Living in Your Sky, True Mothers, Your Eyes Tell, An Ant Strikes Back, Videophobia, Travel Nostalgia, Sorezore, Tamayura, JUST ANOTHER, Aoi, Instant Camera, Geki × Cine `Nise Yoshitsune Meikai Uta’ Japanese Film Trailers

Dreams Into Drawing

Happy weekend, everyone!!!

I hope you are all well.

This post is truncated due to time constraints. As has been the case for at least the past four years, I’m working as press officer/writer for the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival and so I am caught up doing SNS as well as covering other things (one more day to go and everything is online and free to view).

This week I posted a preview of the Japanese films at Tokyo FILMeX and my review for the Kazuya Shiraishi film One Night. I’ve watched Italian horror giallo movies like Terror at the Opera and Deep Red (both by Dario Argento), Black Sabbath and Black Sunday (both by Mario Bava).

What is released this weekend? About 19 films, so I’ve split this post into two with the second part tomorrow. Some of these films are screening as part of Busan, others I have seen as part of Nippon Connection and the Osaka Asian Film Festival.

Living in Your Sky        Living in Your Sky Film Poster

空に住む Sora ni Sumu

Release Date: October 23rd, 2020

Duration: 118 mins.

Director: Shinji Aoyama

Writer: Shinji Aoyama, Chihiro Ikeda (Script), Masato Odake (Original Novel)

Starring: Mikako Tabe, Yukino Kishii, Rie Mimura, Takanori Iwata, Shingo Tsurumi, Nao Ohmori, Masatoshi Nagase, Shingo Tsurumi, Yo Takahashi, Akira Emoto, Hisafumi Iwashita,

Website IMDB

Shinji Aoyama made the film Eureka which is regarded by many as a brilliant title. I have the Artificial Eye DVD release but have yet to unwrap it. Anyway, this new film looks a lot lighter than Eureka with some Exile Tribe members in the cast.


Synopsis: Following the death of her parents, Naomi Kobayakawa (Mikako Tabe) moves into a high-rise apartment building in the city at the behest of her uncle and his wife. She tries to continue with her life, working at a small publishing company and meeting people who care for her, but she lives her life with a sense of loss and loneliness. Then she meets a popular actor who lives in the same apartment building and they develop a romantic relationship which may help her settle down again.

True Mothers Film Poster

True Mothers   

朝が来る Asa ga kuru

Release Date: October 23rd, 2020

Duration: 139 mins.

Director: Naomi Kawase

Writer: Naomi Kawase, Izumi Takahashi (Script), Mizuki Tsujimura (Original Novel)

Starring: Arata Iura, Hiromi Nagasaku, Miyoko Asada, Taketo Tanaka, Ren Komai, Go Riju, Hiroko Nakajima, Reo Sato,

Website IMDB

True Mothers is the latest movie by Naomi Kawase (Sweet Bean (2015), Radiance (2017)) and is based on a novel by Mizuki Tsujimura. It was turned into an eight-episode series based on broadcast in 2016 and has now been given a feature film treatment so fine that it was going to be screened at Cannes 2020 but the fest was cancelled due to Covid-19. This was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and San Sebastian Film Festival.

Synopsis: Kiyokazu Kurihara and his wife Satoko had given up trying for a baby after years of struggle but were talked into a special adoption by a company. Since then, they have spent six happy years with their son, Asato, but when a young woman named Hikari appears and claims to be the one who gave birth to him, she shakes the family to its core. Satoko decides to confront Hikari…


Your Eyes Tell Film Poster

Your Eyes Tell   

きみの瞳(め)が問いかけている Kimi no Me ga Toikakete Iru

Release Date: October 23rd, 2020

Duration: 123 mins.

Director: Takahiro Miki

Writer: Yuichi Toyone (Script), Chisako Wakatake (Original Novel)

Starring: Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ryusei Yokohama, Kyosuke Yabe, Kanna Moriya, Akane Sakanoue, Yoshinori Okada, Jun Fubuki,

Website IMDB

Takahiro Miki is known for doing all those glossy movie adaptation of manga (We Were There, Blue Spring Ride etc.). For this project, he adapts the Korean movie Always, which was the opening film of the 16th Busan International Film Festival. He gets good actress Yuriko Yoshitaka (Noriko’s Dinner Table) in a lead role and BTS to do the movie’s song “Your Eyes Tell”.

Synopsis: Akari (Yuriko Yoshitaka) lost her eyesight and family in a car accident. Despite this, she tries to live her life as cheerfully as she can. Her brightness warms the life of Rui (Ryusei Yokohama), a loner who used to be a kickboxer. They soon develop feelings for each other and it looks like love is on the horizon but an incident from his past connects him to her and when Rui discovers it (he could just watch the trailer), he decides to take part in an underground fight to pay for Akari’s eye surgery.

An Ant Strikes Back Film Poster

An Ant Strikes Back 

アリ地獄天国 ArJigoku Tengoku

Release Date: October 24th, 2020

Duration: 98 mins.

Director: Tokachi Tsuchiya

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Website IMDB

This one played at the Yamagata International Documentary Festival where you can read an interview with the director BUT it contains some spoilers…

Here’s my review from its time at Nippon Connection where director Tokachi Tsuchiya received the Nippon Online Award.

Synopsis: Yu Nishimura (real name: Yasuhiro Nomura) worked as an employee for a moving company called Arisan Mark no Hikkoshisha. He joined in 2011 and was a full-timer and was one of the best in the sales department, unfortunately, he had an accident caused by fatigue from overwork and he faced a number of years of workplace harassment from his bosses including having his salary reduced, unfair dismissal, persecution and being forced to working at the shredder when he was rehired. He joined a union who helped him with a legal challenge to get redress for everything he suffered. This documentary documents his battle for justice and the director has his own personal connection to the case, the final result of which was reported on the Mainichi website. Full details on this website.

Videophobia Film Poster


Release Date: October 24th, 2020

Duration: 88 mins.

Director: Daisuke Miyazaki

Writer: Daisuke Miyazaki, Naoto Akiyama (Script),

Starring: Tomona Hirota, Shugo Oshinari, Sumire Ashina, Masahiro Umeda, Sahel Rosa,


This is the latest film from Daisuke Miyazaki, director of Yamato (California) (2016) and Tourism (2018). VIDEOPHOBIA is Miyazaki’s darkest work yet as I detailed in my review, as it shows the shadowy side of technology as revealed through online pornography which he went into more with his interview.

Synopsis: Ai (Tomona Hirota) is a perpetually exhausted young woman living in Osaka. Having bottomed out after an attempt at living in Tokyo, her life seems to be dominated by her nocturnal habits of smoking, browsing the net and venturing to pornographic websites. She is online but disconnected from reality. Her daily is wrecked when she meets a guy, goes back to his apartment, sleeps with him and finds a sex tape of her midnight tryst on the internet the very next day. This plunges the girl into a pool of paranoia and, with every action she takes to rectify the situation and remove the video, she is dragged deeper into a feeling of terror. Events become uncontrollable, technology more intrusive and Ai loses control of her image which exists online.

Travel Nostalgia Film Poster

Travel Nostalgia   

旅愁 Ryoshu

Release Date: October 24th, 2020

Duration: 90 mins.

Director: Qinyao Wu

Writer: Qinyao Wu (Script), 

Starring: He Zhu, Yibo Wang, Weizi Wu,

Website IMDB

Qinyao Wu hails from China’s Sichuan Province. She travelled to Japan in 2015 and enrolled in a graduate school of Rikkyo University and studied filmmaking under Professor Kunitoshi Manda. This is her thesis film and it played at the Skip City D-Cinema Festival last year, which is where I got this info. 

Synopsis: A young man named Lee runs a vacation rental house in Tokyo which caters to Chinese. He meets Wang, a painter who happens to be having an exhibition in the neighbourhood and Lee takes an interest in him, going as far as to suggest to Wang that he paint something at the rental house while living there as a caretaker. They start living together in the house, but one day, Wang’s ex-girlfriend comes to visit.


Sorezore Tamayura Film Poster

Sorezore, Tamayura   

それぞれ、たまゆら Sorezore, Tamayura

Release Date: October 24th, 2020

Duration: 60 mins.

Director: Hideo Tsuchida

Writer: Hideo Tsuchida (Script), Hideo Tsuchida (Original Story)

Starring: Yasuhiro Kanegai, Hiroyuki Toritani, Yusuke Itagaki, Noriko Nakagoshi, Akane Tatsukawa,


Synopsis: Set in a provincial city, a phenomenon of unknown cause that causes people to suddenly fall asleep occurs. Those who are left awake in this unexplained situation are just confused. Broadcasting on TV stops and the internet is not updated. It seems that the same phenomenon has occurred all over the world. And the remaining people will also fall asleep in turn.



旅愁 Ryoshu

Release Date: October 24th, 2020

Duration: 90 mins.

Director: Noriko Oishi

Writer: N/A

Starring: The Genbaku Onanizu – Taylow, Eddie, Johnny, Shinobu,


Synopsis: A documentary that follows the punk band “The Genbaku Onanizu”, which will celebrate its 38th anniversary in 2020. The band was formed in 1982 in Nagoya, which is where they are still based. They have regular jobs and haven’t made a profession of being musicians but they get their limelight now in this, their dirst documentary. 

Two short films created by Takayuki Suzue, a director who started making films while in a university independent film club. The theme of his films is “the sad memories of high school boys”. They play at Ikebukuro Cinema Rosa as a series, “Boys Platonic Director Takayuki Suzue Special Feature”.

Boys Platonic Blue Film Poster


青い Aoi

Release Date: October 24th, 2020

Duration: 15 mins.

Director: Takayuki Suzue

Writer: Takayuki Suzue (Script), 

Starring: Takuto Marumoto, Michitaka Kazami, Tumiko Teradansu,


Synopsis: Hayato dreams of being a photographer. Ren has a talent for photography. Asuka enjoys a casual everyday life. They all belong to the same photography club and have reached the final fall of their high school life. Ren and Asuka are already preparing for their entrance exams on specific university courses, but Hayato sways between dreams and reality and continues to study while wondering which way to go. One day, Hayato receives a confession from Ren, and the three teen’s daily lives change as a result.


Instant Camera    

インスタントカメラ Insutanto Kamera

Release Date: October 24th, 2020

Duration: 15 mins.

Director: Takayuki Suzue

Writer: Takayuki Suzue (Script), Hideo Tsuchida (Original Novel)

Starring: Akira Iizuka, Tatsukawa, Koya Ichinose,


Synopsis: Asahi, a college student who lives an ordinary life, finds a disposable camera in his backpack pocket one day. He remembers seeing the camera somewhere, but cannot place it exactly or why he has it. The next day, Asahi goes out with the camera, which still has some film left, and when he is taking a picture of the city, he sees something strange… 

Geki × Shine `Nise Yoshitsune Meikai Uta' Film Poster

Geki × Cine `Nise Yoshitsune Meikai Uta’ 

ゲキ×シネ「偽義経冥界歌」 Geki × Shine `Nise Yoshitsune Meikai Uta’

Release Date: October 24th, 2020

Duration: 178 mins.

Director: N/A

Writer: N/A

Starring: Toma Ikuta, Ryo, Yuma Nakayama, Sakura Fujiwara, Macoto Awane, Takaya Yamauchi, Yuki Saotome, Hiroki Miyake


Synopsis: In an era when the country was divided into two by the forces of Genji and Taira, the legendary military commander Minamoto no Yoshitsune (Toma Ikuta) has hidden himself in the northern part of the country after evading death and a series of mysteries and rumours abound that play out in this theatre story.

Part 2 tomorrow

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