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A Long Goodbye

(長いお別)
 
 
 
Awards:

Film Festivals:

Hong Kong International Film Festival
Beijing International Film Festival

Taipei Film Festival

Hawaii International Film Festival

 
Synopsis: This film, which deals with the emotional turmoil of dementia, is based on a novel by the prominent and award-winning Japanese writer Kyoko Nakajima. In fact, Nakajima based the story on her own experience of caring for her father. Directed by Ryota Nakano (Capturing Dad, Her Love Boils Bathwater), A Long Goodbye stars acting legend Tsutomu Yamazaki (Kagemusha, The Emperor in August) as well as Chieko Matsubara (My Way of Life), Yuko Takeuchi (The Magnificent Nine) and Yu Aoi (Hula Girls).

 

Shohei (Yamazaki) is a retired school principal and as he and his wife (Matsubara) gather his family to celebrate his 70th birthday he reveals to his two daughters (Takeuchi, Aoi) that he is suffering from dementia. While losing his memory is upsetting and confusing for his family, the situation also reveals that one particularly happy memory which the three ladies had long forgotten is still alive and well in Shohei.

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Tsutomu Yamazaki, Chieko Matsubara, Yuko Takeuchi, Yu Aoi  

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

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ninja Drones?

(映画 少年たち)
 
 
 
Awards:

Film Festivals:

Beijing International Film Festival

 

 
Synopsis: Directed by Katsuhide Motoki (It All Began When I Met You, Samurai Hustle) Ninja Drones?, a film adaptation of an original stage play, is a musical about the friendships and struggles of young men in juvenile detention. The film stars members of renowned Japanese boy groups such as SixTONES, Naniwa Danshi and Kansai Johnny’s Jr.

 

Young men, each with dark histories and criminal records, are incarcerated in a juvenile detention centre. Factions form and the rival Red Gang and Blue Gang are constantly fighting as the Black Gang watches with amusement. One day, a newcomer arrives who doesn’t join any group and keeps a diary in solitude. Meanwhile, a new prison governor is appointed who announces he will tighten control and pound inmates into shape using violence if necessary and so turns the prison into a living hell. After reaching breaking point, the youngsters join forces and secretly develop a plan of action. 

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Jesse Lewis, Taiga Kyomoto, Yugo Kochi, Hokuto Matsumura

Shintaro Morimoto, Juri Tanaka        

Director: Katsuhide Motoki 
Duration (min) : 104 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Edited, Theatrical
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese and English/ English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Organ

(あの日のオルガン)

 

 
Synopsis:

Directed and written by Emiko Hiramatsu, whose 2014 film The Little House garnered a Silver Bear from the Berlin International Film Festival, Organ tells the remarkable true story of Japanese kindergarten teachers who evacuate their pupils in order to escape the air raids on Tokyo in 1944. The film stars the prolific television and film actress Erika Toda (Code Blue, The Emperor in August) and actress and singer Sakurako Ohara (Lady Maiko, The Liar and His Lover).

 

It is late in World War II and everyone in Tokyo has to take cover in air-raid shelters whenever the sirens sound out. At the Togoshi Nursery School, the teachers wish to find a safer place for their pupils and desperately attempt to persuade parents, who are divided between those afraid to let go of their youngsters and those who want to keep them safe from the bombing, to allow the children to evacuated from the city. Eventually there is agreement and the teachers and their young charges find refuge in temple in Saitama. But what awaits them are difficulties never faced before...

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Erika Toda, Sakurako Ohara 

Director: Emiko Hiramatsu
Duration (min) :

120 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

2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fly Me to the Saitama

(翔んで埼玉)

 

 
Synopsis:

To date, Fly Me to the Saitama has pulled in more than US$18 million at the box office, making it currently Japan’s second-highest grossing domestic live-action film of 2019. The film is an adaption of Mineo Maya’s original manga Tonde Saitama, which has sold over 620,000 copies and focuses on the uneasy relationship between big city (Tokyo) and commuter suburb (Saitama).  Directed by Hideki Takeuchi (Thermae Romane, Nodame kantâbine) the film stars Fumi Nikaido (Wolf Girl and Black Prince, River’s Edge) and the prominent singer and actor Gackt (Moon Child, Akumu-chan).

 

Not long ago, the people of Japan’s Saitama Prefecture suffered terrible discrimination from the neigbouring metropolis of Tokyo and couldn’t even enter the capital without a passport. Those caught without their papers were forcibly expelled. Studying in an elite private school in Tokyo is Momomi Hakuhodo (Nikaido), the spoiled son of the city’s governer. Momomi is president of the student council and sits atop a hierarchical pyramid with the reviled Saitamites at the bottom. The arrival of Rei Asami (Gackt), a transfer student from the U.S., turns Momomi’s life upside down. Before long, the pair become inseparable but when Momomi learns Rei is a Saitamite and key member in a movement to abolish the passport system, he’s faced with a difficult decision. 

 

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Fumi Nikaido, GACKT

Director: Hideki Takeuchi 
Duration (min) :

107 min (tbc), Th/Ed

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

Drama, Comedy

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Masquerade Hotel

(マスカレード・ホテル)

 

 
Synopsis:

Director Masayuki Suzuki (Hero) reunites with Japanese superstar Takuya Kimura (Blade of the Immortal) in this blockbuster based on the best-selling novel of the same name. Topping the box office for two consecutive weeks and surpassing 1.9 billion yen in just 10 days, this mystery revolves around a detective played by Kimura who teams up with a hotel employee played by Masami Nagasawa to crack a difficult murder case.

 

Three murders take place in Tokyo. Numbers are left at the crime scene, possibly hinting where the next murder will take place. It appears the work of a serial killer and Detective Kosuke Nitta (Kimura) is brought in on the case.  He believes the next homicide will take place at the Hotel Koruteshia, Tokyo. To catch the perpetrator, he goes undercover and assumes a position at the front desk of the hotel.

Naomi Yamagishi (Nagasawa) works at the hotel’s front desk. She has been selected to train Nitta in his new position but  they don’t seem to be able to get along. Detective Nitta is focused on catching the killer whilst Naomi’s priorities are the safety of the guests. As they slowly begin to understand each other’s differences, they also begin to build trust with one another. Meanwhile, the case develops rapidly and it appears both the police and the hotel have been backed into a corner…

 

 

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Takuya Kimura, Masami Nagasawa

Director: Masayuki Suzuki
Duration (min) :

132 min (tbc), Th/Ed

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

Drama, Mystery

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2019