Tokyo Kurds, A Dobugawa Dream, The Fish with One Sleeve, Nebagiba Shinsekai, Hakko Suru Tami, Demon Pond  4K Restoration, Robot Repair Boy Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, part two (you can find part one here)

A bit of a slow week for me. I’ve just finished 13 days of work and will do another 13 from next Monday. I’ve been re-watching and enjoying season one of The X-Files. I only posted one review, that was for Sennan Asbestos Disaster. I’ve also updated my Cannes post with a couple of films.

What else is released this weekend?

Tokyo Kurds    Tokyo Kurds Film Poster

東京クルド Toukyou Kurudo

Release Date: July 10th 2021

Duration: 103 mins.

Director: Fumiari Hyuga

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A


This appears to be a continuation of a short documentary released a couple of years ago.

Synopsis: This documentary follows Ozan and Ramadan, two Turkish Kurds who were taken to Japan along with their families to escape persecution from Turks. Despite having been in Japan for a while, due to tough rules, they are reduced to constantly applying for refugee status and being denied. Thus, living illegally in Japan, they cannot get a resident’s card that would allow them to work and travel freely. Despite this, the two continue, along with their families, to try to live. Shot over five years, the film shows the struggle of refugees and immigrants who cannot become a part of society.

A Dobugawa Dream  A Dobugawa Dream Film Poster 2

ドブ川番外地  Dobugawa Bangaichi

Release Date: November 23rd, 2018

Duration: 82 mins.

Director: Asato Watanabe

Writer: Asato Watanabe, Junpei Miyazaki (Screenplay)

Starring: Yuwa Kitagaki, Takahiro Fujita, Tatsuro Kawano, Haruka Kinami, Izumi Uemura,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: A young man named Tatsumi was so traumatised by a friend’s suicide he shut himself in at his parent’s home but, one day, he snaps and flees with nowhere in particular on his mind to go. Wandering around the streets, he meets an eccentric vagrant named Tsuchiro. Tatsumi is taken under his wing and introduced to a strange adoptive family where his fracture psyche is influenced.

The Fish with One Sleeve  The Fish with One Sleeve Film Poster

片袖の魚 Katasode no sakana

Release Date: July 10th 2021

Duration: 34 mins.

Director: Tsuyoshi Tokaibayashi

Writer: Tsuyoshi Tokaibayashi (Script), Yumi Fuzuki (Original Poem)

Starring: Yu Ishizuka, Rika Hirohata, Hisao Kurozumi, Tomoka Igari, Taijiro Tamura, Hideko Hara,


Yu Ishizuka, a transgender model, makes her acting debut here.

Synopsis: Hikari is a trans woman who lives in Tokyo and works at an ornamental fish company. While she shares the company and understanding of her workmates and friends, she still feels a wall between herself and others. One day, business trip takes Hikari back to her hometown and she decides to reveal her true self as a woman, to her old classmate Takashi, an unrequited love from high school…

Nebagiba Shinsekai    Nebagiba Shinsekai Film Poster

ねばぎば 新世界 Nebagiba Shinsekai

Release Date: July 10th 2021

Duration: 118 mins.

Director: Yudai Uenishi

Writer: Yudai Uenishi (Script), 

Starring: Hidekazu Akai, Hitoshi Ozawa, Yudai Uenishi, Narimi Arimori, Yoji Tanaka, Tokuma Nishioka,


Synopsis: Nishinari, Osaka. A place I usually stay when visiting. A place a police officer once told me is the danger zone of Japan, is the setting of this film. Taking in locations such as Shinsekai, and local food like kushikatsu for its backdrop, the film is an action-drama about a guy named Murakami. Once upon a time, he ran a boxing gym and kept the yakuza and other ne’er do wells quiet by beating them up but when one of his boxers was caught selling drugs, he closed it down and retired to work at a friend’s kushikatsu restaurant to live quietly. He is brought back into action when his younger brother, Yuji Kamiki, is released from prison and the two team up to fight a corrupt religious group in order to save a young boy being held by them.

Hakko Suru Tami    Hakko Suru Tami Film Poster

発酵する民 Hakkou suru Tami

Release Date: July 10th 2021

Duration: 92 mins.

Director: Takaaki Hirano

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A


Synopsis: A documentary that follows the “Imagine Bon Odori Club” for seven years. It was formed by women who held a parade in Kamakura after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The women sing and dance about everyday things which you can guess from titles such as the “Fermentation Bon Dance,” which is based on the idea of making sake, miso and bread. The film focuses on the “fermentation” of microorganisms while depicting the changes in the people and music culture of Kamakura after 3/11 in order to re-examine the relationship between people and microorganisms.

Demon Pond  4K RestorationDemon Pond Film Poster

夜叉ヶ池 Yasha-ga-ike

Release Date: 1972

Duration: 124 mins.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda

Writer: Yudai Uenishi, Haruhiko Mimura, Tsutomu Tamura (Script), Izumi Kyoka (Original Play)

Starring: Tamasaburo Bando, Go Kato, Tsutomu Yamazaki,Yatsuko Tanami, Koji Nanbara,

Website IMDB

This film was shot on location in Brazil and Hawaii and stars kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando who brings his onnagatta skills to play two roles. Not a trailer but an 11-minute long video showing scenes from the film. I haven’t watched it all of the way through because of potential spoilers. This plays at Cannes in the classics section.

Synopsis: The titular Demon Pond is a real place located in Fukui prefecture in the mountains of Mikuni Pass. Legend has it that a Dragon God is sealed in the pond and a bell near the pond must be rung three times every day to calm the Dragon God lest it emerges and goes on a wild rampage and destroy a nearby village. A young scholar from Tokyo gets personally involved in this local legend and encounters supernatural beings….

Robot Repair Boy    Robot Repair Boy Film Poster

ロボット修理人の Ai(愛) Robotto Shuurihito no Ai (Ai)

Release Date: July 10th 2021

Duration: 108 mins.

Director: Jukou Tanaka

Writer: Mitsuru Ohsumi (Script), 

Starring: Ryunosuke Hashino, Kanami Ogawa, Yumi Mizusawa, Mayumi Ozora, Ako, Yoichi Okamura, Hidemi Maruyama,


Synopsis: Rintaro is an orphan and a high school dropout who would rather spend his time at a workshop where he repairs anything from old home appliances to robots. His latest assignment comes from an old lady living alone in Tokyo who asks him to repair the audio and memory device of her pet robot “AIBO” (that robotic dog Sony made) which was left by her late son. It is during this time that he meets a 14-year-old girl named Suzume and befriends her, discovering she has a voice disorder. The two go to the Daidara Festival in Lake Haruna with the AIBO. There is a legend about resurrection connected to the lake that says those who died will be resurrected if their wishes are fulfilled. On the way back from the festival, AIBO projects a recorded video and Rintaro learns something unexpected about the past…

3 thoughts on “Tokyo Kurds, A Dobugawa Dream, The Fish with One Sleeve, Nebagiba Shinsekai, Hakko Suru Tami, Demon Pond  4K Restoration, Robot Repair Boy Japanese Film Trailers

  1. The Demon Pond/Yashagaike video is all Chinese (both the sound and the subtitles).

    I’ve wanted forever to see this film again. So glad that it has been restored.

    1. Thanks for the comment. This is the first time I had ever heard of it but the film definitely looks special.

      It had a screening at Cannes and a clip went out on Twitter but I couldn’t find it. All the other videos on YouTube were excerpts.

      Specialist film fests will probably pick this up so hopefully you can see it on the big screen in its new restored version!

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