The Fable: A Contract Killer Who Doesn’t Kill, Around the Table, Rika: Self-Proclaimed 28-Years-Old Pure Love Monster, Hinomaru Soul: Heroes Behind the Scenes Japanese Film Trailers

Here is the first part of a two-part trailer post!

The Fable: A Contract Killer Who Doesn’t Kill    The Fable A Contract Killer Who Doesn't Kill Film Poster

ザ・ファブル 殺さない殺し屋 The Fable: Korosanai Koroshiya

Release Date: June 18th 2021

Duration: 123 mins.

Director: Kan Eguchi

Writer: Kan Eguchi, Masahiro Yamaura (Script), Katsuhisa Minami (Original Manga)

Starring: Junichi Okada, Fumino Kimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Yurina Hirate, Masanobu Ando, Mizuki Yamamoto, Ken Yasuda, Jiro Sato, Daisuke Miyagawa, Manami Hashimoto,

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The first film was highly enjoyable up until the extended (and overly long) finale and I felt that it captured the manga perfectly. The trailer indicates that the stunts and action have grown even more grandiose!

Synopsis: Akira Sato (Junichi Okada) is the legendary killer known as The Fable. He is continuing to keep a low profile in Osaka with his partner Yoko (Fumino Kimura) as they pretend to be ordinary siblings. He maintains his part-time job at a design company called Octopus where his boss, Takoda (Jiro Sato), and colleague/love interest, Misaki (Mizuki Yamamoto), are unaware of his hidden life of assassinations. The team at Octopus become the target of extortion when a seemingly innocent NPO run by a seemingly nice guy named Utsubo (Shinichi Tsutsumi) brings in a contract killer Suzuki (Masanobu Ando) to get money out of them. Akira must step in and use his skills.

Rika: Self-Proclaimed 28-Years-Old Pure Love Monster    Rika Self-Proclaimed 28 Years Old's Pure Love Monster Film Poster

リカ 自称28歳の純愛モンスター Rika: Jisho 28 sai no Junai Monster

Release Date: June 18th 2021

Duration: 99 mins.

Director: Tsukuru Matsuki

Writer: Kisa Miura, Masahiro Yamaura (Script), Takahisa Igarashi (Original Novels)

Starring: Saki Takaoka, Hayato Ichihara, Rio Uchida, Nozomi Sasaki, Ryutaro Okada, Kenji Mizuhashi,

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Takahisa Igarashi wrote a series of novels that were later turned into TV dramas, the first in 2019 – Rika – and the second in 2021 – Rika: Rebirth.

Synopsis: Following the discovery of a body in a suitcase, detective Jiro Okuyama (Hayato Ichihara) is on the hunt for Rika Amamiya, a beautiful woman who kidnaps and kills those who fall for her. He tracks her down by using a dating app and pretending to be her next partner in a deadly date but the hunter becomes the hunted as he becomes attracted to Rika. Takako (Rio Uchida), his fiancée and fellow police detective, becomes worried…

Hinomaru Soul: Heroes Behind the Scenes    Hinomaru Soul Heroes Behind the Scenes Film Poster

ヒノマルソウル 舞台裏の英雄たち Hinomaru Souru Butaiura no Eiyuu-tachi

Release Date: June 18th 2021

Duration: 114 mins.

Director: Ken Iizuka

Writer: Kenichi Suzuki, Noriaki Sugihara (Script), 

Starring: Kei Tanaka, Tao Tsuchiya, Yuki Yamada, Gordon Maeda, Motoki Ochia, Nao Kosaka,


Synopsis: This tells the true story of how ski jumper Jinya Nishikata, a silver medallist at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, helped the Japanese team reach gold at the Nagano Winter Olympics. He wasn’t on the official team but was a test jumper working behind the scenes to help the team reach gold after a blizzard interrupts the competition. 

Around the Table Around the Table Film Poster

青葉家のテーブル Aobake no Te-buru

Release Date: June 18th, 2021

Duration: 104 mins.

Director: Soushi Matsumoto

Writer: Soushi Matsumoto, Yasumi Endo (Screenplay),

Starring: Naomi Nishida, Miwako Ichikawa, Aino Kuribayashi, ShuRaiju Kamata, Haruka Kubo, Miku Uehara,


Synopsis: Haruko (Naomi Nishida) is lives with her son Riku (Uta Yorikawa), her friend Aiko (Haruka Kubo) and Aiko’s boyfriend Sorao (Shugo Oshinari). This is their “family” and their days are filled with food, music, and art. One day, Haruko’s old friend Tomoko (Miwako Ichikawa), a social media star, gets in touch and asks Haruko to let her daughter, 17-year-old Yuko (Aino Kuribayashi), stay during her summer art school program. Their relationship isn’t on the best of terms but Haruko agrees and so begins a summer of self discovery for all involved… 

She Came    She Came Film Poster

彼女来来 Kanojo Rairai

Release Date: June 18th 2021

Duration: 91 mins.

Director: Tatsuya Yamanishi

Writer: Tatsuya Yamanishi (Script), 

Starring: Kou Maehara, Hana Amano, Nao, Hirona Murata, Asuka Hamaru,


 This was the winner of the runner-up prize at MOOSIC LAB [JOINT] 2020-2021. The music is provided by Rei Miyamoto, violinist in the popular Kansai band “Vampillia.”

Synopsis: Thirty-year-old Norio works for a casting company and lives with his girlfriend Mari. One summer day, Norio returns home to find that Mari has turned into a strange young woman who tells him that she will be living in his home from now on… 

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