Movie Preview: “Before We Vanish”

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“Before We Vanish” (original title 散歩する侵略者/ Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha) is a Japanese sci – fi thriller. It is an adaptation of the same named theatrical play which was first performed in 2005. The movie already had its world premiere in the Cannes film festival in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section. The movie was directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

Story

Narumi Kase (Masami Nagasawa) is on bad terms with her husband Shinji Kase (Ryuhei Matsuda). One day, Shinji Kase goes missing. He comes back a couple of days later, but he seems like a totally different person. Shinji Kase is now gentle and tender. He goes for a walk every day. Shinji Kase tells his wife that he came to Earth to invade.

Meanwhile, a family is brutally murdered and an unexplained phenomenon takes place. Journalist Sakurai (Hiroki Hasegawa) covers the story of the murdered family.

Thoughts

The story line reminds me of a few other alien invasion movies. The topic is quite popular, the whole body snatcher theme has been done quite a few time, in different mediums. As this has already been screened to a big western audience, there are quite a few reviews out there, which elaborate that rather than a simple alien invasion movie it’s more of a study of the human mind. This I find rather intriguing.

“Before We Vanish” will premiere in Japan on the 9th of September, 2017. To add another layer to the story, a drama will be also start to air in September.

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Movie Preview: “Friends Games: The Final Movie”

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As the title says, “Friends Games: The Final Movie” (original title トモダチゲーム 劇場版FINAL/ Tomodachi Gemu Gekijoban Final) is set to be the last movie in a trilogy. The starting point for the manga adaptation was the release of a mini series titled “Friends Game”, followed by the first movie “Friends Games: The Movie”. This Japanese horror movie is directed by Jiro Nagae.

Story

When Yuichi Katakiri (Ryo Yoshizawa) was a child, his mother taught him that friends are more important than money. Now, as a high school student, Yuichi prioritizes friends over money. One day, Yuichi and his friends become involved in the “Friends Games” which carries large amounts of money. They have to play 3 instances of the game and survive each and every single one to successfully finish it.

Thoughts

As this story uses the same actors again, I think one has to definitely start with Part 1. Otherwise, it might be confusing, as I’m not sure how much the different parts depend on each other. I wouldn’t want to miss a detail, just because I haven’t seen a previous part. From just the trailer, it does look like your typical setup. High school kids? Check. Get abducted? Check. Have to play a dangerous game in order to survive? Check. But well, you never know, this might be really good.

Movie Preview: “Second Summer, Never See You Again”

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“Second Summer, Never See You Again” (original title 二度めの夏、二度と会えない君/ Nidome no Natsu, Nidoto Aenai Kimi) is a Japanese time – slip movie directed by Kenji Nakanishi.

Story

Satoshi (Nijiro Murakami) is in his 3rd year of high school. He and transfer student Rin (Madoka Yoshida) are busy forming a band to perform at the school cultural festival even though there is a ban on forming bands at school. They perform live at the school cultural festival, but Rin later collapses. Tragedy ensues for Rin and Satoshi becomes devastated.

Satoshi then goes back in time to when he met Rin for the first time.

Here are teasers and a trailer for this upcoming movie:

The cast and director also already took the stage at the presentation of the movie to the public:

Thoughts

I’m expecting this to be deeply depressing and anything other than cheerful. Hopefully, the cast is able to deliver the emotions of the story well, especially Madoka Yoshida (who plays the female lead) for whom it’s the first movie of her career. I like the thematic of the movie besides the time travel gimmick. A rebellion against the school system by forming a band. Which might add nice music to the movie.

“Second Summer, Never See You Again” will be released on the 1st of September in Japan.

“Legend of the Demon Cat” Released its First Teaser

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“Legend of the Demon Cat” (C) New Classics Media Corporation and Kadokawa Corporation 2016

On the 23rd of August, director Chen Kaige known for “The Emperor and the Assassin” released a teaser for his upcoming movie “Legend of the Demon Cat”, which is a joint Japanese – Chinese production.

It’s based on the novel “Samon Kukai Tou no Kuni nite Oni to Utagesu” by Baku Yumemakura who is known for works such as “The Summit of the Gods”, “Onmyoji” and “Garou Den”.

“Legend of the Demon Cat” follows the story of Kukai (Shota Sometani) a young Buddhist monk, who is sent to China during the Tang Dynasty. He is supposed to learn about Chinese culture and civilization. He befriends the poet Rakuten Haku (Huang Xuan). During that time, influential men in the capital die under mysterious circumstances. Kukai and Rakuten Haku try to uncover the huge mystery shaking the capital.

Source: Oricon

“The Disastrous Life of Saiki K” Releases Movie Stills

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Kento Yamazaki and Kanna Hashimoto in their roles as Kusuo Saiki and Kokomi Teruhashi (C) Shuichi Aso/ Shueisha/ The Disastrous Life of Saiki K production committee

The production committee of “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K” released another set of movie stills from the live-action adaptation. The first still shows Kokomi Teruhashi (Kanna Hashimoto) a self-proclaimed “perfect girl” who is adored by everyone, alongside Kusuo Saiki (Kento Yamazaki) who doesn’t care for her, as he can read her true thoughts.

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Aren Kuboyasu (Kento Kaku), Riki Nendo (Hirofumi Arai) and Shun Kaito (Ryo Yoshizawa) (C) Shuichi Aso/ Shueisha/ The Disastrous Life of Saiki K production committee

The next still shows some of his ‘unusual’ classmates: Aren Kuboyasu (Kento Kaku), a former delinquent who tries to change his way but has a short temper. Riki Nendo, a student whose mind Saiki cannot read as he is too dumb, which makes him unpredictable. And Shun Kaito (Ryo Yoshizawa), who believes that the world is ruled by an evil organization called the ‘Dark Reunion’.

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Kineshi Hairo (Hideyuki Kasahara) is receiving ‘thousand years of pain’ from classmate Riki Nendo (Hirofumi Arai) (C) Shuichi Aso/ Shueisha/ The Disastrous Life of Saiki K production committee

The last still shows Riki Nendo (Hirofumi Arai) hand out a painful experience to his class representative Kineshi Hairo (Hideyuki Kasahara).

The movie is an adaptation of the same-named gag manga, published by Shueisha since 2012 and adapted into an anime in 2016. It depicts the story of Kusuo Saiki who was born with different psychic abilities such as teleportation, telepathy, psychokinesis. He hides his powers and secretly uses them to use his high school hardships with less than ordinary classmates.

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here it is. Sadly, without subtitles:

“The Disastrous Life of Saiki K” will be released on October 21st this year.

Source: Modelpress

 

Movie Preview: “Meatball Machine Kodoku”

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“Meatball Machine Kodoku” is a Japenese Horror – Sci fi movie and a sequel to the 2006 movie “Meatball Machine”. Let’s have a look at it:

Story

Yuji Noda (Yoji Tanaka) works as a debt collector, but he sucks at his job and sometimes pays off their debts with his own money. His doctor brings more bad news for Yuji Noda. He learns he has cancer and will only live a few more months. Meanwhile, the parasite Necroborgs launch an invasion upon Earth. They take over human bodies and turn them into cyborgs, but because of Yuji Noda’s cancer, he seems to be immune to the Necroborgs. Yuji Noda must save the world.

Here is a subtitled trailer for the movie. Careful it’s NSFW!

Thoughts

It looks like gorey, crazy, weirdy goodness and I’m all here for that! I haven’t seen the prequel but I’ll make sure to check it out as well!

“Meatball Machine Kodoku” will be released on the 19th of August in Japan. Are you also excited for that arms – as – wings –  woman? Let me know in the comments below.

First Poster and Teaser for Live – Action Adaptation “Impossibility Defense” (literal title)

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Tori Matsuzaka (C) Arata Miyatsuki / Yuya Kanzaki/ Shueisha 2018 “Impossibility Defense” Production Team

On the 9th of August, the first poster and teaser were released for the movie “Impossibility Defense” which stars Tori Matsuzaka as the male lead. The movie will premiere on the 1st February of 2018.

The movie is an adaptation of the manga “Impossibility Defense” jap. 不能犯 (also sometimes called “Perfect Crime in the western world), which is a joint project of Arata Miyatsuki (writer) and Yuya Kanzaki (illustrator) and serialized in Grand Jump (Shueisha). The story focusses on the mysterious “Usobuki Tadashi” (Tori Matsuzaka), a man who will and can commit untraceable crimes with the power of suggestion and cleverly arranged events, free – of – charge. All you have to do is leave a message in a certain telephone booth at a certain park. Soon afterward he’s said to appear and confirm the target. No request is denied, no matter who or why. The one opposing “Tadashi Usobuki” is Tomoka Tada (Erika Sawajiri), a female detective who cannot be controlled by his powers.

Here is a first teaser of the movie:

Source: Modelpress