Maison de Himiko 「メゾン・ド・ヒミコ」2005

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メゾン・ドミコMezon do Himiko

Release Date: August 27th, 2005

Running Time: 131 mins.

Director: Isshin Inudo

Writer: Aya Watanabe (Screenplay),

Starring:  Kou Shibasaki, Joe Odagiri, Min Tanaka, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Hiroki Murakami, Hirokazu Inoue, Chiharu Muraishi, Kira Aoyama, Hiroshi Okochi, Shinichi Hatori,

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La Maison de Himiko is the title of the film and the name of the retirement home, for gay men, which is at the centre of the narrative. It is a place where people are open and accepting of others when the outside world can be judgemental and sometimes cruel and it is the place where one young woman finds herself coming to terms with the darkest of emotions that have hampered her life.

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Space Brothers, Kantori Garu Trailers

This week I did a post for every day – part experiment with the “copy post feature” and part desire to showcase trailers. Thursday and Friday felt like “deja preview” and that was not much fun. I’m slacking off by not posting reviews and I apologise (let us pretend you care). Anyway the most interesting posts were Sadako, Fuse and Guskou Budori.

What’s happening with the Japanese box-office charts?

  1.  Thermae Romae
  2.  Detective Conan: The Mystery of the Eleventh Striker
  3.  Kamen Rider X Super Sentai Super Hero Taisen
  4.  We Were Here: Part 2
  5.  Chronicle of my Mother

All of the films released last week have entered the top ten with the amusing looking comedy Thermae Romae taking the top spot while the family drama Chronicle of my Mother entered at 5 and Home entered at number 10. There are only two American films in the top ten but they are falling out fast. What’s released today?

Space Brothers

Japanese: Uchū Kyōdai

Release Date: 05th May 2012 (Japan)Space Brothers Movie Poster

Running Time: N/A

Director: Yoshitaka Mori

Writer: Mika Ohmori (script), Chūya Koyama (manga)

Starring: Shun Oguri, Masaki Okada, Kumiko Aso, Gaku Hamada, Hirofumi Arai, Yoshio Inoue, Sansei Shiomi, Shinichi Tsutsumi

Based on an award-winning manga by Chūya Koyama, Space Brothers (Uchū Kyōdai) has been adapted into a rather good anime that is currently airing in Japan right now (and was rumoured to be getting 51 episodes). Thanks to the nature of modern multi-media franchises the manga, and anime have created a buzz for the movie so it will be interesting to see if this movie lives up to the previous adaptations. It stars Shun Oguri (Ghost Train), Masaki Okada (Villain), and Kumiko Aso (Pulse). The film has some scenes that were shot at the Kennedy Space Centre and the theme song is “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” by Coldplay.

Two brothers, the eldest named Mutta (Oguri) and the youngest named Hibito (Okada), once saw what they thought was a UFO flying to the moon and make a pact that they will become astronauts and fly into space together. The years elapse and soon it is 2025. Hibito is an astronaut and it is only a matter of time until he heads into space. Mutta? He has failed the childhood pact and lives a traditional life working for a car company until he gets fired and then finds it hard to get another job. Fortunately Hibito is soon on the phone and Mutta’s dreams of going into space are soon reignited.

 

Country Girl

Japanese: Kantori Garu

Release Date: 05th May 2012 (Japan)

Running Time: 70 mins.

Director: Tatsuo Kobayashi

Writer: Aya Watanabe

Starring: Satoshi Hattori, Shoko Fujimura, Yuta Kuba, Go Takamine,

Tatsuo Kobayashi makes his directorial debut with a script written by Aya Watanabe (A Gentle Breeze in the Village) in which a bunch of pickpockets take advantage of tourists visiting Kyoto to see maiko and geisha. This is an indie film so there’s no trailer or posters easily available to gaijin like me.

Four high school kids are surrounded by so much history but are bored of it. When a café owner (Takamine) decides to build a modern “artists’ village” the boys are intrigued and decide to create their own music club. To do this they need money and so  they target foreigners who have come to admire geisha. Things don’t quite go according to plan when one of the gang, Hayashi (Hattori), falls in love with a maiko (Fujimura) who can see through the scam.