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Almost a Miracle

(町田くんの世界)
 
 
 
Awards:

Film Festivals:

Shanghai International Film Festival
Fantasia International Film Festival
Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival

 

 
Synopsis:

Talented filmmaker Yuya Ishii shot to fame with The Great Passage which resulted him in becoming the youngest-ever winner of the Best Director prize at the 2013 Japanese Academy Awards. Almost a Miracle, in which Ishii introduces a wholly new type of protagonist who is both extremely ordinary and universally lovable, stars 17-year-old Kanata Hosoda (Detective Mitarai’s Casebook: The Clockwork Current) and Nagisa Sekimizu (Kaiji Final Game).

 

Machida (Hosada) is an unlikely lead character. He’s dull, wears glasses and has no distinguishing features whatsoever. His only talent is his ability to love everyone and love them unconditionally. However, as Machida gets to know his classmate Inohara (Sekimizu), who says she hates people, he is forced to confront an emotion growing within himself that he has never felt before. Suddenly, a series of unexpected events is set in motion, with unpredictable consequences, and before long Machida pulls more and more people into his orbit. 

 

 

 
Cast:

Kanata Hosoda, Nagisa Sekimizu

Director: Yuya Ishii
Duration (min) : 120 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Edited, Theatrical
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese and English/ English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Confidence Man JP: The Movie

(コンフィデンス・マンJP)

 

 
Synopsis:

Ryota Kosawa (Mixed Doubles, Legal High) is an acclaimed and prolific television screenwriter and the creator of the highly popular The Confidence Man JP series. The series focuses on three seemingly ordinary but good-natured scammers who in outlandish schemes swindle huge sums of money from greedy victims in the worlds of tourism, real estate, medicine and sport. Now on the big screen, the film version is helmed by Ryo Tanaka (Rich Man, Poor Woman), who also directed the television series, and stars Yuko Takeuchi (The Travelling Cat Chronicles), Masami Nagasawa (Gintama, Before We Vanish), Masahiro Higashide (The Kirishima Thing) and Fumiyo Kohinata (Prophecy).

 

Ran Riu (Takeuchi) is a member of a feared triad gang in Hong Kong. She is cold-blooded, appropriately called the “Ice Princess” and possesses the most valuable diamond in the world. Dako (Nagasawa), Boku-chan (Higashide) and Richard (Kohinata) set out to steal the infamous gem but it appears they have competition from a handsome conman called Jessie.

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Masami Nagasawa, Masahiro Higashide, Fumiyo Kohinata 

Yuko Takeuchi

Director: Ryo Tanaka
Duration (min) :

116 min (tbc), Th/Ed

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

Drama, Crime

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

Chinese & English/ English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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You Shine in the Moonlight

(君は月夜に光り輝く)

 

 
Synopsis:

Based on a book by Tetsuya Sano, a winner of Japan’s illustrious Dengeki Novel Prize, You Shine in the Moonlight is a tearjerking romance involving a high school student suffering from an incurable disease. Directed by ShoTsukikawa (Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, The 100th Love with You), it stars Mei Nagano (Daytime Shooting Star, My Love Story! ) and actor, model and a lead member of of the dance rock band Dish Takumi Kitamura (Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, Waiting for Spring).

 

Takuya Okada (Kitamura) is a high school student who visits his classmate Mamizu Watarase (Nagano) in hospital where she is suffering from a mysterious ailment called luminescence disease. Victims reveal a faint sparkling under moonlight which becomes brighter as death approaches. Watarase is not allowed out of hospital and will not live long enough to become an adult. Therefore Okada offers to help her fulfil her bucket list of wishes before she passes away. After time Okada falls for Watarase just as death is getting ever closer.

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Mei Nagano, Takumi Kitamura

Director: Sho Tsukikawa
Duration (min) :

101 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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Nikaidos’ Fall

(二階堂家物語)
 
 
 
Awards:

Film Festivals:

Nara International Film Festival

Hong Kong International Film Festival

 

 
Synopsis:

The Nikaidos’ Fallmarks the third feature film for Iranian director Ida Panahandeh and her first film shot outside of Iran. In this film Panahandeh, who won a “Prix de l’Avenir” at Cannes, directs the acting talents of Masaya Kato (The Man in White, Shinjuku Incident), Kazuko Shirakawa (After Life) and Shizuka Ishibashi (The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always The Densest Shade of Blue).

 

Tenri City in Nara Prefecture is surrounded by mountains and lush nature and Tatsuya Nikaido (Kato) is a local magnate who has made every effort to develop the town. He runs a company which he took over from his father and lives with his daughter Yuko (Ishibashi) and sick mother (Shirakawa). A divorcee whose son is dead, Tatsuya is being pressured to save the family name and ancestral line by either remarrying and having a son or have his daughter marry a man who can take her family’s surname. 

 

 

 
Cast:

Masaya Kato, Kazuko Shirakawa, Shizuka Ishibashi

Director: Ida Panahandeh
Duration (min) : 106 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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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