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Flower and Sword

(銀魂)

 
Synopsis:

Based on a Japanese sci-fi action-comedy manga series which has sold 51 million copies nationwide, the live-action “Gintama” has seen impressive box office, scoring the biggest opening weekend of 2017. Set in the Edo shogunate, this samurai story features Shun Oguri, who played Oda Nobunaga in “Nobunaga Concerto: The Movie” and Masaki Suda who recently graced screens in “Death Note: Light up the NEW world” and “The Backwater”.

In the last days of the Edo Shogunate, Japan is invaded by aliens. Samurais are forced to put down their swords and are treated with disregard. Even Gintoki Sakata (Oguri), a former samurai once known as the “White Demon”, now works as a low-profile handyman.

One day, Gintoki receives a request from a swordsmith to find a cursed sword, Benizakura, that absorbs the spirits of people and evolves into a monster. In trying to track its whereabouts, Gintoki learns that the sword has been stolen by the infamous murderer Nizo Okada (Hirofumi Arai) who had received an order from an ex- samurai, Shinsuke Takasugi (Tsuyoshi Domoto), to overthrow the government. As the mystery comes full circle, Gintoki and his friends must face Takasugi and his clan to retrieve the cursed sword and ensure peace in the country. 

 

 

 

 
Cast:

 

Shun Oguri, Masaki Suda, Kanna Hashimoto, Masaki Okada   

Masami Nagasawa      
Director: Yuichi Fukuda
Duration (min) :

130min (tbc), Th/ Ed

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

Action, Comedy

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan & Russia

Japan

2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mother Lake 

(マザーレイク)
 

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Festivals:

2016 Kyoto International Film and Art Festival

2017 Zlin Film Festival

 
Synopsis:

From the director who brought you Ramen Samurai and Watch with Me, this heart-warming family fantasy drama casts Japanese heartthrob Asahi Uchida as a famous photographer who returns to his hometown and recalls his childhood encounter with a magical creature.

In 2036, 31-year-old Ryosuke Fujii returns to his hometown as a world famous photographer. An exhibition of his work is on display there and he meets up again with his childhood friendKento. Kento shows Ryosuke a dinosaur he has made based on the legendarylake creature,which brings back their childhood memories.

One summer20 years ago, 11-year-old Ryosuke, Kento and his cousin Saki spotted a mysterious, big, black object, apparently swimming on the surface of Lake Biwa.The boys decided to keep the memories to themselves, because they thought that no one would believe them.They were also afraid that they might have their feelings hurt if they spoke out loud about it.

But Ryosuke later learns that his late mother, Yumiko, a famous photographer, also saw the same creature and she had done a lot of research into the legendary Dragon God, Biwassie.

 

 

 

 
Cast: Asahi Uchida, Mayu Tsuruta, Maryyun Takahashi
Director: Naoki Segi
Duration (min) : 95min(tbc), Th/ Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG
Genre: Children, Family, Fantasy
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese and English/English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide  except Japan

Japan

2017

 

 
 
 
 
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Memoirs of a Murderer

(22年目の告白私が殺人犯です)
 

Film Festival:   

   

                           

   

Film Festivals:

2017 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival- Thriller Competition

2017 Japan Cuts

 
Synopsis:

Memoirs of a Murderer” is the Japanese remake of the hit Korean film “Confession of Murder”.  Tatsuya Fujiwara (“DEATH NOTE”, 2006) plays the charismatic murderer who published a memoir about his murders after the statute of limitation expires and Hideaki Ito (“Lesson of Evil”, 2012) plays the investigator who has been preoccupied with the case for 22 years.  With a new twist brought to the story by director Yu Irie (“The Sun”, 2016), this tension-gripping thriller attracted 233,000 admissions over its first two days of release with earnings of ¥321 million (US$2.91 million) and immediately became a number one box office hit.

When the statute of limitations of a serial murder cold case expired, a man (Tatsuya Fujiwara) who claimed himself as the serial killer resurfaced and announced the publication of a memoir about the murders he committed. With his good look and charismatic smile, the serial killer immediately became a media sensation and gained sympathy of the public with his confession.  However no one knows that it was just the beginning of his unfathomable master plan. 

 

 

 
Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Hideaki Ito, Kaho, Shuhei Nomura
Director: Yu Irie 
Duration (min) : 118 min(tbc), Theatrical/ Edited
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese & English/ English
 

Territory:

Origin:

year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Flower and Sword

(花戦さ)

 
Synopsis:

Director Tetsuo Shinohara presents the first motion picture to incorporate the ancient Japanese art of ikebana flower arranging. Featured in some two hundred arrangements, this flower standing style is the oldest type of ikebana, known as the rikka. This film is based on the 2011 novel "Hana Ikusa" by Tadashi Onitsuka, and stars well-known comedic stage actor Mansai Nomura.

In imperial sixteenth-century Japan, after the death of warlord Nobunaga Oda (Kiichi Nakai), the man who once bravely attempted to unify Japan, Hideyoshi Toyotomi (Kamejiro Ichikawa) ascends to power. Although the era of war has come to an end, Hideyoshi rules with an iron fist, much to the discontent of the people. Among them, one man works with flowers to bring peace to the land.

As one of the ‘flower monks’ of Rokkakudo Temple, Senko Ikenobo (Mansai Nomura) is a master of flower arrangement, and seeks peace for the world through floral beauty. Senko grows close to another monk and politician, Rikyu, who now serves as Hideyoshi’s tea master. However, Rikyu’s rising popularity increases Hideyoshi’s paranoia, and soon Rikyu is sent to his own demise. As Senko also becomes endangered himself, he decides to give battle with flowers, not with a sword, in a final showdown with Hideyoshi.  

 

 

 
Cast:

Mansai Nomura, Kamejiro Ichikawa, Kiichi Nakai,

Kuranosuke Sasaki, Koichi Sato                

Director: Tetsuo Shinohara    
Duration (min) :

128min, Theatrical

Version: Theatrical
Grade: PG-13
Genre:

Drama, Comedy

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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March Goes Out Like A Lamb

(3月のライオン【後編】)

 
Synopsis:

Now a two-part live-actionfilm, March Comes in Like a Lionis the bestselling manga from Chika Umino that has swept numerous comic awards, including the 4th Cartoon Grand Prize 2011 and the Grand Prize in the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.

The sequel of March Comes In Like A Lion.

Rei (Ryunosuke Kamiki) finds himself volleying between the world of professional shogi, where players with fierce talent and intense passion face off, and the welcoming dinner table of the Kawamoto family, which fills him with warmth like a spot of sunlight.

Through the many intense games in which Rei battles with his mind and his interactions with the warm-hearted people he gradually learns to love, he finds himself maturing as a player and in his relationships with those who are now the closest people in his life.

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Ryunosuke Kamiki, Kasumi Arimura, Shota Sometani, Kana Kurashina

Kuranosuke Sasaki, Ryo Kase

Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Duration (min) :

140min, Theatrical

Version: Theatrical
Grade: PG
Genre:

Drama

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2017