Tengaramon, New Interpretation Records of the Three Kingdoms, Bolt, Yes ka no ka hanbunka / Yes, No, or Maybe Half?, Masaka no Kintarou, Burai, Our Sweetest Murder Plan, Lady to Lady, Sensha Toso Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, everyone.

Ten Dark Women Beach Scene

One step closer to Christmas.

I have spent this week watching some of the freshest Japanese films that are due out soon as part of festival work while, in a stark contrast, I posted reviews for two films from the golden age of Japanese cinema: Fires on the Plain and Ten Dark Women. Both films are by Kon Ichikawa and I highly recommend them.

This is what has been released this weekend:

Tengaramon    Tengaramon Film Poster   

天外者(てんがらもん) Tengaramon

Release Date: December 11th, 2020

Duration: 109 mins.

Director: Mitsutoshi Tanaka

Writer: Eriko Komatsu (Script), Takehiko Hata (Original Novel)

Starring: Haruma Miura, Shohei Miura, Aoi Morikawa, Mariko Tsutsui, Takanori Nishikawa, Misako Renbutsu,

Website  IMDB

One of the final films of Haruma Miura who tragically passed away earlier this year.

Synopsis: Spanning the years from the Bakumatsu to the early Meiji Period, ‘Tengaramon’ depicts the life of ‘Godai Tomoatsu’ (Miura). Born in the Satsuma domain at a time when Samurai were still a going concern, the arrival of Commodore Perry awakened the awareness that the world was going to change in the young man. Determined to seize the moment and help his nation, he worked as Meiji government officer and then a businessman who laid the foundation for Osaka to become a commercial city. 

New Interpretation Records of the Three Kingdoms    New Interpretation Records of the Three Kingdoms Film Poster

新解釈・三國志 Shinkaishaku Sangokushi

Release Date: December 11th, 2020

Duration: 113 mins.

Director: Yuichi Fukuda

Writer: Yuichi Fukuda (Script), 

Starring: Yo Oizumi, Tsuyoshi Muro, Satoshi Hashimoto, Tsutomu Takahashi, Takayuki Yamada, Yuu Shirota, Jiro Sato, Shinnosuke Abe, Kanna Hashimoto, Mizuki Yamamoto,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Chinese history gets a comedic remix in this film as we travel 1800 years into the past and enter the warring states period. A military commander, Liu Bei, wishes to unite the land but before that can happen, the “Battle of Red Cliffs“, must take place and none of the players are all that serious…

Bolt    Bolt Film Poster

Release Date: December 11th, 2020

Duration: 80 mins.

Director: Kaizo Hayashi

Writer: Kaizo Hayashi (Script), 

Starring: Masatoshi Nagase, Shiro Sano, Hirohito Goto, Kazuhiko Kanayama, Kaito Yoshimura, Masami Horiuchi, Shima Ohnishi, Sarara Tsukifune,


An omnibus film where Masatoshi Nagase takes the lead role in each story.

Synopsis: Bolt

Following an earthquake, a bolt in a nuclear power plant comes loose and radioactive cooling water begins to leak from a pipe. A group of men volunteer to stop the leak by tightening the bolt.


Two men go to a house in an area 20 kilometres away from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. It is in an area designated as evacuation zone, but an elderly person refused to leave and so when that person dies, these two men are assigned to clear out their belongings.

Good Year

A woman who has abandoned her family on Christmas night travels to a factory where a man is creating something. 


Yes ka no ka hanbunka / Yes, No, or Maybe Half?

イエスかノーか半分かIesu ka no ka hanbunka

Release Date: December 11th, 2020

Duration: 89 mins.

Director: Masahiro Takata

Writer: Masahiro Takata (Script), Michi Ichiho (Original Creator)

Starring: Atsushi Abe (Kei Kunieda), Yoshihisa Kawahara (Ushio Tsuzuki),

Animation Production: Lesprit,

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: Kei Kunieda is a young and popular TV announcer known as “the prince”. He got this moniker from being friendly, handsome and damn near perfect in everything he does but, in reality, it’s a perfect façade because in his private life, he doesn’t make as much of an effort and secretly despises anyone who makes a mistake. One day, Kei meets animation artist Ushio Tsuzuki for a work assignment who discovers the “private” Kei… 

Masaka no Kintarou    Masaka no Kintarou Film Poster

まるだせ金太狼 Masaka no Kintarou

Release Date: December 11th, 2020

Duration: 89 mins.

Director: Hideki Araki

Writer: Yuzo Yoku(Script), Naomi Guren (Original Creator)

Starring: Souma Saito (Makoto Onodera), Toshiyuki Morikawa (Kintaro Masaka),

Animation Production: Seven

Website ANN MAL

The concept is questionable and the trailer is not safe for work…

Synopsis: Makoto attends the prestigious Onodera Academy, a place run by his grandfather until the old man passed away. He left Makoto in the care of his school staff and it is revealed that in his will, the old man declared – “The one man who is able to seduce Makoto with his superb sexual techniques will be given the right to take over as Onodera Academy’s new principal!”

Dun, dun, DUUUUUN! Makoto now becomes the target of sexual harassment of every faculty member. Desperate to protect his virginity, Makoto seeks help from his childhood friend (and the man who he has always loved), Kintaro.

Burai    Burai Film poster

無頼 Burai

Release Date: December 12th, 2020

Duration: 104 mins.

Director: Toyofumi Tsuji

Writer: Yoshishi Sano, Naoto Tsuzuki, Kazuyuki Izutsu (Script), 

Starring: Toshio Matsumoto, Yurina Yanagi, Tatsuya Nakamura, Shin Shimizu, Yohei Matsukado, Karou Endo, Goro Sato,


Synopsis: 40 years of the Showa period are seen in this yakuza drama which we are taken through by a man named Masaharu (Toshio Matsumoto), who we first meet just after World War II as he and others rejected by society as “unreliable people” set up their own crime family. 

Our Sweetest Murder Plan    Our Sweetest Murder Plan Film Poster

愛しのダディー殺害計画 Shinkaishaku Sangokushi

Release Date: December 11th, 2020

Duration: 28 mins.

Director: Nanako Irie

Writer: Nanako Irie(Script),

Starring: Serena Motola, Michaela Wako Sato, Keigo Oka, Yoko Yano, Yoshitaka Hosokawa,


Actress and model Serena Motola joins former idol and current YouTuber Michela Sato, in a short film that depicts them as sisters who plan to kill their beloved father after he says he wants to remarry.

Synopsis: Mari (Michela Sato) and Emma (Serena Motola) are sisters who have lived in harmony with their gentle father (Keigo Oka) since their mother left home with her lover 14 years ago. But one morning, their father says, “I want to get married again.” The sisters, who don’t want to lose their father decide to kill him with their own hands and rope in a childhood friend to help them… 

Lady to Lady    Lady to Lady Film Poster

レディ・トゥ・レディ Redei to Redei

Release Date: December 11th, 2020

Duration:90 mins.

Director: Hirokazu Fujisawa

Writer: Hirokazu Fujisawa (Script),

Starring: Chika Uchida, Chihiro Otsuka, Shinya Niiro, Houka Kinosita, Hazuki Shimizu, Tomoko Ikuta,


Shall We Dance? gets a female spin in this story of two women enjoying  ballroom dancing and revitalising their lives. Chihiro Otsuka and Chika Uchida have good comedy presences and there’s also some social commentary by the looks of things.

Synopsis: Mako Suzuki (Chihiro Otsuka), a busy housewife, and Ichika Jojima (Chika Uchida), a struggling actress, find themselves stepping into the limelight through competitive ballroom dancing. It may sound like a departure for two 30-something women but they have form since they did it in high school and when they try it out again after being reunited at their school alumni party, they decided to form a competitive dance couple to recapture their youth. The two practice hard but there is controversy over the pros and cons of a female pair and also there is a struggle to balance their dream and real life.

Sensha Toso    Sensha Toso Film Poster

戦車闘争 Sensha Toso

Release Date: December 12th, 2020

Duration: 104 mins.

Director: Toyofumi Tsuji

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A


Synopsis: A documentary about a Vietnam-era anti-war movement that focussed on tanks that were stationed in a US military repair facility in Kanagawa prefecture in 1972. The U.S. Army Sagami General Depot in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, transported its vehicles via the naval base in Yokohama for return to the battlefield. Japanese citizens blocked the transportation of tanks in a protest that lasted for about 100 days. The film collects testimonies and archival materials from 54 people, including protesters, local shopkeepers, city council members, and experts from different sides. Through this film, an examination of Japan-US relations and the problems of Japan’s post-war Constitution are revealed. 


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