Boku to Kanojo to Rally to, In the Wake, Biokids the Movie, SPITZ JAMBOREE TOUR 2021 “NEW MIKKE” THE MOVIE, Follow the Light, Spring, Ricchan and Ken-chan’s Summer Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend.

Charisma Yabuki (Yakusho) at the Bus stop

I hope you are well.

This is the first in a three-part trailer post. There are 19 Japanese films listed but two are ones getting further coverage from last week.

What is released this weekend?

Boku to Kanojo to Rally to    Boku to Kanojo to Rally to Film Poster

僕と彼女とラリーと Boku to Kanojo to Rari- to

Release Date: October 01st, 2021

Duration: 105 mins.

Director: Renpei Tsukamoto

Writer: Renpei Tsukamoto (Script), Maha Harada (Original Novel),

Starring: Win Morisaki, Mai Fukagawa, Riki Takeuchi, Masahiko Nishimura, Ryuta Sato, Ryoko Kobayashi,


Synopsis: Taiga Kitamura hails from Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. As the name implies, cars are important and his father, an award-winning mechanic, runs Kitamura Works on the outskirts of the city. Despite this proud lineage, Taiga left home for Tokyo where he wants to become an actor. Part of his decision was resentment over what he saw as a lack of care from his father, especially when his mother died. When Taiga receives news that his father has died, he returns home with mixed feelings but he becomes interested in racing rally cars after meeting his father’s employees and they tell him more about his old man. 


In the Wake    In the Wake Film Poster

護られなかった者たちへ Mamorarenakatta Monotachi e

Release Date: October 01st, 2021

Duration: 134 mins.

Director: Takahisa Zeze

Writer: Tamio Hayashi (Script), Shichiri Nakayama (Original Novel),

Starring: Takeru Satoh, Hiroshi Abe, Kaya Kiyohara, Mitsuko Baisho, Kento Hayashi, Eita, Ryo Iwamatsu, Kaoru Okunuki,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Nine years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, a series of murders occur in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. The details are grim: men who were said to be decent guys are tied up and left to starve to death. Detective Seiichiro Tomashino suspects that a recently released prisoner, Yasuhisa Tone, is the culprit of these grisly crimes. He has no proof but when another incident occurs, a chase ensues. 

Biokids the Movie    Biokids the Movie Film Poster    

あそびのレンズ Asobi no Renzu

Release Date: October 01st, 2021

Duration: 89 mins.

Director: Ryuzo Saeki

Writer: Ryuzo Saeki, Yasuhio Ueta (Script), 

Starring: Mayu Ryokucha, Takahiro Araki, Aoi Manabe, Mamie Kakimoto, Juka,


Synopsis: This drama was planned and produced by parents who frequent a playground in Setagaya, Tokyo, with their children. It follows the travails of Mizuki Yoshida, who lives with her husband and four-year-old daughter in Tokyo. Since this is Japan, he works all day and she takes care of ALL of the domestic stuff and childcare. When an old colleague offers a magazine design job to Mizuki, she has to figure out how she can work around her many commitments… 


Release Date: October 01st, 2021

Duration: 89 mins.

Director: Ryuzo Saeki

Writer: N/A

Starring: Masamune Kusano, Tetsuya Miwa, Akihiro Tamura, Tatsuo Sakiyama,


Synopsis: SPITZ JAMBOREE TOUR 2021 “NEW MIKKE”” is a recording of an arena tour by the rock band Spitz that celebrated the 30th anniversary of their major label debut.

Follow the Light    Follow the Light Film Poster

光を追いかけて Hikari wo Oikakete

Release Date: October 01st, 2021

Duration: 104 mins.

Director: Yoichi Narita

Writer: Yoichi Narita, Yu Sakudo (Script), 

Starring: Tsubasa Nakagawa, Itsuki Nagasawa, Rina Ikoma, Toshiro Yanagiba, Taro Suruga,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Akira is a shy teenager who has arrived in a village in Akita, a newcomer in his father’s hometown following his old man’s acrimonious divorce. Akira’s time at junior high is spent sketching but a series of sights await him: first are mysterious green lights in the sky, the second is Maki, a classmate who has never attended class, and the third is a crop circle. These sights cause an uproar in town but it forges a bond between Maki and, eventually, the town…

Spring      Spring Film Poster


Release Date: October 01st, 2021

Duration: 27 mins.

Director: Ayumu Omori

Writer: Ayumu Omori (Script), 

Starring: Kotone Furukawa, Osamu Kao, Sakiko Kato, Tomoko Nishi, Sezan Iseda, Shigeo Matsushige,


Synopsis: Inspired by the director’s own life, the film follows Ami, an art school student, who lives in her grandfather’s house. He suffers dementia and keeps talking about his trip to Manchuria, something which drives Ami to distraction. As she becomes fed up with the old man, she loses confidence in her art skills but when she finally listens to his stories, she becomes moved… 

Ricchan and Ken-chan’s Summer    Ricchan and Ken-chan’s Summer Film Poster

リッちゃん、健ちゃんの夏。 Ricchan, Ken-chan no Natsu

Release Date: October 01st, 2021

Duration: 30 mins.

Director: Ayumu Omori

Writer: Ayumu Omori (Script), Shichiri Nakayama (Original Novel),

Starring: Iriya Take, Kenta Oikawa, Chiona Okuni, Ryusuke Fujiwara,


This was shot in the World Heritage site of Kuroshima in Nagasaki Prefecture and uses its history of Christianity as a backdrop for the film’s story.

Synopsis: Highschooler Ritsuko will move to Tokyo during summer break which means leaving her beloved Japanese language teacher, Ken-chan, behind. She follows him to Kuroshima where his parents reside and tries to get his attention. 

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