Broker, Tokyo 2020 Olympics SIDE:B, Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Transmutation, God Seeks in Return, Kimi no Seigi Boku no Seigi, Geki x Cine Demon Deceiver, Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend

This is one of those weekends where a crazy amount of titles get released in big cinemas and mini theatres. It’s hard to see how a profit is made by many of these distributors/exhibitors as the competition is fierce but looking at statistics provided by Eiren, the number of movie screens has increased and admissions are slowly creeping back up to pre-pandemic levels.

There are 18 films that are Japanese or feature Japanese involvement and so I’m breaking down the trailer posts into six films each, so come back tomorrow and Sunday for more.

In any case, earlier today my re-review for Summer Wedding and interview with its director Azusa Hieda were released on V-Cinema.

What are the first batch of films from this weekend?

Broker  Broker Film Poster

브로커 Beurokeo

ベイビー・ブローカー Beibi- Buro-ka-

Release Date: June 08th, 2022 (Korea), June 24 (Japan)

Duration: N/A mins.

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Writer: Hirokazu Kore-eda (Script),

Starring: Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won, Bae Doo-na, IU, Lee Joo-young,

Website IMDB

Kore-eda (After the Storm, Still Walking, I Wish) continues working outside of the Japanese film industry with this film shot in Korea and starring a Korean cast. He reunites with Bae Doo-na, a veteran of Japanese films like Kore-eda’s own Air Doll (2009). She has had an incredible career in… Korea and is working alongside another top talent in Song Kang-ho, her co-star in Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and The Host (2006). Also on the roster is Lee Joo-young (Maggie) and Gang Dong-won (Duelist).

This film played at Cannes where it was awarded Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and Song Kang-ho won Best Actor.

Synopsis: Sang-Hyun (Song Kang-Ho) is a baby broker who finds new parents for children left in baby boxes. He works alongside Dong-Soo (Gang Dong-Won) and things go smoothly until So-Young (IU) comes to retrieve her child and detective Soo-Jin (Bae Doo-Na) and Detective Lee (Lee Joo-Young) start investigating Sang-Hyun and Dong-Soo.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics SIDE:B   Tokyo 2020 Olympics SIDE A Film Poster

東京2020オリンピック SIDE:B Tokyo 2020 Orinpikku SIDE:B

Release Date: June 24th, 2022

Duration: 120 mins.

Director: Naomi Kawase,

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Website

Synopsis: This is the second “side” of the official Olympic documentary by Naomi Kawase (Sweet Bean) and it was made from 5000 hours of footage. The first part had an emphasis on athletes while the second one seems to have a perspective on the more technical side and backstage staff, from volunteers to medical personnel, and media. 

Fullmetal Alchemist: Final Transmutation (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen – Saigo no RenseiFullmetal Alchemist Final Transmutation Film Poster

鋼の錬金術師 完結編 復讐者スカー Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen – Fukushusha Suka-

Release Date: June 24th, 2022

Duration: 142 mins.

Director: Fumihiko Sori

Writer: Fumihiko SoriTakeshi Miyamoto (Script), Hiromu Arakawa (Original Manga),

Starring: Ryosuke Yamada, Atom Mizuishi, Tsubasa Honda, Jun Fubuki, Yuina Kuroshima, Mackenyu, Chiaki Kuriyama,

Website IMDB

This is the second part of a two-part sequel and conclusion to the 2017 Fullmetal Alchemist live-action film that adapts the same-name manga by Hiromu Arakawa.

Synopsis: Edward Elric (Ryosuke Yamada) and younger brother Alphonse’s mother passed away from the plague when they were little children. The two attempted to bring her back from the dead by performing a human transmutation which is taboo in alchemy. Their attempt fails disastrously. Edward loses part of his body and Alphonse loses his whole body. Edward sacrifices another part of his body to bind Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armour and then goes on to become an Alchemist. He sets out on a journey to find the “Philosopher’s stone,” which has the power to get back their lost bodies. In this film, Ed and his friends escape being swallowed by Gluttony, a homunculus, and meet a mysterious man who looks exactly like Ed and Al’s father who reveals all sorts of secrets that threaten the foundations of their homeland and alchemy.

God Seeks in Return    God Seeks in Return Film Poster

神は見返りを求める Kami wa Mikaeri wo Motomeru

Release Date: June 24th, 2022

Duration: 105 mins.

Director: Keisuke Yoshida

Writer: Keisuke Yoshida (Script), 

Starring: Tsuyoshi Muro, Yukino Kishii, Kaito Yoshimura, Ryuya Wakaba, Shuntaro Yanagi, Kyuichiro Nakayama, Tanri, Kyohei Shimokawa,

Website

Keisuke Yoshida of My Little Sweet Pea (2013) and Blue (2021) fame is back with an original rom-com.

Synopsis: Yuri-chan is a YouTuber struggling to keep her viewing figures high. A blind date with Tamogami offers her that chance as he works for an event company and is happy to help her. The two start getting views as they work together but Tamogami and Yuri-chan both undergo drastic personality changes…

Kimi no Seigi Boku no Seigi    Kimi no Seigi Boku no Seigi Film Poster

きみの正義ぼくの正義 Kimi no Seigi Boku no Seigi

Release Date: June 24th, 2022

Duration: 71 mins.

Director: Hiromitsu Amano

Writer: Hiromitsu Amano (Script), 

Starring: Yuichi Nakamura, Yui Ichikawa, Jyoji Shibue, Keisuke Nomura, Daiki Hiba,

Synopsis: In this alternate version of Japan, Samuride is a big hero and his enemies are the Death Blacks. Samuride’s exploits are reported in the daily news and schools use his teachings to spread the notion of justice. Imagine if you were the parent of a kid in a school and yet you were part of the Death Blacks… Shinichi is in this pickle and he and his wife, who knows the truth, lie to their son Yuuki. However, Shinichi can’t keep lying forever…

Geki x Cine Demon Deceiver    Geki x Cine Demon Deceiver Film Poster

ゲキ×シネ「狐晴明九尾狩」 Geki × Shine “Kitsune Seimei Tsudzurao Kari”

Release Date: June 24th, 2022

Duration: 71 mins.

Director: Hidenori Inoue

Writer: Kazuki Nakashima (Script), 

Starring: Tomoya Nakamura, Riho Yoshioka, Yosuke Asari, Ryo Ryusei, Yuki Saotome, Tetsuya Chiba, Shoko Takada, Macoto Awane, Osamu Mukai,

Website

Synopsis: We are taken to Heian-era Japan and the courts of the imperial palace of Kyoto where the nobility live in luxury and scheme against each other. At the head of everything is Seimei Abe (Tomoya Nakamura), long-rumoured to be a Fox-Human half-breed and they call him the “Fox-Seimei”. The mythology for fox spirits is rough as some of the oldest legends in China have painted the “Nine-tailed fox” as bad, a trigger for civil wars and disasters.

Due to their hatred of Seimei, certain nobles arrange for Toshikaze Kamono (Osamu Mukai), recently returned from China, to hunt the “Nine-tailed fox” little realising that he is possessed by one…

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