Thousand and One Nights, Seven Secretaries: The Movie, Kimi o Aishita Hitori no Boku e, Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi e, Chiko-chan ni Shikarareru! On STAGE Sono toki Rekishi wa Chikotto Ugoita, The Divine Protector – Master Salt Begins Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend

Heart of Glass Josef Bierbichler (Hias) looks at the Horizon

I hope you are well.

This is the first of a two-part trailer post so come back tomorrow for more.

What are the films released in Japan today?

Thousand and One Nights   Thousand and One Nights Film Poster R

千夜、一夜 Chiya, Ichiya

Release Date: October 07th, 2022

Duration: 126 mins.

Director: Nao Kubota

Writer: Kenji Aoki (Script), 

Starring: Yuko Tanaka, Machiko Ono, Dankan, Masanobu Ando, Yoji Tanaka,

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Director Nao Kubota usually makes documentaries but has turned to fiction for this feature which is based on the “missing persons list.” It was screened at the Busan International Film Festival 2022.

Synopsis: Tomiko is a middle-aged woman who lives in a beautiful but declining fishing village on a remote island in the north of Japan. She has been waiting for her husband to return after he suddenly disappeared 30 years ago. A fisherman named Haruo pines for her. Then, Tomiko meets Nami, whose husband Yoji disappeared two years ago. The younger woman wants to move on with her life, something that stands in contrast to Tomiko whose life has been at a standstill. And then Tomiko sees Yoji…

Seven Secretaries: The Movie    Seven Secretaries The Movie Film Poster R

七人の秘書 THE MOVIE Shichinin no Hisho The Movie

Release Date: October 07th, 2022

Duration: 118 mins.

Director: Naomi Tamura

Writer: Miho Nakazono (Script), 

Starring: Fumino Kimura, Alice Hirose, Nanao, Shim Eun-kyung, Yuko Oshima, Shigeru Muroi. Yosuke Eguchi, Hiroshi Tamaki, Gaku Hamada,

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This is a continuation of a TV show where a group of secretaries go all A-Team and take on missions to help the weak. It stars Fumino Kimura who is currently in cinemas with the Koji Fukada film Love Life.

Synopsis: The seven secretaries head to snowy Nagano Prefecture to aid Koichi Ogata, a ramen restaurant owner who is rallying support to stand up to the Tsukumo family, an outwardly respectable family of land developers who are  really ruthlessly greedy and all about getting money.

 

Kimi o Aishita Hitori no Boku e    Kimi o Aishita Hitori no Boku e Film Poster R

君を愛したひとりの僕へ 「 Kimi o Aishita Hitori no Boku e

Release Date: October 07th, 2022

Duration: 98 mins

Director: Kenichi Kasai

Writer: Riko Sakaguchi (Screenplay), Yomoji Otono (Original Creator)

Starring: Aju Makita (Shiori Sato), Hio Miyazawa (Koyomi Hidaka), Kimiko Yo (Kazune Takigawa), Miki Mizuno (Itoko Sato), Tokuma Nishioka (Koyomi Takasaki),

Animation Production: 6th Studio, TMS Entertainment

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This is one of two animated films released simultaneously that are based on the novels of Shihoji Otono.

Synopsis: Koyomi Hidaka lives with his father following his parents’ divorce. When he goes to his father’s workplace, a research institute where parallel worlds are investigated, he meets a girl named Shiori Satou and they develop a crush on each other. When it looks like their parents will marry, Koyomi and Shiori will become step-siblings and so they explore a parallel world to avoid becoming brother and sister.

 

Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi e    Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi e Film Poster R

僕が愛したすべての君へ 「Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi e

Release Date: October 07th, 2022

Duration: 102 mins

Director: Jun Matsumoto

Writer: Riko Sakaguchi (Screenplay), Yomoji Otono (Original Creator)

Starring: Ai Hashimoto (Kazune Takigawa), Hio Miyazawa (Koyomi Takasaki), Kimiko Yo (Kazune Takigawa), Miki Mizuno (Itoko Sato), Tokuma Nishioka (Koyomi Takasaki),

Animation Production: Bakken Record

Website  ANN  MAL

This is one of two animated films released simultaneously that are based on the novels of Shihoji Otono.

Synopsis: Koyomi Takasaki lives with his mother after his parents’ divorce. A diligent student and socially awkward, he fails at making friends. However, his classmate Kazune Takigawa approaches him, and tells him that she is actually from a parallel world known as World Line 85, where she and Koyomi are lovers. Koyomi becomes attracted to her.

 

Chiko-chan ni Shikarareru! On STAGE Sono toki Rekishi wa Chikotto Ugoita    Chiko-chan ni Shikarareru On STAGE Sono toki Rekishi wa Chikotto Ugoita Film Poster R

チコちゃんに叱られる!on STAGE そのとき歴史はチコっと動いた! 「 Chiko-chan ni Shikarareru! On STAGE Sono toki Rekishi wa Chikotto Ugoita

Release Date: October 07th, 2022

Duration: 96 mins

Director: Masashi Suwa

Writer: Masashi Suwa (Screenplay), 

Starring: Yuichi Kimura (Chico-chan), Nana Asakawa (Time Patrol Mirai), Fu Takahashi (Time Patrol Daigo),

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NHK’s popular variety show Chiko Chan ni Shisarareru! was adapted for a stage play that was performed in Tokyo in March 2022. The performance was recorded and additional footage plus behind-the-scenes shots were recorded for the theatrical run.

Synopsis: Chiko-chan and Kyoe-chan have to interrupt their educational show and must head back into the past with Time Patrol agents Daigo and Mirai to restore history. 

The Divine Protector – Master Salt Begins    The Divine Protector – Master Salt Begins Film Poster R

呪い返し師 塩子誕生 Noroi Kae Shishi: Shioko Tanjo

Release Date: October 07th, 2022

Duration: 120 mins.

Director: Hiroshi Akabane

Writer: Sayaka Okawa (Script), Ryuho Okawa (Original Story),

Starring: Rin Kijima, Mariya Suzuki, Munehiro Yoshida, Kiyo Hasegawa, Yuki Meguro,

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This is one of those Happy Science movies that skirt between being religious propaganda and supernatural adventure.

Synopsis: The members of the occult club at Kamono Girls’ Highschool in Tokyo  seek to help one of their number, a girl named Nanako, after she becomes the victim of a series of mysterious incidents that are linked to a curse. By using salt and burning an envelope with a wish written inside, they summon a Curse Reverser who is able to help Nanako and, soon after, many others. They take on a thief who swindles the elderly, a businessman who abuses his wife, and more. Their biggest task will involve the son and the successor of a renowned company…

Tora no Ryuugi – Gekitotsu Moeru Arashii no Kanmon-hen    Tora no Ryuugi – Gekitotsu Moeru Arashii no Kanmon-hen Film Poster R

虎の流儀 激突!燃える嵐の関門編  Tora no Ryuugi – Gekitotsu Moeru Arashii no Kanmon-hen

Release Date: October 07th, 2022

Duration: 110 mins.

Director: Hiroyuki Tsuji

Writer: Itaru Era (Script),

Starring: Ryuuji Harada, Eriko Moriwaki, Takayuki Kinoshita, Sayaka Isoyama, Takahiro Hirano, Shoko Haida,

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This is the sequel to a film released last weekend.

Synopsis: Ryuji Harada is back playing a chivalrous yakuza in the old-school mould. After leaving Nagoya, Kiyoshi Kurumada heads to Kitakyushu, where he lays low in a port town and is taken under the wing of the Tomioka family, a prestigious clan that offers protection to local fishermen. A greedy land developer threatens everyone with the creation of an airport and Kiyoshi will have to stand up to his scheming.

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