Friday, December 20, 2013

A Band Rabbit and a Boy, The Liar and His Lover, No Beginning, No End, Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle Japanese Film Trailers

This is the first of two trailer posts. There seem to be fewer films released this weekend but I'll still go ahead with things. I'll mix the big films with the little ones because there is an odd little indie title with a naked dude crawling along pavements, and an anime with a fox bandit that hasn't got an entry in ANN or MAL or Wikipedia.



While looking for info on anime I saw . As much as I like looking at beautiful women it was also horrific due to the large number of middle-aged grizzled-looking dudes rampaging around the set chewing on figurines and the awful special effects. To be fair, the actress is a pretty good match for the female Titan. Here's a comparison picture:




If I were in the Survey Corps and a Titan like the fine lady above showed up I wouldn't mind dying in her handsjawsgetting swatted like a flyor crushed against a tree. On second thoughtHere are some of the movies released this weekend!



A BAND RABBIT AND A BOY



JAPANESE:



ROMAJI: GAKUTAI NO USAGI



RUNNING TIME: 97 mins.



RELEASE DATE: December 14th, 2013



DIRECTOR: Takuji Suzuki



WRITER: Michiko Onisihi (Screenplay), Kei Nakazawa (Novel)



STARRING: Kosei Kawasaki, Maho Yamada, Arata, Shian Ide, Masaru Miyazaki, Satoru Jitsunashi, Koume, Yu Tokui, Sawa Suzuki



Katsuhisa (Kawasaki) is an introspective junior high school student who prefers to spend time at home until he encounters a mysterious rabbit who leads him to the school's wind band club and he falls in love with it. He soon joins the band and spends more time in school so he can practice for a national competition.



THE LIAR AND HIS LOVER



JAPANESE:



ROMAJI: KANOJO WA USO O AISHISUGITERU



RUNNING TIME: 117 mins.



RELEASE DATE: December 14th, 2013



DIRECTOR: Norihiro Koizumi



WRITER: Michiko Onisihi (Screenplay), Kotomi Aoki (Manga)



STARRING: Takeru Sato, Sakurako Ohara, Shohei Miura, Mitsuki Tanimura, Masataka Kubota, Saki Aibu, Ryo Yoshizawa, Yuki Morinaga, Takashi Sorimachi



Aki (Sato) is a 25-year-old man who works as a sound engineer and is a member of a popular band called "Crude Play." Just after they make their major record debut, Aki quits the band but continues to provide music through the band's producer Soichiro. He begins to date Riko (Ohara), a sixteen-year-old girl who sings in a band and whose father runs a grocery store, who is scouted by Soichiro



NO BEGINNING, NO END



JAPANESE:



ROMAJI: HAJIMARI MO OWARI MO NAI



RUNNING TIME: 95 mins.



RELEASE DATE: December 14th, 2013



DIRECTOR: Shunya Ito



WRITER: Shunya Ito, Min Tanaka (Screenplay),



STARRING: Min Tanaa, Daisuke Iijima, Taijiro Tamura, Mizuki Doki, Ken Furusawa, Motomi Makiguchi, Shiho Ishihara



The prize for most disturbing poster this week goes to this title co-written and starring Min Tanaka, a chap who is appearing in the forthcoming 47 Ronin and Rurouni Kenshin chanbara films and one of the stars of . The write-up for this kept describing it as avant-garde which is a term that makes me want to flee to the hills because it's also synonymous with pretentious if you ask a cynical gallery worker like myself. Apparently there is no dialogue and it portrays the poetic and philosophical aspects of the birth, life and death of a man in order to capture human existence. I shouldn't dismiss it without seeing the full film but I doubt I'd enjoy something like this. Still, it's brave of all involved to take on a project like this.



KAMEN RIDER GAIM & WIZARD: THE FATEFUL SENGOKU MOVIE BATTLE



JAPANESE:MOVIE



ROMAJI: KAMEN RIDER X KAMEN RIDER GAIM & WIZARD: TENKAWAKEME NO SENGOKU MOVIE DAIGASSEN



RUNNING TIME: 93 mins.



RELEASE DATE: December 14th, 2013



DIRECTOR: Ryuta Tasaki



WRITER: Nobuhiro Mouri, Junko Komura (Screenplay), Shotaro Ishinomori (Original Creator)



STARRING: Gaku Sano, Yutaka Kobayashi, Mahiro Takasugi, Shunya Shiraishi, Makoto Okunaka, Tasuku Nagase, JOY, Atsushi



According to this movie is split into three parts. In the first part some bad dude steals a ring of hope from Kamen Wizard and that guy plunges into despair. Whoa.



The second part has Kamen Rider Gaim take part in battle games in Zawame City where Armoured Riders are in competition for something and while fighting a crack opens in the sky and monsters pour out of it and kidnap a girl.



In the Sengoku movie part Kamen Riders Wizard and Beast join Gaim to stop an evil guy named Kamen Rider Bujin Gaim from acquiring some "ultimate power" he seeks.
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