Hypnosis Mic Division Rap Battle Rule the Stage Dotsuitare Honpo VS Buster Bros!!! Cinema Edit, Maku wo Orosuna!, AFTERGLOWS, Crawling in the Ocean Called Little Manhattan, Cornflakes, Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend

This is the second part of a two-part trailer post. The first part can be found here.

It has been a good week in terms of movie viewing as I mixed Hong Kong, French, and Japanese films. Since last weekend I have watched

On the Run, Angel Terminators 1 and 2, Hottamaru Days, Beau Travail, Il PostinoHigh Kick Girl, and Illumination.

This week I posted a review for the film Hole in the Sky and a preview of this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival.

What are the other films released this weekend?

Hypnosis Mic Division Rap Battle Rule the Stage Dotsuitare Honpo VS Buster Bros!!! Cinema Edit    Hypnosis Mic Division Rap Battle Rule the Stage Dotsuitare Honpo VS Buster Bros!!! Cinema Edit Film Poster R

「ヒプノシスマイク Division Rap BattleRule the Stage《どついたれ本舗 VS Buster Bros!!!Cinema Edit 「Hipunoshisu Maiku Division Rap Battle Rule the Stage Dotsuitare Honpo VS Buster Bros!!!

Release Date: January 20th, 2023

Duration: 128 mins.

Staging: Go Ueki

Writer: Shinjiro Kameda (Screenplay), Evil Line Records (Original Creator),

Starring: Yoshihiko Aramaki, Masamichi Satonaka, Naoya Gomoto, Akira Takano, Shota Matsuda, Ryunosuka Nagashima,

Website

Hypnosis Microphone is a project featuring eighteen Japanese voice actors who make up teams of three emcees, each representing a famous district in Japan. These teams battle each other with rap battle albums, division songs, and occasional drama CDs. This film is a 2.5D stage version.

Dotsuitare Hompo is the name of a team from Osaka and it can be translated as “Knock ’em Out HQ”.

If you want to find out more about the anime/drama/game it is based on, head to this site.

Synopsis: In a world where war has been eradicated, conflicts are fought through battle rap via “Hypnosis Mic,” a special microphone that affects the human mind.  Groups representing iconic places in Japan battle each other in order to win territory.

Maku wo Orosuna!    Maku wo Orosuna! Film Poster R

まくをおろすな! 「Maku wo Orosuna!

Release Date: January 20th, 2023

Duration: 128 mins.

Director: Junji Shimizu

Writer: Kiyoto Takeuchi (Screenplay), 

Starring: Yuuki Koshioka, Mio Kudo, Takuto Teranishi, Yoshitaka Hara, Sho Takada,

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This is a musical period drama that adapts stage plays based on real people and historical events in the Edo period.

Synopsis: Shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa is running the show and on the streets of Edo, Rokin are gathering, all spoiling for a fight, Bunzaemon Kinokuniya, a.k.a. Bunta, and his partner Monzaemon Chikamatsu, a.k.a. Monta, save the lives of a couple who wish to commit suicide by putting on a play for them but even they are getting swept up into the events concerning the ronin.

AFTERGLOWS    AFTERGLOWS Film Poster R

Release Date: January 21st, 2023

Duration: 120 mins.

Director: Taichi Kimura

Writer: Ryosuke Asano, Yasuhiro Kim (Screenplay),

Starring: Kentez Asaka, MEGUMI, Akira Koieyama, Keiko Takeshita, Takashi Nishina,

Website IMDB

Taichi Kimura went to England to study filmmaking by himself as a teenager. Since then he has released several independent short films. This is his debut feature, a Tokyo-set film depicting a man’s renewed desire for love after he meets a woman who looks similar to his late wife.

Synopsis: Teru’s wife Sayuri committed suicide due to rumours of her having affair being spread around. He now lives the life of a lonely taxi driver whose only connection to the world is a radio programme. Then, a woman who looks like his late wife appears… 

Crawling in the Ocean Called Little Manhattan    Crawling in the Ocean Called Little Manhattan Film Poster R

海クロールとリトルマンハッタン Crawling in the ocean called Little Manhattan 「Umi Kuro-ru to Ritoru Manhattan

Release Date: January 21st, 2023

Duration: 36 mins.

Direction: Keisuke Hishida

Writer: Toto (Screenplay), 

Starring: Yutaro Furutachi, Keisuke Nakata, Sora Inoue, Eri Kamataki,

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Synopsis: This film depicts the exhausting life of a young man who works at a company during the day and a factory at night. Horrible co-workers, tiredness, and chaos mark his days. 

Cornflakes    Cornflakes Film Poster R

海クロールとリトルマンハッタン Crawling in the ocean called Little Manhattan 「Umi Kuro-ru to Ritoru Manhattan

Release Date: January 21st, 2023

Duration: 93 mins.

Direction: Teppei Isobe

Writer: Teppei Isobe, Kazuo Nagai (Screenplay), 

Starring: GON, Reiko Takada, Hinami Hino, Miyuu Teshima, Tomoki Kimura, Misato Ninba,

Website

Teppei Isobe has steadily been making films that are gaining attention at festivals like Nippon Connection and Skip City D-Cinema Festival. This has been my favourite of his. Reiko Takada of Isobe’s short film Overnight Walk appears in this.

This was the winner of the Audience Award in the domestic feature film category at the SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL 2020.

Synopsis: Miho, an insurance saleswoman who has been living and supporting her boyfriend Yuya, a struggling musician who works at a record shop and lives in Miho’s apartment. It isn’t just Yuya she supports, but a younger co-worker and her mean boss. When she finds out that Yuya has been in contact with Shuri, a colleague from his part-time job, it sparks an argument and Yuya is thrown out. For the first time in years, Yuya has nowhere to go and Miho is alone at night. And so the couple spend their first night apart…

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