Ushijima the Loan Shark Part 2, Flower and Snake Zero, The Undying Dream We Have, Recently, My Sister is Unusual, No no Nanana no Ka, The Adventures of Bellring Girls Heart across the 6D and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Japanese exams are over!

Still the Water Lush ParadiseOkay, the reaction wasn’t as extreme as that but that’s it for the next few months I’ll be able to watch films regularly again and finish off a video game or two. This morning I watched the Wong Kar-Wai film Days of Being Wild and I’m going to get started with season 2 of The Walking Dead before my sister gets to the third episode. Next Monday I’ll be heading to the cinema to watch Blue Ruin and The Wind Rises. I will start carving through a number of reviews that have been on the back-burner for a long time. As for next week there will be announcements before I get back to reviewing things. This week I reviewed Hoozuki no Reitetsu, a large and sprawling thing…

Here are the trailers for the Japanese films released in Tokyo this week:

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Japanese Films at the Raindance Film Festival 2013

Genki Raindance Film Festival 2013 Banner

The films for the Raindance Film Festival (September 25th – October 06th ) have been announced and there are a lot of Japanese titles on offer in the Way Out East strand. There are some I have reviewed, some I have viewed and a lot that have come up in Saturday trailer posts I do every week. There are enough that I am willing to attend the festival. I will be heading down to London and watching Shindo, The Kirishima Thing, Shady and Remiges.

Here’s a trailer for the festival:

Here’s the line-up of titles:

Soul Flower Train            Soul Flower Train Film Poster

Japanese Title:  ソウル フラワー トレイン

Romaji: Souru Furawa- Torein

Running Time: 97 mins.

Director: Hiroshi Nishio

Writer: Miyuki Uehara, Hiroshi Nishio (Screenplay), Robin Nishi (Original Manga)

Starring: Mitsuru Hirata, Saki Seishi, Kensuke Owada, Mio Otani, Kaoru Kusumi, Megumi Wada, Shoichi Asano, Marin Sayoko

Robin Nishi, the mind behind the manga/anime Mind Game has another of his works adapted. It’s a road-trip movie with a soundtrack by Shounen Knife. This trailer was featured just last weekend and I liked it a lot but the screening date is a little too early for me so I’ll have to miss it.

In this tale, a father named Amamoto leaves his small village and heads to Osaka to track down his estranged daughter Yuki. He hooks up with a friendly young woman who helps him but ends up getting lost and caught up in a surreal adventure on the island before he finds her and discovers she is keeping secrets.

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