Joint, Miyata Busters Co., Ltd. Feature Version, Cinderella in Cinema, 12 Nin no Ikareta Workshop, Merciless Light, Jitaku Kibiin to Kaji Yousei, Suimen no Akari Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend!

War Back to the Sea Kaori Iwase Film Image

I hope you are well.

This is the second part of the two-part trailer post. The first part is here. I’m slowly getting back into writing reviews. I covered fascinating documentary Whiplash of the Dead on Wednesday. I also started watching films again with the 2013 Korean thriller Hide and Seek.

I’ll be covering Cowboy Bebop on Heroic Purgatory tomorrow, so I have reading to do!

What else was released this weekend in Japan?

Joint    JOINT Theatrical Film Poster

ジョイント Jointo

Release Date: November 20th, 2021

Duration: 118 mins.

Director: Oudai Kojima

Writer: HAM-R (Script),

Starring: Ikken Yamamoto, Kim Jin-cheol, Kim Chang-bak, Keisuke Mitsui, Sogen Higuchi,

OAFF Link   Website    IMDB

Joint is the debut feature of director Oudai Kojima and I saw it as part of the Osaka Asian Film Festival. I wish I could have seen it on a big screen but even on the small one I found that it’s a gripping film thanks to its atmosphere and stellar acting – A-tier stuff. Here’s my JOINT review and interview with Oudai Kojima, the director.

Synopsis: The story follows Takeshi Ishigami (Ikken Yamamoto), an ex-con who aims to leave his shady past behind. Before he can do that, he must return to a life of crime in Tokyo. Reacquainting himself with Yakuza contacts he restarts his “list business.” It’s an innocuous name used to describe harvesting information for fraud schemesHis path isn’t easy but as he painstakingly climbs his way out of the criminal underworld, he begins to attempt to drag his friends along. However, just as Takeshi thinks that he might get out, he is dragged back in as a gang war erupts.

Miyata Busters Co., Ltd. Feature Version    Miyata Busters Co Ltd Feature Film Poster

宮田バスターズ(株) 大長編 Miyata Basuta-zu (kabu) Dai chouhen

Release Date: November 20th, 2021

Duration: 72 mins.

Director: Atsuya Sakata

Writer: Atsuya Sakata (Screenplay),

Starring: Naoya Watanabe, Mizuho Osu, Akira Kurihara, Jun Sada,


A true independent work, two years after the Miyata Busters short film at Kanazawa Film Fest, it gets a feature film adaptation with the director doing many of the technical aspects himself.

Synopsis: Miyata Busters, Inc. is a company which protects the citizens of Japan from space creatures but with the advancement of extermination technology, the demand for the company is falling steadily. That is, until the arrival of a new kind of space creature that is not affected by the latest equipment!

Cinderella in Cinema    Cinderella in Cinema Film Poster

シンデレラ in Cinema Shinderera in Cinema

Release Date: November 19th, 2021

Duration: 113 mins.

Director: Tetsuya Kumakawa

Writer: N/A

Starring: Sena Hidaka, Yuuya Takahashi,


To see the trailer, head to the site

Synopsis: A recording of Tetsuya Kumagawa’s K-Ballet Company adaptation of Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella, the classic tale of a beautiful and kind-hearted girl who is treated like a servant by her mean stepmother and two stepsisters, but goes on to marry a prince after meeting a fairy godmother.  

12 Nin no Ikareta Workshop    12 Nin no Ikareta Workshop Film Poster

12人のイカれたワークショップ 12 nin no Ikareta Wa-kushoppu

Release Date: November 19th, 2021

Duration: 113 mins.

Director: Kiyotaka Taguchi, Jun Shimazaki

Writer: Kota Fukihara (Script), 

Starring: Tsukasa Kamijo, Fumito Kawanaka, Miki Hatano, Anri Nakano, Kanna,


Synopsis: This documentary follows director Kiyotaka Taguchi (Ultraman series) and writer Kota Fukuhara (Final Fantasy XIV: The Movie: Dad of Light) working with a community workshop to create a unique film with elements of science fiction horror. The story takes place in a school where students have disappeared and the teachers find themselves trapped in a deadly game…

Merciless Light    Merciless Light Film Poster

無慈悲な光 Mujihina Hikari

Release Date: November 19th, 2021

Duration: 99 mins.

Director: Kaji

Writer: Gurumi Enomoto (Script), 

Starring: AIKA, Mikako Abe, Noa Eikawa, Ayano Kato, Tsubomi, Rei Kuruki,


Synopsis: A film adaptation of the same-named stage play which is famous for having a cast of sexy actresses but, in what might be a defiance of expectations(?), having a serious storyline about the nature of life and death. It takes place in a laboratory where animals that look like humans are gathered. They claim to be human but euthanasia awaits…


Jitaku Keibiin to Kaji Yousei  Jitaku Anchisukiru to Kaji Yousei Film Poster

自宅警備員と家事妖精 Jitaku Keibiin to Kaji Yousei

Release Date: November 20th, 2021

Duration: 99 mins.

Director: Takumi Fujimoto

Writer: Kikuchi Ushio (Script), 

Starring: Shinichiro Osawa, Mai Kiryuu, Tony Nakajima, Takozo Hayashi,


Atsuko note:

Jitaku: home
Keibiin: security
When a NEET gives an excuse as to why they stay home, they say, “I am the security guard of my home”

Synopsis: In Hakodate, there is a grand Western-style house and Minoru Furukawa, a NEET, is looking after it for his uncle. At 45 year’s of age and a bachelor, he doesn’t have much else going for him other than being a “house guard.” When his uncle announces that he will sell the house, he begins to see a housekeeping fairy who is attached to the house and Minoru learns about its importance and why he must protect it.

Suimen no Akari    Suimen no Akari Film Poster

水面のあかり Suimen no Akari

Release Date: November 20th, 2021

Duration: 70 mins.

Director: Shin Watanabe

Writer: Shin Watanabe (Script), 

Starring: Chika Kato, Kanji Tsuda, Atsushi Saito, Ichiro Yuki, Yuu Kawakami,


Synopsis: Akari is a reporter for a medical trade newspaper. She lost her father at an early age and has lost hope for the future but she begins to find meaning again when she undergoes regression hypnosis therapy with Professor Matsumoto, an expert in the field, as part of an interview, and learns that in her previous life, she died in the Keicho-Fushimi earthquake during the Momoyama period. Akari travels to Yamazaki in Kyoto to see if her memory of her past life is true. In so doing this, she comes to face her present reality… 

3 thoughts on “Joint, Miyata Busters Co., Ltd. Feature Version, Cinderella in Cinema, 12 Nin no Ikareta Workshop, Merciless Light, Jitaku Kibiin to Kaji Yousei, Suimen no Akari Japanese Film Trailers

    1. I don’t know much about AV from any country, to be honest (more of a horror film fan), but they may have brilliant acting skills. I mean, they do a lot of work in front of the camera so they know many of the routines.

      1. Judging by the ones I have seen who crossed over into mainstream films in Japan, you wouldn’t pick them as AV stars. That trailer is also a good example. Just weird. :-/

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