Film Archive – Lineup 2017

 

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Title: Fueled – The Man Called Pirate  海賊と呼ばれた男
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Writer: Takashi Yamazaki; based on a novel by Naoki Hyakuta
Stars: Junichi Okada, Haruka Ayase, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shota Sometani, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Kaoru Kobayashi
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 145 min

Summary: The team who created The Eternal Zero returns with an epic story of Japan’s post-war rebuilding.

Based on a true story, oil company president Tetsuzo Kunioka believes Japanese resurgence must be fueled by oil not coal. With a workforce decimated by the war, and foreign governments sealing oil transportation routes, a desperate Tetsuzo risks international incident by commandeering a large scale oil tanker and sending a secret mission to Iran, earning himself the moniker “pirate.”

A thrilling epic adventure and study of the Japanese spirit of resiliency featuring an all-star cast.

2013年度本屋大賞第1位を獲得した百田尚樹の同名ベストセラー小説を、同じく百田原作の「永遠の0」を大ヒットさせた岡田准一主演×山崎貴監督のタッグで映画化。

主要燃料が石炭だった当時から、石油の将来性を見抜いていた国岡鐡造は、北九州の門司で石油業に乗り出すが、国内の販売業者や欧米の石油メジャーなど、様々な壁が立ちふさがる。それでもあきらめない鐡造は、型破りな発想と行動で自らの進む道を切り開いていく。やがて石油メジャーに敵視された鐡造は、石油輸入ルートを封じられてしまうが、唯一保有する巨大タンカー「日承丸」を秘密裏にイランに派遣するという大胆な行動に出る。それは当時のイランを牛耳るイギリスを敵に回す行為だったが……。(映画.comより)

監督:山崎貴  
出演:岡田准一、吉岡秀隆、染谷将太、綾瀬はるか、堤真一、小林薫

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Official Website:
kaizoku-movie.jp

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Title: SCOOP!
Director: Hitoshi Ohne
Writer: Hitoshi Ohne
Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Fumi Nikaido. Yo Yoshida, Lily Franky
Genre: Suspense Comedy
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 120 min

Summary: In this hit suspense comedy, once respected photojournalist Shizuka has fallen on hard times and now makes a living as a paparazzi chasing celebrity scandals. When his old boss sends him on an important assignment she demands he take along straight-laced, novice reporter Nobi as a partner. The sleazy, untrustworthy Shizuka wants nothing to do with it until they start to land big stories and magazine sales skyrocket. When Shizuka and Nobi find themselves on the verge of one of the greatest scoops in Japan’s history, the stakes – and danger levels – spike and Shizuka and Nobi’s relationship is tested in an intense and thrilling climax.

かつて写真週刊誌「SCOOP!」に所属し数々の伝説的スクープ写真を撮ってきたカメラマン都城静(福山雅治)は、今ではギャンブルに溺れている上に借金に追われながら芸能スキャンダルを中心に追うパパラッチになっていた。そんな彼にに再び転機が訪れる。「SCOOP! 」に配属されてきた新人記者・行川野火(二階堂ふみ)とタッグを組み次々と独占スクープをものにしていく二人だったが、やがて日本中が注目する大事件が発生する。。。

監督:大根仁
出演: 福山雅治、二階堂ふみ、吉田羊、リリー・フランキー

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
scoop-movie.jp

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Title: Himeanole ヒメアノール
Director: Keisuke Yoshida
Writer: Keisuke Yoshida; based on the manga by Minoru Furuya
Stars: Gaku Hamada, Tsuyoshi Muro, Aimi Satsukawa, Go Morita
Genre: Thriller
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 99 min

Summary : A sad-sack window washer and his buddy fall for the same girl in a café and so begins a gentle, quirky tale of romantic competition. But lurking in the shadows is another competitor for her affection – a psychotic killer with a backstory and a connection neither of them can fathom. What starts out as a charming romantic comedy soon takes a deranged turn into a shockingly dark and violent thriller. Keisuke Yoshida’s critical acclaimed film – with its adorably funny first half and disturbing blood-soaked nightmare of a second act – must be seen to be believed

日常に潜む狂気を鮮烈な描写でつづり、過激な内容で話題を呼んだ古谷実のコミックを映画化したサスペンス。“なにも起こらない日々”に焦燥感を抱くビル清掃会社のパートタイマー岡田は同僚の安藤からカフェの店員ユカとの恋の橋渡し役を頼まれる。ユカが働くカフェに向かった岡田は、そこで高校時代の同級生・森田正一と再会する。ユカから森田につけ狙われ、ストーキングに悩まされていると相談された岡田は、森田がかつていじめられていたことを思い出し、不穏な気持ちを抱くが……。

監督:吉田恵輔
出演:濱田岳、ムロツヨシ、佐津川愛美、森田剛

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: www.himeanole-movie.com

CONTAINS SCENES OF DISTURBING SEXUALITY AND VIOLENCE

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Title: Birthday Wishes  バースデーカード
Director: Yasuhiro Yoshida
Writer: Yasuhiro Yoshida
Stars: Ai Hashimoto and Aoi Miyazaki
Genre: Romance
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 123 min

Summary: Shy, vulnerable Noriko loses her mother Yoshie to illness when she is only 10-years-old. As she grows up and must deal with the realities of adulthood she agonizes over relationships with friends, love and marriage. But Yoshie continues to prove a gentle guiding hand in her daughter’s life in the form of letters, written before her death, that arrive on Noriko’s doorstep once a year.

This beautiful, heartwarming film celebrates the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.

内気な少女・紀子は、優しくて明るい母・芳恵のことが大好きだった。病魔におかされ、死期が迫っていた芳恵は紀子と紀子の弟・正男が20歳になるまで毎年バースデーカードを贈ると約束する。そして紀子が10歳のある日、芳恵はこの世を去ってしまう。その約束どおり、紀子たちのもとには毎年、母からの手紙が届くように。そして20歳を迎えた最後の手紙には、紀子が10年前に母に投げかけた質問への答えが書かれていた。

橋本愛と宮崎あおいが共演し、母娘の愛を描く人間ドラマ。

監督:吉田康弘
出演:橋本愛、宮崎あおい

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: www.birthdaycard-movie.jp

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Title: Chihayafuru Part I  ちはやふる 上の句
Director: Norihiro Koizumi
Writer: Norihiro Koizumi; based on the manga by Yuki Suetsugu
Stars: Suzu Hirose, Mone Kamishiraishi, Shuhei Nomura
Genre: Drama/Romance
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 111 min

Summary: Chihaya, Taichi and Arata are childhood friends, bound by their passion for competitive karuta (a traditional Japanese card game based on classic poetry). After Arata moves to the country, Taichi parted ways with the game, but Chihaya continues to play – hoping they’ll be reunited at the national championships.
As they enter high school, the bubbly Chihaya convinces reluctant Taichi to start a competitive karuta club. Full of youthful energy and enthusiasm, they start to recruit new members to play the mentally and physically demanding card game…
A fast-paced, exciting film filled with friendship, determination and beautiful kimomo.

競技かるたに打ち込む高校生たちの青春が描かれた末次由紀による大人気コミック「ちはやふる」を、広瀬すず主演で実写映画化した2部作の前編。主人公・千早を演じる広瀬のほか、野村周平、真剣佑らフレッシュな若手俳優が共演。監督を「カノジョは嘘を愛しすぎてる」の小泉徳宏が務めた。

幼なじみの綾瀬千早、真島太一、綿谷新の3人は、新に教わった「競技かるた」でいつも一緒に遊んでいた。新の競技かるたにかける情熱に、千早は夢を持つことの大切さを教わるが、そんな矢先に新は家の事情で遠くへ引っ越してしまう。高校生になった千早は、新に会いたい一心で「競技かるた部」創設を決意し、高校で再会した太一とともに部員集めに奔走。なんとか5人の部員を集めて競技かるた部を立ち上げた千早は、全国大会を目指して練習に励む。

監督:小泉徳宏
出演:広瀬すず、野村周平、真剣佑、上白石萌音

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
chihayafuru-movie.com

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Samurai Hustle Returns  超高速! 参勤交代 リターンズ
Director: Katsuhide Motoki
Writer: Akihiro Dobashi
Stars: Kuranosuke Sasaki, Kyoko Fukada, Yuri Chinen
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 119 min

Summary: The Samurai Hustle gang are back for another wild mix of action, heroism and laughter!

During the Edo Period, it was mandatory for feudal lords to perform expensive procession marches – called Sankin Kotai – to pay respect to the shogun. Penniless country bumpkins Lord Naito of Yunagawa and his samurai have just managed to complete their ritual visit. After surviving the journey, and even finding a wife, Naito has every reason to celebrate. But news of their villages being ravaged by rebels prompt the men to swiftly return home to Yunagawa in order to save their land. They must hike up their kimonos and sprint all the way home in 2 days! When their old nemesis, Lord Nobutoki, reappears it becomes clear they stand to lose more than just farmland. Will Naito and his crew be able to thwart the treacherous Nobutoki’s plans and protect their villagers?

幕府から突然の参勤交代を命じられた弱小貧乏藩の奮闘を描いた時代劇コメディ「超高速!参勤交代」の続編。
参勤交代の帰り道 「交代」に出た湯長谷藩一行が、宿敵である老中・松平信祝の画策によってさらなるピンチに陥る姿を描く。知恵と工夫でなんとか江戸への参勤を果たした湯長谷藩の藩主・内藤政醇らは、故郷に帰るため江戸を出発する。ところがその道中、湯長谷で一揆が発生したとの情報が入る。政醇らに打ち負かされた老中・信祝が、復讐のため湯長谷藩を壊滅させようと画策しているのだ。一揆を収めるためには2日以内に湯長谷へ帰らなくてはならず、政醇らは行きの倍の速さで走ってどうにか故郷へ帰り着く。しかし、城は既に乗っ取られてしまっており……。 (映画.comより)

監督:本木克英  出演:佐々木蔵之介、深田恭子、伊原剛志、上地雄輔、知念侑李ー

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
www.cho-sankin.jp

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Title: Rudolf The Black Cat  ルドルフとイッパイアッテナ
Director: Kunihiko Yuyama, Mikinori Sakakibara,
Writer: Yoichi Kato;based on the children's book by Hiroshi Saito
Stars (voices): Mao Inoue, Ryohei Suzuki
Genre: Animation
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 89 min

Summary: This fun-filled family film introduces us to the secret life of cats. Naïve stay-at-home cat Rudolf leads a quiet, happy life in rural Gifu Prefecture but secretly longs to roam the streets of his little neighbourhood. Unfortunately, one day his thirst for adventure finds him lost miles away in downtown Tokyo. With help from a street cat known as Ippaiattena, Rudolf quickly discovers that he has a lot to learn about the world.

Will Rudolf ever be able to find his way home? Join us as we follow Rudolf’s heart-warming journey of friendship and discovery as he learns to stand on his own four paws. An exciting and fun introduction to all things Japanese from a cat’s perspective.

1987年の刊行以来、多くの子どもたちに親しまれてきた名作児童文学「ルドルフとイッパイアッテナ」をフル3DCGアニメーションで映画化。

大好きな飼い主と離ればなれになってしまった黒猫ルドルフは、長距離トラックの中に迷い込んで大都会・東京にたどり着く。そこでルドルフは大きなボス猫イッパイアッテナと出会い、一緒にノラ猫として暮らしはじめる。ところが、イッパイアッテナには思いがけない秘密があった。

世間知らずで好奇心旺盛なルドルフの声を井上真央、街を牛耳る巨漢のトラ猫イッパイアッテナの声を鈴木亮平がそれぞれ担当した。「ポケットモンスター」シリーズの湯山邦彦と「スシニンジャ」の榊原幹典が共同監督。(映画.comより)

監督:湯山邦彦、榊原幹典  
声の出演:井上真央、鈴木亮平、水樹奈々、八嶋智人

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
www.rudolf-ippaiattena.com

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Title: MIDNIGHT DINER 深夜食堂
Director: Joji Matsuoka
Writer: Katsuhiko Manabe, Kensaku Kojima and Joji Matsuoka, based on the manga by Yaro Abe
Stars: Kaoru Kobayashi, Mikako Tabe, Saki Takaoka, Kimiko Yo, Michitaka Tsutsui, Akiko Kikuchi, Joe Odagiri
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 119 min

Summary: Meishi-ya is a small diner located in a back alley in downtown Tokyo. The diner opens up after midnight and its menu consists of only four items and sake. However, the mysterious “master” can create just about anything at the specific request of his regular patrons.

As the nights pass, his often eccentric clientele deal with a variety of problems and gossip while enjoying the master’s meals. Will they ever discover the truth behind the abandoned funeral urn, inexplicably left behind at the diner? Why has the master taken the young homeless girl Michiru as a cook?

Yaro Abe’s long-running manga series has already spawned four seasons of TV drama in Japan and now two hit films. A gentle culinary drama that will stir both the heart and the taste buds.

安倍夜郎の人気コミックを原作に、深夜しか営業しない小さな食堂で織りなされる人間模様を描いて好評を博したテレビドラマ「深夜食堂」シリーズの劇場版。

繁華街の路地裏にある深夜営業の食堂「めしや」には、マスターの料理と居心地の良さを求めて毎晩たくさんの人々が集まって来る。誰かが店に忘れていった骨壷をめぐって常連たちが話に花を咲かせる一方、愛人を亡くし新しいパトロンを探すたまこは、店で出会った青年と意気投合する。また、無銭飲食をきっかけに住みこみで働くことになったみちるは徐々に店になじんでいくが、ある事情を抱えていた。(映画.com)

監督:松岡錠司
出演:小林薫、高岡早紀、多部未華子、余貴美子、筒井道隆、オダギリジョー

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
meshiya-movie.com

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Title: SATOSHI – A MOVE FOR TOMORROW 聖の青春
Director: Yoshitaka Mori
Writer: Kousuke Mukai, based on the novel by Yoshio Ohsaki
Stars: Kenichi Matsuyama, Masahiro Higashide, Shota Sometani, Lily Franky, Keiko Takeshita
Genre: Biographical film
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 124 min

Summary: This powerful drama takes place in the world of professional shogi (Japanese chess). It is the true story of shogi master Satoshi Murayama, and his rivalry with Yoshiharu Habu, the greatest shogi genius of the century. Satoshi died of an intractable disease at age 29 but devoted his life to fighting not only the disease but also his rivals, feverishly pursuing the highest title, at risk to his life.

A genuinely touching portrait of a driven genius who knows time is running out as well as the mentors and friend who supported him. Winner of much critical acclaim in Japan where it was closing night film at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Kenichi Matsuyama portrays Satoshi with startling intensity and physically transformed himself for the role.

難病と闘いながら将棋に人生を賭け、29歳の若さで亡くなった棋士・村山聖(さとし)の生涯を描いた大崎善生による同名ノンフィクション小説を、松山ケンイチ主演により映画化。幼い頃から腎臓の難病・腎ネフローゼを患い、入退院を繰り返した村山聖は、入院中に何気なく父から勧められた将棋に心を奪われる。師匠との出会い、そしてプロ棋士として羽生善治ら同世代のライバル棋士たちと死闘を繰り広げ、まさに命を削りながら将棋を指した村山聖の壮絶な一生が描かれる。

監督は「宇宙兄弟」の森義隆、脚本を「リンダ リンダ リンダ」の向井康介がそれぞれ担当。羽生善治とは「東の羽生、西の村山」と並び称された村山を演じる松山は、役作りのため20キロ以上も重増。羽生役には東出昌大が扮した。
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監督:森義隆
出演:松山ケンイチ、東出昌大、染谷将太、竹下景子、リリー・フランキー

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
satoshi-movie.jp

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Title: The Ondekoza ざ・鬼太鼓座
Director: Tai Kato
Writer: Shigeo Nakakura
Genre: Documentary
Release Type: North American Premiere
Year of Release: 1981
Film Length: 105 min

Summary: Thirty-five years after its heralded premiere and subsequent disappearance from public view, the musical masterpiece The Ondekoza returned at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. The film tells story of the co-founding members of Ondekoza, a group of young musician, living communally in Sado Island who created the Japanese traditional taiko drumming style that has since become internationally famous. Members went on to for the legendary Kodo Drummers of Japan.

The first half follows the group’s daily routines and torturous training regimens as well as the rehearsals and concerts in local halls, and the efforts to adapt traditional folk pieces to fit their burgeoning repertoire. In its second half, the film positively explodes in vivid colours across the screen, as the group performs a series of dazzling set pieces — many on sets designed by legendary designer Tadanori Yokoo and Chiyo Umeda.

「瞼の母」(1962)や「緋牡丹博徒」シリーズなど数々の娯楽映画を世に送り出し、85年に他界した加藤泰監督の遺作となったドキュメンタリー。

新潟・佐渡島で太鼓を鳴らし続ける芸能集団「鬼太鼓座(おんでこざ)」の若者たちを撮影し、約2年の歳月をかけて製作された。雪の積もる町や海岸を走って肉体を鍛え、和楽器の演奏に没頭する鬼太鼓座の若者たち。「鬼剣舞」「佐渡おけさ」「津軽じょんがら節」などを力強く奏でる彼らの姿を、櫓や火山を模した美術セットを背景に、加藤監督独自のスタイルで映し出した。

映画完成後は、限定的な公開やイベントでの上映のみで披露されてきたため、長らく幻の映画とされてきた。加藤監督の生誕100年となる2016年、デジタルリマスター作業が行われ、同年のベネチア国際映画祭クラシック部門で上映。 (映画.comより)

監督:加藤泰 

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://hanamiso.com/

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Title: Her Love Boils Bathwater   湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛
Director: Ryota Nakano
Writer: Ryota Nakano
Stars: Rie Miyazawa, Hana Sugisaki, Joe Odagiri
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 125 min

Summary: Futaba is a loving but strict mother whose world is shaken when she discovers that she has terminal cancer and only has a few months left to live. Before she dies, she needs to make sure everyone she loves will be okay. She must find her husband, who disappeared a year ago, so they can reopen the family bathhouse. She must also make sure her daughter Azumi will be able to stand on her own two feet. It is a hard time for the family members, but through the hardship their ties becomes stronger.

An impossibly moving and well-acted story of betrayal, shifting family dynamics, forgiveness, death and love.

宮沢りえの「紙の月」以来となる映画主演作で、自主映画「チチを撮りに」で注目された中野量太監督の商業映画デビュー作。
持ち前の明るさと強さで娘を育てている双葉が、突然の余命宣告を受けてしまう。双葉は残酷な現実を受け入れ、1年前に突然家出した夫を連れ帰り休業中の銭湯を再開させることや、気が優しすぎる娘を独り立ちさせることなど、4つの「絶対にやっておくべきこと」を実行していく。会う人すべてを包みこむ優しさと強さを持つ双葉役を宮沢が、娘の安澄役を杉咲花が演じる。失踪した夫役のオダギリジョーのほか、松坂桃李、篠原ゆき子、駿河太郎らが脇を固める。(映画.comより)

監督:中野量太 
出演:宮沢りえ、オダギリジョー、松坂桃李、杉咲花

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
atsui-ai.com

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Title: Over the Fence オーバー・フェンス
Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita
Writer: Ryo Takada
Stars: Joe Odagiri, Yu Aoi, Shota Matsuda
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 112 min

Summary: Shiraiwa, recently divorced and struggling, moves to Hakodate where he takes carpentry lessons at a vocational school. His divorce has left him with a psychological trauma, as is the case with many of his classmates who are in similar states of transition or trauma. One of them named Kazuhisa takes him to a nightclub, in order to pitch him an idea for a joint business venture. While there, he meets an eccentric hostess, Satoshi, who seems to like him immediately. A peculiar relationship is initiated between them, as she borders on the manic and he is filled with self-pity. In the meantime, he and his classmates are also training for a baseball match between schools.

「海炭市叙景」「そこのみにて光輝く」の原作者・佐藤泰志の芥川賞候補作を、オダギリジョー、蒼井優、松田翔太ら豪華キャスト競演で映画化。「苦役列車」の山下敦弘監督がメガホンをとり、原作者が職業訓練校に通った自身の体験を交えてつづった小説をもとに、それぞれ苦悩を抱える孤独な男女が共に生きていこうとする姿を描き出す。

妻に見限られて故郷・函館に戻った白岩は、職業訓練校に通いながら失業保険で生計を立て、訓練校とアパートを往復するだけの淡々とした毎日を送っていた。そんなある日、同じ訓練校に通う代島にキャバクラへ連れて行かれた白岩は、鳥の動きを真似する風変わりなホステス・聡と出会い、どこか危うさを抱える彼女に強く惹かれていく。

監督:山下敦弘 
出演:オダギリジョー、蒼井優、田村聡、松田翔太

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
overfence-movie.jp

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Title: The Honnouji Hotel 本能寺ホテル
Director: Masayuki Suzuki
Writer: Tomoko Aizawa
Stars: Haruka Ayase, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Gaku Hamada
Genre: Mystery/Comedy
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 120 min

Summary: Mayuko is a young woman at a crossroads; between jobs and engaged to the wrong guy, she decides to take a holiday in a quaint hotel in Kyoto’s historic quarter. The mysterious concierge leads her to an elevator which opens not on her floor but in the 16th century court of Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan’s most important historical figures, on the night before his final battle and overthrow. Should she help and change history? Can the wise Nobunaga help her through her own crisis?

This box-office hit mixes history, comedy, samurai action and features charismatic performances from some of Japan’s favourite stars.

綾瀬はるか、堤真一、鈴木雅之監督という「プリンセス トヨトミ」のメインキャスト&スタッフが再結集し、本能寺の変の前日にタイムスリップした現代女性が織田信長の命を救うべく奔走する姿を描いたオリジナルの歴史ミステリー。

勤務先の会社が倒産し、職を失った繭子は、恋人の恭一からプロポーズされ、周囲の後押しを受けて婚約を決意。恭一の両親の金婚式を祝うため京都を訪れるが、手違いによって予約していたホテルに泊まることができず、偶然たどり着いた路地裏の「本能寺ホテル」にチェックインする。すると彼女は、いつの間にか奇妙な寺の中に迷い込んでおり、そこは天下統一を目前にした名将・織田信長が滞在する1582年の本能寺だということが判明する。訳がわからないまま本能寺ホテルと安土桃山時代の本能寺を行き来し、信長や信長に使える小姓・森蘭丸と交流を深めていく繭子だったが……。

綾瀬がヒロインの繭子役を、堤が信長役を演じるほか、「ヒメアノ~ル」の濱田岳が蘭丸役で出演。(映画.comより)

監督:鈴木雅之
出演:綾瀬はるか、堤真一、濱田岳

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
www.honnoji-hotel.com

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Title: I am a Hero アイアムアヒーロー
Director: Shinsuke Sato
Writer: Akiko Nogi, based on the manga by Kengo Hanazawa
Stars: Yo Oizumi, Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa
Genre: Action Horror
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 127 min

花沢健吾の人気コミックを、『GANTZ』シリーズの佐藤信介監督が、大泉洋を主演に迎えて映画化したサバイバル・ホラー。

漫画家アシスタントの鈴木英雄(大泉洋)は35歳で平凡な毎日を送っている。そんなある日、英雄が家に帰ると彼の恋人が、人間を凶暴に変貌させるウイルスに感染して襲い掛かってくる。このウィルスによって人々はZQN(ゾキュン)という生命体に変貌を遂げ、街に溢れ出し日本中がパニックとなっているなか標高の高いところでは感染しないという情報を聞いた英雄は富士山に向かう。その道中で、女子高生・比呂美(有村架純)と元看護師・ヤブ(長澤まさみ)と出会った英雄は、彼女たちとともに生き残りをかけた壮絶なのサバイバルがはじまる。

監督:佐藤信介
出演:大泉洋、有村架純、長澤まさみ

In Japanese with English subtitles

CONTAINS SCENES OF GORY VIOLENCE

Summary: A mysterious virus called ZQN suddenly spreads throughout Japan causing widespread panic as victims assume superhuman strength and a zombie-like rage to kill. Cowardly manga artist Hideo and infected high school student Hiromi flee Tokyo, finding themselves at the base of Mount Fuji where they, a nurse named Yabu and a rag-tag crew of unarmed survivors (Hideo has the only gun!) must battle the zombie hordes.
Based on Kengo Hanazawa’s popular manga. Thrilling, often hilarious and bloody great fun.

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Title: What a Wonderful Family 家族はつらいよ
Director: Yoji Yamada
Writer: Yoji Yamada and Emiko Hiramatsu
Stars: Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Yui Natsukawa, Tomoko Nakajima, Hayashiya Shōzō IX, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Yū Aoi
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 108 min

Summary: In this fast-paced and whimsical comedy from the great Yoji Yamada (Twilight Samurai, The Little House, Nagasaki – Memories of my Son) marital strife visits Tokyo’s loving but mildly dysfunctional Hirata family.
Shuzo and Tomiko have been married for five decades but he still forgets her birthday every year. This year, as an after-thought, he offers to buy her a gift “as long as it is inexpensive.” Tomiko decides what she really wants is divorce! As family-wide panic sets in, their three adult children are forced to deal with their own relationship hang-ups and intergenerational miscommunication.
Wise, very funny and emotionally engaging, Yamada again proves one of Japan’s finest and most consistent filmmakers.

名匠・山田洋次監督が「男はつらいよ」シリーズ終了から約20年ぶりに手がけた喜劇。山田監督の「東京家族」で一家を演じた橋爪功、吉行和子、妻夫木聡、蒼井優ら8人のキャストが再結集して現代に生きる新たな一家に扮し、熟年夫婦の離婚騒動をめぐって織り成される人間模様を描く。結婚50年を目前に控えた平田夫妻。夫はもうすぐ誕生日を迎える妻にプレゼントを贈ろうと欲しいものを尋ねるが、その答えはなんと「離婚届」だった。突如として持ち上がった離婚話に、彼らの子どもたちは大慌て。すぐに家族会議が開かれることになるが、それぞれが抱えてきた不満が噴出してしまう。
(映画.comより)

監督:山田洋次
出演:橋爪功、吉行和子、西村雅彦、夏川結衣、中嶋朋子、林家正蔵、妻夫木聡、蒼井優

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
kazoku-tsuraiyo.jp

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Title: Danchi (The Projects) 団地
Director: Junji Sakamoto
Writer: Junji Sakamoto
Stars: Naomi Fujiyama, Ittoku Kishibe, Michiyo Okusu, Renji Ishibashi, Takumi Saito
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 103 min

Summary: Not separating your recyclables from kitchen waste? Your domestic spats keeping the neighbours awake? In the closely-knit environs of this typical Osaka housing project, there is little chance of hiding your personal business for the noisy neighbours. Hinako and Seiji, however, couldn’t care less. The old couple have just moved in following closure of their herbal medicine shop and are quietly rebuilding their lives after tragic loss. But when Seiji disappears, the apartment rumor mill churns: divorce, murder, dismemberment? As the story spins out of control, a mysterious man with a parasol puts in a tall order of natural remedies, and the truth turns out to be even more fantastic than gossip.

山下ヒナ子とその夫・清治は、とある事情で家業の漢方薬局を畳み、団地に引っ越してくる。そこには、自治会長の行徳と妻の君子、クレーマーで次期会長を狙う吉住に、暇を持て余した奥さま連中が暮らしていた。ある日、些細な出来事でヘソを曲げた清治が、「僕は死んだことにしてくれ」と床下に隠れてしまう。夫の姿が消えても淡々とパートに通い続けるヒナ子の言動に、隣人たちは妄想を膨らませる。さらに妙な立ち居振る舞いの青年・真城が山下家を訪ねてきて……。

監督:阪本順治 
出演:藤山直美、岸部一徳、大楠道代、石橋蓮司、斎藤工

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
danchi-movie.com

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Title: What's for Dinner, Mom? ママ、ごはんまだ?
Director: Mitsuhito Shiraha
Writer: Mitsuhito Shiraha, based on the essays by Tae Hitoto
Stars: Haruka Kinami, Izumi Kujimoto, Michiko Kawai
Genre: Drama
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 116 min

Summary: Two sisters Tae and Yo return home to their old house which is soon to be torn down. Clearing up the family mementos, Tae finds a red box full of recipes and letters written by their mother who died 20 years ago. In these recipes and letters, she finds out how her mother had struggled in her life due to relocation from Japan to Taiwan, the death of her Taiwanese husband, and a battle with cancer. Tae travels to Taiwan to trace her mother’s past, reminiscing about the dishes she made for the family.
Based on the essays by Tae Hitoto who was born and grew up in Taiwan and moved to Japan while a teenager, the film is a love-letter to mothers and great home cooking.

歌手・一青窈の実姉でもある一青妙のエッセイ「私の箱子」「ママ、ごはんまだ?」をベースに、台湾人の父と日本人の母の間に生まれた妙と、妹で歌手の窈の姉妹が、母が残したレシピを通じて、家族の絆を再確認するヒューマンドラマ。石川・中能登町の町制10周年記念事業作品として製作された。

家族4人で暮らした東京の家を取り壊す時に赤い木箱が見つかった。箱の中に入っていたのは、古い手紙と20年前に亡くなった母の台湾料理のレシピ帳だった。レシピ帳を手にした妙は、どんなにつらい時でも料理で家族や周囲の人たちを幸せな気持ちにしてくれた母の姿を思い起こす。やがて妙と妹の窈は、一青家ゆかりの地の中能登町にある母の墓前で母の小さな秘密を知り、ある思いに駆り立てられた妙は、家族のもう一つのふるさとである台湾へと向かう。妙役を木南晴夏、窈役を藤本泉、母役を河合美智子がそれぞれ演じ、主題歌を一青窈が歌う。監督は「能登の花ヨメ」の白羽弥仁。(映画.comより)

監督:白羽弥仁  出演:木南晴夏、藤本泉、河合美智子

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
www.mama-gohanmada.com

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Title: Shin Godzilla シン・ゴジラ
Director: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Writer: Hideaki Anno
Stars: Hiroki Hasegawa, Satomi Ishihara, Yutaka Takenouchi, Ren Ohsugi, Kengo Kora, Mikako Ichikawa, Jun Kunimura
Genre: Science Fiction
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 120 min

Summary: Winner of 7 Japanese Academy Awards including Best Film of the Year

Godzilla is back and bigger than ever! In the 29th film of the popular series a crack team of misfit scientists must confront insurmountable political and bureaucratic red tape to save Japan and its people from Godzilla, an indestructible 300 foot creature that can unhinge its jaws to unleash firestorms or cut skyscrapers in half with an intense heat beam. When the American military orders a nuclear attack on Tokyo to contain the beast, the deadly countdown is on…. Combining pointed social satire, an all-star cast and awesome effects, Shin Godzilla is truly a monster hit!

「ゴジラ FINAL WARS」(2004)以来12年ぶりに東宝が製作したオリジナルの「ゴジラ」映画。総監督・脚本は「ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版」の庵野秀明が務め、「のぼうの城」「進撃の巨人 ATTACK ON TITAN」の樋口真嗣が監督、同じく「のぼうの城」「進撃の巨人」などで特撮監督を務めた尾上克郎が准監督。14年のハリウッド版「GODZILLA ゴジラ」に登場したゴジラを上回る、体長118.5メートルという史上最大のゴジラをフルCGでスクリーンに描き出し、リピーターが続出するなど社会現象とも呼べる大ヒットを記録。

ある時、東京湾アクアトンネルで崩落事故が発生。首相官邸で開かれた緊急会議では、地震や海底火山の噴火など事故原因をめぐって議論が紛糾する。そんな中、内閣官房副長官の矢口蘭堂は、海底に正体不明の巨大生物が生息し、それが事故の原因ではないかと推測するが……。(映画.com)

監督:庵野秀明、樋口真嗣 
出演:長谷川博己、石原さとみ、竹野内豊、大杉漣、高良健吾、市川実日子、國村隼

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese): shin-godzilla.jp

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Title: Gukoroku - Trace of Sin 愚行録
Director: Kei Ishikawa
Writer: Kôsuke Mukai
Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hikari Mitsushima, Keisuke Koide, Asami Usuda, Yui Ichikawa
Genre: Mystery/Crime
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 120 min

Summary: In this intense psychological thriller, Tanaka is going through a tough time trying to support his younger sister Mitsuko, recently arrested and on hold in jail. An investigative reporter, he immerses himself in a story about a shocking murder case gone cold. The “perfect” family – successful businessman, beautiful wife and adorable child – were brutally murdered a year ago and the case remains unsolved.

Tanaka interviews their friends and acquaintances, and as stories of their true nature unfold, he begins to discover that the family was not as ideal as believed. The interviewees themselves unveil their own hidden natures, revealing a disturbing portrait of social elitism.

妻夫木聡と満島ひかりの共演で、第135回直木賞の候補になった貫井徳郎の小説「愚行録」を映画化。羨望や嫉妬、駆け引きなど、誰もが日常的に積み重ねている「愚行」が複雑に絡み合っていく様を描いたミステリーを描く。ロマン・ポランスキーらを輩出したポーランド国立映画大学で演出を学び、短編作品を中心に活動してきた石川慶監督がメガホンをとり、長編監督デビュー。

ある時、エリートサラリーマンの一家が殺害され、世間を震撼させる。犯人が見つからないまま1年が過ぎ、改めて事件を追おうと決意した週刊誌記者の田中は取材を始める。関係者へのインタビューを通して、被害者一家や証言者自身の思いがけない実像が明らかになっていき、事件の真相が浮かび上がってくる。主人公の田中役を妻夫木が演じ、田中の妹・光子を満島が演じる。(映画.comより)

監督:石川慶 
出演:妻夫木聡、満島ひかり、小出恵介、臼田あさ美、市川由衣

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese): gukoroku.jp

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Title: Survival Family サバイバルファミリー
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Writer: Shinobu Yaguchi
Stars: Fumiyo Kohinata, Eri Fukatsu, Yuki Izumisawa, Wakana Aoi
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 117 min

Summary: When an extended global electrical blackout occurs, the world grinds to a halt. Salaryman Yoshiyuki Suzuki decides to escape from Tokyo with his wife and two kids. Their hilarious and heartfelt journey teaches them independence and cooperation as the kids grow up and the parents learn the error of their rigid paternalistic ways. They must also face and array of challenges including furious rainstorms, rabid dogs and runaway poultry!

This feel-good family-friendly, disaster comedy – the latest for the director of Wood Job!, Swing Girls and Water Boys – is guaranteed to pleased.

「ウォーターボーイズ」「ハッピーフライト」の矢口史靖監督が、原因不明の電気消滅によって廃墟寸前となった東京から脱出した一家の奮闘をコミカルに描いたサバイバルドラマ。東京で暮らすごく平凡な一家、鈴木家。当たり前のように電化製品に囲まれた生活を送っていたある日、電気を必要とするあらゆるものがなぜか使えなくなり、東京は大混乱に陥ってしまう。交通機関や電話、ガス、水道まで完全にストップした生活に人々が困り果てる中、鈴木家の亭主関白な父・義之は、家族を連れて東京を脱出することを決意するが……。ベテラン俳優の小日向文世が父親役で主演を務め、母親役を深津絵里、息子役を「秘密 THE TOP SECRET」の泉澤祐希、娘役を「くちびるに歌を」の葵わかながそれぞれ演じる。(映画.comより)。

監督:矢口史靖 
出演:小日向文世、深津絵里、泉澤祐希、葵わかな

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
www.survivalfamily.jp

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Title: The Flower and The Sword 花戦さ
Director: Tetsuo Shinohara
Writer: Yoshiko Morishita, based on the novel by Tadashi Onitsuka
Stars: Mansai Nomura, Kiichi Nakai, Kamejiro Ichikawa, Koichi Sato, Kuranosuke Sasaki
Genre: Drama
Release Type: International Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 127 min

Summary: A battle fought with flowers rather than swords? In the late 16th century, Hideyoshi Toyotomi takes power as the warring Sengoku period draws to a close. Under the new shogun’s strict rule, the monk Senko Ikenobo tries to bring peace to the people through ikebana flower arrangement. He bonds with another monk and politician Rikyu, innovator of the Japanese tea ceremony. When Hideyoshi orders Rikyo to commit hara-kiri, Senko issues a challenge to the ruler.

Combining the most sophisticated elements of Japanese culture with political intrigue, history and a healthy dash of humour, The Flower and the Sword is something entirely unique and wholly entertaining!

狂言×歌舞伎×日本映画界のトップが競演する痛快時代劇エンタテインメント。原作は鬼塚忠氏の小説『花いくさ』。

織田信長が本能寺で倒れ、天下人が豊臣秀吉へと引き継がれた16世紀後半。戦乱の時代は終わりを告げようとしていたが、秀吉による圧政は次第に人々を苦しめていた。そんな中、町衆の先頭に立ち、秀吉に真っ向から戦いを挑んだ僧がいた。その名を池坊専好。華道池坊の歴史に名を連ねる花僧たちの中、ひときわ名手の誉れ高い専好が、天下人に対して武器としたのは、刃ではなく、命ある花の美しさだった―。

撮影には「華道家元池坊」が全面協力しており、さまざまな場面で美しい生け花が登場する。

監督:篠原哲雄 
出演:野村萬斎、市川猿之助、中井貴一、佐々木蔵之介 、佐藤浩市

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
hanaikusa.jp

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Title: Hirugao - Love Affair in The Afternoon 昼顔
Director: Hiroshi Nishitani
Writer: Yumiko Inoue
Stars: Aya Ueto, Takumi Saitô, Ayumi Ito, Hiroyuki Hirayama
Genre: Drama/Romance
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 125 min

Summary: The title Hirugao is derived from a recent Japanese expression heijitsu hirugao tsuma referring to housewives who conduct love affairs while their husbands are at work. The film also shares its Japanese title – and some themes – with Luis Buñuel’s classic Belle de Jour.

Three years ago Sawa lost everything – her family, friends and career – after an illicit affair with a married teacher, Yuichiro. The ostracism triggered by the incident drove her to move to another city under a different name. But fate brings the Sawa and Yuichiro together and their grand, tragic passion once again flairs. This heartbreaking romantic drama was a breakout role for Aya Ueto who delivers a passionate career-best central performance.

2014年7月期に放送され大評判となり、社会現象まで巻き起こした連続ドラマ『昼顔~平日午後3時の恋人たち~』。ドラマ版では、紗和と北野それぞれに夫、妻がいるにも関わらず、不倫関係に陥り、それが本気の恋愛に発展していく。そして、いつしかそれは明るみに出てしまい、弁護士も交えた示談のうえ、ふたりは別れざるを得なくなる。ドラマのクライマックスでは、紗和は夫と離婚し、独り身に。北野は、離婚しない意志を持つ妻とともに遠く離れた場所に引っ越した。映画版は、その3年後、遠く離れた海辺の町でふたりが出会ってしまうところから始まる。昨今の不倫断罪ブームが背景にあるのか、映画版では不倫される側の心情描写も多い。出逢ってはいけない二人に、どのような運命が待っているのか。

監督:西谷弘
出演:上戸彩、斎藤工、伊藤歩、平山浩行

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
hirugao.jp/

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Title: Finding Calico 先生と迷い猫
Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa
Writer: Hirotoshi Kobayashi
Stars: Issey Ogata, Shota Sometani, Kie Kitano, Pierre Taki, Masako Motai
Genre: Comedy Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 103 min

Summary: Kyoichi is a former professor living a solitary, cranky existence in a small seaside town following the death of his wife. Mii, a local stray cat she used to feed, continues to visit and stand in front of the butsudan (Buddhist altar). Kyoichi cannot stand this as it reminds him of his wife, but when Mii goes missing, he takes up the search, only to discover that he is not the only one trying to track the cat’s whereabouts. His journey helps him reconnect to the townspeople and come to terms with the loss of his beloved wife. A gentle, understated comedy-drama based on Chiaki Kizuki’s novel.

妻に先立たれ独り暮らしの森衣恭一は、元校長先生。カタブツで偏屈なため、近所で浮いた存在だ。訪ねてくるのは、亡き妻が餌を与えて可愛がっていた三毛猫のミイくらい。猫嫌いな先生は追い払うが、ミイは懲りずに毎日やってきて、妻の仏壇の前に座り続けていた。それがある日突然来なくなる。心配になり探しているうちに、他にもミイを可愛がり救われていた人たちに出会う。やがて頑なだった先生の心も変わってゆく。必死でミイを探していた校長先生に、小さな奇跡が起きる。

監督:深川栄洋 
出演:イッセー尾形、染谷将太、北乃きい、ピエール瀧、もたいまさこ

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
http://www.sensei-neko.com/

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Title: In This Corner of The World この世界の片隅に
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Writer: Sunao Katabuchi, based on the manga by Fumiyo Kōno
Stars (voices): Non, Daisuke Ono, Yoshimasa Hosoya
Genre: Animation
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 126 min

Summary: Based on Fumiyo Kono’s award-winning manga, this heartbreaking tale follows a young girl named Suzu who, in 1944, moves to the small town of Kure to marry a young clerk from the local naval base.

Through tough wartime conditions she cooks and cares for her family until the intense bombings finally reach Kure with devastating effect. Suzu’s life is shattered but through perseverance and courage she manages to continue to live life to the fullest.

This beautiful yet a tragic tale was the winner of the Hiroshima International Film Festival. It shows that even in the face of adversity and loss people can come together and rebuild their lives. An indelible, dream-like masterpiece.

第2次世界大戦下の広島・呉を舞台に、大切なものを失いながらも前向きに生きようとするヒロインと、彼女を取り巻く人々の日常を生き生きと描く。

昭和19年、故郷の広島市江波から20キロ離れた呉に18歳で嫁いできた女性すずは、戦争によって様々なものが欠乏する中で、家族の毎日の食卓を作るために工夫を凝らしていた。しかし戦争が進むにつれ、日本海軍の拠点である呉は空襲の標的となり、すずの身近なものも次々と失われていく。それでもなお、前を向いて日々の暮らしを営み続けるすずだったが……。

監督:片渕須直  
声の出演: のん、細谷佳正、稲葉菜月、尾身美詞、小野大輔

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese): konosekai.jp

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Title: Mumon - The Land of Stealth 忍びの国
Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura
Writer: Ryo Wada, based on his novel
Stars: Satoshi Ohno, Satomi Ishihara, Ryohei Suzuki, Yuri Chinen, Yuna Taira, Jun Kunimura, Yusuke Iseya
Genre: Action
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 125 min

Summary: A spectacular Ninja vs. Samurai battle epic based on Ryo Wada’s popular novel Shinobi no Kuni.

Warlord Nobunaga Oda’s campaign to pacify and unify the Japan under his rule faces one terrifying obstacle, the ninja stealth warriors of Iga Province. When Mumon, Iga’s deadliest warrior – and the laziest according his wife – kills a ninja from a rival family for a reward, his actions trigger a deadly war between Nobunaga’s army and the ninja of the Iga Province. The resulting battle explodes with political intrigue, violent action and questions of morality.

Full of spectacular swordplay, playful humour and gorgeous photography.

「のぼうの城」の和田竜の原作小説を『嵐』の大野智主演で映画化する戦国エンターテインメント大作。「殿、利息でござる!」の中村義洋が監督を務め、史実をベースに織田軍と伊賀・忍び軍団の合戦をダイナックに描く。戦国時代、忍びの国として名高い伊賀。超人的な戦闘能力を誇り、虎狼の族と呼ばれる伊賀忍者の中でも特に腕の立つという無門は、怠惰な日々を過ごしては妻・お国に稼ぎのなさを叱責されていた。ある日、織田信長の次男信雄が父ですら手出しするのを恐れていた伊賀への侵攻を、独断で開始する。無門に弟を殺されて伊賀への復讐を果たそうとする下山平兵衛、伊賀の重鎮百地三太夫や下山甲斐をはじめとする忍者たちの思惑や野望も入り乱れる戦いに、いつしか無門ものみ込まれていくが……

監督:中村義洋
出演:大野智、石原さとみ、鈴木亮平、知念侑李、國村隼、伊勢谷友介市

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in jJapanese):
www.shinobinokuni.jp

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Title: Chihayafuru Part II ちはやふる 下の句
Director: Norihiro Koizumi
Writer: Norihiro Koizumi; based on the manga by Yuki Suetsugu
Stars: Suzu Hirose, Mone Kamishiraishi, Shuhei Nomura
Genre: Drama/Romance
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 103 min

Summary: Following the thrilling Tokyo karuta tournament, Chihaya’s team challenges the national championship. However, Chihaya is soon devastated when she learns that long-lost childhood best friend Arata has quit karuta, crushing her dream of reuniting at the national tournament.

Chihaya channels her energy into training with her friends, but competition at national level is steep, and the opponents even stronger. When she learns about fellow high schooler Shinobu Wakamiya, the Queen of karuta, her determination turns into desperation and alienates her friends. Taichi tries to bring their dejected friend back to her senses but Chihaya is completely thrown off balance. Will she regain confidence in time to lead the team at nationals?

The exciting and heartfelt conclusion to one of the Japanese most popular films of the year!

広瀬すず主演で末次由紀の大ヒットコミックを実写映画化した「ちはやふる」2部作の後編。主人公・綾瀬千早と幼なじみの真島太一、綿谷新の3人を中心に、それぞれの思いを胸に競技かるたに打ち込み、全国大会を目指す高校生たちの青春を描く。

キャストには、千早役の広瀬のほか、太一役に野村周平、新役に真剣佑とフレッシュな若手が集結。千早や太一と同じ瑞沢高校競技かるた部の仲間で、上白石萌音、森永悠希、矢本悠馬、競技かるた界の強豪で清水尋也、松岡茉優らが共演している。  

監督:小泉徳宏
出演:出演:広瀬すず、野村周平、真剣佑、上白石萌音

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese): chihayafuru-movie.com

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Title: Midnight Diner Part II 続・深夜食堂
Director: Joji Matsuoka
Writer: Katsuhiko Manabe, Kensaku Kojima and Joji Matsuoka, based on the manga by Yaro Abe
Stars: Kaoru Kobayashi, Joe Odagiri, Kimiko Yo, Mikako Tabe, Aoba Kawai, Koichi Sato, Midoriko Kimura, Sosuke Ikemastu, Misako Watanabe
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 108 min

Summary: We are back at Meishi-ya where again the “master” deals with clients looking for good food and solutions to their problems; A stressed-out literary editor who always dresses in mourning attire meets a handsome stranger at the funeral of her most difficult client, but unseen complications ensue. Meanwhile Seiko, owner of the soba noodle restaurant across the street is pushing her reluctant son to take over the business. She then discovers he and one of her favourite customers are in love! When swindlers try to con a senior out of her life savings the Meishi-ya customers jump in to try to help.

路地裏にたたずむ深夜営業の小さな食堂「めしや」を舞台に、個性豊かな客たちが織り成す悲喜こもごもを描く。「めしや」に喪服姿の常連客が次々と訪れる中、同じく喪服を来た範子がやって来る。彼女は喪服を着ることがストレス発散になるという変わった趣味の持ち主だったが、本当の通夜の席で出会った喪服の似合う渋い中年男性に惹かれていく。一方、近所にあるそば屋の息子・清太は、なかなか子離れしてくれない母親・聖子に、年上の恋人さおりとの結婚を言い出せずにいた。また、お金に困った息子に頼まれて九州からやって来た夕起子は、息子の同僚を名乗る男性に大金を渡してしまう。騙されたのではと心配する常連客たちに、夕起子の義弟が彼女の身の上について話しはじめる。
(映画.com)

監督:松岡錠司 
出演:小林薫、オダギリジョー、余貴美子、多部未華子、河井青葉、佐藤浩市、池松壮亮、キムラ緑子、渡辺美佐子

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
www.meshiya-movie.com

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Title: Hirune Hime - Ancien and the Magic Tablet ひるね姫 知らないワタシの物語
Director: Kenji Kamiyama
Writer: Kenji Kamiyama
Stars (voices): Mitsuki Takahata, Yosuke Eguchi, Arata Furuta, Rie Kugimiya
Genre: Animation
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 110 min

Summary: Kokone should be diligently working on her college entrance exams but she simply cannot seem to keep awake. In the days before Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games, her father is suddenly and mysteriously arrested and it becomes clear that her family is harboring some big secrets. But the key to solving the mystery can only be found in Kokone’s dreams where she soon encounters strange and exciting adventures. Kenji Kamiyama’s deliriously beautiful and imaginative film ties mind-bending fantasy with a heartwarming story of the love between parents and their child.

「攻殻機動隊S.A.C.」「東のエデン」の神山健治監督によるオリジナルの長編劇場アニメーション。

東京でオリンピックが開催される2020年、岡山県を舞台に、居眠りばかりしている女子高生・森川ココネが、いつも見る不思議な夢を通して家族の秘密に迫っていく姿を描く。東京オリンピックの開幕が目前に迫った夏。岡山県倉敷市・児島で、車の改造ばかりしている父親と2人で暮らす女子高生のココネ。最近は常に眠気に襲われ、家や学校でも居眠りばかり。さらに、寝ると決まって同じ夢をばかり見ていた。そんなある日、父親が突然、警察に逮捕され、東京へ連行されてしまう。ココネは父がなぜ逮捕されたのか、その謎を解くため、幼なじみの大学生モリオを連れて東京へ向かう。そして、その過程でいつも見る自分の夢の中に、まだ知らない両親の秘密があることを知る。

劇場アニメの声優は初めてとなる高畑充希がココネ役を務め、ココネ名義で主題歌も担当。そのほか江口洋介、満島真之介、高橋英樹らが声優出演。 (映画.comより)

監督:神山健治 
声の出演:高畑充希、満島真之介、古田新太、高橋英樹、江口洋介

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese): wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/hirunehime/

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Title: Anne of The Green Gables 赤毛のアン
Director: John Kent Harrison
Writer: Susan Coyne, based on the novel by L.M. Montgomery
Stars: Ella Ballentine, Martin Sheen, Sara Botsford, and Julia Lalonde
Genre: Drama/Family
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 90 min

Summary: Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved character Anne Shirley has long been the face of Canada to many young Japanese to whom is known as Akage no An (Ann with the Red Hair). It is fitting then, that we bring you the fully Japanese-dubbed version – with English subtitles – of John Kent Harrison’s most recent interpretation the tale as a part of the Toronto Japanese Film Festival’s summer screening series.

Anne, 11-year-old orphan girl is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. The story recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.

The Canadian production has recently opened to critic and audience acclaim in Japan and stars Ella Ballentine as Anne, Martin Sheen, Sara Botsford, and Julia Lalonde.

世界中の人々に愛されているL・M・モンゴメリーの「赤毛のアン」を、作者の孫娘ケイト・マクドナルド・バトラーの製作総指揮で映画化したドラマ。カナダの豊かな自然を背景に、老きょうだいの家に引き取られた個性的なヒロインの喜怒哀楽を描写する。アンを『ザ・モンスター』などのエラ・バレンタインが演じ、『地獄の黙示録』などの名優マーティン・シーンらが脇を固める。四季折々の風景と共に描かれる心温まる物語が胸に染みる。ある日、年老いた兄マシュウと妹マリラが暮らすカナダのプリンス・エドワード島の家に、アンがやって来る。彼らは手違いで来たアンに困惑するものの、次第に元気なアンの愉快な話に引き込まれるようになり。。。

監督:ジョン・ケント・ハリソン 
出演:エラ・バレンタイン、マーティン・シーン、サラ・ボッツフォード

Japanese dialogue with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
anne-movie.jp

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Film Archive – Lineup 2016

 

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OPENING NIGHT SCREENING

Title: Nagasaki – Memories of My Son 母と暮せば
Director: Yoji Yamada
Writer: Yoji Yamada and Emiko Hiramatsu
Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Kazunari Ninomiya, Haru Kuroki, Tadanobu Asano
Genre: Drama
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 130 min

Summary: On August 9th, 1948, Nobuko, a midwife in Nagasaki, stands before the grave of the son Koji who she lost when the atomic bomb was dropped 3 years earlier. She tells herself: “In that instant, he was gone. It’s time to let him go…” Returning home she is stunned to find Koji waiting for her. His ghostly visits continue and they reminisce over happy times and gradually Nobuko comes to term with her loss.

Meanwhile she watches over Koji’s girlfriend Machiko as her life too progresses beyond grief. The film, a homage to the late author Hisashi Inoue, is a heartbreakingly beautiful study of war, love and family. Nominated for 12 Japanese Academy Awards including Best Film and the top acting awards; one of the Top Ten films for the Year by Kinema Jumpo. Featuring a haunting score by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

「父と暮せば」などの戯曲で有名な井上ひさしの遺志を名匠山田洋次監督が受け継ぎ、原爆で亡くなった家族が亡霊となって舞い戻る姿を描く人間ドラマ1945年8月9日、長崎に原子爆弾が投下された。それからちょうど3年後。助産師として働く伸子のもとに、原爆により死んだはずの息子・浩二がひょっこりと現れる。それからというもの浩二は度々姿を現し、伸子と思い出話や浩二の恋人・町子についてなどいろんな話をしていくが…。

監督:山田洋次  
出演:吉永小百合、二宮和也、黒木華、浅野忠信

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Official Website:
http://hahatokuraseba.jp/

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Title: The Magnificent Nine 殿利息でござる
Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura
Writer: Yoshihiro Nakamura and Kenichi Suzuki, based on a novel by Michifumi Isoda
Stars: Sadao Abe, Eita, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Yuko Takeuchi , Ryuhei Matsuda, Yuzuru Hanyu, Gaku Hamada, Karen Iwata, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: International Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 120 min

Summary: An all-star cast leads Yoshihiro Nakamura’s comedy adaptation of a story from the novel Mushi no Nihonjin by Michifumi Isoda. In the 18th century the residents a poor town lead a miserable existence: mired in poverty, forced into manual labour and heavily in tax debt to their feudal lord. Nine townspeople, led by Juzaburo, cook up with a cunning financial scheme to turn around their fortunes. They will sell everything they own, anonymously lend large amounts of money back to the samurai estates, then distribute the resulting interest to the villagers. But the plan is not without its risks: if they are discovered, they will lose their heads – literally.

江戸時代、仙台藩吉岡宿の百姓や町人たちは重い年貢の取立てに加え伝馬役という大変な課役も追い、破産・夜逃げが相次ぐ。さびれていく町の将来を案じる十三郎は知恵者の篤平治と手を組み、復興への秘策を打ち立てる。その策とは藩に大金を貸し付け利息を巻き上げるという、逆転の発想であった。計画がばれてしまえば打ち首確定の中、お奉行の嫌がらせを乗り越え、必死の節約を重ね、町のために私財投げ売り、千両=三億円の大金を集めようとする。この絶体絶命の大ピンチに、彼らは村を救えるのか!?磯田道史著の実話を基にした「無私の日本人」を原作に、中村義洋監督がユーモアに映画化。

監督:中村義洋
出演: 阿部サダヲ、瑛太、妻夫木聡、竹内結子、松田龍平、岩田華怜、羽生結弦、濱田岳、山崎努

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://www.tono-gozaru.jp/

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CENTREPIECE SCREENING
Title: Persona Non Grata 杉原千畝
Director: Cellin Gluck
Writer: Tetsuro Kamata and Hiromichi Matsuo
Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Koyuki, Gaku Hamada, Borys Szyc, Agnieszka Grochowska
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 139 min

Summary: Chiune Sugihara is known as the “Schindler of Japan” for saving 6,000 Jewish people from the Holocaust. Diplomat Sugihara, a master of Russian language and intelligence, hopes to be posted in the Soviet Union but is sent to Lithuania instead. In 1939, Germany invades Poland and masses of Jewish refugees oppressed by the Nazis turn to Sugihara for visas. With no approval from the Japanese government, Sugihara decides to start issuing transit visas to the refugees, putting himself and his family in grave danger. This Japanese–Polish co-production is an epic telling of a powerful but little-known story of the Second World War.

第2次世界大戦時、ナチスに迫害されたユダヤ難民に日本政府からの了承がないまま日本通過ビザを発給。およそ6000人もの命を救い「日本のシンドラー」とも呼ばれた杉原千畝の知られざる信念や信条を描いたドラマ。堪能な語学力と情報網を武器に謀報外交員として世界各国で謀報に関わっていた杉原は外務省よりリトアニア・カウナスにある日本領事館での勤務を命じられる。やがてナチスドイツがポーランドに侵攻し第二次世界大戦が勃発。

監督:チェリン・グラック
出演:唐沢寿明、小雪、濱田岳、ボリス・シッツ、アグニエシュカ・グロホウスカ

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://www.sugihara-chiune.jp/

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Title: Nobunaga Concerto 信長協奏曲
Writer: Masashi Nishida, based on the manga by Ayumi Ishii
Stars: Shun Oguri, Kou Shibasaki, Takayuki Yamada, Kiko Mizuhara, Osamu Mukai, Taisuke Fujigaya, Masahiro Takashima, Gaku Hamada
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: International Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 126 min

Summary: The film that beat Star Wars at the Japanese box-office, this adaptation of the mega-hit manga and television series asks the question: “What if one of Japan’s most important historical figures was in fact a time traveling teen from the present?”

Saburo – an athletic but academically unmotivated high school student – mysteriously time slips to the Sengoku period of 1549. There he meets the great Nobunaga Oda who – physically weakened but bearing a striking resemblance to Saburo – asks him to take his place and bring peace to Japan. The film drops us into a story already well underway: the completion of Azuchi Castle and the unification of the country are close. At the same time Saburo happens upon a textbook and learns that Nobunaga Oda is fated to die in the near future. Threatened by sinister plots and assassination attempts he struggles to avoid

2014年10月から12月に放送され人気を博した、石井あゆみの漫画原作のテレビドラマの劇場版。戦国時代にタイムスリップした歴史音痴な高校生サブローは、自分と顔がそっくりの織田信長と遭遇する。武将の座を投げ出したいと考えていた信長と入れ替わったサブローは、知らず知らずのうちに歴史通りに成し遂げていく。明智光秀を名乗って生きる信長は、皆に慕われるサブローに嫉妬し、憎しみを抱くように。やがて信長は、本能寺で帰蝶との結婚式を挙げるサブローを亡き者にしようとするが…。迫力満点の合戦シーンに加え、武将たちの絆や思惑が交錯する熱いドラマも必見。

監督:松山博昭
出演:小栗旬、柴咲コウ、山田孝之、水原希子、向井理、藤ヶ谷太輔、高嶋政宏、濱田岳

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://nobunaga-concerto-movie.com/

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Title: Bitter Honey 蜜のあわれ
Director: Gakuryu Ishii
Writer: Murō Saisei
Stars: Ren Osugi, Fumi Nikaido, Yoko Maki, Kengo Kora, and Masatoshi Nagase
Genre: Drama
Release Type: International Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 105 min

Summary: Playfully surrealistic and gorgeously photographed, this sensual literary fantasy is based on poet and novelist Saisei Muro’s 1959 masterpiece. The great poet and voluptuary – informed of approaching death by his doctor – experiences a final great firing of the imagination. He is visited by a manic pixie girl – actually a goldfish in human form – who vies for his romantic attention. Her rivals are the ghost of his past lover and a young war widow. This gleefully opaque but never-the-less engaging and breathtakingly beautiful contemplation on sex, death and literature, is like nothing you have ever seen.

老境の作家と暮らす愛くるしい魅力が詰まった少女・赤子は、作家をおじさまと呼び、きわどいやり取りや、夜は身を密着させ眠る二人。ほかの人間にはわからないものの、赤子は普通の女とどこか違っていた。彼女の正体は、人間の姿に変貌する、真っ赤な金魚だった。そんな赤子の前に、ある日、老作家への愛を募らせた幽霊・ゆり子が現れる。作家の友人・芥川龍之介や金魚売りの男が3人の行く先を見守る中、事件が起きる。

監督:石井岳龍
出演:大杉漣、 二階堂ふみ、真木よう子、高良健吾、 永瀬正敏

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://mitsunoaware.com/

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ADMITTANCE RESTRICTED TO 18+

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Kainan 1890  海難 1890
Director: Mitsutoshi Tanaka
Writer: Eriko Komatsu
Stars: Seiyo Uchino, Shiori Kutsuna, Naoto Takenaka, Kenan Ece, Alican Yucesoy
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 132 min

Summary: This blockbuster Japanese-Turkish production was nominated for Japanese Academy Awards in 9 categories including Best Film, Best Director and Best Male and Female Performances. The film links two significant historical moments in the relations between these two countries: the wrecking of the Ottoman frigate Ertuğrul off the Japanese coast in 1890 where more than five hundred sailors were drowned with the survivors being salvaged through the extraordinary efforts of Japanese locals; and the rescue of 215 Japanese nationals from Tehran by a Turkish Airlines team during the Iraq-Iran War in 1985. A moving tale of international friendship featuring an international all-star cast, gripping intrigue and spectacular effects.

和歌山県沖で台風に遭遇し沈没したトルコ軍艦の乗組員たちを村人たちが救った1890年のエルトゥールル号海難事故と、イラン・イラク戦争でイランに取り残された日本人たちの救出にトルコ人たちが尽力した1985年のテヘラン邦人救出劇。日本とトルコの絆を深めた2つの事件を通して、人が人を思う気持ちの大切さを描く。日本トルコ友好125周年を迎えた2015年、両国の絆の物語を映画化。

監督:田中光敏
出演:内野聖陽、忽那汐里、竹中直人、ケナン・エジェ、アリジャン・ユジェソイ

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: www.kainan1890.jp/en

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Title: The Emperor in August 日本の一番長い日
Director: Masato Harada
Writer: Shinobu Hashimoto, based on the novel by Kazutoshi Hando
Stars: Koji Yakusho, Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Tori Matsuzaka
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 135 min

Summary: Masato Harada’s (Kakekomi, Chronicle of My Mother) powerful political drama tells the little known story of Japan’s surrender in the Pacific War.

It is August 1945 and Japan debates whether to end the war and open up peace negotiations through the Potsdam Declaration. Atomic weapons strike Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The War Council, established on behalf of the Emperor, assigns popular military general Anami as Minister of the Army. However, Anami has a seemingly impossible task ahead: reconciling his desire to see his nation’s sovereignty preserved and the military’s resistance to accepting defeat with his Emperor’s wish for peace.

戦局が厳しさを増す中1945年7月、日本に無条件降伏を求めるポツダム宣言が発表される。それを国民に伝えた玉音放送が敢行されるまでの陸軍大臣、天皇陛下、総理大臣など閣議に参加した人々とクーデターを企む青年将校たちの姿を描いた、半藤一利のノンフィクション小説をもとにした歴史ドラマ大作。「駆込み女と駆出し男」「クライマーズ・ハイ」「わが母の記」の人間ドラマに定評のある原田眞人監督が映画化。

監督:原田眞人
出演:役所広司、本木雅弘、山崎努、堤真一、松坂桃李

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
http://nihon-ichi.jp/

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Title: Sing My Life あやしい彼女
Director: Nobuo Mizuta
Writer: Tomoko Yoshizawa
Stars: Mikako Tabe, Mitsuko Basho, Satomi Kobayashi, Jun Kaname , Takumi Kitamura
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: International Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 125 min

Summary: Nobuo Mizuta’s charming remake of the Hwang Dong-hyuk’s Korean box office smash tells the story of Katsu, a cantankerous and sharp-tongued 73 year-old woman who feels she missed out on life because she had to raise her daughter alone. Entering a mysterious photo studio she finds that in a flash (literally) she is reborn in the body of a 20 year―old girl. The opportunities to pursue her lifelong dream to become a singer and to repair her relationship with the daughter are too much to resist. A heartfelt fantasy film full of comedy, drama, family and song.

東京の下町。毒舌で頑固なトラブルメーカーなおばあちゃん瀬山カツ。ふと立ち寄った写真館で写真を撮れば二十歳に若返り!?髪型、服装、名前まで一新したカツは失われた青春時代を取り戻すべく、新しい生活をスタートさせる。そこに待ち受けていたのは・・・?韓国と中国でヒットを記録した同名作をリメイク。「舞子Haaaan!!!」や「謝罪の王様」などコメディを得意とする水田伸生監督が監督を務める。ヒロインが二十歳のときを多部未華子、変身前の姿を倍賞美津子が演じる。多部による60年代、70年代のヒット曲の熱唱は、この作品の見所の一つでもある。

監督:水田伸生
出演:多部未華子、倍賞美津子、小林聡美、要潤、北村匠海

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://ayakano.jp/

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Title: Hana’s Miso Soup はなちゃんのみそ汁
Director: Tomoaki Akune
Writer: Tomoaki Akune based on a book written by Shingo, Chie, and Hana Yasutake
Stars: Ryoko Hirose, Kenichi Takito, Yo Hitoto, Emina Akamatsu
Genre: Drama
Release Type: North American Premiere
Year of Release: 2016
Film Length: 118 min

Summary: Chie, a young woman just out of college, is diagnosed with cancer soon after her engagement. Undeterred, and with an understanding that the cancer treatment will leave her unable to bear children, her marriage begins on a happy note. Out of the blue, a miracle occurs and Chie discovers she is pregnant. But her decision to keep the baby comes with a high risk for cancer to return. After consulting with a country doctor, she adopts a lifestyle based on a diet to traditional Japanese foods to keep her body healthy. Knowing that her time with her daughter will be short, Chie caringly passes along lessons learned to prepare her child for life without her.

がんに侵され余命わずかな母親が幼い娘にみそ汁作りを通して愛情と生きる力を伝える、実話をもとに映画化された。25歳という若さで乳がんと診断された安武千恵は苦しい治療を乗り越え結婚、そして奇跡的に授かった娘はなのためにも元気に生きたいと願うが、ほどなくしてがんが再発。生き続けたいと願う一方、もし自分が死んでも娘が困らないように「自分で生きる力を遺(のこ)したい」と、4歳になった娘にみそ汁作りを教え始める。

監督:阿久根知昭 
出演:広末涼子、滝藤賢一、一青窈、赤松えみな

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://hanamiso.com/

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Title: The Inerasable 残穢-住んではいけない部屋-
Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura
Writer: Kenichi Suzuki, based on a novel by Fuyumi Ono
Stars: Yuko Takeuchi, Ai Hashimoto, Kuranosuke Sasaki
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 107 min

Summary: An enthralling mystery-thriller is based on the novel by Fuyumi Ono. A young women begins to hear strange, unnerving noises in her apartment. She contacts a novelist specializing in ghost stories and together gather they investigate the history of the apartment building. They discover that previous tenants have all been driven to suicide and even murder after moving out. Their investigation leads to shocking truths about happenings many decades before.

小説家である“私”のもとに、読者の久保という女子大生から、住んでいる部屋で奇妙な音がする、と記された手紙が届く。好奇心から彼女とともに調査に乗り出したところ、かつて住んでいた人々がこのマンションから引っ越していった後、自殺や心中、殺人といった事件を引き起こしていたことがわかる。やがて恐ろしい真相にたどり着いた二人もまた事件に巻き込まれてしまう…。

監督:中村義洋 
出演:竹内結子、橋本 愛、佐々木蔵之介

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
http://zang-e.jp/

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Title:Parasyte 寄生獣
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Writer: Ryota Kosawa, based on the managa by Iwaaki Hitoshi
Stars: Shota Sometani, Eri Fukatsu, Sadao Abe, Ai Hashimoto, Masahiro Higashide, Nao Omori, Kazuki Kitamura, Tadanobu Asano
Genre: Horror / Sci-Fi
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 109 min

Summary: In this hit adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s popular manga series, humankind is threatened with extinction by an alien invasion of cannibalistic parasites. The creatures penetrate the body through the ears or nose and live off the brain. With human form they live among us, plotting murder and destruction. When high school student Shinichi is attacked, he is able to fight off the parasite before it takes over his brain but not before his right hand is inhabited. He and the parasite, nicknamed Migi (Righty) develop an unusual friendship and together try to save the human race. The new film from the director of The Eternal Zero is a big-budget sci-fi thriller with a healthy dose of humour, an all-star cast and some mind-blowing special effects.

岩明均原作の大人気コミック「奇生獣」を染谷将太主演で映画化。普通の高校生・新一は右手を寄生生物−パラサイト−によって、突然食べられてしまう。パラサイトは人間の脳を食し、その身体に寄生する生物であった。新一の右手を襲ったパラサイト・ミギーは彼の脳を奪い損ね、右手にのみ寄生する特殊な例であった。新一とミギーの不思議な共同生活が始まると同時に、パラサイト達が人間世界を浸食し始める。彼らは人間達を守れるのか・・・?「ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日」シリーズ、「永遠の0」などの山崎貴監督がメガホンをとる。

監督:山崎貴 
出演:染谷将太、深津絵里、阿部サダヲ、橋本愛、東出昌大、大森南朋、北村一輝、浅野忠信

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Title: Being Good きみはいい子
Director: Mipo O
Writer: Ryo Takada, based on the novel by Hatsue Nakawaki
Stars: Kengo Kora, Machiko Ono, Michie Kita, Chizuru Ikewaki
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 121 min

Summary: Award-winning director Mipo O’s (The Sun Shine Only There) moving and unforgettable contemplation on child raising and compassion. Okano, a primary school teacher, struggles with how to handle problems such as angry parents, bullying and domestic violence and tries to extend a helping hand to his affected students. Masami is a mother who cannot stop herself from hurting her own three-year-old daughter. Akiko, living alone and suffering from dementia, finds comfort in communicating with a handicapped boy. Circumstance brings their 3 lives together. One of the finest Japanese films of 2015.

幼児虐待や学級崩壊といった問題を通して愛について描いた中脇初枝の小説を基に、「そこのみにて光輝く」などの呉美保監督が映画化したヒューマンドラマ。学級崩壊をさせてしまう新米教師、親からの虐待を受け自身も子供を虐待する母親、家族を失い一人で暮らす老人といった老若男女が、現実と葛藤しながらも生きていく姿を映す。

監督:呉美保
出演:高良健吾、尾野真千子、喜多道枝、池脇千鶴

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
http://iiko-movie.com/

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Title: Rurouni Kenshin – Kyoto Inferno るろうに剣心 京都大火編
Director: Keishi Ōtomo
Writer: based on the manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Stars: Takeru Sato, Emi Takei, Yosuke Eguchi, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Munetaka Aoki
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 135 min

Summary: Kenshin Himura, a legendary swordsman in the wars accompanying the turbulent fall of Japan’s Shogunate in the 19th century, now lives peacefully with his companions Kaoru, Sanosuke, Megumi and Yahiko. Summoned by leaders of the new Meiji government he finds his successor Shishio has turned and is now a terribly disfigured maniac with a private army of bloodthirsty mercenaries planning the destruction of Japan from his base in Kyoto. Kenshin is the only warrior with the fighting skill to defeat Shishio and so he sets off to confront this crazed and fearsome enemy. Huge in scale and gorgeous visuals, filled with spectacular jidaigeki action and featuring a who’s-who of Japan’s most popular young stars, the new Rurouni film is a treat for fans of both samurai action and Japanese pop culture.

和月伸宏の人気コミックを佐藤健主演&大友啓史監督で実写映画化した「るろうに剣心」(2012)の続編で、原作で人気の高いエピソード「京都編」を描いた2部作の前編。かつては「人斬り抜刀斎」と恐れられた緋村剣心は、新時代の訪れとともに穏やかな生活を送っていた。しかし、剣心の後継者として「影の人斬り役」を引き継いだ志々雄真実が、全身に大火傷を負わせた明治政府へ復讐を企てていると知った剣心は、逆刃刀を手にとり、単身で志々雄のいる京都へ向かう。

監督:大友啓史
出演:佐藤健、武井咲、江口洋介、藤原竜也、青木崇高

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Title: Rurouni Kenshin – The Legend Ends るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編
Director: Keishi Ōtomo
Writer: based on the manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Stars: Yuko Takeuchi, Ai Hashimoto, Kuranosuke Sasaki
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 134 min

Summary: Kenshin Himura, a legendary swordsman in the wars accompanying the turbulent fall of Japan’s Shogunate in the 19th century, now lives peacefully with his companions Kaoru, Sanosuke, Megumi and Yahiko. Summoned by leaders of the new Meiji government he finds his successor Shishio has turned and is now a terribly disfigured maniac with a private army of bloodthirsty mercenaries planning the destruction of Japan from his base in Kyoto. Kenshin is the only warrior with the fighting skill to defeat Shishio and so he sets off to confront this crazed and fearsome enemy. Huge in scale and gorgeous visuals, filled with spectacular jidaigeki action and featuring a who’s-who of Japan’s most popular young stars, the new Rurouni film is a treat for fans of both samurai action and Japanese pop culture.

和月伸宏の人気コミックを佐藤健主演&大友啓史監督で実写映画化した「るろうに剣心」(2012)の続編で、原作で人気の高いエピソード「京都編」を描いた2部作の前編。かつては「人斬り抜刀斎」と恐れられた緋村剣心は、新時代の訪れとともに穏やかな生活を送っていた。しかし、剣心の後継者として「影の人斬り役」を引き継いだ志々雄真実が、全身に大火傷を負わせた明治政府へ復讐を企てていると知った剣心は、逆刃刀を手にとり、単身で志々雄のいる京都へ向かう。

監督:大友啓史
出演:佐藤健、武井咲、江口洋介、藤原竜也、青木崇高

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Title: Sailor Suit and Machine Gun – Graduation セーラー服と機関銃 – 卒業
Director: Koji Maeda
Writer: Based on the novel by Jirō Akagawa and Shinobu Yaguchi
Stars: Kanna Hashimoto, Hiroki Hasegawa, Kanji Furutachi, Shingo Tsurumi, Takaaki Enoki
Genre: Action Drama
Release Type: International Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 118 min

Summary: High school student and yakuza mob boss Izumi Hoshi (J-pop star Kanna Hashimoto) attempts to resume ordinary student life after wreaking bloody revenge on the people who murdered her yakuza boss father. When a classmate dies under suspicious drug-related circumstances, Izumi must once again adopt the mantle of boss and train her deadly machine gun on a cadre of outlandish madmen, rival mobsters and corrupt politicians. Blood-soaked, tongue-in-cheek B-movie madness and a “spiritual sequel” to Hiroko Yakushimaru’s cult 1981 yakuza satire. Based on the novel by Jiro Akagawa.ancient Rome is in turmoil as Emperor Hadrian, – a lover of baths rather than battle – faces a group of senators with expansionary ambitions who are plotting against him.

赤川次郎原作「セーラー服と機関銃」の続編を、「夫婦フーフー日記」などを手掛けた若手監督前田弘二が実写化した異色の青春ムービー。組員が4人しかいない目高組の組長の過去を持つ18歳の女子高校生の星泉。組を解散した後、「メダカカフェ」を切り盛りしながら普通の女子高生として平穏な毎日を過ごしていた。そんなある日、ニセモデル詐欺に巻き込まれた友達の相談から、泉の周辺には、ふたたび不穏空気が漂い始める。。。

監督:前田弘二 
出演:橋本環奈、長谷川博己、古舘寛治、鶴見辰吾、榎木孝明

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
http://sk-movie.jp/

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Title: When I Was Most Beautiful この国の空
Director: Haruhiko Arai
Writer: Haruhiko Arai, based on the novel by Yuichi Takai
Stars: Fumi Nikaido, Hiroki Hasegawa, Yuki Kudoh
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 130 min

Summary: It is 1945. The war is drawing to a close and Tokyo is a place of extreme privation, meager rations and daily air raids. 19-year-old Satoko lives with her widowed mother and works at the local civil defense office, overseeing evacuation requests. Her older, married neighbour Ichikawa – spared combat due to a failed military physical exam – spends his days playing violin and obsessing on the death around him. Satoko falls passionately in love with Ichikawa. Their affair, and her romantic and sexual awakening, commence in the final dangerous weeks of WWII. A stately nuanced coming-of-age drama with a superb central performance from Fumi Nikaido. Also one of Kinema Jumpo’s Top Ten Films of the Year.

谷崎潤一郎賞に輝いた高井有一の同名小説を二階堂ふみと長谷川博己主演で映画化したヒューマンドラマ。1945年、第二次世界大戦終戦間近の東京を舞台に19歳のヒロインが妻子を疎開させ一人で暮らす隣人中年男性の身の回りの世話を焼くことになる。その男に淡い恋心を抱き、やがて女性として目覚めていく様を描く。

監督:荒井晴彦 
出演:二階堂ふみ、長谷川博己、工藤夕貴

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://www.kuni-sora.com/

CONTAINS SCENES OF VIOLENCE AND/OR SEXUALITY ADMITTANCE RESTRICTED TO 18+

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Title: No Longer Heroine ヒロイン失格
Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa
Writer: Erika Yoshida, based on the manga by Momoko Koda
Stars: Mirei Kiritani, Kento Yamazaki, Kentaro Sakaguchi
Genre: Teen-Romance
Release Type: North America Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 120 min

Summary: This adaptation of Momoko Kouda’s popular manga ruled the Japanese box office on its release. Hatori is a high school girl who is in love with her childhood friend. She believes, without a doubt, that she is the “heroine” destined to be with him — until, to her dismay, he starts dating a totally unexceptional “Plain Jane”. The frustrated Hatori plots to win him back through an increasing lunatic and surreal series of schemes. Hilarity ensures and Mirei Kiritani proves a versatile comedienne. Fast, funny and ultimately quite moving..

ベストセラーを記録している幸田もも子の同名コミックを桐谷美玲主演で実写映画化した青春ラブコメディー。幼なじみの同級生・寺坂利太に思いを寄せ、自分こそがふさわしいと考える自信過剰な女子高生の松崎はとりが、さまざまな騒動を巻き起こす。メガホンを取るのは、「貞子3D」シリーズなどの英勉。彼女と三角関係になってしまう少年たちを「L・DK」などの山崎賢人、『娚の一生』などの坂口健太郎が快演する。

監督:英勉  
出演:桐谷美玲 山崎賢人 坂口健太郎

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Title: Three Stories of Love 恋人たち
Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi
Writer: Ryosuke Hashiguchi
Stars: Atsushi Shinohara, Toko Narushima, Ryo Ikeda, Ken Mitsuishi, Lily Franky
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 130 min

Summary: Called “The Best Film of 2015” by Kinema Junpo, the film marks award-winning director Ryosuke Hashiguchi’s (All Around Us) first feature-length drama in seven years. Atsushi is a bridge repairman who lost his wife to a random killer on the street. Toko sublimates her creative ambitions to serve a disinterested husband and abusive mother-in-law. Shinomiya is an elite gay lawyer suffering an unrequited love. All are complete strangers, however their stories share threads of personal tragedy and disillusionment – of love lost, love wanted, and love rejected. Its three leads are relative unknowns chosen in auditions by Hashiguchi, who wrote their roles especially for them. Funny, wise, frank and deeply moving.

「ぐるりのこと。」で数々の映画賞を受賞した橋口亮輔監督による7年ぶりの長編監督作。通り魔事件で妻を失なったアツシ。そりがあわない姑や自分に関心のない夫との平凡な生活の中で、突如現れた男に心揺れ動く主婦・瞳子。同性愛者で完璧主義のエリート弁護士・四ノ宮。それぞれに異なる事情を持つ3人の男女の物語を時折笑いを交えながらも繊細に描き出した人間ドラマ。2015年度第89回キネマ旬報ベスト・テン第一位受賞作品。

監督:橋口亮輔 
出演:篠原篤、成嶋瞳子、池田良、光石研、リリー・フランキー

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://koibitotachi.com/

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Title: Flying Colors: How a Teen Girl Went from Academic Absurdity to an Elite University in One Amazing Year
ビリギャル~学年ビリのギャルが1年で偏差値を40上げて慶應大学に現役合格した話
Director: Nobuhiro Doi
Writer: Momoko Ando (based on her novel)
Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Ito Atsushi, Shuhei Nomura, Yuhei Ouchida, Kokoro Okuda
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 117 min

Summary: As a middle school student Sayaka spends her time cutting classes, avoiding study and having fun. By high school, it is clear that her future prospects are bleak, and she enrols in a cram school run by Tsubota. With his encouragement, she commits to apply for entry to Tokyo’s elite Keio University. Her challenges are not just academic but also making her teachers and family take her seriously. Based on Nobutaka Tsubota’s breakthrough novel, How a Teen Girl Went from Academic Absurdity to an Elite University in One Amazing Year, this is a funny, moving and inspiration film.

金髪パーマに厚化粧とギャル全開の女子高生さやかがたった1年で偏差値を40も上げて偏差値70の慶應大学に現役合格した実話を有村架純主演で映画化した青春ストーリー。素行不良で何度も停学を経験したヒロインが塾の講師と運命的な出会いを果たし、仲間に支えられながら、慶應大学現役合格に挑む姿を笑と涙で描いていく。

監督:土井裕泰 
出演:有村架純、伊藤淳史、野村周平、大内田悠平、奥田こころ、吉田羊

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
http://birigal-movie.jp/

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Title: An – Sweet Bean あん
Director: Naomi Kawase
Writer: Naomi Kawase, based on the novel by Dorian Sukegawa (aka Tetsuya Akikawa)
Stars: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida, Etsuko Ichihara
Genre: Drama

Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 113 min

Summary: The new film by Naomi Kawase – refers to the delicious red bean paste: the sweet centre of the dorayaki pastries that Sentaro sells from a tiny one-man Tokyo bakery. Deciding it is time to take on a part-time assistant, he hires Tokue, a strange 76 year-old women who offers to work at a ridiculously low wage. Despite her age and oddly trembling hands, her home-made an is exquisite and business is soon booming. When it is revealed that the old woman lives in a sanatorium for leprosy victims, customers turn their backs on the shop and Tokue disappears. Sentaro decides to investigate. A gentle, moving masterpiece from one of Japan’s finest directors.

刑務所から出所したのち、どら焼き屋「どら春」の雇われ店長となった千太郎の店に、徳江という女性がやって来る。徳江が作る粒あんが評判となり、店は大繁盛。そんな中、徳江はつぶれたどら焼きをもらいに来ていた女子中学生のワカナと親しくなる。ところがある日、かつて徳江がハンセン病を患っていたことが近所に知れ渡り…。詩人や作家、ミュージシャンとして活動するドリアン助川の原作を河瀬直美が映画化。元ハンセン病患者の老女が尊厳を失わず生きようとする姿を繊細に描いた人間ドラマ。

監督:河瀬直美  
出演:樹木希林、永瀬正敏、内田伽羅、市原悦子

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
http://an-movie.com/

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Title: Chibi Maruko-Chan – The Boy From Italy ちびまる子ちゃん イタリアから来た少年
Director: Jun Takagi
Writer: Momoko Sakura
Stars (voices): TARAKO, Taishi Nakagawa, Gekidan Hitori, Yusaku Yara and Teiyuu Ichiryusai
Genre: Animation
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 94 min

Summary: Chibi Maruko-chan, the beloved Japanese children’s show, gets its first big screen adaptation in 25 years! The story begins with kids from five different countries coming to Maruko’s town. A boy from Italy begins a home-stay with Maruko’s family. She is first perplexed by his cultural differences but soon comes to understand him and why he came to Japan. True bonds of friendship are forged as they travel to Osaka and Kyoto on a school trip. A story of friendship that transcends age and national borders. Bright, heartwarming and lovable fun for the whole family. Bring your hankies!

1990年のアニメ放送開始以来、絶大な人気を誇り続けている、さくらももこ原作の「ちびまる子ちゃん」の劇場版。まる子が暮らしている静岡県清水に、世界5か国から子供たちが訪れる。まる子の家にはイタリアからやって来たアンドレアがホームステイすることに!?そして、まる子たちは、大阪・京都旅行に出かける。生まれて初めて訪れる町の風景に胸をときめかせる一行だったが……。訪日した少年少女たちのユニークなキャラクターや、まる子たちが育む、国境、文化、言語を超えた絆をめぐる感動のドラマに注目。

監督:高木淳  
声の出演:TARAKO、中川大志、劇団ひとり、屋良有作、一龍斎貞友

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://chibimaru-movie.com/

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Title: The Big Bee 天空の蜂
Director: Yukihiro Tsutsumi
Writer: Ichiro Kusunoki, based on the novel by Keigo Higashino
Stars: Yosuke Eguchi, Masahiro Motoki, Go Ayano, Yukie Nakama, Akira Emoto
Genre: Suspense Action
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 136 min

Summary: In this spectacular action thriller, a massive drone helicopter nicknamed “Big B” is hijacked by terrorists planning to unleash a deadly attack on the Komaki nuclear power plant in Aichi Prefecture. They hold the entire population of Japan hostage. With only 8 hours to defuse the crisis the aircraft’s designer, Yubara, joins the response team and is doubly shocked: his school-age son Takahiko has accidentally become trapped on board… The film combines a political statement on the state of the Japanese nuclear power industry with huge-scale action sequences and an all-star cast.

人気作家・東野圭吾が原子力発電所を題材に1995年に発表した傑作小説を、堤幸彦監督が映画化した社会派サスペンス。最新鋭の大型ヘリを手に入れたテロリストが、日本全国の原発の停止を求め、稼働中の原発上空でホバリングさせるテロ事件を描く。困難な直面に立ち向かうヘリコプター設計士を江口洋介、原子力機器の設計士を本木雅弘が演じ、初めての共演を果たす。東日本大震災による原発事故を経験した日本において、改めて社会と人間の在り方を問う衝撃作。

監督:堤幸彦 
出演:江口洋介、本木雅弘、仲間由紀恵、柄本明

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
http://tenkunohachi.jp/

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Title: Finding Calico 先生と迷い猫
Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa
Writer: Hirotoshi Kobayashi
Stars: Issey Ogata, Shota Sometani, Kie Kitano, Pierre Taki, Masako Motai
Genre: Comedy Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 103 min

Summary: Kyoichi is a former professor living a solitary, cranky existence in a small seaside town following the death of his wife. Mii, a local stray cat she used to feed, continues to visit and stand in front of the butsudan (Buddhist altar). Kyoichi cannot stand this as it reminds him of his wife, but when Mii goes missing, he takes up the search, only to discover that he is not the only one trying to track the cat’s whereabouts. His journey helps him reconnect to the townspeople and come to terms with the loss of his beloved wife. A gentle, understated comedy-drama based on Chiaki Kizuki’s novel.

妻に先立たれ独り暮らしの森衣恭一は、元校長先生。カタブツで偏屈なため、近所で浮いた存在だ。訪ねてくるのは、亡き妻が餌を与えて可愛がっていた三毛猫のミイくらい。猫嫌いな先生は追い払うが、ミイは懲りずに毎日やってきて、妻の仏壇の前に座り続けていた。それがある日突然来なくなる。心配になり探しているうちに、他にもミイを可愛がり救われていた人たちに出会う。やがて頑なだった先生の心も変わってゆく。必死でミイを探していた校長先生に、小さな奇跡が起きる。

監督:深川栄洋 
出演:イッセー尾形、染谷将太、北乃きい、ピエール瀧、もたいまさこ

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
http://www.sensei-neko.com/

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Title: Pearls of the Stone Man 愛を積むひと
Director: Yuzo Asahara
Writer: Yuzo Asahara and Takuro Fukuda, based on the novel by Edward Mooney Jr
Stars: Koichi Sato, Kanako Higuchi, Keiko Kitagawa, Shuhei Nomura, Hana Sugisaki
Genre: Drama
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 117 min

Summary: Earnest and hard-working, Atsushi has spent most of his life obsessed with his work. Retiring to Hokkaido with his loving wife Ryoko, he can’t seem to figure out what to do with himself. Out of concern, Ryoko asks Atsushi to build a stone wall around their country home and a troubled local boy is recruited to help. Ryoko discovers she has a terminal heart condition but hides the diagnosis from Atsushi as their daughter, estranged for many years, comes back on the scene. A powerful and heartfelt story of love, loss and reconciliation, based on the novel by Edward Mooney Jr.

エドワード・ムーニー・Jr.の小説を基にしたヒューマンドラマ。豊かな老後を求めて北海道で第二の人生を過ごそうとする夫婦、篤史と良子。そんな中、妻に先立たれた篤史宛てに良子から手紙が届く。そのことをきっかけに周囲の人々や疎遠だった娘との関わりを再生していく姿をつづりながら愛情や絆を見つめ直す姿を追い掛けていく。

監督:朝原雄三 
出演:佐藤浩市、樋口可南子、北川景子、野村周平、杉咲花

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
http://ai-tsumu.jp/

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Film Archive – Lineup 2015

 

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OPENING NIGHT SCREENING

Title: Kakekomi 駆込み女と駆出し男
Director: Masato Harada
Writer: Masato Harada, based on the novel by Hisashi Inoue
Stars: Yo Oizumi, Erika Toda, Hikari Mistushima, Kiki Kirin, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Genre: Historical Drama / Samurai
Release Type: International Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 143 min

Summary: Divorce – Samurai Style! During the Edo period, women seeking divorce or fleeing abusive husbands ran to the Tokei-ji Temple in Kamakura. Called ‘kakekomi” they spend 2 years pursuing a monastic existence and were then granted a divorce. Nobujiro, a young doctor and author, and his aunt Genbei, master of the official inn of the temple, try to help the various “kakekomi” including the beautiful concubine O-Gin, the sword maker Jogo and a mysterious samurai wife on the run. Based on the novel by Hisahi Inoue, Kakekomi boasts a witty script, charming performances and spectacular photography.

井上ひさしの時代小説を原案にした、江戸時代の離婚事情をつづる、大泉洋主演のコミカルな時代劇。幕府公認の駆込み寺・東慶寺にある御用宿で離婚を懇願する女たちから聞き取り調査を行う男たちと、さまざまな事情を抱えた女たちとのユニークなやりとりが描かれる。鎌倉にある東慶寺は、江戸幕府公認の駆込み寺だった。御用宿の柏屋に居候する医者見習い兼駆出しの戯作者・信次郎は柏屋の主人・源兵衛とともに、様々な事情を抱えた男女のもつれをほどき、女たちの再出発を支えていく。

監督:原田眞人  
出演:大泉洋、戸田恵梨香、満島ひかり、樹木希林、堤真一、山崎努

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Official Website:
http://kakekomi-movie.jp/

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Title: Lady Maiko 舞妓はレディ
Director: Masayuki Suo
Writer: Masayuki Suo
Stars: Mone Kamishiraishi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Sumiko Fuji, Eri Watanabe, Tamiyo Kusakari
Genre: Musical Comedy
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 135 min

Summary: A delightful geisha version of Audrey Hepburn’s My Fair Lady from the director of Shall We Dance. For as long as she can remember, Haruko has wanted to be a geisha. Approaching a teahouse in Kyoto’s famous geisha district to become an apprentice geisha, or maiko, she is rejected due to her country bumpkin dialect and uncultivated demeanor. By chance, her accent catches the interest of Professor Kyono, a linguistics specialist and regular patron at the teahouse. He strikes a deal with the teahouse proprietor, promising to transform Haruko’s strong dialect into ladylike speech within 6 months…

Starring: Mone Kamishiraishi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Sumiko Fuji, Eri Watanabe, Tamiyo Kusakari

Winner of Japanese Academy Awards for Best Music, Best New-comer

「Shall we ダンス?」の周防正行監督が、舞妓をテーマに撮り上げたドラマ。京都を舞台に舞妓に憧れる少女が古いしきたりや言葉遣いといった様々な困難を乗り越えて、一人前の舞妓になろうと奮闘する姿を数々のオリジナルソングが彩るミュージカル仕立てで描いた。

タイトルはオードリー・ヘプバーン主演作「マイ・フェア・レディ」のもじりである。

監督:周防正行
出演: 上白石萌音、長谷川博己、富司純子、 草刈民代、 渡辺えり、 竹中直人

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://www.maiko-lady.jp/

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CENTREPIECE SCREENING
Title: A Samurai Chronicle 蜩ノ記
Director: Takashi Koizumi
Writer: Takashi Koizumi, Motomu Furuta based on the novel by Rin Hamuro
Stars: Koji Yakusho, Mieko Harada, Junichi Okada, Maki Horikita
Genre: Historical Drama / Samurai
Release Type: North America Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 128 min

Summary: Based on Rin Hamuro’s Naoki Prize winning novel, this film is a thoughtful and beautiful study of samurai ethics. Danno, a young samurai, is charged with watching over Toda, an older samurai writing a history of the province, who has been ordered to commit seppuku in three years due to an alleged indiscretion. Danno soon discovers this man is truly a beacon of wisdom, justice and self-sacrifice and attempts to clear Toda. Soon he is entwined in dangerous palace politics and in love with Toda’s beautiful daughter.

Nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor and Actress.

直木賞作家・葉室麟のベストセラー小説を『雨あがる』『博士の愛した数式』の小泉堯史監督が映画化した人間ドラマ。7年前に前例のない事件を起こした戸田秋谷は、藩の歴史をまとめる家譜の編さんを命じられていた。3年後に決められた切腹までの監視役の命を受けた檀野庄三郎は、秋谷一家と共に生活するうち、家譜作りに励む秋谷に胸を打たれる。秋谷の人格者ぶりを知り、事件の真相を探り始めた庄三郎は、やがて藩政を大きく揺るがしかねない秘密を知るが……。

監督:小泉堯史
出演:役所広司、岡田准一、堀北真希、原田美枝子

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://higurashinoki.jp/

“A samurai tale told without a false note, and with much quiet intensity. It’s a rare Japanese film these days, realized with so much grace, insight and subtle emotion and power.”

Metropolis Magazine, Tokyo
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Title: THE VANCOUVER ASAHI バンクーバーの朝日
Director: Yuya Ishii
Writer: Satoko Okudera
Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Kazuya Kamenashi, Mitsuki Takahata, Aoi Miyazaki, Ryo Katsuji, Yusuke Kamiji , Sosuke Ikematsu and Koichi Sato
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 132 min

Summary: Based on the true story of the Asahi baseball team formed in prewar Vancouver’s Japantown by second generation Japanese Canadians. The Asahi regularly suffered humiliating defeats at the hands of their larger Caucasian competitors until the young Nikkei devised a strategy called “brain ball” and became serious contenders. A source of pride and solidarity for a community facing much racism and prejudice, the Asahi, and the Nikkei community were soon to become victims of Japanese militarism abroad and terrible persecution by the Canadian government. A huge hit in Japan, this is a film tells one of the great Japanese Canadian stories with humanity and gentle humor. Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

差別や貧困をものともせず、フェアプレーの精神で戦い、03年にカナダ野球殿堂入りした実在の日系移民の野球チーム、「バンクーバー朝日」の知られざる姿を「舟を編む」の石井裕也監督が妻夫木聡を主演に迎えて映画化。フェアプレー精神を貫き巧みな戦術を用いてひたむきに戦う彼らは、やがて日系移民の希望となり、白人社会からも賞賛を得、激動の時代を照らす光となっていく……。

監督:石井裕也 
 
出演:妻夫木聡 亀梨和也 上地雄輔 池松壮亮 高畑充希 宮崎あおい

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://www.vancouver-asahi.jp/

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Title: Tokyo Tribeトウキョウ トライブ
Director: Sion Sono
Writer: Sion Sono, based on the managa by Santa Inoue
Stars: Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais, Nana Seino, Shota Sometani, Riki Takeuchi
Genre: Action / Musical
Release Type: TIFF Encore Presentation
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 116 min

Summary: Enfant terrible Sion Sono (Why Don’t You Play in Hell? Love Exposure) is back with an explosive yakuza-street gang-hip hop-musical epic. Based on the manga by Santa Inoue, TT takes place in a futuristic, alternate-world Tokyo carved up into ‘hoods by rival street gangs where the crossing of territorial lines quickly leads to riots and rumbles. When Mera, crazed leader of the Bukuro Wu-Ronz tribe, joins forces with savage yakuza Big Buppa, they murder a member of the peaceful Musashi no Saru tribe and the simmering tension boils over into all-out war.

Twitchfilm.com calls it the Best Film of 2014.

漫画家・井上三太の代表作として知られ、アニメ化もされた「TOKYO TRIBE2」を、「ヒミズ」「地獄でなぜ悪い」の鬼才・園子温監督が実写映画化。近未来の“トーキョー”。トライブ間の暴動、乱闘は日々繰り広げられるも、互いの力関係は拮抗し絶妙なバランスで保たれていたが、ある事件をきっかけにその均衡はもろくも崩れ去る……「ブクロWU-RONZ」のトップに君臨する<メラ>と「ムサシノSARU」に所属する<海(カイ)>。二人を取り巻く”トーキョー”中のトライブを巻き込んだ激しい一大抗争を描いた暴力と愛と友情の物語。

監督:園子温
出演:鈴木亮平、鈴木亮平、清野菜名、佐藤隆太、清野菜名、竹内力

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://tokyotribe-movie.com/

CONTAINS NUDITY AND ADULT CONTENT. ADMITTANCE RESTRICTED TO 18+

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Title: My Man 私の男
Director: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Writer: Takashi Ujita, based on the novel by Kazuki Sakuraba
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Fumi Nikaido, Tatsuya Fuji, Kengo Kora
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 129 min

Summary: Based on Kazuki Sakuraba’s Naoki Award-winning novel, My Man is, “a chilling Japanese spin on Lolita.” With her entire family is killed in the 1993 Hokkaido earthquake and tsunami disaster, Hana is taken in by distant relative Jungo. Driven by trauma and isolation the relationship crosses the line into the sexual as they fight desperately to protect the strange semblance of family they have created. Things take a murderous turn when the townspeople begin to suspect. A shocking and provocative masterpiece.

Winner of Best Film and Best Actor at the 36th Moscow International Film Festival; Best Film, Mainichi Film Awards.

In Japanese with English subtitles

2014年モスクワ国際映画祭のコンペティション部門で最優秀作品賞と最優秀男優賞をW受賞した話題作。桜庭一樹による直木賞受賞作を、「海炭市叙景」「夏の終り」の熊切和嘉監督が映画化。10歳で孤児となった少女・花は、遠縁の男・淳悟に引き取られる。ともに孤独な2人は北海道紋別の平穏な田舎町で暮らしていたが、ある日、流氷の上で起こった殺人事件が報じられる。そのニュースを聞いた2人は、逃げるように町を後にするが……。

監督:熊切和嘉 
出演:浅野忠信, 二階堂ふみ, 藤竜也, 高良健吾

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://watashi-no-otoko.com/

CONTAINS NUDITY AND ADULT CONTENT. ADMITTANCE RESTRICTED TO 18+

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Title: TWILIGHT: Saya in Sasaraトワイライト ささらさや
Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa
Writer: Yukiko Yamamuro, Yoshihiro Fukagawa, based on the novel by Tomoko Kano
Stars: Yui Aragaki, Yo Oizumi, Aoi Nakamura, Rila Fukushima, Sumiko Fuji
Genre: Drama / Fantasy
Release Type: North America Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 114 min

Summary: Saya is a young mother whose husband Yutaro dies in an accident. Years earlier Yutaro abandoned his wealthy family to marry Saya and now that family wants custody of the baby. Saya takes the baby to a seaside home left to her by an aunt, both to protect the child and mourn her husband. Yutaro in not out of the picture though. Watching from the next world and miraculously “occupying” the bodies of others he strives to protect his beloved wife and child. Deeply moving but also playful in tone the film, based on Tomoko Kano’s novel, was a major box office hit.

息子を授かった夫・ユウタロウと妻・サヤは幸せの中にいたが、ある日ユウタロウが事故に遭い他界。サヤは生まれたばかりの息子を守り抜こうと一人決心するものの、身寄りもなく苦労を重ねていた。二人が心配でたまらないユウタロウは、やがて町の人々の身体に乗り移って彼女を支えるようになる。はじめは頼りなかったものの、少しずつ母親として成長していくサヤ。そんな中 不思議な町「ささら」である奇跡が起こる。新垣結衣が初の母親役に挑戦し、子育てを通して成長していくヒロインに扮するほか、亡き夫役の大泉洋が持ち前のユーモラスな演技で物語を盛り上げる。

監督:深川栄洋 
出演:新垣結衣, 大泉洋, 中村蒼, 福島リラ, 富司純子

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Title: Giovanni’s Island ジョバンニの島
Director: Mizuho Nishikubo
Writer: Shigemichi Sugita, Yoshiki Sakurai
Stars: Kota Yokoyama, Junya Taniai, Masachika Ichimura, Yukie Nakama
Genre: Anime / Family Drama
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 102 min

Summary: Based on a true story of cross-cultural friendship in the aftermath of the Pacific War. Two young boys, Junpei and Kanta, live a quiet life with their father on the island of Shikotan. They suffer many hardships when the island falls under Soviet rule but Junpei and Kanta form an unlikely friendship with a young Russian girl named Tanya, overcoming the barriers of language, politics and history which continue to divide the adult world.

Winner of both the Children’s and Adult Jury Prizes at the 31st Chicago International Children’s Film Festival; nominated for the Japanese Academy Award for Best Animated Film.

1945年。10歳の淳平と7歳になる寛太の兄弟は、父・辰夫や祖父・源三とともに、北方四島のひとつ、色丹島に住んでいた。彼らの暮らしは、敗戦とともに一変した。ソ連軍が島を占拠し、島の人々は住処を失う。島は混乱に陥るが、それでも両国の子どもたちは国の違いを超えて仲良くなり、純平はロシア人のターニャに惹かれるようになる。そんな中、島の防衛隊長を務める辰夫がシベリアの収容所に送致され、兄弟は樺太へ行くことに。寒さと飢えに苛まれながら、兄弟は再び家族がひとつとなることを願い続ける……。

第31回シカゴ国際児童映画祭-児童審査員/大人審査員長編アニメ部門最優秀賞受賞、日本アカデミー賞優秀アニメーション作品賞、アヌシー国際アニメーション映画祭審査員毒別賞。

監督:西久保瑞穂 
声出演:市村正親, 仲間由紀恵, 横山幸汰, 谷合純矢, 北島三郎, 仲代達矢

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In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/giovanni/

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Title: Being Born – Together Forever うまれる – ずっと、いっしょ
Director: Tomo Goda
Writer: Tomo Goda
Genre: Documentary
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Year of Release: 2014

Film Length: 122 min

Summary: Umareru (Being Born) is Tomo Goda’s heartbreakingly beautiful documentary on the trails and joys of four Japanese families and their experience with birth won the Kobayashi Audience Choice Award at our 2014 festival. Goda’s follow-up is equally powerful as broaden to focus from the meaning of birth to encompass the meaning of family, birth and death. We also revisit the miracle baby Tora-chan from the first film. This deeply moving and unforgettable film is narrated by Kiki Kirin.

命をめぐるドラマを題材にしたドキュメンタリー「うまれる」のシリーズ第2弾。「家族のつながり」をテーマに、血縁のない息子との関係に悩む父親、愛する妻を亡くした夫とその子どもたち、重い障害を持って生まれてきた息子を育てる夫婦ら3組の家族の姿を通し、命の尊さや家族の絆、幸せのあり方について考える。自身も家族づくりに悩むひとりの父親である豪田トモ監督が、重いテーマで暗くなりがちな内容を、笑いあり涙ありの人間味あふれるタッチで描いた。女優の樹木希林がナレーションを担当。

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: www.umareru.jp

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Title: Hot Road ホットロード
Director: Takahiro Miki
Writer: Taku Tsugumi
Stars: Rena Nounen, Hiroomi Tosaka and Yoshino Kimura
Genre: Drama / Youth Romance
Release Type: North America Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 119 min

Summary: Teenager Kazuki Miyaichi has always felt unloved by her mother due the circumstances surrounding her birth. Because she harbors anxiety and perceives herself as worthless, she engages in acts of juvenile delinquency. One day, a transfer student from Yokohama named Eri introduces her to Hiroshi Haruyama, a reckless youth who is a member of the “Nights” motorcycle gang. Kazuki finds herself increasingly attracted to the handsome Hiroshi, but he soon becomes leader of the Nights and gets caught up in a conflict with a rival gang.
Starring some of Japanese hottest young stars, this live-action film adaptation of Taku Tsumugi’s popular manga from the mid-1980s was the most popular romance film of the year.

14歳の少女・宮市和希の家には、亡き父の写真すらない。ある日、転校生の絵里(竹富聖花)に誘われるまま行った夜の湘南で、暴走族Nightsのメンバーである春山洋志と出会う。はじめは衝突し傷つけあっていたが、次第に春山に惹かれていく和希。そんな中、仲間たちから慕われていた春山はNightsのリーダーとなり、敵対するチーム・漠統との抗争に身を投じていく…。単行本は全4巻で累計発行部数700万部を突破した紡木たくの人気少女コミックを実写映画化。「あまちゃん」でブレイクした能年玲奈が主演し、和希がひかれる不良少年・春山洋志役は、映画初出演となる「三代目J Soul Brothers」の登坂広臣。

監督:三木孝浩 
出演:能年玲奈, 登坂広臣, 木村佳乃

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://hotroad-movie.jp/

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Title: LITTLE FOREST – Summer/Autumnリトル・フォレスト 夏/秋
Director: Junichi Mori
Writer: Junichi Mori, based on the managa by Daisuke Igarashi
Stars: Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, Yoichi Nukumizu, Karen Kirishima, Takahiro Miura
Genre: Drama / Food
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 111 min

Summary: Abandoned by her mother, young Ichiko leaves her life in the city to live off the land in Komori, a small town nestled in the mountains of Tohoku. Despite the void left by her mother’s disappearance, Ichiko comes to enjoy her independence and revels in her new-found connection to nature and the foods she makes from seasonal ingredients. Visually luxuriant, this gentle cinematic tone-poem follows Ichiko through one summer and autumn, as she learns to use and respect the time-honoured wisdom of rural folk and reads the cycle of life and connectedness in the environment around her. The follow-up film (Winter/Spring) screens in July. Based on Daisuke Igarashi’s popular manga series.

五十嵐大介の同名コミックを橋本愛主演で実写映画化したヒューマンドラマ。都会に出たものの馴染めないでいたいち子は、故郷である東北地方の小さな集落・小森に戻ってくる。山の恵みを使って、夏にはグミジャムや岩魚の塩焼き、秋はくるみごはんや栗の渋皮煮などを作るいち子。季節の移ろいを感じ、ふと立ち止まって自分自身と向き合いながら、いち子はおいしいものを食べて次の一歩を踏み出す勇気を得ていく。

ベルリン国際映画祭招待作品

監督:森淳一 
出演:橋本愛、三浦貴大、松岡茉優、桐嶋かれん、温水洋一

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://littleforest-movie.jp

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Title: WOOD JOB! ウッジョブ – 神去なあなあ日常
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Writer: Shinobu Yaguchi, based on the novel by Shion Miura
Stars: Shota Sometani, Masami Nagasawa, Hideaki Ito
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 111 min

Summary: This charming coming-of-age comedy/drama by Shinobu Yaguchi, (Waterboys, Swing Girls Robo-G) is based on the popular novel by Shion Miura. Having flunked his university entrance exams, 18-year-old Yuki Hirano decides to leave the city behind to take part in a one-year forestry programme, swayed not by a passion for lumberjack life but rather by the attractive girl in the recruiting brochure. Knowing little of what lies ahead, Yuki winds up in rural Kamusari, a small village deep in the mountains, far from modern conveniences and facing a much tougher challenge than anticipated. The story, rich with ancient mythology and Japanese forest legend, has drawn praise from Studio Ghibli animation filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki.

「ウォーターボーイズ」「スウィングガールズ」の矢口史靖監督が、直木賞作家・三浦しをんの「神去なあなあ日常」を映画化した青春林業エンターテインメント。大学受験に失敗し、彼女にもフラれて高校を卒業した平野勇気は、林業研修プログラムのパンフレットが目に留まる。その表紙でほほ笑む美女につられ、ケータイの電波も届かない田舎の神去村で林業の研修に参加することになった勇気だが、想像を絶する現場の過酷さに、早くも逃げ出したくなる。しかし、パンフレットの美女が村に住んでいることを知り、そのまま田舎暮らしと林業を続けていくことを決意するが……。

監督:矢口史靖  
出演:染谷将太、長澤まさみ、伊藤英明

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: www.woodjob.jp/

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Title: The Light Shines There Only そこのみにて光輝く
Director: Mipo O
Writer: Ryo Takada, based on the novel by Yasushi Sato
Stars: Go Ayano, Chizuru Ikewaki, Masaki Suda
Genre: Drama
Release Type: North America Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 120 min

Summary: A stark and challenging look at people on margins of Japanese society. In the northern city of Hakodate, Tatsuo, aimless and traumatized in an industrial accident, meets Chinatsu, a damaged young woman who must turn to occasional prostitution to support her parents and unstable brother. They fall into a tender, troubled love and for one summer colour returns to their harsh and broken lives. Heartbreaking, beautifully acted and directed, and based on the novel by Yasushi Sato.

Japan’s submission for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; Winner Best Director Montreal World Film Festival; named Best Film of 2014 by Kinema Jumpo

芥川賞候補に幾度も名を連ねながら受賞がかなわず、41歳で自ら命を絶った不遇の作家・佐藤泰志の唯一の長編小説を、綾野剛の主演で映画化。「オカンの嫁入り」の呉美保監督がメガホンをとり、愛を捨てた男と愛を諦めた女の出会いを描く。仕事を辞めブラブラと過ごしていた佐藤達夫は、粗暴だが人懐こい青年・大城拓児とパチンコ屋で知り合う。ついて来るよう案内された先には、取り残されたように存在する一軒のバラックで、寝たきりの父、その世話に追われる母、水商売で一家を支える千夏がいた。世間からさげすまれたその場所で、ひとり光輝く千夏に達夫はひかれていく。しかしそんな時、事件が起こり……。

第87回米国アカデミー賞外国語映画賞部門 日本出品作品
第37回モントリオール世界映画祭 最優秀監督賞受賞

監督:呉美保 
出演:綾野剛, 池脇千鶴, 菅田将暉

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://hikarikagayaku.jp//

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Title: Thermae Romae II テルマエ・ロマエ II
Director: Hideki Takeuchi
Writer: Hiroshi Hashimoto, based on the novel by Mari Yamazaki
Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Aya Ueto, Masachika Ichimura, Kazuki Kitamura
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 113 min

Summary: The hilarious and hugely popular follow-up to Thermae Romae finds Roman architect Lucius royally commissioned to build baths to soothe and rejuvenate gladiators in the arena. Lacking inspiration, Lucius again time-slips to modern Japan where he reunites with Mami, confronts a group of sumo wrestlers and discovers modern inventions such as massage chairs, bathing powder and the bidet. Meanwhile, ancient Rome is in turmoil as Emperor Hadrian, – a lover of baths rather than battle – faces a group of senators with expansionary ambitions who are plotting against him.

ヤマザキマリの人気コミックを実写映画化し、大ヒットを記録したコメディの続編。タイムスリップした先である現代日本の風呂文化から着想を得て斬新な浴場建設をし、一躍人気者となった古代ローマ浴場技師ルシウスに、コロッセオに闘士たち用の浴場を作るよう命令がくだる。頭を悩ませたルシウスはまたもや現代の日本へタイムスリップ。風呂専門雑誌のライターになった真実ら、ルシウスが平たい顔族と呼ぶ現代日本人と再会する。一方ローマ帝国では平和推進派であるハドリアヌス帝と武力行使派の元老院が対立、緊張が高まっていた…。

監督:武内英樹 
出演:阿部寛, 上戸彩, 市村正親, 北村一輝

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://thermae-romae.jp/

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Title: Her Granddaughter 娚の一生
Director: Ryuichi Hiroki
Writer: Keiko Nishi
Stars: Nana Eikura, Etsushi Toyokawa, Sakura Ando, Osamu Mukai
Genre: Drama / Romance
Release Type: North America Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 119 min

Summary: In the wake of her grandmother’s death, Tsugumi moves from Tokyo to the country home her artist grandmother left behind. One day, a mysterious middle-aged man named Kaieda arrives, with his own key, wanting to stay the night. Tsugumi comes to realize that Kaieda was, many years before, her grandmother’s student and lover. The two begin living together in an awkward arrangement. Ryuichi Hiroki’s (Kabukicho Love Hotel, Vibrator) droll and understated May-December romance, based on the popular manga, boasts a generous helping of gentle humour and charismatic performances by Etsushi Toyokawa and Nana Eikura.

女性から人気を博した西炯子の同名コミックを、榮倉奈々&豊川悦司主演で映画化した大人のラブストーリー。東京で忙しくキャリアを積んだが、辛い恋愛をしていた堂薗つぐみは、何もかもに疲れ、仕事を辞めて祖母が暮らす田舎の一軒家でひっそりと田舎暮らしを始める。入院中の祖母を見舞いながらのんびり暮らしていたのだが、祖母の死によって事態は急変。見知らぬ中年男との同居生活が唐突にスタートしてしまう。その独身の大学教授・海江田醇は父親の包容力と、恋人の熱情と、弟の無邪気さを持つ奇跡のファンタジー男だった。海江田から好意を寄せられ戸惑うつぐみだったが、次第に彼と向き合っていく。

監督:廣木隆一  
出演: 榮倉奈々、豊川悦司、安藤サクラ、向井理

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://otokonoissyou-movie.jp/

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Title: Pale Moon 紙の月
Director: Daihachi Yoshida
Writer: Kaeko Hayafune, based on the novel by Mitsuyo Kakuta
Stars: Rie Miyazawa, Sousuke Ikematsu, Satomi Kobayashi, Yuko Oshima
Genre: Drama
Release Type: North America Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 124 min

Summary: Bank employee Rika is not happy with her circumstances: an exhausting, unsatisfying job, an unappreciative husband, no children or free time. Office gossip about affairs and embezzlement, and a chance meeting with a client’s college-aged son, inspire Rika to do the unthinkable and soon she is funding an affair with Kota using the millions entrusted to her by clients. But happiness is short-lived and soon things begin to close in…

Japan Academy Award-winning director Yoshida’s (The Kirishima Thing) chilling suspense yarn features a riveting central performance from Rie Miyazaki.

Based on the novel by Mitsuyo Kakuta. Click here of Japanese.

Nominated for 9 Japanese Academy Awards including: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress.

『八日目の蝉』や直木賞受賞作『対岸の彼女』など多数の作品で人気を誇る作家・角田光代のベストセラーで、テレビドラマ化もされた『紙の月』を、『桐島、部活やめるってよ』の吉田大八監督が映画化。宮沢りえが7年ぶりに映画主演を務め、年下の恋人のため顧客の金を横領してしまう銀行員の女性を演じた。バブル崩壊直後の1994年。夫と2人で暮らす主婦・梅澤梨花は、銀行の契約社員として外回りの仕事に従事し、その丁寧な仕事ぶりで周囲にも評価されていた。
一見すると何不自由ない生活を送っているように見えた梨花だが、自分への関心が薄い夫との関係にむなしさを感じていた。そんなある日、年下の大学生・光太と出会った梨花は、光太と過ごすうちに顧客の預金に手をつけてしまう。最初は1万円を借りただけのつもりだったが、次第にその行為はエスカレートしていき……。

監督:吉田大八

出演:宮沢りえ, 池松壮亮, 大島優子、田辺誠一、近藤芳正、石橋蓮司

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://www.kaminotsuki.jp/

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Title: Maestro! マエストロ!
Director: Shotaro Kobayashi
Writer: Satoko Okudera, based on the manga by Akira Saso
Stars: Toshiyuki Nishida, Tori Matsuzaka, miwa, Kanji Furutachi
Genre: Drama
Release Type: North America Premiere
Production Year: 2015
Film Length: 129 min

Summary: Six months after the collapse of the once-prominent Central Symphony Orchestra, the “leftovers” not picked up by other orchestras are mysteriously called to regroup under a very unorthodox conductor named Tendo. His abrasive style alienates the players but gradually draws them deeper into the music. Young concertmaster Kosaka investigates and finds a devastating secret in the Maestro’s past. Meanwhile, the passion Tendo inspires leads the musicians to reconnect with their own reasons for pursuing a life in music. Based on the popular manga and full of laughter, tears and tremendous music

さそうあきらの漫画『マエストロ』の実写版。解散した名門オーケストラの再結成のために集められた「負け組」楽団員たちが、再結成を企画した謎の指揮者・天道の自分勝手な進め方に反発しながらも天道が導く音の深さに全員が次第に惹きこまれていく。そしていよいよ迎えた復活コンサート当日。意気揚々と演奏に臨むオーケストラのメンバーたちは、天道が仕掛けた本当の秘密を知ることになる……。

監督:小林聖太郎 

出演:西田敏行、松坂桃李、miwa、古舘寛治

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://maestro-movie.com/

** Screening to be precede by a live performance by the TSO Assistant Concertmaster Etsuko Kimura

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Title: 0.5mm 0.5ミリ
Director: Momoko Ando
Writer: Momoko Ando (based on her novel)
Stars: Sakura Ando, Junkichi Orimoto, Toshio Sakata, Masahiko Tsugawa, Akira Emoto
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2013
Film Length: 198 min

Summary: Finding herself unemployed and homeless after a serious of bad decisions, young caregiver Sawa now makes a precarious living by attaching herself to a series of solitary elderly men and, in doing so, gaining access to the immense wealth held by Japan’s aging population. This darkly comic road film and fearless character study contemplates age, class and sexism in Japanese society and is built around Sakura Ando’s charismatic central performance.

Winner of the Hochi Film Award for Best Film of 2014 and on the Top Ten Films List of Kinema Jumpo, Eiga Geijutsu and Japan Times.

俳優・奥田瑛二の長女で映画監督の安藤桃子が、実妹・安藤サクラを主演に起用した初の姉妹タッグ作品で、自身の介護経験から着想を得て書き下ろした小説を映画化。サワはある事件に巻き込まれ、家も金も仕事も全てを失ってしまう。人生の崖っぷちに立たされたサワは、訳ありの老人を見つけては介護を買って出る、押しかけヘルパーとして生きていくことになる。

日本アカデミー賞優秀主演女優賞受賞, 第88回キネマ旬報ベスト・テンの第2位、
2014年報知映画賞では作品賞と助演男優賞(津川雅彦)を受賞した。

監督:安藤桃子 
出演:安藤サクラ、柄本明、坂田利夫、草笛光子、津川雅彦、織本順吉、木内みどり

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://www.05mm.ayapro.ne

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Title: Snow on the Blades柘榴坂の仇討
Director: Setsuro Wakamatsu
Writer: Setsuro Wakamatsu, based on the story ny Jiro Asada
Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Hiroshi Abe, Ryoko Hirosue, Kichiemon Nakamura
Genre: Historical Drama / Samurai
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2014
Film Length: 119 min

Summary: In 1860, the shogun’s chief minister Naosuke Ii and his retinue of bodyguards are ambushed and cut down by swordsman of the Mito Domain. Bearing the responsibility is Shimura Kingo, master swordsman and chief of the guard. Forbidden to take his own life in atonement, he is ordered to hunt down the assassins. He relentlessly pursues the remaining assassins for the next thirteen years through a Japan, changed by the Meiji Restoration, where samurai values are no longer valued…

Nominated for Japanese Academy Awards for Best Actor and Supporting Actor.

浅田次郎が2004年に発表した短編集「五郎治殿御始末」に収められている一編を、『壬生義士伝』で日本アカデミー賞最優秀主演男優賞を受賞した中井貴一の主演で映画化。幕末の安政7年、彦根藩士の志村金吾は、主君・井伊直弼の御駕籠回り近習役として仕えていたが、桜田門外において目の前で井伊が殺害されててしまう。切腹も許されず、仇討ちを命じられた金吾は、時が明治へと移り変わってもなお、井伊を殺害した刺客を探し続ける。やがて金吾は、井伊を討った水戸藩浪士の最後のひとりで、車引きの直吉と名を変えて生きていた佐橋十兵衛を見つけ出すが、その日、明治政府が仇討ち禁止令を発する。監督は『ホワイトアウト』『沈まぬ太陽』の若松節朗。

監督:若松節朗

出演:中井貴一, 阿部寛, 広末涼子, 高嶋政宏, 中村吉右衛門

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://zakurozaka.com/

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Film Archive – Lineup 2014

 

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Title: A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story武士の献立
Director: Yuzo Asahara
Writer: Michio Kashiwada, Yukiko Yamamuro, Yuzo Asahara
Stars: Aya Ueto, Kengo Kora,Toshiyuki Nishida, Kimiko Yo
Genre: Historical Comedy/Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Year of Release: 2013
Film Length: 121 min

Summary: Yasunobu is next-in-line to his father as chef of the Kaga clan. There is one problem: he is hopeless in the kitchen. When his father, the clan’s famous “Kitchen Samurai” meets Haru, a strong-willed young women blessed with great sense of taste and excellent skills of cooking, he see a solution to his woes and begs her to marry his son.

UNESCO designated Japanese cuisine with cultural heritage status last year. A major hit with Japanese critic and audiences, Yuzo Asaharas light-hearted film celebrates Japanese cuisine with a generous helping of comedy and romance.

The pre-screening reception will be catered by Kaiseki Yuzen Hashimoto, one of North America’s finest and most acclaimed Japanese restaurants.

江戸時代の加賀藩を舞台に、料理の腕で君主とその家族の食事をまかなう役割を担うことから「包丁侍」と呼ばれた武士の料理人の家に嫁いだ春はその人並み外れた料理の才能と味覚で夫·安信の料理指南を始めるが。。。伝統ある“加賀料理”の基礎を築いた加賀藩に実在した料理担当武士·舟木家をモデルに、料理を通して幾多の難局を乗り越えていく妻·お春と夫·そして家族との絆を描いた人情劇。

監督:朝原雄三

出演: 上戸彩, 高良健吾, 西田敏行, 余貴美子, 夏川結衣

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://www.bushikon.jp//

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Title: The Snow White Murder Case 白ゆき姫殺人事件
Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura
Writer: Kanae Minato
Stars: Mao Inoue, Go Ayano, Nanao, Nobuaki Kaneko, Erena Ono, Mitsuki Tanimura and Shota Kometani
Genre: Mystery
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2013
Film Length: 126 min

Summary: A fast-paced thriller based on the best-selling novel by Kanae Minato (Confessions.) When Noriko, a beautiful cosmetic company employee, is murdered, suspicion immediately falls on misfit co-worker, Miki Shirono. TV director Yuji Akahoshi launches an investigative journalism piece on the murder. Is Miki truly evil? How will the constant chatter of social media and rumour warp perspectives? What are Yuji’s motives for chasing the story? His efforts result in a devastating conclusion. One of Japan’s most eagerly anticipated films of 2014.

『告白』などの原作者・湊かなえの小説を基に、美人OLの殺害容疑を掛けられた女性をめぐって人間の悪意を浮き彫りにしていくサスペンスドラマ。人里離れた山中で10か所以上を刺され、焼かれた死体が発見される。殺害されたのは典子で、容疑者は化粧品会社のOL城野美姫。テレビディレクターの赤星雄治は、美姫の同僚、家族、幼なじみなどに取材。典子が美姫の同期入社で、美人で評判だった一方、美姫は地味で目立たない存在だったことが報道され……。

監督:中村義洋

出演:井上真央、綾野剛、奈々緒、金子ノブアキ、小野恵令奈、谷村美月、染谷将太、蓮佛美沙子、貫地谷しほり、生瀬勝久

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Official Website:
www.shirayuki-movie.jp/

NOTE: DIRECTOR YOSHIHIRO NAKAMURA WILL BE ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL TO INTRODUCE THE CANADIAN PREMIERE OF HIS FILM AND ANSWER QUESTIONS.

SPECIAL GUEST
Yoshihiro Nakamura
Director – The Snow White Murder Case

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Title: The Eternal Zero 永遠の0
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Writer: Takashi Yamazaki, Tamio Hayashi
Stars: Junichi Okada , Mao Inoue, Haruma Miura and Kazue Fukiishi
Genre: Drama
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2013
Film Length: 144 min

Summary: Director Takashi Yamazaki’s (Always: Sunset on Third Street series) adaptation of Naoki Hyakuta’s bestselling novel sets a story of the human heart among the spectacular and terrifying battles of the final days of the Pacific War.

In modern Tokyo Kentaro and his older sister Keiko pursue the riddle surrounding the death of their grandfather, a pacifistic man dedicated to family and resistant to the futility of war, who none-the-less joined the air force and died as part of a kamikaze attack unit. Their investigation leads to a shocking truth. One of Japan’s biggest hits of 2013.

百田尚樹の同名ベストセラー小説を、V6の岡田准一主演、『ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日』シリ ーズを手がけてきた山崎貴監督のメガホンで映画化。司法試験に落ち続け、人生の目標 を失いかけた青年·佐伯健太郎と、フリーライターの姉·慶子は、実の祖父だと思ってい た賢一郎とは血のつながりがなく、本当の祖父は太平洋戦争で特攻により戦死した宮部 久蔵という人物であることを知る。久蔵について調べ始めた2人は、祖父が凄腕のパイロットであり、生きることに強く執着した人物であったことを知る。そんな祖父がなぜ特攻に志願したのか。元戦友たちの証言から祖父の実像が明らかになっていき、やがて戦後60年にわたり封印されてきた驚きの事実たどり着く。健太郎を三浦春馬、久蔵の妻·松乃を井上真央が演じる。

監督:山崎貴

出演:岡田准一、三浦春馬、井上真央、濱田岳 他

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://www.eienno-zero.jp/

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Title: The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji土竜の唄 潜入捜査官 REIJI
Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Kankuro Kudo, based on the manga “The Mole Song” by Noboru Takahashi.
Stars: Toma Ikuta, Riisa Naka, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Kamiji, Takashi Okamura, Shinichi Tsutsumi,Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Kenichi Endo, Sarutoki Minagawa, Ren Osugi, Koichi Iwaki.
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2013
Film Length: 130 min

Summary: Rookie Reiji Kikukawa, an impossibly incompetent young police constable, is fired for being the most inept cop on the force, then immediately rehired as an undercover agent or “mole”. His mission: to infiltrate the Sukiyakai, Japan’s most nefarious yakuza clan. Reiji uncovers a drug smuggling scheme and becomes entangled in all-out war with a rival mob. At the same time be pleads with beautiful policewomen Junna to help him lose his virginity.

Master director Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Hara-kiri, Audition) brings Noburo Takashashi hit manga to lifewith non-stop action, bawdy comedy, bizarre characters and some of the most egregious fashion crimes ever committed to celluloid. Insane, wildly over-the-top and lots of fun for fans of Miike or manga at its most cartoonish!

監督三池崇史X脚本宮藤官九郎が放つ極道潜入伝説!!正義感は強いものの警察署きっての問題児の巡査・菊川玲二は、上司からクビと言われてしまう。しかし、内実は関東一の広域暴力団・数寄矢会の会長を逮捕するため、モグラこと潜入捜査官になれという命令だった。偶然にも傘下の阿湖義組若頭・日浦匡也と親交を深めた玲二は、数々の試練に見舞われながら組長に近づいていく。

監督:三池崇史

出演:生田斗真、仲里依紗、山田孝之、上地雄輔、岡村隆史、堤真一

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://mogura-movie.com/

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Title: Shonen H少年H
Director: Yasuo Furuhata
Writer: Ryota Kosawa
Stars: Tatsuki Yoshioka, Yutaka Mizutani, Ran Ito, Yurine Hanada, Shun Oguri, Taichi Saotome, Jun Kunimura, Kuranosuke Sasaki, Taizo Harada, Ittoku Koshibe
Genre: Drama
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2013
Film Length: 122 min

Summary: A lavish adaptation of the beloved autobiographical novel by Kappa Senoh was nominated for the Japanese Academy Award for Best Film of the Year. In the years around WWII young Hajime witnesses fascist and nationalist forces rise in his country, endures

a military education, and is forced to witness the firebombing of his beloved city. Although Hajime suffers through many hardships, he still manages to experience growth during his journey into adulthood thanks to his loving family.

A moving and beautifully acted adaptation of an important piece of contemporary Japanese literature.

妹尾河童の自伝的小説で、上下巻あわせて340万部を突破するベストセラーを、「ホタル」「鉄道員(ぽっぽや)」の降旗康男監督が映画化。太平洋戦争下という時代に翻弄されながらも、勇気や信念を貫いて生きた家族を描き、実生活でも夫婦の水谷豊と伊藤蘭が夫婦役で映画初共演を果たした。昭和初期の神戸。名前のイニシャルから「H(エッチ)」と呼ばれる少年・肇は、リベラルな父とキリスト教信者の母に見守られ、好奇心と正義感の強い少年に成長する。戦争が始まり厳しい軍事統制下で誰もが口をつぐむ中でも、Hはおかしなことには疑問を呈していく。その信仰ゆえに時にスパイ容疑を受けながらも家族は戦争を生き延び、15歳になったHは独り立ちを決意する。2013年度、日本アカデミー賞優秀作品賞受賞。

監督:降旗康男  出演: 水谷豊, 伊藤蘭, 吉岡竜輝, 花田優里音, 小栗旬

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://www.shonen-h.com/

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Title: Oshinおしん
Director: Shin Togashi
Writer: Sugako Hashida (original story), Kota Yamada (screenplay)
Stars: Kokone Hamada, Aya Ueto, Goro Inagaki, Pinko Izumi, Kayoko Kishimoto
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2013
Film Length: 107min

Summary: In 1907 in a small village in a mountain of Yamagata, seven-year-old peasant girl Oshin is sold by her parents to become a live-in maid and babysitter for a wealthy family. Her new life of servitude presents a series of hardships that test her fortitude and set her on the road to becoming strong and selfless like her mother.

Based on an internationally beloved NHK drama which started in 1983 and achieved the highest audience rating, Oshin’s strength against adverse circumstances is impressive and evokes sympathy with audiences of all ages.

明治40年(1907)早春、不作のため困窮を極めた谷村家は、7歳のおしんを奉公に出す。奉公先の材木問屋で働きづめの毎日を送るおしんは、雪が溶けたら家に帰れると信じて、つらい日々を乗り切っていく。しかしある時、店の財布から50銭銀貨がなくなる事件が発生。濡れ衣を着せられたおしんは、店を飛び出してしまう。

監督:冨樫森 出演:濱田ここね、上戸彩、稲垣吾郎、泉ピン子 他

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://pr.livedoor.com/movie/oshin/

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Title: Girl in the Sunny Place陽だまりの彼女
Director: Miki Takahiro
Writer: Osamu Koshigaya (novel), Kosuke Mukai
Stars: Jun Matsumoto, Juri Ueno, Mitsuki Tanimura and Tetsuji Tamayama
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2013
Film Length: 128 min

Summary: Based on Osami Koshigaya’s popular romance novel, this live-action adaptation tells the story of Kosuke and Mao, two young business people who were once high school friends. A victim of bullying as a student, Mao has transformed into a professional and attractive woman

in the 10 years since graduation. By coincidence the two meet again in a client meeting and rekindle their friendship and romance soon blossoms. However, Mao is keeping a vital secret from Kosuke; one that may doom their relationship. This commercial and critical hit stars some of Japan’s most popular young actors.

越谷オサムの大ベストセラー小説を三木孝浩が映画化したファンタジック·ラブストーリー。中学時代に出会い、初恋に落ちた浩介と真緒。その後はなればなれになり、ある日10年ぶりに仕事で再会する。いじめられっこだった過去が嘘のように今は仕 事のできる美しく、素敵な女性になっていた真緒に再び恋をする浩介。しかし彼女には誰にも知られてはいけない“不思議な秘密”があった···。

監督:三木孝浩 出演;松本潤、上野樹里、谷村美月、玉山鉄二 他

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Title: The Little House 小さいおうち
Director: Yoji Yamada
Writer: Kyoko Nakajima (novel), Yoji Yamada, Emiko Hiramatsu
Stars: Takako Matsu, Haru Kuroki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Chieko Baisho, Satoshi Tsumabuki
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2013
Film Length: 136 min

Summary: In the years preceding the Second World War, Taki comes to Tokyo from Northern Japan to work as a maid for a comfortable middle-class family: the young and beautiful Tokiko, her husband Masaki and their son, Kyoichi. Theirs is a happy and peaceful life until the day they are visited by Masaki’s colleague Itakura. Tokiko is overcome by an overwhelming attraction as Taki looks on helplessly, tormented by her own conflicting feelings. Meanwhile the war intensifies, throwing all their lives into a precarious balance…

Haru Kuroki won for the Best Actress Award at the Berlin Film Festival 2104 for her role in veteran director Yoji Yamada’s ambitious adaptation of Kyoko Nakajima’s Naoki award-winning novel.

山田洋次監督が、直木賞を受賞した原作者の中島京子に自ら交渉して映画化した。昭和11年。田舎から出てきたタキは、東京郊外の赤い三角屋根の小さいおうち、平井家の女中として働きはじめる。そこには、主人である雅樹と美しい年下の時子奥様、そしてお坊ちゃまが穏やかに暮らしていた。そんなある日、板倉という青年が家族の前に現れる。奥様の心が彼に傾いていくのを、タキは複雑な思いで見つめ続ける。晩年のタキが大学ノートに綴った自叙伝には、“小さいおうち”で過ごした日々の記憶が記されていた。そしてノートにも隠された秘密が現代の若者、タキの甥によって明かされていく

監督:山田洋次

出演:松たか子、倍賞千恵子、吉岡秀隆、黒木華

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://www.chiisai-ouchi.jp/index.html

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Title: Magical Sisters Yoyo and Nene 魔女っこ姉妹のヨヨとネネ
Director: Takayuki Hirao
Stars: Sumire Morohoshi, Ai Kakuma, Miyuki Sawashiro, Takahiro Sakurai, Takako Honda, Rio Sasaki
Genre: Family/Children’s Anime
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2013
Film Length: 100 min

Summary: In this charming and visually rich family anime, Yoyo and Nene are the magical Cursery Sisters, witches with a freelance curse-breaking business in the magical realm of Sorceria. When odd buildings begin falling from the sky, Yoyo takes it upon herself to investigate, bringing her to modern day Yokohama.

When buildings continue to disappear and drop into Sorceria’s forest, Yoyo must uncover the cause of the chaos if she ever wants to be able to go home. But with magic in our world considerably less potent, she may need help. Funny, touching and packed with action! Based on Hirarin’s Noroiya Shimai fantasy manga series.

「魔の国」に暮らし、魔法や呪いをかけたり解いたりする「のろい屋」を営む姉妹ヨヨとネネ。ある日、森に突然出現した高層ビルを調べていたヨヨは、不思議な魔方陣を見つけ、謎の光に包まれ魔法の存在しない異世界に迷い込んでしまう。そこで出会った孝洋という少年の両親が、呪いで化け物になってしまう事件が発生。ヨヨとネネは2つの世界で起こっている事件の関連性を疑い、調査を始める。

声:諸星すみれ、加隈亜衣、沢城みゆき、 他

In Japanese with English subtitles

"A perfect 10. Magical Sisters is a colourful, vibrant and joyous delight from start to finish, and it's impossible to be left cold by its infectious energy."

Starburst Magazine

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Title: Judge! ジャッジ!
Director: Akira Nagai
Writer: Yoshimitsu Sawanoto
Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Keiko Kitagawa, Lily Franky, Kyoka Suzuki, Etsushi Toyokawa and Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2013
Film Length: 105 min

Summary: In this hit screwball comedy, Kiichiro Ota, a hapless employee of a top advertising agency in Japan, is ordered by his slimy boss to participate at the Santa Monica International Advertising Festival. There he must act as both a member of the jury and win the Grand Prix award for his own (terrible) TV ad. He is paired highly effective co-worker Hikari, and together they attend endless parties lobbying for their firm’s commercial. Hilarity and romance ensue as they are immediately mistaken for a married couple, Kiichiro finds out that he will be fired if he doesn’t win the Grand Prix and Hikari and uses multiple tactics in order to win the votes needed save Kiichiro’s job.

This high energy, and ultimately heart-warming farce delivers non-stop laughter and winning, manic performances from some of Japanese top actors.

世界的な広告際に審査委員として参加することになった新人広告マンが、自社CMのグランプリ獲得を課せられ奔走する様を描くコメディー。日本のソフトバンクモバイルの「ホワイト家族」シリーズなど数々のCMをヒットさせてきた広告プランナーの澤本嘉光が脚本を手掛け、監督はCMディレクター出身の永井聡が担当。華やかな広告業界の裏側を知り尽くした二人が、自虐的ともみえるドタバタ喜劇に仕上げている。主役は妻夫木聡と北川景子の若手実力派、そして随所に顔を見せる個性派俳優陣が笑い満載のこの作品を更に盛り上げている。

監督:永井聡 出演:妻夫木聡, 北川景子, リリー·フランキー、鈴木京香、豊川悦司、荒川良々

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: http://judge-movie.com/

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Title: Mourning Recipe 四十九日のレシピ
Director: Yuki Tanada
Writer: Yuki Ibuki (novel), Hisako Kurosawa (screenplay)
Stars: Hiromi Nagasaku, Renji Ishibashi, Masaki Okada, Fumi Nikaido, Taizo, Harada, Keiko Awaji
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Year of Release: 2013
Film Length: 129 min

Summary: Based on Yuki Ibuki’s novel, Mourning Recipe depicts the life of the Atsuta family following the sudden death of its beloved matriarch, Otomi.

With her elderly husband Ryohei, struggling with depression and daughter Yuri returning home to mourn while dealing with her own disintegrating marriage; a lovingly handwritten recipe book by Otomi acts as a guide to heal their own pain and to understand a sense of family even beyond blood ties.

東京で夫と義母と暮らしていた百合子は、母・乙美の死を機に実家に帰ることにする。実は百合子の夫・浩之は浮気をしており、相手のお腹の中には子どもがいるというのだ。実家に着くと、父と派手な化粧をした若い娘の姿が。イモと名乗るその娘は、乙美がボランティアをしていた更生施設で彼女に世話になっていたと言う。イモは乙美が作っていた暮らしのレシピカードを差し出して、乙美の望む「四十九日の大宴会」をやろうと言い出す。

監督:タナダユキ

出演:永作博美, 石橋蓮司, 岡田将生, 二階堂ふみ, 原田泰造, 淡路恵子

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site: www.49gaga.ne.jp

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Title: The Kiyosu Conference清須会議
Director: Koki Mitani
Writer: Koki Mitani
Stars: Koji Yakusho, Yo Oizumi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Koichi Sato, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Tadano Asano, Kyoka Suzuki, Miki Nakatani, Ayane Goriki
Genre: Historical/Comedy
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2013
Film Length: 138 min

Summary: A who’s-who of Japan’s biggest actors star in Koki Mitani’s satirical, loosely based historic epic that takes place at Kiyosu Castle in 1582. Nobunaga Oda, a major warlord, along with his oldest son and heir apparent, has been killed and a successor must be found. Powerful clan members gather for a mental – as opposed to physical – struggle involving wildly varied, hilarious strategies, shifting alliances, bargaining, cunning and deceit.

数々のヒット作を作り出してきた三谷幸喜が、およそ17年ぶりに書き下ろした小説を自

ら映画化した群像喜劇。本能寺の変によって織田信長が亡くなり、筆頭家老の柴田勝家と羽柴秀吉が後見に名乗りを上げた。勝家は信長の三男でしっかり者の信孝、秀吉はうつけものと評判の次男の信雄を、信長亡き後の後継者として指名し、勝家は信長の妹·お市、秀吉は信長の弟·三十郎信包を味方にする。そして跡継ぎを決めるための清須会議が開催されることになり、両派の複雑な思惑が交錯していく。

監督: 三谷幸喜

出演:役所広司、大泉洋、小日向文世、佐藤浩市、妻夫木聡、浅野忠信、松山ケンイチ、伊勢谷友介、鈴木京香 、でんでん、中谷美紀

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Title: Pecoross’ Mother and her Daysペコロスの母に会いに行く
Director: Azuma Morisaki
Writer: Tomoaki Akune, based on a manga by Yuichi Okano
Stars: Ryo Iwamatsu, Harue Akagi, Kiwako Harada, Ryo Kase , Naoto Takenaka
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2013
Film Length: 113 min

Summary: 85-year old director Azuma Morisaki’s heart-warming film was selected as the best Japanese film of 2013 by both Kinema Jumpo and Eiga Geijustu, Japan’s two major film magazines. Yuuichi, nicknamed Pecoross (his bald-head looks like a pecoross, a small onion), is a divorcee with a son and struggling manga artist living in Nagasaki. His mother, Mitsue, developed dementia after her husband, Satoru, passed away 10 years earlier… The film depicts their daily life with warmth, humor and sweet sorrow as it examines the serious social issue elder care in Japan.

漫画家·岡野雄一が認知症の母の介護を描いた、エッセイコミックを実写化したヒューマンドラマ。離婚後、息子を連れて出身地長崎に戻ってきた団塊世代のサラリーマン、ゆういち。ちいさな玉ねぎ「ペコロス」のようなハゲ頭を光らせながら、漫画を描いたり、音楽活動をしながら、彼は父さとるの死を契機に認知症を発症した母みつえの面倒を見ていた。迷子になったり、汚れたままの下着をタンスにしまったりするようになった彼女を、ゆういちは断腸の思いで介護施設に預けることに。苦労した少女時代や夫との生活といった過去へと意識がさかのぼっている母の様子を見て、彼の胸にある思いが去来する。

監督:森崎東 出演:岩松了、赤木春恵、原田貴和子、加瀬亮、竹中直人 他