Nosari: Impermanent Eternity, HOKUSAI, Tomorrow’s Dinner Table, JUN KASAI Crazy Monkey “KYO-EN”, Gekijou kanzenhan Tetsuya Kumakawa Carmina Burana 2021, Sozo (Imagination) Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, everyone!

I hope you are all well.

The state of emergency in Japan continues to grind on as the government struggles to control Covid-19. It has been extended until the end of June. Rules have been relaxed for some business and cinemas will be able to open but with reduced hours.

This week was dedicated to posting about Nippon Connection 2021. I covered film highlights as well as the different sections: Nippon Cinema, Nippon Visions, Nippon Documentaries, Nippon Animation.

I watched the films And Soon the DarknessNatural Born KillersCannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwelllers, and Takeshi Kitano’s A Scene at the Sea and Kids Return. The Heroic Purgatory podcast also launched its latest episode which is dedicated to Kitano’s HANA-BI. I had fun revisiting the director’s works and interesting talking about interpretations.

What is released this weekend? This is a two-part trailer post so come back tomorrow for more!

Nosari: Impermanent Eternity   Nosari Impermanent Eternity Film Poster

のさりの島Nosari no Shima

Release Date: May 29th, 2021

Duration: 129 mins.

Director: Tatsuya Yamamoto

Writer: Tatsuya Yamamoto (Screenplay), 

Starring: Kisetsu Fujiwara, Chisako Hara, Ami Sugihara, Manami Nakata, Akira Emoto,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: A young man has travelled to Amakusa in Kumamoto Prefecture to scam a lonely old woman out of her money. The old woman invites him into her life and claims that he is her grandson Shota. Taken by surprise by the old woman’s warm reception, he decides to stay and finds something like a home for the first time. He gets roped into various aspects of life in Amakusa including a heritage project searching for images and footage of the area. 

HOKUSAI     Hokusai Film Poster

Release Date: May 28th, 2021

Duration: 129 mins.

Director: Hajime Hashimoto

Writer: Ren Kawahara (Script), 

Starring: Yuya Yagira, Min Tanaka, Hiroshi Abe, Haruka Imou, Munetaka Aoki, Eita, Miori Takimoto, Hiroshi Tamaki, Kanji Tsuda, Yuski Tsujimoto,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: This film depicts scenes from the life of Katsushika Hokusai, both in youth (Yuya Yagira) as an unpopular and poor painter struggling to find his place in the art world, and in old age (Min Tanaka) as someone who still has passion for painting and strives to improve his work. The film shows key moments, such as the patronage of Shigezaburo Tsutaya (Hiroshi Abe), a publisher who would support his talent and help him create his own innovative paintings at a time when the shogunate cracked down on art.

 

Tomorrow’s Dinner Table    Tomorrow's Dinner Table Film Poster

明日の食卓 Ashita no Shokutaku

Release Date: May 28th, 2021

Duration: 124 mins.

Director: Takahisa Zeze

Writer: Tomoko Ogawa (Screenplay), Michiko Yazuki (Original Novel)

Starring: Miho Kanno, Mitsuki Takahata, Machiko Ono, Soko Wada, Maho Yamada, Makiko Watanabe, Shun Sugata, Shohei Uno,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: This drama surround three women who each have a 10-year-old son with the name of Yu Ishibashi. One woman is Kana Ishibashi (Mitsuki Takahata), a 30-year-old single mother living in Osaka who makes a living working part-time. Another is Asumi Ishibashi (Machiko Ono), a 36-year-old housewife in Shizuoka. The final one is Rumiko Ishibashi (Miho Kanno) who, at 43 years old, works as a freelance writer and is married to Yutaka, a freelance cameraman. They lead busy but happy lives, but when a trivial incident occurs, their lives begin to come apart at the seams and their frustration and anger are directed at their sons.

JUN KASAI Crazy Monkey “KYO-EN”    Kyo-en Film Poster

狂猿 Kyouen

Release Date: May 28th, 2021

Duration: 124 mins.

Director: Jun Kawaguchi

Writer: N/A

Starring: Jun Kasai, Takashi Sasaki, Minoru Fujita, Tomoaki Honma, Ryuji Ito, Danny Havoc,

Website

Synopsis: Jun Kasai is a popular wrestler who is nicknamed “Crazy Monkey” due to his insane style in the ring. His charismatic performances have earned him the moniker King of the Deathmatch. Kasai took time out in 2020 to recover from injuries sustained while wrestling. His comeback stumbled due to the Covid-19 pandemic but he finally re-emerged into the spotlight during the long-awaited “Day of Resurrection” of the Deathmatch King. This documentary shows this side of his life but also goes into his personal life by showing him as a family man. 

Gekijou kanzenhan Tetsuya Kumakawa Carmina Burana 2021    Gekijou kanzenhan Tetsuya Kumakawa Carmina Burana 2021 Film Poster

劇場完全版 熊川哲也 カルミナ・ブラーナ 2021 Gekijou kanzenhan Kumakawa Tetsuya Karumina Bura-na 2021

Release Date: May 28th, 2021

Duration: 88 mins.

Director: Tetsuya Kumakawa

Writer: Tetsuya Kumakawa (Screenplay), 

Starring: Kaito Sekino, Yuya Takahashi, Mina Kobayashi, Tetsuya Kumagawa, Saya Narita,

Website

Synopsis: The ballet “Carmina Burana,” was first performed in 2019 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Bunkamura Orchard Hall, where Tetsuya Kumakawa serves as artistic director. Kumakawa is regarded as Japan’s leading ballerina and director/choreographer and he directed, choreographed, and scripted this work. It was a highly ambitious production involving 250 performers, including a full orchestra, chorus, children’s choir, three soloists and dancers bringing to life an original story about the goddess Fortuna and her demon child Adolf. It was regarded as so difficult to put on that it was only performed twice. Last year it was performed again, only without an audience. Now people can see it on the big screen.

Sozo (Imagination)    Sozo Imagination Film Poster

想像 Sozo

Release Date: May 28th, 2021

Duration: 100 mins.

Director: Shingo Ohta

Writer: N/A

Starring: Yuri Itabashi, Toshiki Okada, Chieko Asakura, Riki Ishikura, Ayaka Shibutani,

Website

Synopsis: A documentary shot over two years that follows the theatre company chelfitsch and their revival of “Five Days in March” for a performance in Paris. The play is one of their masterpieces and a work that had a massive impact on playwrights across Japan and won the 49th Kishida Kunio Drama Award in 2005. The play places importance on the actors’ imagination in the creation process and it allows them they let loose with their bodies and speech on a stage with minimal props and set.

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