About the Pink Sky (Colour Version), Henshin!, The Magic of Chocolate (live action), Gradation, Musuko no mama de, joshi ni naru Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend, everyone.

Reiwa Uprising
Reiwa Uprising

I hope that you are all safe and well.

I’m careening from one thing to another. I started the week writing aboutthe Udine and Cannes film festivals before posting a news article and interview with the curator of a season of documentary films made by Kazuo Hara/Sachiko Kobayashi which are available to stream in North America via Japan Society. I’ll be reviewing these films over the next week. I also posted trailers yesterday.

This week I watched Assault on Precinct 13, Ronin, and the first half of Psycho-Pass Season 3. I also watched the Hara/Kobayashi films Goodbye CP and Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1984.

What else was released this weekend?

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The Fable: A Contract Killer Who Doesn’t Kill, Around the Table, Rika: Self-Proclaimed 28-Years-Old Pure Love Monster, Hinomaru Soul: Heroes Behind the Scenes Japanese Film Trailers

Here is the first part of a two-part trailer post!

The Fable: A Contract Killer Who Doesn’t Kill    The Fable A Contract Killer Who Doesn't Kill Film Poster

ザ・ファブル 殺さない殺し屋 The Fable: Korosanai Koroshiya

Release Date: June 18th 2021

Duration: 123 mins.

Director: Kan Eguchi

Writer: Kan Eguchi, Masahiro Yamaura (Script), Katsuhisa Minami (Original Manga)

Starring: Junichi Okada, Fumino Kimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Yurina Hirate, Masanobu Ando, Mizuki Yamamoto, Ken Yasuda, Jiro Sato, Daisuke Miyagawa, Manami Hashimoto,

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The first film was highly enjoyable up until the extended (and overly long) finale and I felt that it captured the manga perfectly. The trailer indicates that the stunts and action have grown even more grandiose!

Synopsis: Akira Sato (Junichi Okada) is the legendary killer known as The Fable. He is continuing to keep a low profile in Osaka with his partner Yoko (Fumino Kimura) as they pretend to be ordinary siblings. He maintains his part-time job at a design company called Octopus where his boss, Takoda (Jiro Sato), and colleague/love interest, Misaki (Mizuki Yamamoto), are unaware of his hidden life of assassinations. The team at Octopus become the target of extortion when a seemingly innocent NPO run by a seemingly nice guy named Utsubo (Shinichi Tsutsumi) brings in a contract killer Suzuki (Masanobu Ando) to get money out of them. Akira must step in and use his skills.

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Floating Borderline, Eiga Sayonara Watashi no Cramer First Touch, “Uchuu Senkan Yamato” to Iu Jidai: Seireki 2202-nen no Sentaku, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway, Gyoko no Nikuko-chan Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend!

The Real Thing Tsuji (Win Morisaki) and Minako (Akari Fukunaga)

I hope you are well.

This is the follow-up to yesterday’s trailer post. This week I posted interviews with Yutaro Nakamura, director of A New Wind Blows, and Shinji Imaoka, director of A Rainbow-colored Trip.

I watched around ten Stephen Chow films, the 1972 film Bone, and The Quiet Family in preparation for a Heroic Purgatory podcast recording.

What else is released this weekend?

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Character, Namonaihi: A Day with no Name, Aoi-chan wa yarasete kurenai, All the Kindness of a Man is a Motive, Amazing! The Super Legend of Sea Creatures: Darwin’s Coming!, Blue Heaven For You, Kotei no Sora Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend!

Here is the first batch of trailers for films released this weekend. The second batch comes tomorrow!

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Pompo: The Cinéphile, Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight Movie, Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars, Cinema Kabuki The Sardine Seller’s Net of Love Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend.

This is the third and final trailer post of this week. Here are the last of the films to get screened this weekend!

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colorless, Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning, Brothers in Brothel, Mune ga Naru no wa Kimi no Sei, Gray Zone Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend!

I hope you are all doing well.

I only published one film review this week, Mrs. Noisy, which I highly recommend watching. There were two films released at the start of the week which I posted about. On Sunday last week I took part in a Heroic Purgatory podcast recording of a Stephen Chow film from the 90s.

What are the next batch of films released this weekend?

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Kakegurui the Movie: Zettai Zetsumei Russian Roulette, The Women Japanese Film Trailers

Two films are released today in Japan: Kakegurui the Movie: Zettai Zetsumei Russian Roulette had its premiere back in April but a general release was pushed back to now due to the Japanese government imposing a state of emergency which, first, closed many cinemas, and then placed cinemas under reduced opening hours.

The second film released today looks like an interesting indie that draws upon the Covid-19 pandemic as material. While everyone and everything felt the impact of the pandemic, women were particularly affected by job cuts and domestic violence which saw a spike and a resultant rise in the suicide rate amongst females. Child abuse also rose during this period. It was a dynamic seen globally but this is among the first films to directly draw upon it for a story. You can read a little more about the issue here.

Here are the trailers:

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Ai utsutsu, A-ku-a room only for two people, Kenda Master Fist, Tayutaedomo Shizumazu, Rhapsody of Colors, Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend, again!

Farewell Comedy Of Life Begins With A Lie Film Image Kinuko (Eiko Koike) and Tajima (Yo Oizumi) 2

I hope you are still feeling good.

This is the follow-up to yesterday’s trailer post. Not much news from me other than I will be recording another episode of Heroic Purgatory tonight! It’ll cover a Hong Kong comedy via Stephen Chow!

What else was released this weekend?

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Nosari: Impermanent Eternity, HOKUSAI, Tomorrow’s Dinner Table, JUN KASAI Crazy Monkey “KYO-EN”, Gekijou kanzenhan Tetsuya Kumakawa Carmina Burana 2021, Sozo (Imagination) Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, everyone!

I hope you are all well.

The state of emergency in Japan continues to grind on as the government struggles to control Covid-19. It has been extended until the end of June. Rules have been relaxed for some business and cinemas will be able to open but with reduced hours.

This week was dedicated to posting about Nippon Connection 2021. I covered film highlights as well as the different sections: Nippon Cinema, Nippon Visions, Nippon Documentaries, Nippon Animation.

I watched the films And Soon the DarknessNatural Born KillersCannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwelllers, and Takeshi Kitano’s A Scene at the Sea and Kids Return. The Heroic Purgatory podcast also launched its latest episode which is dedicated to Kitano’s HANA-BI. I had fun revisiting the director’s works and interesting talking about interpretations.

What is released this weekend? This is a two-part trailer post so come back tomorrow for more!

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A Preview of Nippon Connection 2021: Documentaries

This post is an offshoot from the one published earlier this week and it focuses on all of the documentaries that will be screened. Most of these documentaries are restricted to Germany but two are available for many territories worldwide. Check the descriptions.

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Nippon Docs

The documentary films in this year’s NIPPON DOCS section offer insights into various topics: sports and cults, ways of living and the desperate desire to live free. The film are done with different formal approaches, from experimental narrations, ethnographies, and political diatribes caught on hidden cameras. They interconnect with cautious biographical observations to paint a picture of contemporary Japan. All films in this section are eligible for the NIPPON DOCS AWARD.

Here are details on the features:

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