Inu mo Kuwane do Charlie wa Warau, Leave in Summer, COLOR CROW Movie, Gekijouban Jinsei Iroiro, Eiga Delicious Party♡Precure Yume Miru ♡ Okosama Lunch, Blue Lock, Re-light, Narase! Pui Pui Molcar Driving School Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend

Charisma Yabuki (Yakusho) and Mitsuko (Fubuki) Talk

I hope you are well.

This is the third of a four-part trailer post because over 20 Japanese films were released into cinemas/mini theatres this week. The first post was dedicated to Kaito Yoshimura works, the second to a grip of films by student filmmakers Ayako Masuda and Yuiko Itano. There will be another trailer post tomorrow.

What other films are released this week?

Inu mo Kuwane do Charlie wa Warau    Inu mo Kuwane do Charlie wa Warau Film Poster R

犬も食わねどチャーリーは笑う Inu mo Kuwane do Cha-ri- wa Warau

Release Date: September 23rd, 2022

Duration: 117 mins.

Director: Masahide Ichii

Writer: Masahide Ichii (Script), 

Starring: Yukino Kishii, Shingo Katori, Kai Inowaki, Miyoko Asada, Kimiko Yo, Eri Tokunaga, Ena Koshino, Koji Matoba,


Yukino Kishii (Just Only Love) and former SMAP member Shingo Katori play a married couple in Masahide (Stormy Family) Ichii’s original film.

Synopsis: Yujiro Tamura thinks he is in a happy marriage with his wife Hiyori, but, unbeknownst to him, Hiyori is frustrated with his insensitivity and uses a social media page called “Husband Death Note” to badmouth her husband. When Yujiro learns of this place, he soon discovers his wife’s complaints…


Leave in Summer    Leave in Summer Film Poster R

あの娘は知らない Ano Ko wa Shiranai

Release Date: September 23rd, 2022

Duration: 76 mins.

Director: Masahide Ichii

Writer: Masahide Ichii (Script), 

Starring: Momoko Fukuchi, Amane Okayama, Tomoko Nozaki, Tamae Ando, Taro Suwa, Maki Kubtoa,


Momoko Fukuchi looks like a relatively new actress and she is paired up with  the more experienced Amane Okayama (Poetry Angel) for this original drama from Masahide Ichii. It is directed by Aya Igashi, a filmmaker whose short Tokeru was featured at Cannes and who directed the feature A Crimson Star (2018).

Synopsis: Nana Nakajima nurses a painful heart in a seaside town where she runs the inn Nakajima-so and keeps her feelings of loss over the death of her family to herself. When a young man named Shuntaro Fujii visits her inn during the off-season, she meets a kindred spirit who is also in mourning. It was the last place that his girlfriend had stayed just before her death. He wants to retrace her footsteps to understand her passing. He arrives at Nakajima-so…

COLOR CROW Movie  COLOR CROW Movie Film Poster R

COLOR CROW 緋彩之翼 COLOR CROW Hisai no Tsubasa

Release Date: September 23rd, 2022

Duration: 80 mins.

Director: Jun Yoriko,

Writer: Masahide Ichii (Script), 

Starring: Gaku Takamoto, Shori Kondo, Ginga Shitara, Kaisei Abe, Sho Higano, Kento,


Similar to the Touken Ranbu franchise (of which there was a film released last weekend and this weekend), this is a mixed-media project involving stage, film, and books. No anime, though.

Synopsis: It is the year 2045 and World War III has ended. In this lull in global conflict, the Federation of East Asian Republics is planning to expand its power and that puts it on a collision course with Japan which has organised the National Special Defence Division to act as a bulwark against the Federation. Ren is one of the agents from the division and he is sent on a rescue mission to save a prince from a certain organization…

Gekijouban Jinsei Iroiro    Gekijouban Jinsei Iroiro Film Poster R

劇場版 人生いろいろ Gekijouban Jinsei Iroiro

Release Date: September 23rd, 2022

Duration: 88 mins.

Director: Kazuhiro Teranishi

Writer: Kazuhiro Teranishi (Script),

Starring: Yuma Teranishi, Satsuki Kitano, Aloha Takamatsu, Sho Higano, Nobunaga Sato,


This is the continuation of a TV show.

Synopsis: Ryutaro Kishida is one of a number of brothers who can be the successor to a 100-year-old Japanese sweets shop in Tokyo. It has faced difficulties recently due to the Covid pandemic. However, Ryutaro’s knack for cooking up new products and advertising campaigns helps right the ship just in time to take over store from his father who is ill. Tsuyoshi, one of the other brothers, is following his own path as he gives up a salaryman job and tries out being a dancer, much to his mother’s ire. While this internal drama is going on, Ryutaro is approached by his former classmate Tadano, who now works for a major retail operation, with an offer to expand the Kishida franchise into a department store. 

Eiga Delicious Party♡Precure Yume Miru ♡ Okosama Lunch  Eiga Delicious Party Precure Yume Miru Okosama Lunch Film Poster R

映画デリシャスパーティ・プリキュア  夢みる・お子さまランチ! 「 Eiga Delicious Party♡Precure Yume Miru ♡ Okosama Lunch

Release Date: September 23rd, 2022

Duration: 120 mins

Director: Akifumi Zako

Writer: Jin Tanaka (Screenplay), Izumi Todo (Original Creator)

Starring: Hana Hishikawa (Yui Nagomi / Cure Precious), Ai Kayano (Amane Kasai / Cure Finale), Risa Shimizu (Kokone Fuwa / Cure Spicy), Yuka Iguchi (Ran Hanamichi),

Animation Production: Toei Animation

Website  ANN  MAL

The short film Watashi no Okodomosama Ranchi わたしだけのお子さまランチ will be screened alongside this.

Synopsis: Oishina Town is a place where delicious food from all over the world gathers and it is also here that the Recipe-Bon, a book containing the recipe for every dish, resides. When it is stolen by the Bundoru gang, energy fairies grant three girls the power to transform into magical Precure girls to get the book back.

Blue Lock  Blue Lock Film Poster R

ブルーロック 超速上映版 “青い監獄” 入寮編 「 Buru- Rokku Chousoku Jouei-ban “Aoi Kangoku” Nyuuryou-hen

Release Date: September 23rd, 2022

Duration: 62 mins

Director: Tetsuaki Watanabe

Writer: Taku Kishimoto (Screenplay), Muneyuki Kaneshiro, Yusuke Nomura (Original Creator)

Starring: Kazuki Ura (Yoichi Isagi), Aoi Ichikawa (Gurimu Igarashi), Yuki Ono (Rensuke Kunigami), Kenichi Suzumura (Ryosuke Kira), Eri Yukimura (Anri Teieri),

Animation Production: 8 Bit

Website  ANN  MAL

This is the screening of a couple of episodes of a football anime that will air in Japan in October.

Synopsis: Always the bride maid and never the bride, Japan’s male football team have never gone past semi-finals despite their talent. The women have been consistently successful, but not respected enough. Anyway, the lack of a World Cup trophy leads football fanatic Anri Teiri furious furious and she cooks up a madcap training regime with maverick trainer Jinpachi Ego to recruit the three hundred best young football players in the country and send them to a state-of-the-art training facility to find the most talented of the bunch. Those on the list include main protag Yoichi Isagi who is determined to be number one! 

Re-light    Re-light Film Poster R

リ、ライト Ri, Raito

Release Date: September 23rd, 2022

Duration: 111 mins.

Director: Akira Ichinose

Writer: Akira Ichinose (Script), 

Starring: Asako Umemiya, Hiroshi Omori, Shinji Kawabata, Yoshiki Oneda, Masako Todoroki,


Synopsis: Togo Noguchi is a lonely middle-aged bachelor who runs an antique lighting repair store in Kawagoe. Life is quiet until a jazz singer by the name of Yoko Mizusaki makes her entrance with the claim that she is pregnant with the child of Togo’s missing son, Kosuke. Togo is suspicious but the two begin to share their lives together and Yoko’s influence breaks down the isolation that Togo has endured. 

Narase! Pui Pui Molcar Driving School    Narase! Pui Pui Molcar Driving School Film Poster R

ならせ! PUI PUI モルカー + DRIVING SCHOOL 予習編 「Narase! PUI PUI Moruka- + DRIVING SCHOOL Yoshuu-hen

Release Date: September 23rd, 2022

Duration: 39 mins.

Director: Hana Ono

Writer: Tomoki Misato (Original Creator)

Starring: N/A

Animation Production: Japan Green Hearts, Shin-Ei Animation

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: This is the second compilation film dedicated to the stop-motion animation Pui Pui Molcar ahead of its release in October. It is set in a world where guinea pigs have become cars – as depicted via wool felt models – and it has won the hearts of adults and children in equal measure. This compilation film packages the first season plus the first and second episodes from the second season, Driving School. One of the animators involved is the incredibly talented Atsuko Miyake. You can read an interview about her work on the film Junk Head  by following this link.

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