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2 items from 2011

Trailer for Tetsuo Shinohara's 'Ogawa no Hotori' starring Noriyuki Higashiyama and Rinko Kikuchi

29 April 2011 11:11 PM, PDT | Nippon Cinema | See recent Nippon Cinema news »

The official website for Tetsuo Shinohara’s upcoming jidaigeki film Ogawa no Hotori has been updated with a 55-second trailer.

Based on a story by the late Shuhei Fujisawa (The Twilight Samurai, Sword of Desperation), the film revolves around a samurai named Inui Sakunosuke (Noriyuki Higashiyama) who is given a mission of vengeance from his clan. However, his assassination target is a man named Sakuma Morie, the husband of his younger sister, Tazu (Rinko Kikuchi). Thus, Sakunosuke is put in the agonizing position of choosing between love of family and duty to his clan.

Complicating matters, Tazu is also skilled with the blade, and Sakunosuke must face the distinct possibility of being forced to defend himself against her.

Toei will be releasing “Ogawa no Hotori” in Yamagata Prefecture on June 18, 2011 with a nation-wide release to follow on July 2.

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Tokyo Shock trailer for Kenta Fukasaku's 'Black Rat'

5 March 2011 1:42 AM, PST | Nippon Cinema | See recent Nippon Cinema news »

Media Blasters has uploaded an English-subtitled trailer for Kenta Fukasaku’s Black Rat to their YouTube channel, so it’s safe to assume a North American release by their Asian horror-focused sub-label Tokyo Shock isn’t far off.

The film was released last year as part of “Avex Newstar Cinema Collection Vol. 2” along with Tetsuo Shinohara’s Ramune, Noritomo Nagashima’s Otona ni Natta Natsu, and Rin Tadashi’s Custard Pudding. Basically, Avex Management produces and distributes movies for the specific purpose of showcasing their young talent.

In “Black Rat”, six high schoolers receive a cell phone email from a classmate named Asuka telling them to come back to their class in the middle of the night. The only problem is Asuka recently committed suicide. They decide they better do as they’re told, but when the clock strikes midnight, a person wielding a bat and wearing a blood-stained costume »

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