JM201905FlyMeToSaitamaResize

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JM201905OrganResize

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
/JM201904KasaneResize

Kasane: Beauty and Fate

(累-かさね-)

 
 
Awards:

Film Festivals:

Fantasia Festival- Official Selection

Awards:

Neuchatel Int’l Fantastic Film Festival- Audience Award
Japan Academy Prize- Newcomer of the Year (Kyoko Yoshine)

 

 
Synopsis:

Based on the manga series Kasane by Daruma Matsuura, Kasane: Beauty and Fate is a psychological thriller from director Yuichi Satoh (Blueberry Night) and stars Kyoko Yoshine (The Anthem of the Heart) and Tao Tsuchiya (The 8-Year Engagement) as two young actresses who have the ability to swap faces through the use of a mysterious lipstick. The film also stars Tadanobu Asano (Thor) who shines in his role as a conniving instigator who will stop at nothing to recapture his past glory.

 

Kasane (Yoshine) is the daughter of famous actress Sukeyo (Rei Dan), a woman known for her outstanding beauty and incredible talent. Blessed with impressive performing skills, Kasane however lives with a face deformed by a giant scar. Ashamed of her appearance, she suffers from extreme shyness.

 

When Sukeyo dies, she leaves her daughter an enchanted lipstick that gives its wearer the power to switch faces with whomever they kiss. One of her mother’s acquaintance’s, Habuta (Asano), puts Kasane in contact with Nina (Tsuchiya), an arrogant actress who looks divine but is completely talentless. A deal is then made for Kasane to change faces with Nina and thus create the ultimate actress. But Habuta’s plan is far much crueller than it looks...

 

 

 
Cast:

Tao Tsuchiya, Kyoko Yoshine, Tadanobu Asano, Rei Dan

Director: Yuichi Satoh
Duration (min) : 112 min (tbc), Th
Version: Theatrical
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Suspense
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese & English/English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

 

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2018

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
JM201904MasqueradeHotelResize

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JM201903OurDeparturesResize

Our Departures

(かぞくいろ―RAILWAYS わたしたちの出発)
 
 
Awards:

Film Festivals:

Busan International Film Festival- A Window On Asian Cinema

 

 

 
Synopsis:

This heartwarming drama about a widow who follows the childhood dream of her late husband is the latest instalment of the hugely popular ‘Railways’ film series.  A beautifully lensed and poignant pic set against the stunning backdrop of one of Japan’s most scenic regions, Our Departures stars A-listers Kasumi Arimura and Jun Kunimura.

 

After her husband Shuhei suddenly dies, Aki (Arimura) and her 9-year-old stepson, Shunya (Ryusei Kiyama), travel to Shuhei’s hometown of Kagoshima to inform his father, Setsuo (Kunimura), of his passing. Setsuo is devastated by the news, given to him by a daughter-in-law whom he’s never met. 
 
Aki informs Setsuo that with Shuhei’s death, she and Shunya no longer have a home and convinces him to allow them to stay with him in Kagoshima.
 
In need of income, Aki applies to become a train driver and finds a position with the Hisatsu Orange Railway where Setsuo works. Supported by people around her, she works hard to be a good mother and to excel in her new career.  Grieving over their loss, Aki, Shunya and Setsuo have difficult days. But each of them are determined to work their hardest to become their version of a family.

 

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Kasumi Arimura, Jun Kunimura, Munetaka Aoki

Director: Yasuhiro Yoshida
Duration (min) : 120 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

2018