JM202003RideYourWaveResize

Ride Your Wave

(きみと、波にのれたら)

 

 
Awards:

Film Festivals:

Annecy International Animation Film Festival                              Shanghai International Film Festival                                      Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival                                    Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival                                            Scotland Loves Anime                                                                    Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival

Awards:

Fantasia Film Festival- Best Animated Feature                                      Shanghai International Film Festival- Best Animation Film

 

 
Synopsis:

Maverick Japanese director and animator Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman Crybaby, Super Shiro) is particularly well-known for a distinctively wild and freeform style which reached its antic and manic peak in 2017’s Lu Over the Wall. In his latest outing Ride Your Wave, Yuasa pitches a simple yet enchanting story of love and moving on in a blue ocean of visual poetry.  The fantasy romancer, hailed as Yuasa’s best to date, features a stellar voice cast including actress and former member of idol group AKB48 Rina Kawaei (My Teacher, My Love, Don’t Cry, Mr. Ogre) and singer, dancer and actor Ryota Katayose (My Brother Loves Me Too Much, Prince of Legend).

 

College girl Hinako Mukaimizu (Kawaei) loves surfing and has a crush on a selfless firefighter Minato Hinageshi (Katayose) who rescues her from her burning apartment. When Minato drowns trying to save someone’s life, their love amazingly survives as he reappears in water whenever Hinako sings a song they often sang together. Slowly, however, she realises that she has to ride her own wave in order to set him free.

 

 
Voice Cast:

Ryota Katayose, Rina Kawaei, Honoka Matsumoto

Director: Masaaki Yuasa 
Duration (min) : 95 min (tbc), Theatrical
Version: Theatrical
Grade: PG
Genre: Animation, Romance
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese & English/English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

 

Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Cambodia and Myanmar only

Japan

2019

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JM202003Tora-sanWishYouWereHereResize

Tora-san, Wish You Were Here

(男はつらいよ お帰り 寅さん)

 

 
Awards:

Film Festivals:

Tokyo International Film Festival – Opening Film
Hawaii International Film Festival
International Film FestivalRotterdam

 

 
Synopsis:

Launched in 1969, the highly popular and much beloved Tora-san series of film comedies celebrates its 50th anniversary with its 50th film Tora-san, Wish You Were Here. Helmed by the veteran director Yoji Yamada (The Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade), the charming crowd-pleaser stars Chieko Baisho (Howl’s Moving Castle), Gin Maeda (The Floating Castle), Hidetaka Yoshioka (The Hidden Blade), Kumiko Goto (City Hunter) and, via flashbacks from earlier films, the late Tora-san legend Kiyoshi Atsumi.

 

On the sixth anniversary of the death of Mitsuo Suwa (Yoshioka)’s wife, a memorial service is held at Kurumaya, formerly a long-standing traditional confectionery store which has been reborn as a modern café. After the service, Mitsuo, now a successful novelist, recoils at the suggestion he remarry.  However Yuri (Hiyori Sakurada), his daughter, is fine with the idea and even has someone in mind: her father’s perky editor Setsuko (Chizuru Ikewaki).

 

Soon after, at a book signing, Mitsuo is stunned to see his first love Izumi (Goto), now a United Nations staffer who happens to be on a business trip to Japan. Meeting after the session, the pair share fond memories and with a sense of warmth growing between them, a new chapter in Mitsuo’s life begins. 

 

 
Cast:

Chieko Baisho, Gin Maeda, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Kumiko Goto

Director: Yoji Yamada
Duration (min) : 116 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Family 
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese & English/English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

 

Worldwide except Japan 

Japan

2019

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JM202002TalkingThePicturesResize

Talking the Pictures

(カツベン!)

 

 
Awards:

Film Festivals:

Tokyo International Film Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

 

 
Synopsis:

This period drama is an affectionate and nostalgic tribute to Japan’s silent film era at the turn of the twentieth century. Talking the Pictures is directed by the acclaimed and award-winning Masayuki Suo (Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t, Shall We Dance?) and stars model and actor Ryo Narita (The Inerasable, The Antique) and model and actress Yuina Kuroshima (Strayer’s Chronicle, At Home).

 

Shuntaro Someya (Narita) dreams of becoming a “katsudo benshi”, a beloved performer who provides live narration to silent films. However, he’s fallen in with the wrong crowd who use his talent as a mimic to steal from houses. Giving up his involvement with criminals, he runs away to a small town which is home to a famous theatre. The screenings there are, however, always empty after losing staff and customers to a rival theatre in a neighbouring town. Nevertheless, Shuntaro is excited at the prospect of becoming a respected katsuo benshi.  But it appears there are some obstacles to cross before he can become a true star. 

 

 
Cast:

Ryo Narita, Yuina Kuroshima 

Director: Masayuki Suo
Duration (min) : 127 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Period
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese & English/English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

 

Worldwide except Japan 

Japan

2019

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JM202002ComeKissMeAt000amResize

Come Kiss Me at 0:00AM

(午前0時、キスしに来て)

 

 

Synopsis:

Japanese manga writer and illustrator Rin Mikimoto is renowned for her rom-com Come Kiss Me at 0:00AM series of publications. Now director Takehiko Shinjo (Paradise Kiss, Daytime Shooting Star) has brought one of these Cinderella-style love stories to the big screen in a film starring actress and former girl group member Kanna Hashimoto (Sailor Suit and Machine Gun: Graduation, Gintama), actor, singer and dancer Ryota Katayose (Prince of Legend, Ride Your Wave) and Gordon Maeda (Little Love Song).

 

Hinana (Hashimoto) is seen as a no-nonsense schoolgirl and indisputably the most serious student in class. However, she is really a starry-eyed dreamer who hopes to fall in love in fairy tale manner with her very own Prince Charming. One day superstar actor Kaede Ayase (Katayose) arrives at her school for a shoot leading to a fateful encounter between him and Hinana. As time goes on Hinana falls harder and harder for Kaede who is unpretentious and kind. But a romance between a superstar and an ordinary schoolgirl must be kept secret at all costs.

 

 
Cast:

Ryota Katayose, Kanna Hashimoto

Director: Takehiko Shinjo
Duration (min) :

115 min (tbc), Th/Ed

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

Romance, Comedy

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

Chinese & English/ English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan and China

Japan 

2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JM202001AtTheEndOfTheMatineeResize

At the End of the Matinee

(マチネの終わりに)

 

 

Synopsis:

At the End of the Matinee is based on a popular novel by Keiichiro Hirano which was serialised in the major Japanese newspaper the Mainichi Shimbun. The film is directed by Hiroshi Nishitani (Hirugao: Love Affairs in the Afternoon, Suspect X) and stars actor and singer-songwriter Masahara Fukuyama (Midsummer’s Equation, Manhunt) and actress and essayist Yuriko Ishida (The Mourner, Erased).

 

The story begins with the meeting of classical guitarist Satoshi Makino (Fukuyama) and journalist Yoko Komine (Ishida). They are both in their forties and are drawn to each other although Yoko already has a fiancé.  Their jobs take them all over the globe. Powerless against the tides of time, missed opportunities and unexpected obstacles, their relationship comes to end. As they continue on their separate paths, their memories of each other are still deep in their hearts. Will fate ever bring them back together again?

 

 

 
Cast:

Masaharu Fukuyama, Yuriko Ishida 

Director: Hiroshi Nishitani
Duration (min) :

123 min (tbc), Th/Ed

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

Drama, Romance

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

Chinese & English/ English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan 

2019