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The first film of the “Toei Hero Next” series has been announced. It will reportedly be a combination of mystery and sci-fi titled Piece: Kioku no Kakera.
The “Toei Hero Next” brand is intended to showcase actors from the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider series in different kinds of roles.
Ten Shimoyama (Shinobi: Heart Under Blade) has been tapped to direct the first film, which revolves around a reporter (Watanabe) who teams up with a photographer with split personalities (Miura) to uncover the cause of recent cases of human petrification, collectively referred to as the “Metropolis Gorgon Incident”.
The “piece” part of the title refers to a piece of metal which is needed to solve the mystery.
“Piece: Kioku no Kakera” will be released in Japan this fall.
Sources: Eiga. »
Director: Tak Sakaguchi. Review: Adam Wing. Teaming up with cult actor/director Tak Sakaguchi (Versus) for another deliriously demented offering, it would seem that Sushi Typhoon is back in business. Co-directed by Yudai Yamaguchi, and featuring action direction by Yuji Shimomura (Death Trance, Versus, Shinobi), with special makeup effects provided by Sushi Typhoon regular Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police, Helldriver), Yakuza Weapon is based on an adult comic created by Ken Ishikawa, who also had a hand in Cutie Honey. I think it’s safe to assume that we’re not entering period drama territory here. It’s the usual drill. High-octane action, human weaponry, CGI bloodlust and yakuza gangster fodder, brought to you in glorious high definition - I mean really, what’s not to like? You either love this kind of thing or you don’t, and I doubt very much Yakuza Weapon will do enough to change your opinion either way. »
“Adrift in Tokyo” (released domestically as “Tenten”) is a 2007 outing from cult favourite director Satoshi Miki, who has been responsible for some of the best loved of the recent wave of eccentric Japanese comedies, including “Instant Swamp” and “Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers”. Headlined by the extremely effective pairing of actors Joe Odagiri (“I Wish”, “Shinobi”) and Tomokazu Miura (“The Taste of Tea”), the film is a whimsical stroll through the city, with the two getting caught up in the kind of odd events and unexpected adventures that Miki has become so well known for. The film finally lands on region 2 DVD via Third Window on February 27th. Joe Odagiri plays slacker and eternal student type Takemura, the film opening with him having a sock stuffed in his mouth by debt collector Fukuhara (Tomokazu Miura) in an effort to try to get him to finally pay off his mountain of bills. »
- James Mudge
3 items from 2012
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