First Love, Fictitious Girl’s Diary The Movie, Okazaki Renai Shikyou, Gekijou tokubetsuhan Kafuka no Tokyo zetsubou nikki, Gon, the Little Fox, Kamen Rider Zi-O NEXT TIME: Geiz, Majesty, Shirobako Movie, Mama o yamete mo ii desu ka!?, Gekijoukoukai-ban Eastern Youth Hibiya Yagaidai Ongaku do Koen 2019. 9. 28, DUMB TYPE Shiro Takatani: Between Nature and Technology, Samashoal Testament Chapter 6, Kodomo-tachi o yoroshiku Japanese Film Trailer

Happy weekend, everyone!

The Wild Bunch

I hope you are all well

A much better weekend of films than we have seen in a long time, mostly because of Miike and an interesting mix of documentaries rather than the usual over-reliance on TV spin-offs and anime. I recently watched a mix of films – Samurai Shifters (cute), The Wild Bunch (awesome), Blow Up (not a murder mystery, go watch Deep Red for that) and Vanishing Point. I’ll watch 1917 at some point.

What is released this weekend?

First Love First Love Film Poster 2

初恋 Hatsukoi

Release Date: 2020

Duration: 115 mins.

Director:  Takashi Miike

Writer: Masaru Nakamura (Screenplay)

Starring: Becky, Masataka Kubota, Jun Murakami, Nao Omori, Sakurako Konishi, First Love Film PosterSansei Shiomi, Seiyo Uchino, Shota Sometani,

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There cast actors are late-stage Miike film regulars including Masataka Kubota, who worked with Miike on 13 Assassins (2010), Nao Omori, the titular Ichi in Miike’s classic Ichi the Killer (2001), Shota Sometani, who appeared in Miike’s As the God’s Will (2014) and Lesson of the Evil (2013). Forget those recent films, from the details and the trailer this one looks to harken back to his late 90s/early 2000s output of the man. Here is the trailer and some extracts:

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Director’s Fortnight)

Synopsis: Leo (Masataka Kubota) is a boxer whose career and life have hit the First Love Film Poster 3rocks. Losing fights and with a developing brain tumour, he is almost out for the count but then he meets his ‘first love’ Monica, a call-girl and an addict who is unwittingly caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme. Fate places them at the centre of a night-long chase where the two are pursued by a corrupt cop, a yakuza, his nemesis, and a female assassin sent by the Chinese Triads.

Fictitious Girl’s Diary The Movie    Fictitious Girl's Diary The Movie Film Poster

架空OL日記  Kaku OL Nikki

Release Date: February 28th, 2020

Duration: 100 mins.

Director: Takashi Sumida

Writer: Bakarhythm (Script), 

Starring: Bakarhythm, Kaho, Asami Usuda, Shim Eun-Kyung, Toko Miura, Maho Yamada, Mirai Shida, Natsumi Ishibashi,

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Synopsis: Bakarhythm spent three years writing a blog impersonating a woman who works in a bank. He takes the lead role in this movie adaptation where he performs the work routine with fellow bank workers who are all played by top of the line actresses.

 

Okazaki Renai Shikyou    Okazaki Renai Shikyou Film Poster

おかざき恋愛四鏡  Okazaki Renai Shikyou

Release Date: February 28th, 2020

Duration: 115 mins.

Director: Hirofumi Ichihara, Ryo Miyamoto, Ryoma Matsumoto, Daikumi Kawai, Rimune Hatto,

Writer: Hirofumi Ichihara, Ryo Miyamoto, Ryoma Matsumoto, Daikumi Kawai, Rimune Hatto, (Script), 

Starring: Urano Ochi, Yuuki Ogoe, Satoshi Jimbo, Yui Akane, Mai Tsuchimoto,

Website

Synopsis: An omnibus love story set in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture. Four stories with a bridging drama to connect everything together.

 

Gekijou tokubetsuhan Kafuka no Tokyo zetsubou nikki    Gekijou tokubetsuhan Kafuka no Tokyo zetsubou nikki Film Poster

劇場特別版 カフカの東京絶望日記  Gekijou tokubetsuhan Kafuka no Tokyo zetsubou nikki

Release Date: February 28th, 2020

Duration: 115 mins.

Director: Takuya Kato, Yuichiro Sakashita

Writer: Atsushi Asada (Script), Akiko Hiramatsu, Hiroki Kashiragi (Composition)

Starring: Hiroki Suzuki, Nao, Kou Maehara, Anna Konno, Shogo Iwaya, Sanae Miyata, Nao Sakura,

Website

Synopsis: Franz Kafka finds his doom-laden self living in Tokyo in 2019 and struggling to get through his everyday life which is full of despair. 

Gon, the Little Fox    Gon the Little Fox Film Poster

劇場版ごん GON, THE LITTLE FOX  Gekijouban Gon GON, THE LITTLE FOX

Release Date: February 28th, 2020

Duration: 28 mins.

Director: Takeshi Yashiro

Writer: Takeshi Yashiro, Takaaki Honda (Script), Nakichi Niimi (Original Story)

Starring: Masato Tanaka (Gon), Miyu Irino (Hyojyu)

Production: Tecarat

Website IMDB

Synopsis: The worlds of animal and human clash when a playful fox named Gon steals an eel caught by a villager named Hyojyu for his sickly mother. When Hyojyu’s mother dies, Gon feels regret and starts leaving gifts for Hyojyu around the village in an attempt to atone for his mistake. I saw this film at last year’s Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival and interviewed the director. It is very beautiful and haunting with lots of natural materials used for the sets and puppets which are carved out of wood.

Kamen Rider Zi-O NEXT TIME: Geiz, Majesty    Kamen Rider Zi-O NEXT TIME Geiz, Majesty Film Poster

仮面ライダージオウ NEXT TIME ゲイツ、マジェスティ  Kamen Raida- Jio- Nekusuto Taimu Geitsu, Majesuti

Release Date: February 28th, 2020

Duration: 64 mins.

Director: Satoshi Morota

Writer: Nobuhiro Mori (Script), Shotaro Ishinomori (Original Creator)

Starring: Gaku Oshida (Kamen Rider Geiz), Kimito Totani (Kamen Rider Diend), Shieri Ohata (Kamen Rider Tsukuyomi),

Website

Synopsis: High schoolers Sougo and Geiz are working hard to achieve their dreams while trying to impress a girl named Tsukuyomi. Things get disrupted when, one day, Geiz is killed in a mysterious accident and comes back having been forced to become Kamen Rider Geiz and he has to figure out an evil plot.

Shirobako Movie  Shirobako Movie Film Poster

劇場版 SHIROBAKO Gekijouban Shirobako

Release Date: February 29th, 2020

Duration: 64 mins.

Director: Tsutomu Mizushima

Writer: Michiko Yokote (Script), 

Starring: Juri Kimura (Aoi Miyamori), Haruka Yoshimura (Ema Yasuhara), Asami Takano (Misa Todo), Ayane Sakura (Kaede Miyai), Haruka Chisuga (Shizuka Sakaki),

Animation Production: P.A. Works

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Synopsis: The folks at Musashino Animation find themselves thrown into production chaos when their original project, Time Hippopotamus, gets cancelled and a new original anime film, Aerial Assault Landing Ship Siva) gets added to their production.

Mama o yamete mo ii desu ka!?    Mama o yamete mo ii desu ka Film Poster

ママをやめてもいいですか!? Mama o yamete mo ii desu ka!?

Release Date: February 29th, 2020

Duration: 92 mins.

Director: Tomo Goda

Writer: N/A

Starring: Yo Oizumi (Narration)

Website

Synopsis: The stresses and joys of motherhood are explored through looking at the lives of women in various situations, from divorce to postpartum depression, and struggling with the bad behaviour of certain children. Expect commentary from healthcare professionals, as well.

 

Gekijoukoukai-ban Eastern Youth Hibiya Yagaidai Ongaku do Koen 2019. 9. 28  Gekijoukoukai-ban Eastern Youth Hibiya Yagaidai Ongaku do Koen 2019. 9. 28 Film Poster

劇場公開版 eastern youth 日比谷野外大音楽堂公演 2019.9.28Gekijoukoukai-ban Eastern Youth Hibiya Yagaidai Ongaku do Koen 2019. 9. 28

Release Date: February 29th, 2020

Duration: 105 mins.

Director: Jun Kawaguchi

Writer: N/A

Starring: Eastern Youth

Website

Synopsis: A limited screening of a recorded live performance at Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall performed on September 28, 2019 by the rock band Eastern Youth. It is the band’s first video work in about 10 years.

DUMB TYPE Shiro Takatani: Between Nature and Technology    DUMB TYPE Shiro Takatani Between Nature and Technology Film Poster

DUMB TYPE 高谷史郎 自然とテクノロジーのはざまDUMB TYPE Takatani Shiro shizen to tekunoroji- no hazama

Release Date: February 29th, 2020

Duration: 55 mins.

Director: Giulio Boato

Writer: N/A

Starring: Shiro Takatani, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yuuko Hasegawa, Simon Fisher Turner, Satoshi Hama,

Synopsis: Shiro Takatani is a Japanese artist, and he is the co-founder, visual creator and artistic director of the group Dumb Type. He is explored in this biographical documentary which focuses on his collaboration with the composer Ryuichi Sakamoto which started in 1999.

Samashoal Testament Chapter 6    Samashoal Testament Chapter 6 Film Poster

サマショール 遺言 第6Samashoru yuigon dai 6-shou

Release Date: February 29th, 2020

Duration: 113 mins.

Director: Naomi Toyoda, Masaya Noda

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Website

Synopsis: Photojournalists Naomi Toyoda and Masaya Noda have recorded the situation of Fukushima prefecture ever since it was hit by the nuclear meltdown following the Great East Japan Earthquake. This is “Chapter 6” in their work following different communities in the prefecture where all of the residents were evacuated due to radioactive contamination. After the evacuation order was lifted, people who had lived in a temporary housing face the decision whether to return to their hometown or not. A group travel to Chernobyl, 30 years after the nuclear accident, and learn of the Ukrainian word for returnee, “Samashoru” from people who live close by the original nuclear nightmare.

Kodomo-tachi o yoroshiku    Kodomotachi o yoroshiku Film Poster

子どもたちをよろしくKodomo-tachi o yoroshiku

Release Date: February 29th, 2020

Duration: 105 mins.

Director: Yasushi Sumida

Writer: Yasushi Sumida (Script),

Starring: Eri Kamataki, Rairu Sugita, Miki Shibaki, Yoichiro Saito, Gikko, Yota Kawase, Jun Murakami, Kunyuo Yamada, 

Website

Synopsis: A town in the northern Kanto region. Yukina (Eri Kamataki from The Forest of Love) is an escort who lives with her mother Taeko and brother-in-law, Minoru ( Rairu Sugita ). She was sexually abused by her father-in-law Tatsuo (Jun Murakami), a violent man who put her and her mother through hell. The club where she works is run by a gambling-addict named Sadao (Yota Kawase from The Kamagasaki Cauldron War) whose own son Yoichi is being bullied. Minoru and Yoichi were once firm friends who go to the same junior high school but Minoru’s friends are the ones picking on Yoichi., Around this time, Minoru picks up a card connected to Yukina’s work and wonders if she is being bullied like Yoichi…

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