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Million Dollar Man 

(億男)

 

 
Synopsis:

Adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name, Keishi Ohtomo’s thought-provoking drama tells the story of a man who comes into a massive lottery win, only to have the money stolen from him by his best friend.  Featuring a talented ensemble cast including Takeru Satoh (Rurouni Kenshin, 2012), Issey Takahashi (Recall, 2018), Erika Sawajiri (Eating Women, 2018), Tatsuya Fujiwara (Confession of Murder, 2017), and Kazuki Kitamura (Samurai Cat, 2014), this cautionary tale forces audiences to contemplate the true value of money.

Kazuo’s (Satoh) younger brother has gone missing, leaving behind a massive debt.  Left to settle the payment, Kazuo works two jobs in order to meet the demands of creditors.  No longer having time to spend time with his family, his wife and daughter leave him.

Life however suddenly takes a turn for the better when Kazuo is the lucky recipient of a 300-million-yen lottery win. Uneasy about the amount of money he has come into, he decides to consult his wealthy former college buddy Tsukumo (Takahashi) for advice.

The pair discuss Kazuo’s newfound riches as well as ideas on how to win back his wife and daughter.  The following day however Kazuo is plunged into despair when he discovers that not only have his winnings disappeared but so has his friend…

 

 

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Takeru Satoh, Issey Takahashi

Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Duration (min) :

116 min (tbc), Th/Ed

Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre:

Drama

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan 

(泣き虫しょったんの奇跡)
 
 
Awards:

Film Festivals:

Hawaii International Film Festival
Montreal World Film Festival
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival

 

 

 

 
Synopsis:

From director Toshiaki Toyoda (Blue Spring, 2002) comes the true story of Shoji ‘Shottan’ Segawa played by Ryuhei Matsuda (The Great Passage, 2013), a man who broke the rules and turned the system on its head in order to become one of the greatest professional shogi players of all time.

Shogi, also known as ‘Japanese chess’, is a thousand-year-old game of strategy steeped in history and tradition. Games are played on national television, professional players are revered and those wishing to reach the highest level must endure a strict training process through what’s known as the ‘shore-kai’ system in order to ‘go pro’.

Shoji Segawa (Matsuda) has loved the game since he was a young boy. Whilst he wasn’t a star pupil in school, at shogi he excelled. When he and his best friend Yuya (Noda) discover the smoke-filled local shogi parlour, a whole new world opens up, inspiring both of them to compete on the youth circuit.
 
When a twist of fate causes Yuya to leave the competition circuit, Shoji decides to roll the dice and pursue a professional career in the game. He joins a nearby ‘shore-kai’ which will provide a gateway to a professional career. But the pressure is high – and if he can’t make the grade by his 26th birthday, he will be forever relegated to the amateur circuit.  

 

 


 

 

 
Cast:

Ryuhei Matsuda, Yojiro Noda

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
Duration (min) : 127 min(tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Biopic
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese and English/ English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

 

Worldwide except Japan and Taiwan

Japan

2018

 

 
 
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Samurai's Promise 

(散り椿)
 
Awards:

Film Festivals:
2018 Hawaii International Film Festival- Official Selection
Awards:
2018 (42nd) Montreal World Film Festival- Special Grand Jury Prize
Nominations:
2018 (43rd) Hochi Film Award- Best Picture, Best Actor
2019 (73rd) Mainichi Film Awards- Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Recording

 

 

 

 
Synopsis:

Award-winning veteran filmmaker Daisaku Kimura, having worked with legendary director Akira Kurosawa on Yojimboand Sanjuro, directs his first samurai drama in Samurai’s Promise, about brotherhood, greed and corruption in the 18thcentury Japan.

1731. Samurai Shinbei (Okada) is exiled from his clan after denouncing a high-ranking officer corrupt. That officer is later murdered and suspicion falls on Shinbei. Both Shinbei and his friend Uneme (Nishijima) had been courting Shino (Aso), but when her family denies Uneme permission to wed their daughter, Shino marries Shinbei instead. The harsh conditions in exile place a toll on Shino’s health and on her deathbed she makes her husband promise to return to their village and reconcile with Uneme. After Shino’s passing he starts on this journey, but is soon embroiled in clan politics….

 

 


 

 

 
Cast:

Junichi Okada, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Kumiko Aso

Director: Daisaku Kimura
Duration (min) : 112 min(tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Period
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese and English/ English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

 

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2018

 

 
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Code Blue: The Movie 

(劇場版コード・ブルー -ドクターヘリ緊急救命-)

 
Synopsis:

All the favorite cast members in the favorite TV rescue team “Code Blue” return in the theatrical version - heading the cast is Tomohisa Yamashita (“Terra Formars”, 2016) as Kosaku Aizawa. Also on board are Yui Aragaki (“Sky of Love”, 2007), Erika Toda (“Death Note”, 2006), Manami Higa (“My Teacher”, 2017) and Yosuke Asari (“Be With You”, 2004), actors who have been with the series from the very start. Joining them are Shiina Kippei (“Outrage”, 2010) from Season Two and Daiki Arioka (of “Hey! Say! Jump”) (“Scrap Teacher”, 2008) from Season Three. The movie has now become the highest-grossing film of 2018 in Japan after earning over USD 78,700,000!
 

Three months after rescuing those caught up in a subway tunnel collapse, disaster response medic Dr Aizawa (Yamashita) plans to take up a new position.  His impending departure induces many unspoken feelings of respect from colleagues who have worked with him for ten years.  Before he leaves however, the talented doctor and his elite rescue team are put to one last test – a large scale incident which challenges each and every one of them with unprecedented difficulties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Tomohisa Yamashita, Yui Aragaki

Director: Masaki Nishiura
Duration (min) :

128min (tbc), Th/Ed

Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre:

Drama

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cafe Funiculi Funicula

(コーヒーが冷めないうちに)

 
Synopsis:

Based on a pair of best-selling novels by playwright-turned-author Toshikazu Kawaguchi,Café Funiculi Funicula stars teen idols Kasumi Arimura (I Am a Hero) and Kentaro Ito (My Teacher) in a fantastical story about a coffee shop that can let customers travel back in time of their choice.

Café Funiculi Funicula is a coffee shop where Kazu Tokita (Kasumi Arimura) works. There is a mysterious urban legend about this shop.When you sit at a certain table here, you can go back in time to any point you choose in the past. But there are also some uncompromising rulesthat the customers must follow.

As usual, the coffee shop is visited by its regular customers and new ones drawn there by their curiosity about the mysterious rumor. Fumiko Kiyokawa(Haru), a businesswoman in her late 20s who is skeptical about the rumor but goes anyway. Kayo Takateand Yasunori Fusaki, regulars who seem to have some secrets. Yaeko Hirai, who evades her little sister for some reason. The mysterious woman, the customer who is always seated first at the table that takes you back in time.An then there is Ryosuke Shintani(Kentaro Ito), who starts falling for Kazu Tokita. Kazu, the only person who can brew the coffee that takes you back in time, is prompted by Ryosuke to face her own secret past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Kasumi Arimura, Haru, Kentaro Ito

Director: Ayuko Tsukahara
Duration (min) :

116min (tbc), Th

Version: Theatrical
Grade: PG-13
Genre:

Drama, Fantasy

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2018