The Murders of Oiso, In Those Days, Liar x Liar, The Pledge to Megumi, Shin Dekotora no Shu: Eagle Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, people!

We’re back for more movies!

This week I posted a review for the “Kengo Kora plays a stalker” film Under Your Bed and I wrote about the Japanese films at the Berlin International Film Festival. I watched a grip of films, including Romance DollColorless, and Shohei Imamura’s The Eel because I will be recording the first episode of the second season of Heroic Purgatory soon.

What is released this weekend?

The Murders of Oiso  The Murders of Oiso Film Poster

ある殺人、落葉のころに Aru satsujin, rakuyo no koro ni

Release Date: February 20th, 2021

Duration: 79 mins.

Director: Takuya Misawa

Writer: Takuya Misawa (Screenplay)

Starring: Koji Moriya, Haya Nakazaki, Yusaku Mori, Shugo Nagashima, Natsuko Hori, Ena Koshino, Chun Yip Lo, Toko Narushima,

Website    IMDB

After debuting at the 2019 Busan International Film Festival, The Murders of Oiso was screened at the Osaka Asian Film Festival 2020 where took the Japan Cuts Award. It is the sophomore feature from director Takuya Misawa who made waves with his 2015 debut Chigasaki Story. He returns with a slice-of-life film shot with a Hong Kong crew in a cut-up narrative that has a noirish atmosphere as he looks at the shadowy side of the titular town and its citizens.

Here’s my review and here’s my interview with director Takuya Misawa.

Synopsis: Taking place in another seaside town, The Murders of Oiso is a noirish slice-of-life story set in the picturesque location of Oiso. It concerns how small-scale corruption is revealed when four friends, Tomoki (Haya Nakazaki), Shun (Koji Moriya), Kazuya (Yusaku Mori), and Eita (Shugo Nagashima) confront the crimes of the people around them and themselves after the death of an influential man in the town.

In Those Days    In Those Days Film Poster

あの頃。 Ano Koro

Release Date: February 19th, 2021

Duration: 117 mins.

Director: Rikiya Imaizumi

Writer: Masanori Tominaga (Script), Mikito Tsurugi (Original Autobiographical Manga)

Starring: Tori Matsuzaka, Taiga Nakano, Takashi Yamanaka, Ryuya Wakaba, Tateto Serizawa, Kentaro Kokado, Seina Nakata,

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Synopsis: Mikito Tsurugi (Tori Matsuzaka) has failed to enter a university, doesn’t have a job or a girl. Depressed, all he can do is eat and watch TV which is where he sees an Aya Matsuura music video and becomes a fan of the Hello! Project idols. He enters the world of fandom and forms the band “Renai Kenkyukai” with others he meets at an idol event and they form a close-knit band. However, as time goes by, various band members leave to do other things with life. When they learn that one of their number has cancer, the band reunite.

Liar x Liar    Liar x Liar Film Poster

ライアー×ライアー Raia- x Raia-

Release Date: February 19th, 2021

Duration: 117 mins.

Director: Saiji Yakumo

Writer: Yuichi Tokunaga (Script), Renjuro Kindaichi (Original Manga)

Starring: Hokuto Matsumura, Nana Mori, Yuta Koseki, Mayu Hotta, Ryosuke Takei, Shoko Aida,

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Synopsis: Minato (Nana Mori) and her stepbrother Toru (Hokuto Matsumura) are both university students. While he is handsome and popular with the opposite sex,  she is mousy and hates his womanising ways. One day, Minato’s friend gives her a makeover as a high school girl and she goes out in public. When Toru sees her, he doesn’t recognise her. No, instead he falls in love… 

The Pledge to Megumi    The Pledge to Megumi Film Poster

ライアー×ライアー Raia- x Raia-

Release Date: February 19th, 2021

Duration: 117 mins.

Director: Sho Nobushi

Writer: Yuichi Tokunaga (Script), 

Starring: Natsuki, Daijiro Harada, Tomoko Ishimura, Gitan Otsuru, Masao Komatsu, Mineko Nishikawa,


Synopsis: Based on the real and tragic case of Megumi Yokota who was abducted by North Korean agents in 1977 from her home in Niigata Prefecture. In a dramatic imagining of what happened, it shows Megumi working hard to get back to Japan and also a meeting with another abductee who trains North Korean agents in Japanese culture. You can find out more about the true story here.

Shin Dekotora no Shu: Eagle    Shin Dekotora no Shu Washi Film Poster

新 デコトラのシュウ 鷲 Shin Dekotora no Shu: Washi

Release Date: February 19th, 2021

Duration: 107 mins.

Director: Hideyuki Katsuki

Writer: Hideyuki Katsuki, Shigeru Don (Script), 

Starring: Sho Aikawa, Ayame Gouriki, Masaru Mizuno, Junko Miyashita, Shunsuke Kubozuka, Tamao Sato,


The sixth in a series of the comedy series which is about a guy played by Sho Aikawa who travels across Japan with a colourful Dekotora truck. Ayame Goriki (nice to see her again after Black Butler) is the female lead.

Synopsis: Shu (Sho Aikawa) falls in love with an enka singer named Suzume (Ayame Gouriki) who is looking for her father. Shu volunteers to help while his friends try to set him up with Suzume.

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