The Man Who Was There, Tane wa Dare no Mono, Tabun, The Werewolf Game: Death Game’s Operator, Hotel Royal, The Legacy of Dr. Death: Black File, Sakura, The Believers Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, part two!

Haruko's Paranormal Laboratory Film Image

I hope you are all still feeling good.

In the time between this post and the last, I have watched Memories of Murder as prep for another instalment of the Heroic Purgatory podcast.

What else is released this weekend?

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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?

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Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory 春子超常現象研究所 Dir: Lisa Takeba (2015)

Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory    Haruko'sParanormal Laboratory Film Poster

春子超常現象研究所「 Haruko Chojo Gensho Kenkyujo」

Release Date: December 05th, 2015

Duration: 73 mins.

Director: Lisa Takeba

Writer: Lisa Takeba (Screenplay),

Starring: Aoi Nakamura, Moeka Nozaki, Fumiyo Kohinata, Sayaka Aoki, Takumi Saito, Yumiko Takahashi,

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The spirit of love and youth animates everything in Lisa Takeba’s sophomore feature. With the imagination and energy of a high schooler drunk with love for B-movies, she showers the screen with handmade sets, head-spinning moments of romance, and characters set up to accentuate the giddy energy of love as Takeba crafts a colourful, creative and offbeat tale of a maladjusted girl finding romance with a TV in a film that doesn’t belabour but parodies and placates the existential angst living creatures feel as they seek a place in the world.

The story begins  with Haruko (Moeka Nozaki), a loner with a passion for the paranormal, something she has longed to encounter since childhood when she sought out an alien abduction to free her of her high school days which were fraught with betrayal and bullying. Her only company at home is her television, an old analogue set from the 1950 which, one day, transforms into a man (Aoi Nakamura) with a TV-shaped head. Haruko names him Terebi and soon falls in love with him. Their path to true love proves to be rocky and the two have to work through issues, Haruko’s being a hatred of other people and Terebi’s being an existential crisis brought on by the fact he was once an inanimate object and not human (so what are feelings and aree his real or something he learned from a TV show!?!?!).

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The Pinkie さまよう小指 Dir: Lisa Takeba (2014)

The Pinkie   

The Pinkie Film Poster
The Pinkie Film Poster

さまよう 小指  Samayou Koyubi

Release Date: September 14th, 2014 (Japan)

Duration: 63 mins.

Director: Lisa Takeba

Writer: Lisa Takeba (Screenplay),

Starring: Ryota Ozawa, Miwako Wagatsuma, Haruka Suenaga, Kanji Tsuda,

Website

When I first saw this film I fell in love with it and hyped the director up. Lisa Takeba is one of those multi-hyphenate talents whose imagination covers writing, directing and more. She has a background in advertising and writing videogames for the likes of Nintendo so she’s got a lot of experience with different styles to work with, something which shows in this fun and insane mash-up of genres where rom-com meets offbeat sci-fi and yakuza thrills in a story that firmly places love at the centre of everything.

The story is about love as experienced by four people but it starts with two.

Since they were both five, Ryosuke (Ryota Ozawa) has been stalked by Momoko (Miwako Wagatsuma) – the ugliest girl in the village. Momoko’s love for Ryosuke is so boundless that she has her face surgically altered to suit his taste – but still, he wants nothing to do with her. Ryosuke is a louche NEET who is in love with the girlfriend of a yakuza boss, a slippery dame named Manami (Haruka Suenaga), but when the boss finds out about their affair he has Ryosuke’s little finger hacked off and chases him off. Magically, the finger falls into Momoko’s hands and she uses it to clone Ryosuke so she can finally have him (or almost him) for herself – and that’s the first five minutes of this deranged tale of pure-hearted love.

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Doran, Railroad Man, Saitan kyori wa mawarikudokute, rakka ryusui, Nekutai o Shimeta Hyakusho Ikki, Blue Forest, Kansha Hanare Zutto Issho ni Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend!

I hope you are still all feeling good.

Following yesterday’s trailer post, I jumped onto this one and then prepared material for English conversation class and prepped to go back to my regular day job. I really need to restart writing reviews for my blog!

What else is released this weekend?

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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?

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Lovers on Borders ポルトの恋人たち時の記憶 Director: Atsushi Funahashi (2018)

Lovers on Borders   Lovers on Borders Film Poster

ポルトの恋人たち 時の記憶 「Poruto no koibitotachi toki no kioku

Release Date: November 10th, 2018

Running Time: 139 mins.

Director: Atsushi Funahashi

Writer: Atsushi Funahashi, Shigeru Murakoshi (Screenplay),

Starring: Tasuku Emoto, Yuta Nakano, Ana Moreira, Antonio Duraes, Flavio Hamilton, Alex Miranda, Miguel Monteiro, Valdemar Santos,

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Lovers on Borders is an international co-production between Japan and Portugal that was released in 2018. Based on an original script by writer Shigeru Murakoshi and director Atsushi Funahashi, it tells the story of a relationship between two lost souls that defies many lines of separation. Life and death, geographical distance, language, race, religion, social class, hatred, and ultimately time are traversed in a love story that takes nearly 300 years to reach fruition.

The film starts in Japan in 2021, a year after the Tokyo Olympic Games have successfully been held but have failed to revitalise the economy and ten years after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the effects of which continue to haunt the nation.

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Futsuu ni shinu inochi no jiritsu, MISSION IN B.A.C. THE MOVIE, Musical `Touken Ranbu’ Uta Awase Ranbu Kyouran 2019 4 DX, Eiga Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to Fushigi na 1-nichi, Planet of the Red, Howl from Beyond the Fog, Hakuchi: The Innocent, Muchi no Sekai Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend (again)!

I hope you are all still well and you had a nice Halloween.

The only change between Friday and now is that I posted a review of Shinya Tsukamoto’s 1999 film Gemini and I will record an episode of the Heroic Purgatory podcast which was dedicated to Ang Lee’s 1994 film Eat Drink Man Woman.

Oh, and yesterday, I watched Phenomena and The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time.

What is released this weekend?

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