Kenji Kamiyama Unveils Bonus Gift for People Seeing ‘Eien no 831’ in Theaters
13.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Animation director and screenwriter Kenji Kamiyama, who has produced numerous masterpieces such as Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. and Eden of the East, is about to premiere his original feature-length anime film Eien no 831 on WOWOW and in select theaters around Japan.
The film will premiere in theaters on March 18, and those showing up to theaters will receive a limited-edition bonus gift! A Special Guidebook will be given to theatergoers at 36 theaters nationwide.
These guidebooks are not for sale and were produced in limited quantities only for this theatrical release. The 26-page, full-color book is a must-read for fans and includes interviews with cast and staff members.
In the present day, the world is in turmoil due to an “unprecedented disaster.
A young man living in Tokyo, Suzushiro, has a secret he cannot tell anyone. That secret is that he can stop the time around him despite his thoughts.
One day, he meets a girl named Nazuna who has the same “power”. When he learns that she is being used in a crime, he impulsively reaches out to help her.
Eien no 831
Official Site: https://eienno831.com
Director Makoto Shinkai Chooses RADWIMPS to Perform Theme for Anime Film Suzume no Tojimari
Famed director Makoto Shinkai and rock band RADWIMPS are teaming up for the third time. The group will provide music for Shinkai’s upcoming film Suzuka no Tojimari, scheduled to open in theaters nationwide on November 11, 2022. Kazuma Jinnouchi, a world-renowned film composer, will work with the group to form the strongest musical team in the history of Shinkai’s films. Previously, RADWIMPS worked with Shinkai on 2016’s Your Name and 2019’s Weathering With You.
At the film’s announcement press conference, Shinkai gave his thoughts. “I want to create a film that gives people a reason to come to the theater,” he said. “I want to create imagery and sounds that will immerse every single person in the audience.” With this determination to create a new and unique theater experience, Shinkai decided to have not only RADWIMPS work on the film’s music, but Kazuma Jinnouchi as well. This would mean a bolder score, but also a larger challenge.
Yojiro Noda, the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist of RADWIMPS, gave a comment. “Working with Kazuma Jinnouchi, who has such a long history of creating music for movies and video games, gave me a new perspective. His amount of experience is hard to put into words.”
“The music we created for the film’s action scenes was largely influenced by my experience in Hollywood,” Jinnouchi said.
Some recording for the film was done overseas at the historic Abbey Road Studios in London, a first for a Shinkai film.
The new theme song, aptly titled Suzume, can be heard in the trailer for the film. At Noda’s request, the production team searched for the most suitable voice for the song–one that would truly express the film’s vibe. After listening to audition tapes and a number of voices from around the web, TikTok sensation Toaka was chosen as the song’s vocalist. “I felt a connection between Toaka and this song. No one else could come close,” Noda commented.
Suzume no Tojimari, Shinkai’s first new film in three years, is a coming-of-age story, following a girl named Suzume as she travels to disaster-stricken locations around Japan, closing doors to keep those nearby safe.
Suzume Iwato, the heroine, will be played by Nanoka Hara. Souta Munakata will be portrayed by Hokuto Matsumura. Be sure to check out the latest trailer!
Suzume no Tojimari Trailer
Suzume no Tojimari
Release Date: November 11, 2022
Official Site: https://suzume-tojimari-movie.jp/
THE RAMPAGE, NCT 127, and BE:FIRST Release Trailer for Crossover Song ‘Wings’
With over 5.56 million people seeing the films in theaters and box-office revenue of over ¥7.8 billion, the High&LoW film series has inspired audiences around Japan for years with its themes of friendship and struggle. In 2019, the film High&Low THE WORST was released as a collaboration with Hiroshi Takahashi’s manga Worst and Crows, which have collectively sold over 80 million copies. A sequel, High&Low THE WORST X, will be released in theaters nationwide on September 9, 2022.
While the film itself is a massive collaboration between rivals, it will also feature a major collaboration between artists! Kazuma Kawamura and Hokuto Yoshino from THE RAMPAGE, Yuta Nakamoto from NCT 127, and Ryoki Miyama from BE:FIRST have come together to perform the song Wings. The track will be played during key scenes in the film and is sure to pull at your heartstrings.
The song came to be after the four became closer acting in the film. Wings is a positive and emotional song about friendship and trust and evokes the image of irreplaceable friends and a man who will never stop moving forward.
In the new trailer for the song, the images of the four artists performing the track overlap with the images of their characters in the film.
Wings – HiGH＆LOW THE WORST X
The film is sure to be the breakout hit of the summer, bringing together powerhouses from THE RAMPAGE, NCT 127, and BE:FIRST when it releases on September 9. The characters, action, and music have all been powered up when compared to the previous film, so be sure to tune in!
Comment from Kazuma Kawamura (Fujio Hanaoka) (THE RAMPAGE)
“This song transcended the boundaries of our group and a dream crossover was able to happen.
Without our collaboration in the film, I don’t think we would have had this incredible opportunity to work together on music so quickly.
We probably would have just ended up doing a cover or something like that.
It was such a joy for us to be able to collaborate on a new piece of music that was totally our own.
It’s a coming-of-age song that matches our roles and certain scenes in the movie perfectly, and I hope it will touch your heart!”
Comment from Hokuto Yoshino (Tsukasa Takajo) (THE RAMPAGE)
“Even though we’re all in different groups, we were so honored to come together to sing together as a foursome for this film!
I hope lots of people will enjoy this heartwarming and tender ballad, which shows our individuality but also has a real sense of unity.
I hope everyone will be able to experience the world of HiGH&LOW THE WORST X in theaters, and I also hope you’ll pay attention to the scenes in which this song is played!”
Comment from Yuta Nakamoto (Ryo Suzaki) (NCT 127)
“It’s rare to find a song with a medium tempo that’s so emotionally moving, and it was a fresh and fun experience to sing a song for my first movie. Although some parts were difficult, it was a great experience and I’m grateful for it.
Ryo and Amagai’s relationship is reflected in the lyrics of Wings, and I think that this one will make you emotional.”
Comment from Ryoki Miyama (Amagai Kouhei) (BE:FIRST/RYOKI)
“This was one of the most nerve-wracking recordings I’ve ever done.
Singing with everyone was a valuable experience, and I really wanted to give it my all. I discussed it with the director and after a number of takes, I think we were able to get the most emotional of the bunch.
We’re so happy to bring this film to life, and along with so many talented artists and actors, this song is really the culmination of everyone’s hard work.”
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HiGH＆LOW THE WORST X (Cross)
Release Date: September 9, 2022
Official Site: https://www.high-low.jp/movies/theworst-x/
Members of THE RAMPAGE, NCT127, and FANTASTICS to Appear in ‘HiGH&LOW THE WORST X’ Film
22.July.2022 | MOVIE
During the BATTLE OF TOKYO ~TIME 4 Jr.EXILE’ performance at Saitama Super Arena on July 21, a new trailer for the upcoming film HiGH&LOW THE WORST X was shown to a massive audience. A new collaboration with Hiroshi Takahashi’s manga Worst and Crows, fans are amped up for this new entry to the film series. A new visual for the movie was also revealed.
The new trailer is filled with incredible action scenes set to the film’s theme song THE POWER, while the footage of the three-school alliance led by Amagai includes the rap song RIDE OR DIE by MA55IVE THE RAMPAGE. Expectations are high for this installation of the wildly popular film saga, with the final scene in the trailer showing a massive amount of rowdy high schoolers ready to brawl. The overwhelming scale of the movie is sure to impress both fans and newcomers alike.
The new poster visual features 31 members of the cast, with the blue and red graphics coming together to form a cross. HiGH&LOW THE WORST X will present the climax of the ongoing story, with the tagline reading ‘To the top and beyond,’ showing the character’s lust for power.
The new cast members from Suzuran Boys’ High School, known as the School of the Crows, have also been unveiled. Daichi Henry Mikami, a professional martial artist, will be making his acting debut, while Mizuki Itagaki, a popular young actor who has appeared in a number of high-profile films, will also appear. The cast will also include Yuki Tokito, FANTASTICS vocalist and actor Yusei Yagi, FANTASTICS performer Keito Kimura, and singer Yuri Takahashi.
Another FANTASTICS member making an appearance will be Natsuki Hori. These three members of the up-and-coming group will be participating in the HiGH&LOW series for the first time, so be sure to show them your support!
This film will be a miraculous crossover, bringing together members from THE RAMPAGE, NCT127, BE:FIRST, and FANTASTICS to tell a powerful story, bringing audiences one of the most exciting action blockbusters in history. Will you be watching?
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HiGH＆LOW THE WORST X
Release Date: September 9, 2022
Official Site: https://www.high-low.jp/movies/theworst-x/
HiGH&LOW THE WORST X Screenshot Featuring NCT127’s Yuta Nakamoto and BE:FIRST’s Ryoki Miyama Released
15.July.2022 | MOVIE
With over 5.56 million people coming to see the films in theaters and box-office revenue of over ¥7.8 billion, the High&LoW film series has inspired audiences around Japan for years. In 2019, the film High&Low The Worst was released as a collaboration with Hiroshi Takahashi’s manga Worst and Crows, which have collectively sold over 80 million copies. A sequel, High&Low The Worst X, will be released in theaters nationwide on September 9, 2022.
Kazuma Kawamura (THE RAMPAGE) plays Fujio Hanaoka, a seemingly well-mannered student at Oya High School who has a passion for taking on his enemies in battle. The school is filled with delinquents wanting to take power, each with their own crazy fighting styles. Wanting to challenge the leader of Oya, Yoshiki Murayama, Hanaoka must also get ready to take on the Housen Academy, as the two schools have hostilities yet to be squashed. This sequel will see the biggest showdown in series history on a massive scale never seen before. A new rival, Senomon Technical High School, will appear as well.
Yuta Nakamoto (NCT127) will play Ryo Suzaki, the right-hand man and childhood friend of Senomon Technical High School’s gang leader. A loner, he gradually became unbeatable in fights as his physical abilities grew. Before transferring to Senomono, he was known as the ‘loner genius’ who never spent time with anyone. After reuniting with his childhood friend Amagai, he aims to become stronger with his friend by his side.
Amagai Kouhei, the head of Senomon, is played by Ryoki Miyama (BE:FIRST). A ruthless man, he thinks of others only as pawns in his game. He wants to unite the schools in the area, creating a ‘three-school alliance’ with Kamasaka High School and Ebara Commercial High School to take down Oya High.
These new photos show off the power and swag that these characters are sure to bring to the big screen. How will Oya High School stand up to the three-school alliance? The most powerful high schools in the history of the series will clash in the film when it releases this September. The characters, action, music, and emotion have all been bumped up when compared to the previous film. Are you ready?
Keep an eye out for more information about the film coming soon.
©2022「HiGH&LOW THE WORST X」製作委員会
HiGH＆LOW THE WORST X (Cross)
Release Date: September 9, 2022
Official Site: https://www.high-low.jp/movies/theworst-x/
Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni Manga Series Inspires Anime Film Starring Kento Kaku, Minami Hamabe
Nao Iwamoto’s romance fantasy manga Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni (Gold Country, Water Country) will receive an animated film adaptation in the spring of 2023. The manga was voted No. 1 in the female section of the ‘This Manga is Amazing! 2017’ guidebook and was nominated for the 10th Manga Taisho, coming in second out of 13 nominees.
The story involves two constantly bickering neighboring countries that eventually go to war, causing God to intervene. Country A is commanded to offer its most beautiful girl as a bride, while Country B is told to send its wisest young man as a groom. While this is going on, the princess of Country A has a chance encounter with a young man from Country B.
Actor Kento Kaku will play Naranbayar, while Minami Hamabe will play Sarah.
Kaku previously played Simba in the Japanese dub of The Lion King. “I was fascinated by the wonderful world of the original manga and the richness of the characters,” he said in an interview. “The clumsiness and straightforwardness of Naranbayar and Sarah will surely touch the hearts of everyone who sees the film. I couldn’t stop my heart from pounding during recording.”
Hamabe previously played Ruri Ichigyo in Hello World and Ellie Ishioka in Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet. “My heart was wrapped up in the warm story, and I felt as though I’d been given a share of the character’s tender feelings,” she said. “What cheered me up when I was stuck was the humanity of Sarah and Naranbayar, the presence of Kento Kaku, and above all, the cuteness of Lukman the dog and Odontchimeg the cat, who appeared in the film. They’re so adorable that they made me squirm!”
The new 45-second trailer shows the accidental encounter between Naranbayar and Sarah. The tagline is “What we fell in together was a love that could move nations.”
The trailer is narrated by Soma Saito, a popular voice actor and singer known for his work in Idolish Seven and Hypnosis Mic. He has been an avid fan of Iwamoto’s manga since his college days.
Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni
Official Site: kinnokuni-mizunokuni-movie.jp
‘The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbye’ Anime Film Reveals Release Date, Details
The official website for Shogakukan’s anime film of Mei Hachimoku and Kukka’s The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbye light novel has posted a teaser trailer and teaser poster for the film. The teaser features the two main characters voiced by Oji Suzuka and Marie Iitoyo.
The original light novel was released in July 2019, and ranked #9 in the bunkobon category of the 2020 edition of Takarajimasha’s This Light Novel is Amazing! guidebook.
The story follows Tono Kaoru, who hears a strange rumor one day: The laws of space and time mean nothing to the Urashima Tunnel. If you find it, walk through and you’ll find your heart’s desire on the other side…in exchange for years of your own life. On the night Kaoru just so happens to find himself standing in front of a tunnel that looks suspiciously like the one the rumor describes, he finds himself thinking of Karen, the sister he lost in an accident five years ago. To Kaoru’s surprise, he’s been followed by the new transfer student Anzu Hanaki, who promises to help him experiment with the mysterious tunnel–but what does she want from Kaoru in exchange? And what will he have left to give, after the tunnel’s done with him?
Tomohisa Taguchi (Akudama Drive, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna) is directing the film at CLAP (Pompo: The Cinéphile), but the website also credits him as the film’s scriptwriter and storyboarder, as well as line director alongside Kanji Miyake. Tomomi Yabuki (Pompo: The Cinéphile animation director) is the character designer and chief animation director, with Yabuki, Seiji Tachikawa, Akio Hasegawa, and Yasuhisa Kato as animation directors. Oji Suzuka will play Tono Kaoru and Marie Iitoyo will play Anzu Hanaki.
The 30-second teaser trailer features a flurry of emotional lines from the two main characters: “I’ll get you back from that summer,” “This is a secret between us,” and “I thought we could leave this world behind.” What is the truth behind the tunnel? You’ll want to see this beautiful film to find out.
Harumi Fuuki (Miss Hokusai, Forest of Piano, Tsurune) is composing the music. The pianist and composer graduated at the top of her class from Kunitachi College of Music, where she majored in composition. Over the years, she has composed music for over 30 TV series and anime series. She is the youngest-ever winner of the 36th Japan Academy Prize for Best Music Award, winning for the film Chronicle of my Mother in 2011.
The teaser poster features a new visual created by illustrator Kukka, who worked on the original light novel. Those buying advanced tickets will receive a clear folder with the new poster image.
The light novel will be published in English on May 10, and the first volume of the manga series is set to release in the west on July 26.
See you at the theater in September!
The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbye
In Theaters September 9, 2022
Official Site: https://natsuton.com/
‘Alien Artist,’ Winner of Best New Director at Kanazawa Film Festival 2021, Released
29.March.2022 | MOVIE
The Kanazawa Film Festival aims to ‘promote Japan’s countryside culture to the world.’ The event held from September 18 to September 20, 2021 marked the 15th anniversary. In addition to staging special works each year, the festival has an established reputation in the film community for its ‘New Directors with Promising Talent’ program.
The film Alien Artist was directed by Seiyo Hotani, who took home the promising director award in 2020. Given the excellent critic feedback for the movie, it has been decided that Alien Artist will be officially released this spring. Hotani is a university student studying philosophy at Kyoto University, and his directorial work certainly shows off his knowledge on the subject. The film was entirely shot in Kanazawa and Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Alien Artist inspired viewers with its bizarre storytelling and display of ideology and philosophy. If you could eradicate all of the ‘evil’ people on Earth, would you? Who decides who is evil? The movie follows a number of unique characters, each with their own personal stories and motivations, as the world faces destruction and rebirth.
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 2021
Director: Seiyo Hotani
Script: Hifumi Keihan
Executive Producer: Ikuya Onodera
Cast: Kunihiko Watanabe, Yuuritsu Maruyama, Ryofu Karuma, Rui Kiriyama, Shigeo Osako, Jirou
Channel 47 made a splash at the 2021 Kanazawa Film Festival by producing the short video ‘HAKKEN -in Kanazawa Movie Festival.’ Check it out at the YouTube link below.
Title: HAKKEN -in Kanazawa Movie Festival-
Netflix’s Bubble Anime Film Reveals Opening & Ending Themes, Full Trailer
The anime film Bubble is coming to theaters in Japan on May 13, 2022, and will be available to watch on Netflix globally on April 28, 2022. The opening theme will be performed by Eve, while the ending song will be sung by Riria, who also voices Uta in the film. A full trailer featuring the theme by Eve has also been uploaded to YouTube!
Wit Studio is in charge of Bubble’s animation. Tetsurou Araki (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) is the film’s director while Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is the scriptwriter. Artist Takeshi Obata (Death Note) serves as the film’s original character designer and Satoshi Kadowaki (Attack on Titan) handles the chief animation direction. Hiroyuki Sawano (86 EIGHTY-SIX co-composer) is in charge of the musical score.
Singer-songwriter Riria will voice the film’s main heroine, Uta. She joins Jun Shison as Hibiki, Mamoru Miyano as Shin, Yuuki Kaji as Kai, Tasuku Hatanaka as Denki Ninja Leader, Sayaka Senbongi as Usagi, Marina Inoue as Undertaker Leader, and Alice Hirose as Makoto.
The opening theme, Bubble feat. Uta, was written by Eve. The up-tempo and fast-paced track foreshadows the more intense scenes in the film and the fate awaiting the two main characters.
When asked about the theme song’s production, Eve stated that he was deeply moved to sing alongside so many greats. “I wrote Bubble for this pure and gentle film, and it took me somewhere I hadn’t been before. The film is set on a magnificent scale with action that you can’t tear your eyes away from. Each character has such a rich personality. I’m so happy to be a part of this project. Please come to the theater and see it for yourself–parkour is so cool!”
“I’d seen him perform a number of times, but it was still difficult to approach him for the project. I felt that once he agreed, it was fate,” said director Tetsurou Araki. “The world that Eve portrays in his music is exactly what I had set out to express in this project.”
Voice actor and singer-songwriter Riria performs the ending theme and plays the role of Uta in the film. Popular among Gen-Z, she wrote the ending theme Jaa ne, Mata Ne (See You, Catch You Later). The fragile and sad track brings the audience closer to Uta’s heart and helps to understand her character. In a departure from his previous works, Margt (PERIMETRON) was in charge of art direction.
Netflix also provided a synopsis for the film.
“In a Tokyo where gravity has broken, a boy and a girl are drawn to each other… The story is set in Tokyo after bubbles that broke the laws of gravity rained down upon the world. Cut off from the outside world, Tokyo has become a playground for a group of young people who have lost their families, acting as a battlefield for parkour team battles as they leap from building to building. Hibiki, a young ace known for his dangerous playstyle, makes a reckless move one day and plummets into the gravity-bending sea. His life is saved by Uta, a girl with mysterious powers. The pair then hear a unique sound audible only to them. Why did Uta appear before Hibiki? Their encounter leads to a revelation that will change the world.”
Riria was selected to play the role of major character Uta despite this being her first voice-acting experience. “First, they asked if I wanted to perform a song for the film, and I immediately said I would love to,” she said. “Then they asked if I wanted to play the role of the heroine and I freaked out! I can’t, I thought, I can’t do it! But at the same time, it looked like so much fun, so I had to make a decision. It was only after I accepted the role that I realized how big this project was. When I read the script for the first time, I cried so much. I felt like I was feeling what Uta was feeling. Even now when I think about it, I want to cry. Even during my first recording session, I immediately felt like I had become her.”
Keep an eye out for the film on Netflix later next month!
In theaters nationwide on May 13, 2022
On Netflix worldwide on April 28, 2022
Official Site: https://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/bubble-moviejp/
Special Trailer for Film ‘The Last 10 Years’ Highlights Music by RADWIMPS
Popular rock band RADWIMPS wrote both the theme song and all music featured in the upcoming film ‘The Last 10 Years.’ The film and soundtrack will be released on March 4, 2022.
‘The Last 10 Years’ is an adaptation of Kosaka Ruka’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of Matsuri, a 20-year-old woman who learns that she only has 10 years to live due to an incurable disease. She makes the decision not to fall in love until she meets Kazuto, a man who has lost the will to live. Matsuri is portrayed by Komatsu Nana, while Kazuto is played by Sakaguchi Kentaro. The soundtrack will include 29 original songs written by RADWIMPS for the film along with Uruubito, the theme song. Yojiro Noda, the lead singer of the band, met film director Michihito Fujii on the set of Million Yen Women. Noda played a lead role in the drama series, and the two became fast friends, wanting to collaborate musically.
Nana Komatsu, who plays Matsuri, commented on the soundtrack. “I listened to it every day on the road, and it really gave me a sense of power.” Kentaro Sakaguchi, who plays Kazuro, said that the lyrics of the film’s theme song Uruubito was written from a uniquely Japanese perspective. The band’s music had a profound influence on the director and cast.
‘The Last 10 Years’ Special Trailer (Music by RADWIMPS)
RADWIMPS approached the soundtrack’s creation with incredible enthusiasm. “Without a doubt, being involved in this work has changed my life forever,” said Noda. “I hope that the lives of the viewers will change as well.”
Be sure to listen to the film’s soundtrack on streaming services on March 4!
Yuugo Sakamoto’s New Short Film ‘Heaven’s Rush’ Now Available on Channel 47’s YouTube Channel
23.February.2022 | Uncategorized
A Spin-off of ‘Legendary Hit-man, Kunioka’ by a Genius in the World of Violent Film.
Channel 47 has released Yuugo Sakamoto’s latest short film ‘Heaven’s Rush’ on its official YouTube channel as part of its efforts to share the Kanazawa Film Festival with the world!
‘Heaven’s Rush’ is a spin-off of ‘Legendary Hit-man, Kunioka,’ the latest film by Sakamoto. Previously, the director created incredible films such as ‘A Janitor’ and ‘Hangman’s Knot.’ The film follows a number of assassins attacking a hitman with a 100 million yen bounty, played by Daichi Yamaguchi. At last year’s Kanazawa Film Festival, the actor also starred in Sakamoto’s film ‘Beibi Warukyure’ opposite Saori Izawa.
All filming was done in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Channel 47 was also in charge of providing English subtitles for the film, making it more widely accessible to viewers around the world.
Title: Heaven’s Rush
Filmed in Japan. 9 minutes.
Director/Scriptwriter: Yuugo Sakamoto
Action Director: Kazuki Miki
Producer: Ikuya Onodera
Work: Takeshi Goto
Cinematography: Tetsuro Imai
Cast: Daichi Yamaguchi, Saori Izawa, Maya Fukuda, Ayane, Masayuki Inou
Sakamoto was born in Osaka in 1996. At the age of 20, he wrote ‘B,’ a film following a couple on a killing spree, which won him the Student Splatter Film Festival award in 2016. His ultra-violent film ‘Hangman’s Knot’ inspired established horror film director Koji Shiraishi to say “I’m jealous of your talent.” Sakamoto won the award for promising new director at the Kanazawa Film Festival 2017. His black comedy ‘Pan’ won the Grand Prix in the short film category at MOOSICLAB, and the Grand Prix in the short film category at the Yuubari International Fantastic Film Festival. He also won the Special Jury Prize at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, his first time participating in a foreign film festival. In college, he took the independent film world by storm, with a knack for depicting realistic violence. His commercial debut ‘Family Wars’ was inspired by an actual incident and caused plenty of controversy on social media for its inappropriate content. In 2021, Sakamoto released ‘A Janitor’ starring Seiji Fukushi, ‘Baibi Warukyure’ starring Saori Izawa, and ‘Legendary Hit-man, Kunioka.’
Click here to watch ‘HAKKEN -in Kanazawa Movie Festival-, a short film produced by Channel 47 for both the Kanazawa Film Festival and the Tatemachi Film Festival in September 2021!
HAKKEN -in Kanazawa Movie Festival-
Channel 47 is a project using the power of entertainment to share Japan and its local culture with the world. By getting popular celebrities and public figures involved, the company produces events and content that conveys the appeal of specific Japanese locales and customs to global audiences.
Official Site: https://channel47.jp/
Odd Taxi: In the Woods Gets New Teaser Trailer, Key Visual
Odd Taxi was one of the most popular anime series in 2021, amassing a huge fanbase both in Japan and abroad. The show ended with a shock, and in December 2021, an Odd Taxi film was announced, scheduled to premiere on April 1, 2022. As the date approached, a new visual and trailer for Odd Taxi: In the Woods have been released.
The new visual shows protagonist cab driver Odokawa standing in the middle of a crowded street in a different outfit when compared to the anime series. The crowd is full of other popular characters from the show wearing blank expressions. The text reads “the truth is in the bushes.”
Odd Taxi: In the Woods is set to depict the events of the anime in a film version, serving as a compilation of the events of the series. Alongside this, it will fill in the blanks left at the end of the show, finally bringing closure to a desperate audience.
Odd Taxi: In the Woods Trailer
Tickets for the film will go on sale in Japan starting February 4, and bonus incentives include clear files that form the single key visual image when combined. Ticket purchases also come with three virtual backgrounds compatible with Zoom and other conference applications.
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Odd Taxi: In the Woods
Official Site: http://oddtaxi.jp/
Japan’s First Amazon Original Film ‘HOMESTAY’ Trailer and Key Visual Released
02.February.2022 | MOVIE
The first Japanese Amazon Original movie ‘HOMESTAY,’ a live-action adaptation of Eto Mori’s classic novel ‘Colorful,’ will be released worldwide to Prime members on February 11, 2022.
The film is a moving mystery following a dejected soul reaching the train station to death. He is told that he is ‘lucky’ and will have another chance at life, and is then placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Makoto Kobayashi who has just committed suicide. Watched over by a neutral spirit, the soul must figure out what his greatest sin and mistake was in his former life before his 100-day time limit in Makoto’s body runs out. He also wants to find out why Makoto decided to end his life in the first place.
In the new trailer, Shiro (Kento Nagao) is told to take over Makoto’s body to find out the reason for his death, and we see him happily going about his high school life despite his overwhelming confusion. Shiro becomes close with Makoto’s childhood friend Akira (Anna Yamada) and Mizuki (Rikako Yagi), but the atmosphere of the story drastically changes when Shiro finds a diary and photos in Makoto’s room. While spending time as Makoto, Shiro learns more about his family’s secrets and his past. Why did Makoto choose to die?
If you look closely at the key visual, you can see a sad expression on Makoto’s face in Shiro’s reflection. The image shows two people in stark contrast: the cheerful and energetic Shiro and the delicate and shy Makoto.
Be sure to watch the film when it debuts worldwide on February 11!
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Streaming Date: February 11, 2022
Film Site: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B09QFXM72W