Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop, Gundam: G no Reconguista Movie III – Uchuu kara no Isan, Inubu, Tobidase! Narase! Pui Pui Molcar, Tomorrow’s Leaves, Kaba, Kamen Rider Saber + Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger: Superhero Senki Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend!

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I hope you are well.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are live and it’s a case of so far so… alright? The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic disaster, IOC corruption, bigots in the organising committee and a conservative government cynically using “cool Japan” schtick aside, Google launched a cool JRPG to celebrate and there’s an anime which is listed below.

This week I’ve been marathoning the X-Files, watching six episodes a day. The show leaves Amazon Prime next week Friday, so I have my work cut out. I also have to watch a LOT of films because I will be covering the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) via this blog and Heroic Purgatory!

This week, I posted the preview of Japanese films at NYAFF 2021 and also my review of Reiwa Uprising, a hopeful film which shows a world of better politics is possible if we can mobilise around core progressive values and engage with different communities.

What is released this weekend?

Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop   Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop Film Poster

サイダーのように言葉が湧き上がる   「Saida- no You ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru

Release Date: July 22nd 2021

Duration: 87 mins.

Director: Kyohei Ishiguro

Writer: Dai Sato (Screenplay),

Starring: Hana Sugisaki (Cherry), Somegoro ICHIKAWA VIII (Cherry), Kikuko Inoue (Tsubasa Fujiyama), Koichi Yamadera (Mr. Fujiyama), Natsuki Hanae (Japan),

Animation Production: Signal.MD, Sublimation,

Website ANN MAL

This was at the Tokyo International Film Festival last year and reviews paint a good film. Here’s an Anime News Network review and a TIFF Festival Report

Synopsis from ANN: Words and music bridge the gap between Cherry, a boy who is terrible at communicating with other people, and Smile, a girl who hides behind a mask. They meet in a mundane suburban shopping mall in a provincial city. Cherry always wears headphones and puts the feelings he cannot utter into his hobby, Japanese haiku poems. Smile always wears a mask to conceal her large front teeth, for which she has dental braces. As a popular video star, she streams a video about seeking “cuteness.”

Gundam: G no Reconguista Movie III – Uchuu kara no Isan  Gundam G no Reconguista Movie III – Uchuu kara no Isan Film Poster

劇場版 Gのレコンギスタ III 宇宙からの遺産 Gekijouban G no Rekongisuta III – Uchuu kara no Isan

Release Date: July 22nd 2021

Duration: 104 mins.

Director: Yoshiyuki Tomino

Writer: Yoshiyuki Tomino (Series Composition), Yoshiyuki Tomino, Hajime Yatate (Original Creator)

Starring: Mark Ishii (Bellri Zenam), Yu Shimamura (Aida Surugan), Akio Hirose (Cumpa Rusita), Atsuko Tanaka (Wilmit Zenam) Atsuki Tani (Lorucca Biskes), Chihiro Suzuki (Happa),

Animation Production: Sunrise

Website ANN MAL

This is the third part of a five-part feature film adaptation of the TV series Gundam: G no Reconguista, which was directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino and broadcast from 2014 to 2015.

Synopsis: In the far future, a space war has devastated Earth and its colonies.  Tensions continue between different forces. Main protag Bellri Zenam has been recruited to protect a the Capital Tower, a structure which brings resources to Earth and he gets caught up in a space pirate attack where a girl named Aida is captured. She has the power to activate her high-performance mobile suit that she calls “G-Self” and she joins Bellri in an adventure where the two discover more about themselves and their backgrounds.

 

Inubu    Inubu Film Poster

犬部! Inubu!

Release Date: July 22nd 2021

Duration: 114 mins.

Director: Tetsuo Shinohara

Writer: Akane Yamada (Script), Yuka Katano (Non-fictional Novel)

Starring: Kento Hayashi, Taishi Nakagawa, Sakurako Ohara, Momoko Tanabe, Ryota Bando, Tamae Ando, Harumi Syuhama, Rena Tanaka, Kodai Asaka,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Sota Hanai (Kento Hayashi) is studying veterinary medicine at university due to his love of animals. He is personally dedicated to caring for every creature he meets. One of those animals is a dog that he rescues from being used in experiments. To save more animals, he sets up the “Inubu” club with his friends and fellow students. Many years later, a report comes out about Sota Hanai. It seems he has been arrested…

Tobidase! Narase! Pui Pui Molcar    Tobidase Narase Pui Pui Molcar Film Poster

とびだせ!ならせ! PUI PUI モルカー Tobidase! Narase! Pui Pui Molcar

Release Date: July 22nd 2021

Duration: 34 mins.

Director: Tomoki Misato

Writer: Tomoki Misato (Script/Original Creator)

Starring: N/A

Animation Production: Japan Green Hearts, Shin-Ei Animation

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: This is a compilation film combining all 12 3-minute episodes of the stop-motion animation Pui Pui Molcar which has been given the MX4D. It is set in a world where guinea pigs have become cars – as depicted via wool felt models. This animation seems like has caught the hearts of millions around the world and has been streamed by Netflix.

Tomorrow’s Leaves    Tomorrow’s Leaves Film Poster

Release Date: July 23rd 2021

Duration: 08 mins.

Director: Yoshiyuki Momose

Writer: Yoshiaki Nishimura (Script)

Starring: N/A

Animation Production: Studio Ponoc

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: This is an anime made to celebrate the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. It was made in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee and will be streamed online. The creatives include former Ghibli names and they worked at Studio Ponoc (Mary and the Witch’s Flower).

Kaba      Kaba Film Poster

かば Kaba

Release Date: July 22nd 2021

Duration: 135 mins.

Director: Takahiro Kawamoto

Writer: Takahiro Kawamoto (Script/Original Novel)

Starring: Arata Yamanaka, Maho Orime, Rina Kondo, Tomoki Kimura, Kokoro Takami,

Website

Synopsis: In this slice of social drama, we are taken to Nishinari in Osaka. In the summer of 1985, it was a chaotic place where minorities who face discrimination, such as the Buraku community and ethnic Koreans, were living. Mr. Kato is a new teacher but he loses confidence in himself because he is not accepted by the students. However, he joins forces with the other teachers to help the students and uses different techniques from tough love to baseball. Among the students are kids from broken families, each of whom faces a tough situation. 

Kamen Rider Saber Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger: Superhero Senki    Kamen Rider Saber + Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger Superhero Senki Film Poster

セイバー+ゼンカイジャー スーパーヒーロー戦記 Seiba- + Kikai Sentai Zenkaija-: Su-pa- hi-ro- Senki

Release Date: July 22nd 2021

Duration: 98 mins.

Director: Ryuta Tasaki

Writer: Nobuhiro Mouri (Script), Shotaro Ishinomori, Saburo Yatsude (Original Creator)

Starring: Shuichiro Naito, Takaya Yamaguchi, Asuka Kawazu, Ryo Aoki, Yuuki Ikushima,

Website

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kamen Rider and the 45th anniversary of Super Sentai, we have this epic crossover movie involving two of Toei’s major tokusatsu series.

Synopsis: The main characters of Kamen Rider Saber and Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger, as well as previous generations of riders and squadrons, will switch worlds and fight against Asmodeus, a man who wishes to eliminate heroes and will do so with something called the “Forbidden Book.” A teenage artist holds the key to the story.

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