For Him to Live, Kagi, Hito de nashi no Koi, The Audition, Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend

Here are the first and second parts of this weekend’s trailer post. I hope to record an episode of Heroic Purgatory tomorrow which will be about Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry (1997). The most recent episode dropped on Monday and it’s all about Zhang Yimou’s Raise the Red Lantern (1991).

What are the last batch of films that I am writing about?

For Him to Live    For Him to Live Film Poster

どうしようもない僕のちっぽけな世界は,  Dou shiyou mo nai boku no chippokena sekai wa,

Release Date: July 25th, 2022

Duration: 87 mins.

Director: Tomoyuki Kuramoto

Writer: Tomoyuki Kuramoto (Script)

Starring: Tomohiro Kaku, Yuina Furuta, Jun Miho, Ami Tomita, Shinsuke Kato, Takenori Goto, 

Website   IMDB

Synopsis: This one played at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2019  and tells the story of what happens when a girl named Hiiro is taken away from her parents and placed in an orphanage when authorities suspect she’s being abused. The father and mother both fall into selfish ways but when he is given a chance by the child guidance centre to take on his daughter again, he tries out fatherhood and becomes aware of his responsibility as a father. However, lurking at the back of his mind is the fear that he might abuse Hiiro…

Kagi    Kagi Film Poster


Release Date: June 25th, 2022

Duration: 75 mins.

Director: Hiroki Inoue

Writer: Hiroki Inoue (Script), Junichiro Tanizaki (Original Novel),

Starring: Shingo Mizusawa, Yuki Masuda, Atomu Mizuishi, Mone Akitani,


Synopsis: Based on Junichiro Tanizaki’s 1956 story The Key, we follow the misfiring love lives of Kanda, a middle-aged university professor, and his younger wife Ikuko who he cannot satisfy sexually. When Kanda witnesses Ikuko’s sexual advances towards one of his students, he sets up a situation where his wife and her student get close to each other…

Hito de nashi no Koi    Hito de nashi no Koi Film Poster

人でなしの恋 Hito de nashi no Koi

Release Date: June 25th, 2022

Duration: 71 mins.

Director: Hiroki Inoue

Writer: Hiroki Inoue (Script), Edogawa Rampo (Original Novel),

Starring: Manami Usamaru, Yoshihiko Hosoda, Jyoji Shibue, Natsuhi Ueno, Miori Oda,


Synopsis: Edogawa Rampo’s 1926 story Inhuman Love gets adapted and sees Manami Usamaru (Sisterhood) take the lead role of Kyoko, a woman who gets depressed after a heartbreak and then meets a wonderful man and falls in love with him. They get married and all seems well until she notices that he sneaks off without her. Getting suspicious, she hires a detective to find out what is going on and this leads to a surprising truth! 

The Audition    The Audition Film Poster

ザ・オーディション Za O-dishon

Release Date: June 25th, 2022

Duration: 23 mins.

Director: Akiyoshi Imazaki

Writer: Akira Ishikawa (Script), 

Starring: Yuuki Kamioosako, Sho Abe, Chinatsu Miyagi, Natsumi Iwama, Shuuya Tomita, Naruhiko Hasebe,


No trailer

Synopsis: This is a short drama where the story follows an audition of a group of actors for a famous director’s film only for said director to not show up and, as the actors wait, for the atmosphere to turns deadly due to suspicion and unease. Watching them are several hidden cameras are installed there… 

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