ARIA The CREPUSCOLO, The Sun Does Not Move, Kokumin no sentaku, 14-Sai no shiori, NO CALL NO LIFE, The Drifting Post Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Middle of the Week!

Eiji Funakoshi Ten Dark Women

I hope that you are all well.

I’m going to be covering the Osaka Asian Film Festival from the UK for this year. Due to Covid-19, travel has been cancelled but the internet is still a thing. I’ve been working for the fest for a while already and I’ve now moved on to writing reviews. I’ll be posting them here and hopefully getting some on V-Cinema. So, starting soon, reviews of some of the latest Asian films to hit cinema screens will be coming! This is why the trailer post is a couple of days early.

What is released in Japan this weekend?

ARIA The CREPUSCOLO    ARIA The CREPUSCOLO Film Poster

Tokyo 7th シスターズ 僕らは青空になるTokyo 7th Shisuta-zu Bokura wa Aozora ni Naru

Release Date: March 05th, 2021

Duration: 61 mins.

Chief Director: Junichi Sato, Director: Takahiro Natori

Writer: Junichi Sato (Script), Kozue Amano (Original Creator),

Starring: Erino Hazuki (Akari Mizunashi), Ai Kayano (Anya Dostoyevskaya), Akeno Watanabe (Maa), Chinami Nishimura (aria), Chiwa Saito (Aika S. Granzchesta),

Animation Production: J.C.Staff

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis via MAL: The season is fall and the city of Neo-Venezia is covered in fallen leaves. Something is bothering Anya, who works at Orange Planet. Her senior colleagues Alice and Athena haven’t seen each other due to their busy schedules, which is making Athena feel sad. But for some reason, Alice seems to be avoiding her altogether. With her friends Ai and Azusa’s help, Anya tries to find a definitive way for Alice and Athena to get together. But during this time, Anya learns of a situation that only she can see because of where she stands.

The Sun Does Not Move    The Sun Does Not Move Film Poster

太陽は動かない Taiyo wa Ugokanai

Release Date: March 05th, 2021

Duration: 110 mins.

Director: Eiichiro Hasumi

Writer: Tamio Hayashi (Script), Shuichi Yoshida (Original Novel)

Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ryoma Takeuchi, Han Hyo-joo, Byun Yo-han, Hayato Ichihara, Sara Minami, Arisa Yagi,

Website IMDB JFDB

Synopsis: Kazuhiko Takano (Tatsuya Fujiwara) and Ryoichi Taoka (Ryoma Takeuchi) are industrial spies who are contracted in a battle for information on solar energy development that every country on Earth covets. This information reveals a conspiracy about the technology that could shake the foundations of Japan! 

Kokumin no sentaku    Kokumin no sentaku Film Poster

国民の選択 Kokumin no sentaku

Release Date: March 05th, 2021

Duration: 75 mins.

Director: Masaki Miyamoto

Writer: Masaki Miyamoto (Script), 

Starring: Atomu Mizuishi, Seiko Senoo, Arisa Matsunaga, Haru Izumi, Naoki Inukai,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: A film set in the near future where a referendum is held on the use of nuclear power. Akira Takahashi, a member of the town council, instructs his family to vote for the nuclear power plant. His son, Atsushi, who works as a security guard at a plant obviously needs the plant for his job but Atsushi’s fiancé Naoko has become sceptical about nuclear power… 

14-Sai no shiori    14-Sai no shiori Film Poster

14歳の栞 14-Sai no shiori

Release Date: March 05th, 2021

Duration: 120 mins.

Director: Ryo Takebayashi

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Website

Synopsis: A documentary that follows 35 junior high school who are in that awkward transitional period between childhood and adulthood. There is no main character, just the close observation of these kids who will be easy to relate to. 

NO CALL NO LIFE    NO CALL NO LIFE Film Poster

Release Date: March 05th, 2021

Duration: 107 mins.

Director: Aya Igashi

Writer: Aya Igashi (Script), Yukako Kabei (Original Novel)

Starring: Mio Yuki, Yuki Inoue, Atsuhiro Inukai, Sakurako Konishi, Aina Yamada, Kiita Komagine,

Website

Synopsis: Sakura Umi (Mio Yuki) and Harukawa Masahiro (Yuki Inoue) both attend the same school but are different in personality. She’s a decent girl while he is a problem child. They do have something in common: not knowing love. They find it in each other when their paths cross due to a mysterious message from the past that is left on an answering machine of Sakura’s phone  but when they discover the source of that message… 

The Drifting Post  The Drifting Post Film Poster

漂流ポスト Hyouryu Posuto

Release Date: March 05th, 2021

Duration: 30 mins.

Director: Kento Shimizu

Writer: Kento Shimizu (Script), 

Starring: Rise Yukinaka, Yurine Nakao, Miki Kamioka, Daisuke Nagakura, Kojo Oda, Megumi Uemura, Kota Fuji,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Similar to the Phone Box of the Wind, there is a post box in the mountains of Iwate Prefecture that was put up to contact the people who died in the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami. It is through this that people can ease the pain in their hearts by contacting the dead. Following the 2011 tsunami, it became something used beyond the disaster. One girl who has lost her best friend finds a time capsule with letters inside… 

3 thoughts on “ARIA The CREPUSCOLO, The Sun Does Not Move, Kokumin no sentaku, 14-Sai no shiori, NO CALL NO LIFE, The Drifting Post Japanese Film Trailers

  1. lontongstroong

    Glad the OAFF will be held online for audiences from outside of Japan.
    BTW I thought you’d post trailers from Moosic Lab Competition’s participants. Tried to get a seat to watch a few, it turned to be the most sought-after among them. One of them even got sold out in a mere of a couple of hours, and the ticket was sold the day the movie screened with no advance booking (to adhere with the government’s regulation).

    1. There are only two films available via their streaming service: WHOLE and For Rei. Both are strong dramas and I did interview the director of the latter.

      That’s interesting to hear about the popularity of MOOSIC Lab. If I lived in Japan full-time and was a better writer, I’d probably try to attend more screenings. Thanks for the insight.

      I haven’t had much of a chance to check out many of the latest MOOSIC Lab joints but I have watched POP! and intend to interview the director of that!

      1. lontongstroong

        “I haven’t had much of a chance to check out many of the latest MOOSIC Lab joints but I have watched POP! and intend to interview the director of that!”

        Definitely looking forward to it!

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