and his pals resolve to steal the Count’s treasure and the princess, too, all while Inspector Zenigata is hot on his trail.



Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu – Hyouketsu no Kizuna    Re Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - Hyouketsu no Kizuna Film Poster

Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 氷結の絆  Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu – Hyouketsu no Kizuna

Release Date: November 08th, 2019

Duration: 80 mins.

Chief Director: Kenichi Kawamura, Director: Masaharu Watanabe

Writer: Masahiro Yokotani (Script/Series Composition), Tappei Nagatsuki (Original Creator)

Starring: Rie Takahashi (Emilia), Yumi Uchiyama (Puck), Yusuke Kobayashi (Subaru Natsuki), Inori Minase (Rem), Rie Murakawa (Ram), Takehito Koyasu (Roswaal L. Mathers),

Animation Production: White Fox

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: The OVA will adapt the meeting between Emilia and Puck.

Sumikko Gurashi: Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko    Sumikko Gurashi Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko Film Poster

映画 すみっコぐらし とびだす絵本とひみつのコ  Sumikko Gurashi: Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko

Release Date: November 08th, 2019

Duration: 65 mins.

Director: Mankyuu

Writer: Takashi Sumita (Script/Series Composition), San-X (Original Creator)

Starring: Narrators – Yoshihiko Inohara, Manami Nanjo

Animation Production: Fanworks

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: The slightly negative characters who like to hide away from sight are back as Shirokuma, a polar bear who is sensitive to cold, Penguin?, a penguin suffering an existential crisis. Tonkatsu, a piece of uneaten pork cutlet, Neko, a shy cat; and Tokage, the last dinosaur find themselves on the big screen.

That Moment, My Heart Cried    That Moment, My Heart Cried -CINEMA FIGHTERS project- Film Poster

その瞬間、僕は泣きたくなった -CINEMA FIGHTERS project  Sono shunkan, boku wa nakitaku natta – CINEMA FIGHTERS project –

Release Date: November 08th, 2019

Duration: 115 mins.

Director: Takashi Miike, Isao Yukisada, Daishi Matsunaga, Hiroki Horanai, Hiroki Inoue

Writer: N/A

Starring: EXILE AKIRA, Naoki Kobayashi, Ryuji Imaichi, Reo Sano, Taiki Sato, Natsuko Akiyama, Gouichi Mine, Misako Renbutsu, Ruka Matsuda, Sayu Kubota,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: An omnibus film featuring five stories from five directors. Takashi Miike’s one shows the relationship between a man and a woman after she tries to commit suicide following an earthquake.

Geki × Cine  SIREN IN THE SHADOWSGeki × cine Seven people of the skull castle SIREN IN THE SHADOWS Film Poster

ゲキ×シネ「髑髏城の七人」Season 極GekixShine Dokuroshou no Shichinin-Kyoku

Release Date: October 04th, 2019

Duration: 214 mins.

Director:  Takuji Izumi

Writer: Kazuki Nakashima (Screenplay),

Starring: Yuki Amami / Seiji Fukushi Ryo Ryusei Kurumi Shimizu / Hiroki Miyake Akira Yamamoto Zen Kajihara / Arata Furuta


Synopsis: A beautiful Geisha named Gokuraku Tayu (Yuki Amami) was once the most valued sniper and consort of Nobunaga Oda. Since he was killed, she has become an assassin in a chaotic land which is near unification thanks to the efforts of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. However a group known as the Kanto Skulls, led by a mysterious masked man named Tenmaoh (Arata Furuta), prevents Hideyoshi’s plan by building a castle and amassing an army. When Tayu is tasked with taking out the leader of this group, Tenmaoh reveals himself to be…


CinemaKabuki Onna Goroshi Abura no JigokuCinemaKabuki Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku (Murder in a Hell of Oil) Film Poster

シネマ歌舞伎 女殺油地獄  Shinema Kabuki Onna Goroshi Abura Jigoku

Release Date: December 06th, 2019

Duration: 103 mins.

Director: Masanori Inoue

Writer: N/A

Starring: Koshiro Matsumoto, Ennosuke Ichikawa,


Synopsis: Based on a true incident, this is a timeless story of a hot-headed young man who rebels against his parents and is forced into desperate straits, eventually losing himself in madness.

Fafner THE BEYOND      Fafner THE BEYOND 4,5,6 Film Poster

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

Release Date: November 08th, 2019

Running Time: 81 mins.

Director: Takashi Noto

Writer: Tow Ubukata, Hisashi Hirai (Screenplay),

Starring: Kohei Kiyasu, Makoto Ishii, Marika Matsumoto, Miyu Irino, Takahiro Sakurai, Nobuhiko Okamoto,

Animation Production: XEBECzwei

Website   ANN   MAL

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 second batch of three episodes from the 12 episode series will be screened. 

Crying Free Sex Never Again!    Crying Free Sex Never Again! Film Poster

クライング フリー セックス ネバーアゲイン Kuraingu Furi- Sekksu Never Again!

Release Date: November 09th, 2019

Duration: 45 mins.

Director: Tomohiko Iwasaki

Writer: Tomohiko Iwasaki (Screenplay), 

Starring: Allen Ai, Michael Fanconi, Keisaku Kimura, Yoshie Suzuki, Miho Wakabayashi, Riko Matsui, Misaki Nishiri, Yuri Osawa,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Two secret agents, Naomi (Allen Ai), and Cobra (Michael Fanconi), thought their last mission was a one-night stand but they have to partner up against a secret organisation creating an erotic army.

Kokuumon Gate    Kokuumon Gate Film Poster

虚空門 GATE Kokuumon Gate

Release Date: November 09th, 2019

Duration: 123 mins.

Director: Hideki Kojiya


Starring: Tetsuo Shoji, Yasuko Hayashi, Ryo Takemoto, Toshnori Omori,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: A documentary depicting Tetsuo Shoj, a man who can call UFOs, who Hideki Kojiya tries to catch in the act  after seeing smartphone images. There are also interviews with people who believe in UFOs. The truth is out there… 

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