Life: Untitled, Flight on the Water, Looking for Magical DoReMi, Japan Sinks: 2020, Date A Bullet Nightmare or Queen, Fafner THE BEYOND, Ling Tosite Shigure 15th anniversary #4 for Extreaming, Vanitas, Onkio Haus Melody – Go – Round Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend everyone

I hope you are all well

This is part one of the trailer post and it will cover films I have already written about in some form. The ones gathered here have been taken from my Annecy, Japan Cuts, and TokyoIFF 2020 posts. 

In terms of what I have done this week, I have gone to work and posted reviews of two Lisa Takeba films, The Pinkie and Haruko‘s Paranormal LaboratoryI have watched the films Lisa and the DevilZodiac, and VHS2.

What is released this weekend?

Life Untitled Film Poster

Life: Untitled   

タイトル、拒絶  Taitoru, kyozetsu

Release Date: November 13th, 2020

Duration: 98 mins.

Director: Kana Yamada

Writer: Kana Yamada (Screenplay)

Starring: Sairi Ito, Yuri Tsunematsu, Reiko Kataoka, Denden, Aimi Satsukawa, Kokoro Morita, War Marui, Aika Yukihira,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Based on a stage play by the director, this film stars Sairi Ito (Love and Other Cults) as Kanou, one of a number of young women working in a Tokyo escort service operating from a rundown office where the women all wait for calls and becomes a witness to others between their visits to local love hotels.

Flight on the Water Film Poster

Flighon the Water   

水上のフライト Suijo no Furaito

Release Date: November 13th, 2020

Duration: 106 mins.

Director: Atsushi Kaneshige

Writer: Akihiro Dobashi, Atsushi Kaneshige (Script), 

Starring: Ayami Nakajo, Yosuke Sugino, Nene Otsuka, Sara Takatsuki, Ami Tomite, Yukiyoshi Ozawa,


Akihiro Dobashi wrote the script as an original story inspired by the interaction with the real Japanese paracanoe player, Monica Seta.

Synopsis: Haruka (Ayami Nakajo) is a promising athlete aiming to be the best at the high jump but her career is cut short by an accident which leaves her paralysed from the waist down. Haruka loses hope and sinks into misery but regains hope when she meets people who  view disabilities as individuality traits and she hears about paracanoe which motivates her to train in the sport.

Looking for Magical DoReMi Film Poster

Looking for Magical DoReMi       

魔女見習いをさがして Majo Minarai o Sagashite

Release Date: November 13th, 2020

Duration: 90 mins.

Director: Junichi Sato, Yu Kamatani

Writer: Midori Kuriyama (Script), 

Starring: Chiemi Chiba (Doremi Harukaze), Rena Matsui (Mire Yoshizuki), Aoi Morikawa (Sora Nagase), Kanako Momota (Reika Kawatani), Tomoko Akiya (Hazuki Fujiwara),

Animation Production: Toei Animation

Website ANN MAL

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the popular magical girl anime Magical Witch Doremi, a series that was broadcast for four years from 1999, a movie version has been created that depicts a magical story for adults with three new heroines in the lead. The voices of the three heroines are Aoi Morikawa, Rena Matsui, and Kanako Momota.

Synopsis: 27-year-old Tokyo office worker Mire Yoshizuki has just returned to Japan, while 22-year-old fourth-year college student Sora Nagase aspires to be a teacher, and 20-year-old boyish Reika Kawatani is a part-time Hiroshima okonomiyaki shop worker and freelancer. What draws together these three women from completely different walks of life is a magic gem related to “Doremi” that allows them to embark on a journey and remember things they once thought important but forgot as adults.


Japan Sinks: 2020 “The Beginning of the End”   Japan Sinks Theatrical Edition

日本沈没 2020 劇場編集版 シズマヌキボウNihon Chinbotsu 2020 Gekijō henshu-ban shizumanukibou

Release Date: November 13th, 2020

Duration: 151 mins.

Director: Masaaki Yuasa

Writer: Toshio Yoshitaka (Script), Sakyo Komatsu (Original Creator)

Starring: Masaki Terasoma (Koichiro Muto), Tomo Muranaka (Go Muto), Yuko Sasaki (Mari Muto), Reina Ueda (Ayumu Muto),

Animation Production: Science SARU

Website ANN MAL

This is the theatrical cut of an anime that was released on Netflix in July of this year. The re-edit was handled by Masaaki (Ping Pong: The Animation and was a unit director on The Night is Short Walk On Girl) Yuasa who is given the director’s credit.

This anime is an adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu’s science-fiction novel of the same name. It has previously been adapted into a live-action film twice, one version directed by Shinji Higuchi in 2006, the other directed by Shiro Moritani in 1973. This newest version is a 10 episode anime that has been produced by animation outfit Science SARU for Netflix and is another collaboration for the two following Devilman Crybaby. Toshio Yoshitaka (Dragon Ball Super) is credited with penning the script adapted the book. Music comes from Kensuke Ushio (Ping Pong the Animation, A Silent Voice, Devilman Crybaby).

Synopsis: Sometime in the modern era, a series of natural disasters hit Japan, from volcanic eruptions to earthquakes and they begin to cause massive tectonic shifts that threaten the Japanese archipelago. It’s looking like the country will sink into the sea as the country shifts towards a trench. Amidst all of this mounting disaster, the Muto family attempt to escape Tokyo.



Date A Bullet Nightmare or Queen    Date A Bullet Nightmare or Queen Film Poster   

デート・ア・バレット ナイトメア・オア・クイーン De-to a baretto Naitomea oa kui-n

Release Date: November 13th, 2020

Duration: 29 mins.

Director: Jun Nakagawa

Writer: Yuichiro Higashide (Screenplay), Koushi Tachibana (Original Creator)

Starring: Asami Sanada (Kurumi Tokisaki), Kaede Hondo (Hibiki Higoromo), Rina Hidaka (Panie Ibusaki), Natsumi Fujiwara (Isami Hijikata), Mariya Ise (Tsuan), Saori Oonishi (White Queen), Asami Seto (Yui Sagakura),

Animation Production: GEEK TOYS

Website ANN MAL

The second part of the pre- and post-animation of the spin-off novel “Date A Bullet”, a spin-off from the light novel “Date A Live” by Koushi Tachibana.

Synopsis: An amnesiac young girl named Empty has found herself in another world where girls known as semi-Spirits have gathered to battle.


Fafner THE BEYOND Episodes 7, 8, 9    Fafner THE BEYOND Episodes 7, 8, 9 Film Poster

蒼穹のファフナー THE BEYOND 第七話・第八話・第九話 Soukyuu no Fafner THE BEYOND Dai nana-wa dai hachi-wa dai kyū-wa

Release Date: November 13th, 2020

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 piloted by teens who battle creatures called “Festum”. It’s a long-running franchise and this latest season has batches of three episodes hived off and put in cinemas. Since there are 12 episodes in the series, there will be one more screened. 


Ling Tosite Shigure 15th anniversary #4 for Extreaming Live Edition

凛として時雨 15th anniversary #4 for Extreaming Live Edition Rin Toshite Shigure 15th anniversary #4 for Extreaming Live Edition

Release Date: November 13th, 2020

Duration: 80 mins.

Director: Kentaro Saisho

Writer: N/A

Starring: TK, 345, “Pierre” Nakano,


Synopsis: The band Ling Tosite Shigure (Wikipedia link) are celebrating 15 years since the release of their debut album and that celebration includes the release of the remastered album “# 4 -Retornado-” on November 11, 2020. A film showing a live performance centred on early songs such as the ones recorded for their debut album “# 4”, rehearsal videos and unreleased songs are part of the film.

Vanitas    Vanitas Film Poster

ヴァニタス Banitasu

Release Date: November 13th, 2020

Duration: 104 mins.

Director: Takuya Uchiyama

Writer: Takuya Uchiyama, Tatsuhiro Murayama (Script), Tatsuhiro Murayama (Original Story)

Starring: Gaku Hosokawa, Gen Ogawa, YASU, Yudai Nogawa, Kiyohiko Shibukawa,

Takuya Uchiyama had a film at the Tokyo International Film Festival and one released last week. I believe this is his debut, a film that was at the Pia Film Festival 2016 where it won the Cinema Fan Award (Pia Eiga Seikatsu prize).

Here’s a review of the film.

Synopsis: Shibihara, Ito, Tachibana, and Nagai are in their third year of university and like to slack off and hang out at a basketball court rather than go to class. They are friends but in the loosest sense of the word and don’t know much about each other but it will soon change as the troubles of one of them emerge.


Onkio Haus Melody – Go – Round    Onkio Haus Melody - Go - Round Film Poster

音響ハウス Melody-Go-Round Onkio Hausu Melody – Go – Round

Release Date: November 14th, 2020

Duration: 99 mins.

Director: Hiromi Aihara

Writer: N/A

Starring: Yoshiyuki Sahashi, Yoshifumi Iiyo, Yukihiro Takahashi, Akira Inoue, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Akiko Yano, David Lee Roth,


Synopsis: A documentary about the recording studio Onkio House in Ginza, Tokyo, which was where a lot of city pop albums were recorded in the 1970s and 1980s. Established in December 1974, the studio has been loved by domestic and foreign artists by constantly providing an environment where an original sound can be recorded faithfully, and many masterpieces have been produced. Various artists, including Ryuichi Sakamoto who has been using the studio since the Yellow Magic Orchestra era, give backround to their work at the place while the documentary also looks at the producers and engineers who were working there at the time of city pop. There is also footage of the recording of a collaboration song “Melody-Go-Round” involving various artists.

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