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.

Villain UK DVD Release

Third Window Films has announced the DVD release date of the multi-award winning Japanese film Villain.

Villain DVD

UK DVD Release Date: 5th of December 2011

Running time: 140 mins

Certificate: 15

Director: Lee Sang-il

Starring: Eri Fukatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hikari Mitsushima, Masaki Okada,


Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer with 5.1 Surround Sound and optional English subtitles

1 Hour long ‘Making Of’

Discussion between director Lee Sang-il and actor Satoshi Tsumabuki

Theatrical Trailer

I personally liked this film a lot as my review shows and I wasn’t alone as it was nominated for 15 Japanese Academy Awards and won for Best Actress, Actor, Supporting Actress Supporting Actor and Music Score, beating out the magnificent 13 Assassins! Just look at the talent involved:

Eri Fukatsu: one of Japan’s best actresses and the lead in the current number one film in the Japanese box office, Once in a Blue Moon. For her performance in Villain she won the Best Actress at the Montreal Film Festival.

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Villain 悪人 (2010)

Villain   Villain Film Poster

Japanese: 悪人

Romaji: Akunin

Release Date: September 11th, 2010 (Japan)

Running Time: 139 mins.

Director: Sang-il Lee

Writer: Shuichi Yoshida, Sang-il Lee (Screenplay), Shuichi Yoshida (Original Novel)

Starring:  Satoshi Tsumabuki, Eri Fukatsu, Masaki Okada, Hikari Mitsushima, Ken Mitsuishi, Kimiko Yo, Kinuo Yamada, Akira Emoto, Kirin Kiki, ayaka Nakamura, kento Nagayama, Hanae Kan,

Knowing that Villain won the best director and acting categories at the 34th Japanese Academy Awards doesn’t prepare you for just how good the acting in this film is and I can see why Third Window Films has selected this as their major summer release.

Yuichi (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is a construction worker with no girlfriend or friends. He spends his days working and looking after his grandparents, with no enjoyment in life other than his car. Mitsuyo (Eri Fukatsu) also lives a monotonous life working at a men’s clothing store whilst living in an apartment with her sister. When the two meet using an online dating site, they immediately fall in love with each other despite clashing personalities and expectations. But there’s a secret Yuichi had been keeping from Mitsuyo: Yuichi is the one suspected of killing a young woman (Hikari Mitsushima) whose body was found at Mitsue Pass only a few days before. It is a murder that has left the families of all concerned reeling and as a society passes judgement, the victim’s father (Akira Emoto) searches for justice while Yuichi and his new lover try to elude the police. As the events that led up to the murder and its aftermath are revealed we learn the stories of the victim, the murderer, and their families and the emotions and desperation behind actions.

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