Moonlight Shadow, Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me?, Hama no Asahi no Usotsukidomo to, Super Battle Junretsuger, Iru, Eiga Okaasan to issho Escape from the Weird World!, Gekijouban Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Jiko Bukken Geinin 3 Japanese Film Trailers

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I hope you are well

This is the first of a two-part trailer post.

My coverage of Japan Cuts continued this week when I posted reviews of Mari and Mari and School Radio to Major Tom on my blog and my review for To Sleep so as to Dream was posted on V-Cinema. I also had a satisfying discussion about Whispering Corridors and Memento Mori for a Heroic Purgatory podcast recording.

What is released this weekend?

Moonlight Shadow    Moonlight Shadow Film Poster

ムーンライト・シャドウ Mu-nraito Shadou

Release Date: September 10th, 2021

Duration: 92 mins.

Director: Edmund Yeo

Writer: Tomoyuki Takahashi (Script), Banana Yoshimoto (Original Script),

Starring: Nana Komatsu, Hio Miyazawa, Asami Usuda, Aoi Yoshikura, Nana Nakahara, Seiya Nakano, Himi Sato,

Website

An interesting combination has emerged with this film. Malaysian director Edmund Yeo – I’ve reviewed a couple of his films – Aquerat and River of Exploding Durians adapts a story from Banana Yoshimoto from her short story collection Kitchen and the film stars Nana Komatsu (The World of Kanako, Samurai Marathon). You can read an interview with the director about the casting of Komatsu over on this site Nana Komatsu International.

Synopsis: When Satsuki’s (Nana Komatsu) and Hitoshi (Hio Miyazawa) meet on a riverbank one night, they fall in love. Satsuki meets Hitoshi’s brother Hiiragi (Himi Sato), and Hiiragi’s girlfriend, Yumiko (Nana Nakahara), who harbours an interest in the paranormal, especially the concept of the “moonlight shadow” and how people can meet with the dead during this phenomenon. This happy quartet is broken up when Hitoshi and Yumiko die in a traffic accident leaving Satsuki and Hiiragi behind. As they struggle to get over the deaths of their loved ones, they meet a woman named Urara (Asami Usuda) who seems to know something about the “moonlight shadow…”

Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me?   Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me Film Poster

先生、私の隣に座っていただけませんか? Sennsei, Watashi no Tonari ni Suwatte Itadakemasennka?

Release Date: September 10th 2021

Duration: 119 mins.

Director: Takahiro Horie

Writer: Takahiro Horie (Script)

Starring: Haru Kuroki, Tasuku Emoto, Daichi Kaneko, Nao, Jun Fubuki,

Website IMDB

Haru Kuroki (The Bride of Rip van Winkle) and Tasuku Emoto (And Your Bird Can Sing) form a double-act in this film which looks very intriguing.

Synopsis: Manga artist Sawako (Haru Kuroki) is working on her latest title and her husband Toshio (Tasuku Emoto) is worried. Her story is about adultery and the details are close to his affair with her editor Chika. Then, Sawako embarks upon an affair with a young driving instructor. Is this her way of getting even???

Hama no Asahi no Usotsukidomo to    Hama no Asahi no Usotsukidomo to Film Poster

浜の朝日の嘘つきどもと Hama no Asahi no Usotsukidomo to

Release Date: September 10th, 2021

Duration: 114 mins.

Director: Yuki Tanada

Writer: Yuki Tanada (Script),

Starring: Mitsuki Takahata, Kyotaro Yanagiya, Kayoko Okubo, Masahiro Komoto, Hiroki Sano, Pistol akehara, Ken Mitsuishi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Asahi-za is a cinema in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, with a history stretching back for almost a 100 years. However, this old-fashioned institution that plays silent films and other oldies is under threat from nearby multiplexes. The manger, Yasuzo Morita (Kyotaro Yanagiya), has finally had enough and decides to close down the cinema but a young woman from Tokyo named Rika Motegi (Mitsuki Takahata) suddenly appears in town and tries to save the cinema.

Super Battle Junretsuger    Super Battle Junretsuger Film Poster

スーパー戦闘 純烈ジャー Su-pa- Sento Junretsuja-

Release Date: September 10th, 2021

Duration: 83 mins.

Director: Hiroshi Butsuda

Writer: Hiroaki Kubo (Script), 

Starring: Shota Gogami, Yujiro Shirakawa, Ryohe Odai, Kazuyoshi Sakai, Kiyoshi Maekawa, Kohei Yamamoto, Kenichi Suzumura, Eri Fuse,

Website IMDB

Some of the lead actors are members of Junretsu, a vocal music group whose members portrayed characters in tokusatsu shows, and they have a fanbase made up primarily of older women. They appeared on NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen in 2018.

Synopsis: The Junretsu lads are called in by the authorities to discover why handsome men are disappearing from sento (bathhouses) and onsen (hotsprings) across Japan. When they go full on Junretsuger to solve the mystery, they transform into heroes via special karaoke microphones.

Iru    Iru Film Poster

いる Iru

Release Date: September 07th, 2021

Duration: 41 mins.

Director: Yasuhiro Isobe

Writer: Yasuhiro Isobe (Script), 

Starring: Yasuhiro Isobe, Yuuji Makita, Mari Ando, Kazuki Sato, Yoko Hara,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Yasuhiro Isobe is better known as an actor, as evidenced by his appearance in Masanori Tominaga’s Rolling (which I still haven’t seen and am desperate to watch!), Well, he wrote, directed, and starred in this medium-length film that won the Best Actor Award in the Competition section of the 14th Tanabe Benkei Film Festival in 2020. He plays a self-centred actor who we see endure everyday struggles. One day, he goes home and his front door is already open…

Eiga Okaasan to issho Escape from the Weird World!    Eiga Okaasan to issho henteko sekai kara no dasshutsu Film Poster

映画 おかあさんといっしょ ヘンテコ世界からの脱出!  Eiga Okaasan to issho henteko sekai kara no dasshutsu!

Release Date: September 10th, 2021

Duration: 67 mins.

Director: N/A

Writer: N/A

Starring: Atsuko Ono, Yuichiro Hanada, Makoto Fukuo, Azuki Akimoto, Yoshihisa Kobayashi, Daisuke Yokoyama, 

Website

Synopsis: This is the third film of the NHK program “Okasan to Issho”, which has been broadcast since 1959. The hosts of the show get into a fight and get lost and go on an adventure to return to their original world. This is an interactive screening involving a quiz and take photos.

Gekijouban Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Jiko Bukken Geinin 3      Gekijouban Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Jiko Bukken Geinin 3 Film Poster

劇場版 ほんとうにあった怖い話 事故物件芸人3 Gekijouban Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Jiko Bukken Geinin 3

Release Date: September 10th, 2021

Duration: 75 mins.

Director: Hiromitsu Amano

Writer: Hiromitsu Amano (Screenplay)

Starring: Takeru, Shogo, Shuuhei Nakano, Iwakura, Takashi Sakai, Manami Enosawa,

Website

This is the third in an omnibus horror series that dramatizes the re-enactments of ghostly and frightening experiences in haunted properties submitted by the general public. These films star young comedians who are tipped to become big.

Synopsis: A deserted film studio is the setting for this one as a comedian named Keita talks about his horror experiences with a TV crew. A year later, Norio and Akemi, a male-female comedy duo, decide to broadcast a video at a haunted studio…  

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