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Here’s the trailer for Tokyo Mujirushi Joshi Monogatari (Tokyo Nameless Girl’s Story), the latest by Tokyo Serendipity director Akiko Ohku.
The film is based on two parts of an anthology manga of the same name which features stories of girls living on their own in Tokyo for the first time.
In the first story, Mitsuki Tanimura plays a college student named Nozomi who’s been trying to find a job. Back in her hometown, she was nicknamed “Noro”, short for “noroma” (gullible, slow-witted) so she’s been having trouble adjusting to the rapid pace of Tokyo. Until recently, she’s been living a the same speed as her boyfriend, Kameyama (Kensuke Owada), but now she feels that starting to change…
In the other story, Megumi Yanagi plays Saeko, a girl who works in advertising, and Shuri plays her lazy sister Kaori. On the one-year anniversary of Saeko’s »
On Monday, a press conference was held at the City Hall of Fujisawa, Kanagawa for a new movie titled Tobidase Shinsengumi!, starring former Morning Musume leader Risa Niigaki.
Niigaki, who mentioned her desire to expand her acting career after her graduation from the group on May 18th, was in attendance along with director Sho Nobushi and co-stars Toshiya Nagasawa and Akira Onodera.
The project will mark Niigaki’s first film role since 2010’s Gekijoban Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi 3D.
The film’s story is based on a novel of the same name by Jotaro Kuwahara (Boku no Onna ni Te o Dasu na, Shinjuku Junai Monogatari) and involves an all-female theater troupe’s rehearsal of “Musical Shinsengumi Makoto” in which the real-life members of the of the Shinsengumi suddenly appear on stage from the late Edo period.
Niigaki will play a troupe member named Noriko who’s performing as »
A new trilogy of Real Onigokko movies is set for release in Japan this May. A combined trailer for all three movies was released earlier today.
In 2008, Yusuke Yamada’s popular Real Onigokko novel was adapted as a relatively low budget movie starring Takuya Ishida, Shunsuke Daito, and Mitsuki Tanimura (international English title: The Chasing World). In the story, a teenager named Tsubasa Sato is pulled into a parallel world where anyone with the surname Sato is hunted relentlessly by creepy masked men under orders from a mysterious king. Anyone who dies in the parallel world also dies in Tsubasa’s original world, so he spends the majority of the story protecting the alternate version of his sister.
The movie did surprisingly well with teens and tweens due to repeat after-school viewings, and a sequel followed in 2010.
In the new movies, people with type B blood are victims of the game. »
Director Takashi Miike gets that a well-coiffed attorney is an Ace Attorney in the Japanese adaptation of the Capcom series.
Japanese film site Eiga.com released a batch of exclusive cast photos from the live action Ace Attorney film over the weekend, providing our first detailed look at the characters before the movie hits in February. Directed by Takashi Miike (Audition, 13 Assassins), the director is in full-on Yatterman/Zebraman-mode, letting loose with the wild colors and exaggerated performances because hey, who's going to see a Phoenix Wright movie done as an understated chamber drama? No, we want him to make objections and we want weird murders and maybe some ghosts (Phoenix Wright games can get exceedingly bizarre).
Hiroki Narimiya as Phoenix Wright
The story sees luck-challenged defense attorney Phoenix Wright (Hiroki Narimiya) coming to the aid of his nemesis, corrupt-ish prosecutor Miles Edgeworth (Takumi Saitou). There will certainly be the collecting of evidence, »
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4 items from 2012
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