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Let Me Eat Your Pancreas

(君の膵臓をたべたい)

 
Synopsis:

Director Sho Tsukikawa (The 100th Love with You”, 2017) brought the audience his latest emotional masterpiece, Let Me Eat Your Pancreas”.  This tear-jerker was based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Yoru Sumino.  The movie unfolded along the dual time axis of present and past to account a high school girl’s journey in fighting pancreatic cancer and how she became an inspiration to her friends.  With the solid acting performance of Shun Oguri (Gintama”, 2017), Keiko Kitagawa (Hero”, 2015), Minami Hamabe (Crying Out Love In the Center of the World”, 2004), and Takumi Kitamura (Sing My Life”, 2016); this movie certainly became one of the most moving and heartwarming sensation of 2017.

A high school boy called “I”(Takumi KItamura), accidentally discovered a secret diary of his classmate Sakura (Minami Hamabe) ; and learnt about Sakura’s journey in fighting pancreatic cancer.  Although Sakura eventually lost her battle to the illness, her bravery and positive attitude to live life to the fullest during her fight became an inspiration to “I”(Shun Oguri) and her best friend Kyoto (Keiko Kitagawa).

 

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Minami Hamabe, Takumi Kitamura, Keiko Kitagawa, Shun Oguri

Director: Sho Tsukikawa
Duration (min) :

115min (tbc), Th/ Ed

Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG
Genre:

Romance

Language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English/ Chinese & English

 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide except Japan

Japan

2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable 

(ジョジョの奇妙な冒険ダイヤモンドは砕けない 第一章)
 

Awards:    

 

              

   

Award:

2017 Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2017- Audience Award

Film Festivals:

2017 Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival

2017 Fantasia International Film Festival

 

 
Synopsis:

Based on a phenomenally popular comic that began its serialisation in 1987, the “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure” series is still running after almost 30 years, with over 100 million copies having been published to date. Internationally-renowned director Takashi Miike brings Hirohiko Araki manga’s universe to life, with the film being shot in the town of Sitges, Spain, to produce the scenery for the fictional town of Morioh. Headlining as the movie’s hero is Kento Yamazaki, who is one of the most popular young actors in Japan today. Premiering at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2017, the film scooped the coveted RTS Audience Award (International and Asian Competitions).

Despite being deceptively peaceful-looking, the picturesque seaside town of Morioh has experienced a series of strange deaths along with other peculiar incidents which have occurred one after another.

Living in Morioh is high-school student Josuke Higashikata (Yamazaki) who has the outward appearance of a delinquent but is actually kind at heart. Josuke possesses a supernatural power called “Stand”, and with his unique ability, he can heal the wounds of others and fix broken objects just by touch. When he learns that the unsettling events happening around him are the handiwork of other Stand users, he rises up to protect his beloved town!

 

 

 

 

 
Cast:

Kento Yamazaki, Yusuke Iseya, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nana Komatsu

Masaki Okada
Director: Takashi Miike
Duration (min) : 118min(tbc), Th/ Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese and English/English
 

Territory:

Origin:

Year:

Worldwide  except Japan

Japan

2017

 

 
 
 
 
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Mother Lake 

(マザーレイク)
 

Awards:    

 

              

   

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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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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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