Junihitoe wo Kita Akuma, Ora Ora Be Goin’ Alone, Georama Boy Panorama Girl, 461 Days of Bento, Beautiful Dreamer, Monster Strike The Movie: Lucifer Zetsubou no Yoake, and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, everyone.

I hope you are all doing well.

There was only one post this week and it was for the Atsushi Funahashi film Lovers on Borders (2019). I watched were The Colour Out of Space (2019), a brilliant updating of one of H.P. Lovecraft’s best stories, The Day of the Triffids (1963), a competent b-movie (I haven’t read the source novel) and The House on Haunted Hill.

Like last week (and probably going forward), I’ve split this trailer post into two due to the large amount of films being released thanks to the Covid-19 backlog from earlier this year.

What is released this weekend?

Junihitoe wo Kita Akuma    Junihitoe wo Kita Akuma Film Poster

十二単衣を着た悪魔 Junihitoe wo Kita Akuma

Release Date: November 06th, 2020

Duration: 112 mins.

Director: Hitomi Kuroki

Writer: Kumi Tawada (Script), Makiko Uchidate (Original Novel)

Starring: Kentaro Ito, Ayaka Miyoshi, Sairi Itoh, Naho Toda, Lasalle Ishii, Yusuke Iseya, Mio, Yae,

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Synopsis: Rai (Kentaro Ito) is a freeter who has failed employment exams while his younger brother is on the pathway to success as he will enter the venerable halls of Kyoto University. While Rai drifts through life and wallows in an inferiority complex, he is working as a part-time labourer on an exhibition for classic novel “The Tale of Genji” where he finds parallels with his life in two of the characters. One night, on the way back home during a storm, he loses consciousness and wakes up to find himself in the world of “The Tale of Genji.” Having learned about the story due to the exhibition, he takes advantage of his modern-day knowledge to ingratiate himself into court life where he becomes an advisor to the emperor’s wife Nyogo Kokiden (Ayaka Miyoshi), a fearless woman who wants her son (Taketo Tanaka) to become emperor.

Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone  Ora Ora Be Goin' Alone Film Poster

おらおらでひとりいぐも Ora Ora de Hitori Igumo

Release Date: November 06th, 2020

Duration: 137 mins.

Director: Shuichi Okita

Writer: Shuichi Okita (Script), Chisako Wakatake (Original Novel)

Starring: Yuko Tanaka, Yu Aoi, Masahiro Higashide, Gaku Hamada, Amane Okayama, Machiko Washio, Kankuro Kudo, Munetaka Aoki, Tomoko Tabata,

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Shuichi Okita, director of A Story of Yonosuke (2013), The Woodsman and the Rain  (2012), gathers together a great cast to bring to life a story that looks a little like a tear-jerker.

Synopsis: Momoko (Yuko Tanaka) is seventy-five-years old and lives alone in Tokyo. It wasn’t always like this. In 1964, Momoko (Yu Aoi) arrived in Tokyo and met a handsome man named Shuzo (Masahiro Higashide) who she married. An increase in their family soon followed as she gave birth to two children but then her husband dies and Momoko is left bereft in life. Then, she begins to go to a library and finds solace and companionship in the books on offer. As an older woman, she looks back on her life with voices of loneliness offering comments. 

Georama Boy Panorama Girl      Georama Boy Panorama Girl Film Poster

ジオラマボーイ・パノラマガール Jiprama Bo-i Panorama Ga-ru

Release Date: November 06th, 2020

Duration: 105 mins.

Director: Natsuki Seta

Writer: Natsuki Seta (Script), Kyoko Okazaki (Original Manga)

Starring: Anna Yamada, Jin Suzuki, Erika Takizawa, Sora Hirata, Kogarashi Wakasugi, Ibuki Mochida, Riko Narumi, Misato Morita,

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This is the latest work of Natsuki Seta (Parks) and it has gotten a solid review in the Japan Times.

Synopsis: Kenichi Kanagawa (Jin Suzuki) is a hard-working high schooler about to take his university entrance exams when he suddenly quits his education and starts hanging around Shibuya trying to be cool. Fellow high schooler Haruko Shibuya (Anna Yamada) is a little more laidback and looking for an idealised romance. The two meet after Kenichi is beaten up following a date with an older woman named Mayumi (Misato Morita) and an unpleasant encounter with one of her “friends”. For Haruko, it is love but Kenichi is still thinking about Mayumi…

 

461 Days of Bento: A Promise Between Father and Son    461 Days of Bento Film Poster

461個のおべんとう 461ko no Obento

Release Date: November 06th, 2020

Duration: 119 mins.

Director: Atsushi Kaneshige

Writer: Atsushi Kaneshige, Masashi Shimizu (Script), Toshimi Watanabe (Original Essay)

Starring: Yoshihiko Inohara, Shunsuke Michieda, Nana Mori, Haruko Kudo, Junko Abe, Emi Kurara, Jiei Wakabayashi, Chieko Baisho, Maki Sakai,

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Apparently, this is based on an essay by Toshimi Watanabe of “TOKYO No.1 SOUL SET”.

Synopsis: Kazuki Suzumoto (Yoshihiko Inohara) is a free-spirited musician who has just divorced. He lives with his 15-year-old son Kouki (Shunsuke Michieda) who is struggling with his high school entrance exam. When Kouki mentions how he thinks his father’s bento is great, Kazuki promises that he will make a lunch box everyday and Kouki promises that he will never skip school.

SAWADA From Aomori to Vietnam The Life and Death of Kyoichi Sawada, Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer  SAWADA From Aomori to Vietnam Pulitzer Prize Photographer Kyoichi Sawada's Life and Death Film Poster

SAWADA 青森からベトナムへ ピュリッツァー賞カメラマン沢田教一の生と死 SAWADA Aomori kara Betonamu e pyurittsa-shou Kameraman Sawada Kyoichi no Seitoshi

Release Date: November 03rd, 2020

Duration: 115 mins.

Director: Sho Igarashi

Writer: N/A

Starring: Sata Sawada, Akihiko Okamura,

The film is being screened at the Tokyo Photographic Museum where there is a permanent exhibition of cameras and other items used by the Japanese photographer Kyoichi Sawada who died 50 years ago in Cambodia at the age of 34 after making his name covering the Vietnam war. There are tens of thousands of negatives that are in the museum’s possession, his metal helmet and press badge.

Synopsis: A documentary about the life of Kyoichi Sawada, a news photographer who won many awards including the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert Capa Prize for his coverage of the Vietnam War. The film uses testimonies from family and colleagues as well as numerous photographs and negatives left by Sawada to tell his story.

Beautiful Dreamer    Beautiful Dreamer Film Poster

ビューティフルドリーマー Byu-tefuru Dori-ma-

Release Date: November 06th, 2020

Duration: 75 mins.

Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro

Writer: Yusuke Moriguchi (Script), Mamoru Oshii (Original Story)

Starring: Sara Ogawa, Kanro Morita, Fuju Kamio, Riko Fujitani, Sayaka Akimoto, Takumi Saito, Shieri Hiro,

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Production I.G and video and music label Avex teamed up to create Cinema Lab, a live-action film label dedicated to making works with people who have a proven track record of success. People involved include Cinema Lab added directors Kazuya Konaka (Ultraman series, Deep Red Love) and Shinichiro Ueda (One Cut of the Dead) and Mamoru Oshii (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell). Beautiful Dreamer is their first project. The director is Katsuyuki Motohiro who works between live-action and anime. He is the director of many installments of the Bayside Shakedown series as well as the chief director for the first two Psycho-Pass series and the 2015 film and the Human Lost CG film.

Synopsis: Sara (Sara Ogawa) is the leader of a university filmmaking circle called Sensho Design University Film Research Group, and they are preparing for the school festival by attempting to make a student film. The thing is, they have never made a film before! However, Sara has a mysterious dream about “something in the corner of the classroom,” and she follows her dream to find a really old cardboard box, inside of which is an old script, a production note, and 16mm film. These items have been handed down over the generations of the club. The note says “Whenever we try to shoot, something terrifying happens.” Sara, together with the club members and almuni, decides this is the project they will make.

Monster Strike The Movie: Lucifer Zetsubou no Yoake    Monster Strike The Movie Lucifer Zetsubou no Yoake Film Poster

モンスターストライク THE MOVIE ルシファー 絶望の夜明け Dounika Naru Hibi

Release Date: October 23rd, 2020

Duration: 127 mins.

Director: Koubun Shizuno

Writer: Masaya Honda (Script), 

Starring: Yoko Hikasa (Lucifer), Yui Ogura (Pandora), Souma Saitou (Noah), Nana Mizuki (Arthur), Maaya Uchida (Solomon),

Animation Production: Anima, Dynamo Pictures

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Synopsis: Ren Homura has mastered the “Monster Strike” game and his dragon Oragon is still by his side but Lucifer has plans to bring destruction and despair.

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