Third Window Films Release The Story of Yonosuke

Third Window Films follow up last month’s release of the ultra-brilliant “Shady” with a more heart-warming human drama about the power of friendship called “The Story of Yonosuke“. As I made clear in my review, I liked it a lot. Here are the release details:

The Story of Yonosuke

The Story of Yonosuke DVD Case

A film by Shuichi Okita (The Woodsman & the Rain)
Based on a novel by Shuichi Yoshida (Villain, Parade)

Japan / 2013 / 160 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour

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Ju-on: The Beginning of the End Teaser Trailer

I didn’t see this one coming but it should have been obvious. A new installment in the J-horror film series “Ju-on” is getting a release in July! We get to welcome back the extremely creepy boy Toshio, and his rather hot but super scary mother Kayako Saeki!

Ju-on: The Beginning of the End   JuOn The Beginning of the End

Japanese Title:  呪怨―終わり の 始まり

Romaji: Juon – Owari no Hajimari

Running Time: 91 mins.

Director: Masayuki Ochiai

Writer: Masayuki Ochiai (Screenplay)

Starring: Nozomi Sasaki, Kai Kobayashi

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Hitman (Tomorrow’s Gunshot) Japanese Film Trailer and AMVs

Persona 4 Arena ImageWelcome to the first trailer post of the year. Yep, we are now fully in 2014 and my posts for the week reflect the transition as I started my “best of 2013” series with a collection of Japanese film posters released in 2013, my new year’s resolutions for 2014 and a list of films released in 2013 that I hope to see in 2014. The “best of 2013” series will continue with film, anime and game selections. I saw 47 Ronin on New Year’s Eve and All is Lost on Thursday. Two totally different films and they, along with lots of films I saw in 2013, will be reviewed this month.

As for this trailer post, as quickly as you say, “hello” (just humour me), it’ll be over because only one Japanese film released this week. The rest are foreign titles about Navy Seals and the architect Sir Norman Foster. Next week looks much busier so that’s my day off work on Wednesday sorted. There’s such a lack of movie action this week that I’m going to place so AMVs and videos I recently watched as preparation for forthcoming reviews. Anyway, here’s the content:

Hitman (Tomorrow’s Gunshot)  Hitman Tomorrow Gunshot Film Poster

Japanese: ヒットマン 明日への銃声

Romaji: Hittoman Ashita e Jūsei

Running Time: 123 mins.

Release Date: January 04th, 2014

Director: Hiroyuki Tsuji

Writer: Jiro Okazaki (Novel)

Starring: Takeshi Kamedao, Jiro Okazaki, Mitsuo Senda,

Hiroyuki Tsuji makes plenty of crime thrillers and in this one he tells the tale of brothers who are united but their lives are under threat from a hitman sent by a gang boss.


Here are the random videos:

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Third Window Films Release Bullet Ballet

At the end of the month Third Window Films release a digitally re-mastered version of the Shinya Tsukamoto film Bullet Ballet on DVD ad Blu-ray. Shinya Tsukamoto takes the lead in this grim and exciting looking film which co-stars regulars like Tomorowo Taguchi. He is quite fond of using black-and-white but consider its strong impact in Tetsuo: The Iron Man and A Snake of June and I’ll be purchasing this one to add to my Tsukamoto collection. Here are the details:


Bullet Ballet                                                  Bullet Ballet Film Poster

Japanese Titleバルット バレエ

Romaji: Barutto Baree

Japanese Release Date: December 18th, 1999

UK Release Date: December 30th, 2013

Running Time: 87 mins.

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

Writer: Shinya Tsukamoto

Starring: Shinya Tsukamoto, Kirina Mano, Tomorowo Taguchi, Tatsuya Nakamura, Kyoka Suzuki, Hisashi Igawa, Takahiro Murase, Keisuke Yoshida, Hiromi Kuronuma

This release is special because it has been digitally restored by Shinya Tsukamoto much like he did with his Tetsuo films and Tokyo Fist so expect excellent visuals. On top of the excellent visuals there will be an exclusive new interview with Shinya Tsukamoto, a clip from original concert, a new UK trailer and the original theatrical trailer.

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Neo Ultra Q Special Screening Part II Trailer

Neo Ultra Q Special Screening Part II  Neo Ultra Q Film Poster

Japanese: ネオ ウルトラQ 特別上映 part II

Romaji: Neo Urutorakyū Tokubetsu Jōei part II

Running Time: N/A

Release Date: December 09th, 2013

Director: Gakuryu Ishii, Yu Nakai, Yu Irie, Kiyotaka Taguchi

Writer: Kiyotaka Inagaki, Akari Yamamoto, Ayako Kato (Screenplay)

Starring: Rin Takanashi, Seiichi Tanabe, Hiroyuki Onoe, Hikaru Osawa 

This was released yesterday but I wanted to post about anime so I’ll stick it here.

This is the latest adaptation of a sci-fi project created by Eiji Tsuburaya, special effects director on Godzilla, about three characters who investigated supernatural and alien phenomena. Apparently the show ran for 28 episodes from January to July in 1966, received a radio drama and movie edition. This latest movie adaptation is made up of films which collect of 12 episodes from the currently airing TV sequel and features excellent actors like Rin Takanashi (Goth: Love of Death) and Shota Sometani (Himizu) and has the director Gakuryu Ishii (Isn’t Anyone Alive?). Each movie will collect three episodes and be released on the 9th day of each month which will now be known as “Q Day”. Furthermore, each screening has a Q&A. Sounds and looks fun.


Three people: a psychologist doing research on the supernatural, a young beautiful journalist with an inquisitive mind and a bartender who has sympathy towards other forms of life. Together the trio set out to look into the paranormal and futuristic phenomena that confront our life and society. In this selection of episodes (4,5 and 6) Rin Takanashi has to “act” alongside this dude.

Rin Takanashi and a monster


Live-Action Kiki’s Delivery Service Teaser Video

Kiki’s Delivery Service                         Kiki's Delivery Service Live Action Poster

Japanese Title: 魔女 の 宅急便

Romaji: Majo no Takkyubin

Release Date: March 01st, 2014

Running Time: N/A

Director: Takashi Shimizu

Writer: Eiko Kadono (Original Novel), Satoko Okudera (Screenplay)

Starring: Fuka  Koshiba, Ryohei Hirota, Machiko Ono, Miho Kanazawa, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Rie Miyazawa, Michitaka Tsutsui

I posted a report about a new poster and a teaser video for the live-action Kiki’s Delivery Service on Anime UK News yesterday (sourced from Anime News Network) and while the teaser video doesn’t reveal much it is a good chance for us to get reacquainted as the film’s theatrical release of March 01st, 2014, creeps closer!

UPDATE: 16th December Here’s a full trailer:

Kiki (Koshiba) has turned 13 and must leave home to start her apprenticeship in witchcraft and become independent. She hops on her broom with her cat Jiji and bids farewell to her friends and mother (Miyazawa) and father (Tsutsui) and settles in a coastal city where she must decide what sort of area in the witching profession she should specialise in. The trouble is her only skill is flying her broom…

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New Why Don’t You Play in Hell? Trailer Sion Sono’s Next Film Release

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?           Why Don't You Play In Hell Film Poster

Japanese Title: 地獄 で なぜ 悪い Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Romaji: Jigoku de Naze Warui Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Release Date: September 28th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Sion Sono

Writer: Sion Sono (Screenplay),

Starring: Jun Kunimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Fumi Nikaido, Tomochika, Hiroki Hasegawa, Kotou Lorena, Gen Hoshino, Tak Sakaguchi

After watching Himizu and The Land of Hope I was getting worried that Sono was becoming serious. Great films as they are, I’m more of a Suicide Club and Strange Circus chap. You know, original messy projects which we all know him for. Tired Paul to the rescue. He recently sent me this new trailer for Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell? and it looks so f*cking awesome! There’s also a new poster which is also awesome!

Muto (Kunimura) and Ikegami (Tsutsumi) are rival gangsters who despise each other but there’s a catch for Ikegami… he loves Muto’s actress daughter Mitsuko (Nikaido). Part of the reason she’s an actress is because it is the dream of his loyal wife Shizue (Tomochika) who was sent to prison after taking the fall for him.

Muto is out to make that dream happen. Enter Koji (Hoshino), a timid passer-by who is mistaken for being a film director. When dealing with gangsters you don’t mess about so Koji gets a cinephile friend named Hirata (Hasegawa) who casts Mitsuko in a fictional gang war but it soon goes wrong when it turns real.


The opening gunfight, blood-covered women chasing people with knives, a director who is clearly a hyper-cinephile and a bit psychotic, sword fights, people plunging through walls and windows aaaaaannnd a waterslide flowing with blood in a house! I said it with the teaser ad I’ll say it again… OH GOD, A REBELLIOUS CRAZY SONO FILM! LIFE IS WORTH LIVING.

This is actually starting to remind me of Key of Life with its mix of losers in a mistaken identity scenario involving gangsters only there’s fountains of blood everywhere. I really loved Key of Life film with its sharp observational humour and loveable characters and I can tell from the trailer that Hirata is going to be heaps of fun. I mean, Bruce Lee’s Game of Death references and blood-slides? He certainly is imaginative! I am expecting great comedy and lots of bloodshed! The cast contains Jun Kunimura (VitalOutrage), Shinichi Tsutsumi (One Missed Call), Fumi Nikaido (Himizu), Tomochika (Quirky Guys and Gals) and Gen Hoshino (Blindly in Love) who wrote and performed the song that can be heard around the one minute mark. Ive watched this trailer about a dozen times and now I’m singing along with the actors at the end. I want to see this now!

According to Nippon Cinema, “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” will get its world premiere at the 70th Venice Film Festival (August 28th-September 7th) and its North American premiere at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival.

The film will get a theatrical release in Japan on September 28th, 2013.

Source: Nippon Cinema via Tired Paul (Thanks Paul!)

Third Window Films Release For Loves Sake on DVD & Blu-Ray

Long time readers of the blog will remember that I attended last years BFI London Film Festival and saw For Love’s Sake. My review was positively overflowing with love, praise and fervour for the film and it landed at number 2 in my Top 10 Films of 2012. I can still remember whole swathes of the film and how I felt during the screening. When I found out that Third Window Films was releasing it I was rather pleased and I highly, highly (very, very highly) recommend it. Enough from me, here’s the details:

 For Loves Sake DVD Case


Director: Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, One Missed Call, Audition, Ninja Kids!!!)

 Starring: Satoshi Tsumabuki (Villain, Tokyo Family, Tokyo!, Dororo)

Emi Takei (Rurouni Kenshin)
Sakura Ando (Love Exposure, Our Homeland, Penance)

Japan / 2012 / 134 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour

Out on Double-disc DVD & Blu-ray 

June 10th, 2013

DVD and Blu-ray Special Features
Anamorphic Widescreen transfer with 5.1 Surround Sound
Making Of, Skip to a Song Selection, Theatrical Trailer

 Ai to Makoto's Ai (Takei) Looking to the Future

Takashi Miike, the director of ’13 Assassins’, ‘Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai’ and ‘Audition’ brings us as Bollywood-style musical action/comedy/love story!
Not exactly a director that plays along with genre rules, the prolific Takashi Miike now takes his talent in genre bending to the pure romance world with For Love’s Sake (a.k.a. Ai to Makoto), based on Kajiwara Ikki’s 1973 manga series. An epic story of a rich high school girl who falls in love with a tough young gangster, Miike’s take on the story breaks all the rules with musical numbers (with music by popular music producer Kobayashi Takeshi), tongue-in-cheek humour, and in-your-face violence. Starring Satoshi Tsumabuki (Villain) and Emi Takei (Rurouni Kenshin) as the star-crossed lovers, For Love’s Sake is a unique and incredibly wild ride that will change your definition of what a pure romance can be.

Ai to Makoto Love is in the Air Makoto (Tsumabuki) and Ai (Takei)

Liebester Blog Award Number Three

Lynn from Lynn’s Book Blog has passed on the Liebster Blog Award to me. Not one for ignoring praise (please give me praise, I have writer’s syndrome) and never one for ignoring Lynn (a blogger with great taste in films as well as books) or any of my fellow commenters/bloggers, I have put up my responses here. Here are the rules:

Liebster Award1. Tell us 11 things about yourself

2. Answer 11 questions the blogger who awarded you asked

3. Pass the award to 11 people

4. Give them 11 questions.
5. Tell them about the award
6. Don’t award people who are recipients already

I have done this before so I’ll skip the formalities and the whole nominating people bit because I doubt anybody I would nominate has the time to reply to be quite frank.

11 Things About Me Updated for 2013

  1. I have met Doctor Who.
  2. I have met the film director Isshin Inudo.
  3. I have Japanese relatives, I own Japanese things, I obsess over Japanese films, I speak Japanese but I have yet to go to the country.
  4. I have a sister who is much younger than me and more beautiful, cooler and smarter than me. She has developed a cool taste in films.
  5. I watch at least two films a week, usually both Japanese.
  6. I spent most of my childhood watching subtitled films from France and Hong Kong.
  7. I like rainy weather.
  8. I work in an art museum with a famous collection.
  9. I sometimes like to watch trashy anime like Haiyore! Nyaruko-san and Haganai.
  10. I am trying to write a novel.
  11. This is Year II of My Time of Getting Things Done.Kino (キノ) and Hermes and their Options

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Why Don’t You Play in Hell? Teaser Trailer Sion Sono’s Next Film Release

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?           Why DOn't you Play in Hell Film Image

Japanese Title: 地獄 で なぜ 悪い Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Romaji: Jigoku de Naze Warui Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Release Date: September 28th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Sion Sono

Writer: Sion Sono (Screenplay),

Starring: Jun Kunimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Fumi Nikaido, Tomochika, Hiroki Hasegawa, Kotou Lorena, Gen Hoshino

Sion Sono has three projects on the go. I have posted about the live-action dorama All Esper Dayo! which is screening on Japanese television. I have also posted about the casting call for Tokyo Tribes in pre-production. His third feature is Why Don’t You Play in Hell? and a teaser trailer was recently released for it. Thanks to fellow hardcore Sion Sono fan Tired Paul I found out about the trailer and I have to say that watching the trailer made me really happy.

Muto (Kunimura) and Ikegami (Tsutsumi) are rival gangsters who despise each other but there’s a catch for Ikegami… he loves Muto’s actress daughter Michiko (Nikaido). Part of the reason she’s an actress is because it is the dream of her mother Shizue (Tomochika) and so Muto is out to make that dream happen. Enter Koji (Hoshino), a passer-by who is mistaken for being a film director. When dealing with gangsters you don’t mess about so Koji gets indie film director Hirata (Hasegawa) to cast Michiko as the lead actress in his film but it soon goes all wrong.

I’m sure you’re happy after watching the trailer. The violence! The blood! Twisted kissing! Swords and knives! The screaming! The rainbow colours! The opera! A waterslide flowing with blood in a house! OH GOD, A REBELLIOUS CRAZY SONO FILM! LIFE IS WORTH LIVING.

The cast is pretty damn awesome with the ever-watchable Jun Kunimura (Vital, Outrage) playing a Yakuza. His rival is Shinichi Tsutsumi, the male lead in One Missed Call and a pretty good actor. Fumi Nikaido (Himizu), one of Japan’s rising actresses looks like a sadistic and cool character who might run with Aiko in with Cold Fish.

It looks like Sono is veering back to the crazy, careening, balls out and intense films from early in his career that his fans love him for. The script for this was originally written as an action film 15 years ago which would make it before Suicide Club and Strange Circus so that sounds just about right for the tone. The carnage and the locations shown remind me of the climax of Noriko’s Dinner Table. I’m babbling now. I think I’ll watch the teaser for the 30th time!