The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero, Galaxy Express 999, Popran, The World for the Two of Us, Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend!

I hope you are well.

This is the first of two trailer posts. The second follows tomorrow along with news of free films.

What are the first batch of films that are let loose this weekend?

The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero  The Confidence Man JP Episode of the Hero Film Poster

コンフィデンスマンJP 英雄編 Konfidensu Man JP Eiyuu Hen

Release Date: January 14th, 2022

Duration: 127 mins.

Director: Ryo Tanaka

Writer: Ryota Kosawa (Script),

Starring: Masami Nagasawa, Masahiro Higashide, Fumiyo Kohinata, Shinya Kote, Yosuke Eguchi, Ryoko Hirosu, Yoko Maki,

Website

This is the third film in the franchise.

Synopsis: Dako (Masami Nagasawa), Boku-chan (Masahiro Higashide) and Richard (Fumiyo Kohinata) head to Malta in a competition to claim a title given to the most skilled Confidence Man of a generation. What thy need to do is get the “Dancing Venus,” an ancient Greek sculpture in the possession of the mafia, all while Interpol are on the hunt for all involved.

Galaxy Express 999  Galaxy Express 999 2022 Re-release Film Poster

銀河鉄道999 「 Ginga Tetsudo 999

Release Date: August 04th, 1979

Duration: 129 mins

Director: Rintaro

Writer: Fumio Ishimori (Screenplay), Leiji Matsumoto (Original Creator)

Starring: Masako Ikeda (Maetel), Masako Nozawa (Tetsuro Hoshino), Kaneta Kimotsuki (Conductor), Hidekatsu Shibata (Count Mcha), Goro Naya (Doctor Ban), Makio Inoue (Captain Harlock), Reiko Tajima (Emeraldas),

Animation Production: Toei Animation

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This is the first movie based on Leiji Matsumoto’s Galaxy Express 999 manga.

Synopsis: In the far future, humanity can achieve immortality by exchanging their flesh-and-blood body for a mechanical one manufactured on a distant planet. This, however, is something only available to the mega rich who can make the journey and purchase the body. A rumour of there being a special train called the Galaxy Express 999 which will take people to the planet so they can get a mechanical body for free draws a young boy named Tetsuro Hoshino and his mother go to Megalopolis, where the Galaxy Express 999 train stops, but after the death of his mother at the hands of the evil robot Count Mecha, Tetsuro is left finding for himself as a thief in the slums of Megalopolis, dreaming of revenge. One day, after a police chase, he meets a beautiful woman named Maetel. She resembles his mother and offers him a pass to get on the Galaxy Express 999 to get a robotic body and to get revenge on Count Mecha. On their journey, Tetsuro learns what it means to be human.

Popran  Popran Film Poster

ポプラン Popuran

Release Date: January 14th, 2022

Duration: 96 mins.

Director: Shinichiro Ueda

Writer: Shinichiro Ueda (Script), 

Starring: Yoji Minegawa, Eri Tokunaga, Harumi Syuhama, Hideko Hara,

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This is the latest film by Shinichiro Ueda (One Cut of the Dead) and it stars Yoji Minegawa (Melancholic) as a man searching for his penis…

Synopsis: There have been reports of an unidentified fleshy object racing across the skies of Tokyo. Tagami, a successful manga publisher, is very interested in this new since, one day, he found that his penis missing. He isn’t the only guy afflicted as he discovers a support group for men in a similar predic- (ahem) -ament and it leads him back home to people from his past… 

The World for the Two of Us  The World for Two of Us Film Poster

フタリノセカイ Futari no Sekai

Release Date: January 14th, 2022

Duration: 83 mins.

Director: Kashou Iizuka

Writer: Kashou Iizuka (Script),

Starring: Yuki Katayama, Ryota Bando, Makiko Kuno, Gouichi Mine, Koji Seki, Yoko Ootaka, Kanako Mochhida, Miyuu Teshima,

Website   IMDB

Director Kashou Iizuka, a trans person whose autobiographical film Our Future won the Special Jury Prize at the Pia Film Festival PFF Awards 2011, has now made a fiction feature. 

Synopsis: It was love at first sight for a transgender man, Shinya, and his cisgender girlfriend, Yui, and it isn’t long before love turns into a desire to get married and start a family, but there are many challenges they must overcome, many of which we see in a film that tracks ten years of their relationship. 

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