ZOKKI, Signal The Movie, Masamune Datenicle the Movie, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time 4DX, Homunculus, Wasted Eggs Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, everyone.

The Eel Film Image Takura (Koji Yakusho) and Keiko (Misa Shimizu)

I took some time out this week to do other stuff, so there were no posts. I’ve skipped straight to the trailers. In viewing news, I’ve re-watched a number of Wong Kar-Wai films and also started watching the anime adaptation of Blade of the Immortal. Also, the Heroic Purgatory podcast episode covering Shohei Imamura’s The Eel has gone live.

What is released this weekend?

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Wasted Eggs Dir: Ryo Kawasaki (2018)

Wasted Eggs

Running Time: 70 mins.

Release Date: 2018

Director: Ryo Kawasaki

Writer: Ryo Kawasaki (Screenplay),

Starring: Mitsue Terasaka, Sora Kawai, Chieko Misaka, Chise Niitsu, Supika Yufune,

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On the surface, Japan is hyper-modern but underneath the shiny shell is a society sticking steadfastly to certain aspects of tradition. Nowhere is this more evident than with gender roles. This is what Ryo Kawasaki’s debut feature examines through a light and witty drama surrounding little-explored issues and indignities suffered by women who don’t adhere to society’s demand to have children at a young age.

The film takes place around Christmas. The religious aspect of the season is irrelevant for most people in the country who consider it a time for lovers to be romantic. Rather, the New Year period is the biggest celebration in the winter when people return home and pay a visit to a shrine. That said, various aspects of Christmas are impossible to escape such as decorations, chicken dinners at KFC and Christmas cake. In the past, this seemingly innocuous confection proved to be a powerful metaphor for wealth and, derisively for women who are unmarried after the age of 25, someone who is past their prime. For some of the characters in the film, the season is a sad reminder that they are nearing their romantic expiration date.

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