Baby Assassins, Fate/Grand Order 3: Shuukyoku Tokuiten – Kani Jikan Shinden Solomon, Crayon Shin-chan Movie 29: Mystery Meki! Hana no Tenkasu Gakuen, Machi no Tom & Soya, Pancake o Dokumi suru, A Family, 8:15, Fear of Missing Out, IMAGINATION DRAGON Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, again!

I hope you are feeling fine.

I will spend the next few weeks covering the New York Asian Film Festival 2021. I’ll be doing an episode of the Heroic Purgatory podcast tomorrow and publishing as many reviews as I can and also an interview. This week, I posted about the action film Hydra and continued to marathon The X-Files. I have got to mid-way in season 4 and decided to select the best episodes from later seasons.

What is released this weekend?

Baby Assassins    Baby Assassins Film Poster

ベイビーわるきゅーれ Beibi- Warukyu-re

Release Date: July 30th 2021

Duration: 95 mins.

Director: Yugo Sakamoto

Writer: Yugo Sakamoto (Script), 

Starring: Akari Takaishi, Saori Izawa, Masanori Mimoto, Mone Akitani, Yasukaze Motomiya,

Stunt Coordinator: Kensuke Sonomura

Website JFDB

Synopsis from JFDB: Chisato and Mahiro, a pair of high school girls who are assassins, have to become “members of society” to disguise their true identities from tomorrow. They are tangled up in society’s official business, human relationships, and unreasonable days. One day, Chisato gets into trouble with a Yakuza while working. Are they going to survive the battles with Yakuza? What is the fate of the two?

Fate/Grand Order 3: Shuukyoku Tokuiten – Kani Jikan Shinden Solomon    Fate Grand Order 3 Shuukyoku Tokuiten - Kani Jikan Shinden Solomon Film Poster

劇場版 Fate/Grand Order 終局特異点 冠位時間神殿ソロモン 「Gekijouban Fate/Grand Order: Shuukyoku Tokuiten – Kani Jikan Shinden Soromon

Release Date: July 30th, 2021

Duration: 94 mins.

Director: Toshifumi Akai

Writer: Kinoko Nasu (Script), Kinoko Nasu, Type Moon (Original Creator)

Starring:  Nobunaga Shimazaki (Ritsuka Fujimaru), Rie Takahashi (Mash Kyrielight), Mamoru Miyano (Bedivere), Maaya Sakamoto (Jeanne d’Arc), Miyuki Sawashiro (Florance Nightingale, Mordred), Tomokazu Sugita (Solomon),

Animation Production: CloverWorks

Website ANN MAL

This is an adaptation of a popular mobile game, in which the kingdoms of Ancient Egypt and Camelot clash outside their own times.

Synopsis: The Human Continuity Assurance Organization works to restore human history by sending out agents like Ritsuka Fujimaru and her demi-servant Mash Kyrielight into battles in different singularities. In this movie, the characters reach the final singularity where they have to defeat Solomon, the King of Magic and the source of all evil, in order to regain the future!

 

Crayon Shin-chan Movie 29: Mystery Meki! Hana no Tenkasu Gakuen  Crayon Shin chan Movie 29 Mystery Meki Hana no Tenkasu Gakuen Film Poster

映画クレヨンしんちゃん 謎メキ!花の天カス学園「Eiga Kureyon Shin-chan Nazo Meki! Hana no Tenkasu Gakuen

Running Time: 104 mins.

Release Date: July 30th, 2021

Director: Wataru Takahashi

Writer: Ryou Takada (Screenplay), Yoshito Usui (Original Creator)

Starring: Yumiko Kobayashi (Shinnosuke Nohara), Miki Narahashi (Misae Nohara), Satomi Koorogi (Himawari Nohara), Toshiyuki Morikawa (Hiroshi)

Animation Production: Shin-ei Animation

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: Shinnosuke, aka Shin-chan, and his friends take part in a a one-week stay as part of the “defense force” of Tenkatoitsu Kasukabe Private Academy (aka “Tenkasu”), which is run by a state-of-the-art AI. However, a mystery emerges when students are attacked by a creature that bites butts and sucks IQ points away from its victims. Shin-chan and company must investigate… 

 

Machi no Tom Soya    Machi no Tom & Soya Film Poster

都会(まち)のトム&ソーヤ Machi no Tomu & So-ya

Release Date: July 30th 2021

Duration: 95 mins.

Director: Hayato Kawai

Writer: Koji Tokuo (Script), Kaoru Hayamine (Original Novel)

Starring: Taishi Nakagawa, Win Morisaki, Tsubasa Honda, Hiroto Tamura, Shiori Tamai, Taichi Sakai, Hana Toyoshima, Miyu Watanabe, Kairi Jyo,

Website

Synopsis: Naito (Taishi Nakagawa) is a mediocre middle school student while his classmate, Soya (Taichi Sakai), is the most talented and intelligent and also an heir to a family corporation. The two form a bond when Naito stumbles upon Soya’s secret base and discovers that Soya wants to make a real RPG set in the city. It’s a good thing that Naito has inherited survival skills from his mountain-dwelling grandmother! This is the live-action adaptation of a series of popular children’s novels.

Pancake o Dokumi suru    Pancake o Dokumi suru Film Poster

パンケーキを毒見する Panke-ki o Dokumi suru

Release Date: July 30th 2021

Duration: 104 mins.

Director: Yuto Uchiyama

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Website

Synopsis: Film producer Mitsuyoshi Kawamura has produced socially-conscious films such as The Journalist and I -Documentary of the Journalist-, which is all about Isoko Mochizuki. Here, he has produced this political documentary that examines Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga with interviews of colleagues and commentators. It is done in the style of a variety show done with a cynical edge and black humour. The film’s Twitter account was one of many that Twitter Japan appeared to have locked earlier this year (source).

A Family    A Family Film Poster

ある家族 Aru Kazoku

Release Date: July 30th 2021

Duration: 104 mins.

Director: Iasamu Nagaseki

Writer: Isamu Nagaseki (Script),

Starring: Mayo Kawasaki, Mami Nomura, Moka Terada, Yuki Nakanishi, Ito Mahiro, Saya Oshiro,

Website

Synopsis: Yasushi Ichinose, his wife Yoko, and their daughter Akane run a “family home” where they act as a foster family for children who have lost everything. The kids have suffered abuse or neglect or they have disabilities but the family help them move forward. However, the Ichinose’s may have to close their home… 

 

8:15

815分 ヒロシマ 父から娘へ 8-ji 15-gofun Hiroshima Chichi Kara Musume e

Release Date: July 31st 2021

Duration: 51 mins.

Director: J.R. Heffelfinger

Writer: Akiko Mikamo (Original Book – “8: 15: A True Story of Survival and Forgiveness from Hiroshima”)

Starring: Arthur Axis, Youri Cho, Shinji Mikamo, Eddy Toru Ohno, Sotaro Tanaka,

Website IMDB

Synopsis drawn from IMDB: A documentary based on Akiko Mikamo’s audio and video recordings and writings of interviews with her father Shinji Mikamo, a survivor of the Hiroshima atom bombing. There is dramatic reconstruction and archival images woven together to give you a rare first person account of the bombing of Hiroshima, the resiliency of the human spirit, compassion and forgiveness.

 

The next two films are screened together.

Fear of Missing Out    Fear of Missing Out Film Poster

フィア・オブ・ミッシング・アウト Fia obu Misshingu Auto

Release Date: July 31st 2021

Duration: 36 mins.

Director: Akira Kawachi

Writer: Akira Kawachi (Script), 

Starring: Yujin Lee, Ayano Kojima, Hiroki Satou, Livenica, Yuuri Kaburagi, Mai Fujioka,

Website

“Fear of Missing Out” is a term that refers to the psychological fear and impatience of missing out on information if one is not constantly checking the internet and social media. 

Synopsis: Six months after Yoo-jin loses her best friend Lee Sung, she sets out with a friend on a journey to find the reason for Lee’s death. As they travel, they come into contact with the memories of friends, family, and other people.

IMAGINATION DRAGON

Release Date: July 31st 2021

Duration: 15 mins.

Director: Akira Kawachi

Writer: Akira Kawachi (Script)

Starring: N/A

Website

Synopsis: The film is set in an art facility that was forced to close due to Covid-19 and captures the pure actions of children as they express their wishes for “creation” and “imagination.” 

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