Nunchaku and Soul ヌンチャクソウル Dir: Akiyoshi Koba (2019) Osaka Asian Film Festival 2019

Nunchaku and Soul    Nunchaku and Soul Film Poster

ヌンチャクソウル  Nunchaku Souru

Release Date: November 09th, 2019

Duration: 76 mins.

Director: Akiyoshi Koba

Writer: Akiyoshi Koba (Screenplay),

Starring: Masahiro Kuroki, Atsushi Takahashi, Jun Bay, Anju Kurosu, Yun Hayama, Michiko Hayashi, Shinichiro Osawa,

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Director Akiyoshi Koba is a part-time lecturer at Nagaoka Zokei University and an indie filmmaker whose works feature a mixture of everyday settings dusted with a little sci-fi and tweaked with comedy. Titles include, Slippers and  a Midsummer Moon (2015) where two sisters travel between parallel worlds to find their missing father, the tokusatsu parody short Psychics Z (2016), and Tsumugi’s Radio (2017), a gentle comedy about mental illness and mistimed romance told with a lot of flashbacks. In each of the films, mundane locations are used for out of the ordinary events. This is probably driven by budget constraints but it has resulted in an oeuvre which celebrates the possibility of fun and DIY filmmaking in small-town Japan. Nunchaku and Soul is probably Koba’s most amusing work to date and continues in this vein.

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Blue Exorcist Anime Movie Trailer

The official website for the anime movie adaptation of Kazue Katō’s manga Blue Exorcist is streaming a trailer.

The movie is animated by A-1 Pictures who are behind one of my favourite anime shows of the summer season, Sword Art Online. The director is Atsushi Takahashi (Assistant Director on Spirited Away) and he will be working from a script written by Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman, The Cat Returns!!!). Music is provided by Hiroyuki Sawano (Guilty Crown), Shinji Kimura (Akira, Project A-Ko, Spriggan, Steamboy, Tekkonkinkreet) is art director, and Keigo Sasaki (Le Chevalier D’Eon) is providing the character designs.

The anime movie is expected to premiere on the 28th of December, 2012 in Japan.