Film Archive – Lineup 2018

 

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Title: Destiny - The Tale of Kamakura  DESTINY 鎌倉ものがたり
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Writer: Takashi Yamazaki; based on a manga by Ryohei Saigan
Stars: Masato Sakai, Mitsuki Takahata, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Sakura Ando
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 129 min

Summary: In his latest, director Yamazaki (Always: Sunset of 3rd Street, The Eternal Zero, The Man Called Pirate) creates massive, fanciful special effects in service of a gentle story of a man’s love for his wife.

Masakazu Isshiki is a professor and mystery writer who marries Akiko, one of his students, and brings her to live in Kamakura – a town rife with spirits and mythical beasts. Together they solve mysterious cases taking place around them. When Akiko is taken to the next world by the Goddess of Death, Masakazu is heartbroken and decides to follow and bring her home.

「ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日」の山崎貴監督が、同作の原作者・西岸良平のベストセラーコミック「鎌倉ものがたり」を実写映画化し、堺雅人と高畑充希が年の差夫婦役で初共演したファンタジードラマ。

幽霊や魔物、妖怪といった「人ならざるもの」が日常的に姿を現す古都・鎌倉。この地に居を構えるミステリー作家・一色正和のもとに嫁いできた亜紀子は、妖怪や幽霊が人と仲良く暮らす鎌倉の街に最初は驚くが、次第に溶け込んでいく。正和は本業の執筆に加え、魔物や幽霊が関わる難事件の捜査で警察に協力することもあり、日々はにぎやかに過ぎていった。しかし、そんなある日、亜紀子が不測の事態に巻き込まれ、黄泉の国へと旅立ってしまう。正和は亜紀子を取り戻すため、黄泉の国へ行くことを決意するが……。

監督:山崎貴  
出演:堺雅人、高畑充希、堤真一、安藤サクラ、田中泯

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (In Japanese):
kamakura-movie.jp

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Title: Tokyo Vampire Hotel    東京ヴァンパイアホテル
Director: Sion Sono
Writer: Sion Sono
Stars: Kaho, Yumi Adachi, Megumi Kagurazaka and Shinnosuke Mitsushima
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2016
Film Length: 142 min

Summary: The latest from visionary maverick director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Tokyo Tribes) offers up a relentless parade of merciless school-girl assassins, guns, swords, blood-soaked orgies and charismatic killers.

In a world on the verge of an apocalyptic global event, an unassuming Japanese girl is transforming into a powerful vampire. Rival vampire hunters K and Yamada must track her down. In the meantime a clan of vampires lures a crowd of humans into a glamorous hotel in order to turn it into their own private blood farm. When a rival clan crashes the party the outrageous and bloody vampire wars begin.

鬼才、園子温監督が総監督・脚本を担当したAmazonプライムドラマを映画版として編集した。
22歳の誕生日を迎えるマナミは居酒屋で突然、大量殺人に遭遇する。命からがらに逃げた先々で “ネオ・ヴァンパイア” のコルビン族と由緒正しいヴァンパイアであるドラキュラ族の一員であるKにつけ狙われる。マナミは、ドラキュラ一族を救うと予言された運命の子だったのだ。マナミはKにつかまりそうなったところで、反ドラキュラ勢力のコルビン族の山田に連れ去られ、彼らが人間を相手に営むホテル・レクイエム、またの名を東京ヴァンパイアホテルに監禁される。そして、コルビン族はこのホテルを用いた恐るべき計画を進めていた。

監督:園子温
出演: 夏帆、安達祐実、神楽坂恵、満島真之介、冨手麻妙

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Title: The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl  夜は短し歩けよ乙女
Director: Masaki Yuasa
Writer: Makoto Ueda; based on the novel by Tomihiko Morimi
Stars(voice): Kana Hanazawa, Gen Hoshino, Hiroshi Kamiya, Ryuji Akiyama
Genre: Romance
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 93 min

Summary : Winner of the Best Film at the Ottawa Animation Festival, Masaaki Yuasa’s (Lu Over the Wall, Mind Game) adaptation of Tomihiko Morimi’s bestseller focuses on a love-struck male university student, and his hapless crush on “The Girl With Black Hair”. Hoping to confess his feelings he follows her as she wanders though the mysterious and dream-like Kyoto night and the two experience a myriad of eccentric encounters.

Yuasa’s distinctive animation style and a witty script – blending both childish and adult humour – evoke a warm, whimsical and hallucinogenic adventure.

The film will be preceded by Yoshimi Itazu’s award-winning short Pigtails, a delicately powerful fable on a nation haunted by an enormous loss.

「四畳半神話大系」「有頂天家族」などで知られる人気作家・森見登美彦のベストセラー作品で、黒髪の乙女に思いを寄せる冴えない大学生の物語をユーモラスに描いた同名小説をアニメーション映画化。「逃げるは恥だが役に立つ」で役者としても大人気のシンガーソングライターの星野源が、主人公の声を担当した。所属クラブの後輩「黒髪の乙女」に恋心を抱く大学生の「先輩」は、「なるべく彼女の目に留まる」ことを目的とした「ナカメ作戦」を実行する日々を送っていたが、黒髪の乙女との関係は外堀を埋めるばかりでなかなか進展せず……。

監督:湯浅政明
声の出演:星野源、花澤香菜、神谷浩史、秋山竜次

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (In Japanese): kurokaminootome.com

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Title: Life Is Fruity  人生フルーツ
Director: Kenshi Fushihara
Narrated by: Kirin Kiki
Genre: Documentary
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 91 min

Summary: Director Fushihara’s delicate, charming documentary won the Kinema Jumpo Best Film of the Year (Cultural Section) and tells the story of 90-year-old architect Shuichi Tsubata and his 87-year-old wife Hideko.

They live in Aichi Prefecture in a rambling house of Shuichi’s own design. In fact, Shuichi as a young architect was responsible for their entire “new town” residential area. Their garden is bursting with 70 types of vegetables and 50 types of fruits, and they live in harmony with nature and in gentle, cheerful acceptance of their own impending mortality. A moving film about love, marriage and our relationship with the world.

名古屋近郊の高蔵寺のニュータウンの一角にある平屋で暮らす建築家の津端修一氏と妻の英子さんを追ったドキュメンタリー。阿佐ヶ谷住宅をはじめさまざまな団地などの都市計画に携わってきた津端氏が自ら手掛けたニュータウンに居を構え、時を重ねてきた二人の暮らしを通し、日本が失った本当の豊かさを探る。第42回放送文化基金賞番組部門最優秀賞受賞したドキュメンタリー番組を劇場版として再編集された作品。

監督:伏原健之
ナレーション:樹木希林

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (In Japanese):
life-is-fruity.com

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Title: The Scythian Lamb  羊の木
Director: Daihachi Yoshida
Writer: Masahito Kagawa; based on the manga by Tatsuhiko Yamagami and Mikio Igarash
Stars: Ryo Nishikido, Ryuhei Matsuda, Fumino Kimura, Mikako Ichikawa, Kazuki Kitamura, Min Tanaka, Shingo Mizusawa
Genre: Thriller
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2018
Film Length: 126 min

Summary: Suffering from population decline, the small seaside town decides to welcome six strangers into the community.
A malevolent fishing boat operator, a sexy caregiver, a frightening launderer, a timid barber, a methodical cleaning woman, and a simple-minded deliveryman are all brought together by this mysterious government-sponsored program. Only Tsukisue, the young city official, is privy to their secret: they are participants in a covert project set up to re-socialize paroled murderers. Tensions are already high and when a murder victim surfaces – upsetting both the townspeople and the local ancestral spirit – everything begins to unravel.

A whimsical mix of dark humour, suspense, romance and drama along with adrenaline-driven moments culminating in a thrilling climax.

刑期を終えた元受刑者を自治体が受け入れる新仮釈放制度により、閑散とした港町・魚深市に男女6人が移住してくる。市役所職員の月末一(錦戸亮)は彼らの受け入れ担当を命じられるが、移住者たちの過去を住民たちに知られてはならないという決まりがあった。犯した罪に囚われながら、それぞれ居場所に馴染もうとする6人。そんなある日、港で起こった死亡事故をきっかけに月末の同級生・文(木村文乃)をも巻き込んで、犯罪者を受け入れた町と人々の日常に、少しずつ狂いが生じていき……。

監督:吉田大八
出演:錦戸亮、松田龍平、木村文乃、市川実日子、北村一輝、田中泯、水澤紳吾

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (In Japanese):
hitsujinoki-movie.com

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Laughing Under the Clouds  曇天に笑う
Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
Writer: Yuya Takahashi, based on manga by Kemuri Karakara
Stars: Sota Fukushi, Yuma Nakayama, Yuki Furukawa, Ren Kiriyama
Genre: Action/Drama
Release Type: International Premiere
Production Year: 2018
Film Length: 94 min

Summary: It is the 11th year of the Meiji era and times are uncertain. The return of Orochi – a giant mystical serpent reborn once every 300 years to bring disaster to Japan – is imminent, and a huge prison island has been created to control the growing unrest as people protest the ban on the samurai. The three brothers of the Kumo temple, together with the Yamainu government battle-force, are tasked with repelling the beast and bringing peace to Japan. Meanwhile the Anyaku ninja group begin their move to control the power of the Orochi in order to overthrow the government.

A lively and colourful fantasy-action film for fans of Rurouni Kenshin and Gintama. Based on the popular manga by Kemuri Karakara.

明治維新後の滋賀県・大津。300年に1度曇り空が続く日、世界を滅ぼす破壊の神・オロチ(大蛇)が復活し、人々に災いをもたらすという伝説があった。大蛇復活の年、その力を阻止するために立ち上がった曇神社を継ぐ曇家(くもうけ)の長男の曇天火(福士蒼汰)、次男の空丸(中山優馬)、三男の宙太郎(若山耀人)の曇天三兄弟が立ち上がる。一方、明治政府右大臣・岩倉具視の直属部隊・犲(ヤマイヌ)も大蛇の力を再び封印し、日本に平和をもたらそうとしていた。しかし、大蛇の力を手に入れ明治政府を転覆させるため動き出した最強の忍者集団・風魔一族の暗躍により、曇天三兄弟の行く手は阻まれてしまう。曇天三兄弟と犲、風魔一族が三つ巴の戦いが繰り広げられる。

監督:本広克行  出演:福士蒼汰、中山優馬、古川雄輝、桐山漣

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (In Japanese):
donten-movie.jp

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Title: Miko Girl  巫女っちゃけん
Director: Su-Yeon Gu
Writer: Mitsunori Gu
Stars: Alice Hirose, Taiki Yamaguchi, Megumi, Lily Franky, Naoko Iijima
Genre: Comedy/Family
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 98 min

Summary: Shiwasu works as a Miko (shrine maiden) at the shrine where her father is chief priest. Her mother has long ago abandoned the family. Shiwasu is bright but directionless and nurses a very bad attitude. One night, as she walks around the shrine, she discovers and captures 5-year-old Kenta trying to commit arson. She soon discovers he has fled an abusive mother and her boyfriend. Shiwasu decides to help and in doing so finds her own sense of purpose.

Su-Yeon Gu’s light-hearted comedy-drama featuring gorgeous scenery and a charismatic central performance from Alice Hirose.

未来に夢も希望もないまま就職活動中のしわす(広瀬アリス)は、父親(リリー・フランキー)が宮司を務める神社で巫女のアルバイトをしている。幼い頃に母(飯島直子)が家を出ていったことがトラウマになっており何かにつけ反発していた。そんな中、神社ではボヤ騒ぎや賽銭や食べ物の盗難などトラブルが相次ぐ。ある日、夜中の境内を見回りしていたしわすは、社殿に隠れていた5歳の少年・健太を(山口太幹)を捕まえるが…… 広瀬アリスの好演で、悲惨な内容なのに暖かく元気な気持ちにしてくれる。

監督:グ・スーヨン 
出演:広瀬アリス、山口太幹、MEGUMI、リリー・フランキー、飯島直子

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (In Japanese):
mikomovie.com

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Title: A Beautiful Star 美しい星
Director: Daihachi Yoshida
Writer: Daihachi Yoshida and Seitaro Kai, based on the novel by Yukio Mishima
Stars: Lily Franky, Kazuya Kamenashi, Ai Hashimoto
Genre: Drama/Family
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 127 min

Summary: A dark and surreal comedy based loosely on a 1962 novel by Yukio Mishima.

A placid TV weather forecaster Osugi is overwhelmed by a strange solar phenomenon and wakes up hours later believing he is an emissary from the League of Solar Planets. His weather broadcasts soon turn into apocalyptic rants that prophesize the impending doom that is climate change. Before long, each family member takes their own conflicting positions on the fate of planet Earth—until a human tragedy pulls them together.

Director Yoshida (Pale Moon, The Kirishima Thing) creates a surreal but relatable narrative combining themes of delusion and desire, set against a backdrop of climate change and sinister politics. A thoughtful and unforgettable film.

核時代の人類滅亡の不安を捉えた、三島由紀夫の異色SF小説を、「桐島、部活やめるってよ」の吉田大八監督が映画化。平凡な家族が突如として「宇宙人」として覚醒し、美しい星・地球を救おうと大暴走する様を描く。予報が当たらないことで有名なお天気キャスター・大杉重一郎は、妻や二人の子供達とそれなりの暮らしを送っていた。そんなある日、空飛ぶ円盤と遭遇した重一郎は、自分は地球を救うためにやって来た火星人であることを確信する。さらに息子の一雄が水星人、娘の暁子が金星人として次々と覚醒し、それぞれの方法で世界を救うべく奔走するが…

監督:吉田大八
出演:リリー・フランキー、亀梨和也、橋本愛、中島朋子

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
gaga.ne.jp/hoshi

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Title: The Third Murder 三度目の殺人
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Writer: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Koji Yakusho, Suzu Hirose
Genre: Crime/Drama/Mystery
Release Type: TIFF Encore Presentation
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 124 min

Summary: Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori’s chances of winning the case seem low – his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case, as he hears the testimonies of the victim’s family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all.

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest masterpiece swept the Japanese Academy Awards with Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Male and Female Supporting Performances.

「そして父になる」の是枝裕和監督と福山雅治が再タッグを組み、是枝監督のオリジナル脚本で描いた法廷心理ドラマ。

勝つことにこだわる弁護士・重盛は、殺人の前科がある男・三隅の弁護を仕方なく担当することに。解雇された工場の社長を殺害して死体に火をつけた容疑で起訴されている三隅は犯行を自供しており、このままだと死刑は免れない。しかし三隅の動機はいまいち釈然とせず、重盛は面会を重ねるたびに、本当に彼が殺したのか確信が持てなくなっていく。是枝監督作には初参加となる役所広司が殺人犯・三隅役で福山と初共演を果たし、「海街diary」の広瀬すずが物語の鍵を握る被害者の娘役を演じる。

第41回日本アカデミー賞で作品賞、監督賞、脚本、助演男優、助演女優、編集の6部門で最優秀賞を受賞した。
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監督:是枝裕和
出演:福山雅治、役所広司、広瀬すず

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (In Japanese):
gaga.ne.jp/sandome/

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Title: Tremble All You Want 勝手にふるえてろ
Director: Akiko Ohku
Writer: Akiko Ohku, based on the novel by Risa Wataya
Stars: Mayu Matsuoka, Daichi Watanabe, Anna Ishibashi, Takumi Kitamura
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Year of Release: 2017
Film Length: 117 min

Summary: Based on Risa Wataya’s best-selling novel and winner of the Tokyo international Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award, Akiko Ohku’s film is a tender and very funny study of romantic obsession and social isolation.

Yoshika is a social awkward 24-year-old obsessed with fossils and a boy from her middle school days. When an earnest co-worker confesses his feelings for her she struggles to set her obsessions aside.

Mayu Matusoka’s hilarious and heartfelt central performance, a witty script and breakneck pacing make it one of 2017’s best films

芥川賞作家、綿矢りさの同名小説の映画化。
恋愛経験のない主人公のOLが2つの恋に悩み暴走する様を描くコメディ。ヨシカは職場の同期「二」の突然の告白にテンションがあがるも、いまいち乗り切れず、中学時代からの同級生「イチ」への思いもいまだに引きずっている。

一方的な脳内片思いとリアルな恋愛との間で暴走する不器用なヒロインを「ちはやふる」の松岡茉優が好演し、大ヒットした。

監督:大九明子 
出演:松岡茉優、渡辺大知、石橋杏奈、北村匠海 

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (In Japanese): furuetero-movie.com

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Title: Chihayafuru Part 3 ちはやふる 結び
Director: Norihiro Koizumi
Writer: Norihiro Koizumi, based on the manga by Yuki Suetsugu
Stars: Suzu Hirose, Shuhei Nomura, Mackenyu Arata, Mone Kamishiraishi, Mayu Matsuoka
Genre: Drama
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2018
Film Length: 128 min

Summary: The third installment in the hit Chihayafuru trilogy takes place two years after the showdown between Chihaya and Shinobu at the National Karuta Competion. Chihaya is now a high school senior and, together with her friends Taichi and Arata, enters the Master/Queen Competition to face yet another battle against Shinobu. In the meanwhile, Chihaya learns their master Hideo Harada has been humiliated in defeat by Suo, the most skilled Karuta player in history. The friends decide to challenge Suo to a revenge match…

A fast-paced, exciting film filled with friendship, determination and beautiful kimono.

末次由紀のコミックを原作に実写映画化した「ちはやふる 上の句」「ちはやふる 下の句」の続編。

綾瀬千早(広瀬すず)と若宮詩暢(松岡茉優)が、全国大会で壮絶な戦いを繰り広げてから2年。真島太一(野村周平)、綿谷新(新田真剣佑)らと共に名人・クイーン戦に挑む千早だったが、クイーンの詩暢と戦うことが出来ない自分に悔しがる千早。そんな中、千早たちの師匠・原田秀雄(國村隼)が史上最強の名人とされる周防久志(賀来賢人)と対戦していた。しかし原田は周防に手も足も出ず敗れてしまう。新が彼に挑戦状をたたきつける。その後3年生に進級した千早たちは、高校最後の全国大会に向けて瑞沢高校競技かるた部を始動させるが……。

監督:小泉徳宏
出演:広瀬すず、野村周平、新田真剣佑、上白石萌音、松岡茉優

In Japanese with English subtitles

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

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Title: Mixed Doubles ミックス
Director: Junichi Ishikawa
Writer: Ryota Kosawa
Stars: Yui Aragaki, Eita, Koji Seto, Mei Nagano
Genre: Family
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 119 min

Summary: Laughter, love and ping-pong combine in the tale of Tamako, 28 and single and a one-time prodigy now playing on the corporate team. When her handsome team-mate and boyfriend Ejima dumps her for beautiful Airi she returns devastated to her hometown. There she finds that the Flower Table Tennis Club formerly run by her late mother is in dire financial straits. Its current roster consists of a bored ex-rebel, a celebrity housewife, a dieting middle-aged couple, a high school nerd, and formerly nationally ranked pro boxer Hagiwara. They begin to train together with the dream of entering the National Championships in the mixed double category. Can they win? Will Tamako defeat Ejima and Airi and find the man of her dreams?
Find out in this hilarious, lighter-than-air box-office smash.

卓球を題材に、男女混合ダブルス(ミックス)を通じて巻き起こる人間模様を描いたロマンチックコメディー。
幼いころは天才卓球少女として将来を期待された多満子は、ある時、恋人を会社の新人社員に寝取られたことをきっかけに、逃げるように帰郷する。しかし、亡き母が経営していた卓球クラブは赤字に陥り、かつて自分の青春を捧げた活気のある練習風景はそこにはなかった。クラブ再建、そして自分を捨てた元恋人ペア打倒のために全日本卓球選手権の男女混合ダブルス部門への出場を目指すことになった多満子は、クラブに通う落ちぶれた元プロボクサーの萩原とペアを組むのだが……。
主演の新垣結衣はこの作品で、第60回ブルーリボン賞の主演女優賞を受賞。

監督:石川淳一
出演:新垣結衣、瀬戸康史、瑛太、永野芽郁、真木よう子

In Japanese with English subtitles

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

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Title: Yocho – Foreboding 予兆 散歩する侵略者 劇場版
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Writer: Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Hiroshi Takahashi, based on the play by Tomohiro Maekawa
Stars: Kaho, Shota Sometani, Masahiro Higashide, Yukino Kishii
Genre: Sci-Fi
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 140 min

Summary: Widely considered superior to the original, this companion piece to Kurosawa’s Before We Vanish tells the story of a different set of characters during the alien invasion.
Etsuko is worried about her friend Miyuki who is seeing ghosts in her home. Taking her to a psychiatric hospital she is informed Miyuki has lost the concept of “family.” Meanwhile, Etsuko’s husband, Tatsuo encounters Dr. Jiro Makabe, a new doctor with an unnerving manner. He is an alien who has taken over a human host and is now looking for a “guide” to help him understand humankind in preparation for an alien invasion. Enlisting Tatsuo, Makabe begins his “study” leaving victims stripped of their humanity – or dead. Etsuko learns the truth and must fight back against the invasion.

黒沢清監督の「散歩する侵略者」本編のスピンオフとして制作された全5話のドラマ「予兆 散歩する侵略者」を「劇場版」として映画化したアナザーストーリー。
同僚の浅川みゆき(岸井ゆきの)から家に幽霊がいると告白された山際悦子(夏帆)はみゆきの精神状態を心配し夫の辰雄(染谷将太)が勤める病院の心療内科へみゆきを連れていく。診察の結果、みゆきには「家族」という概念が欠落していることが判明する。辰雄から新任の外科医だと紹介された真壁司郎(東出昌大)にいいようのない違和感を抱く悦子。やがて真壁と常に行動をともにする辰雄が精神的に追い詰められていき、得体の知れない不安を募らせる。

監督:黒沢清
出演:夏帆、染谷将太、東出昌大、岸井ゆきの

In Japanese with English subtitles

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

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Title: What a Wonderful Family II 家族はつらいよ 2
Director: Yoji Yamada
Writer: Emiko Hiramatsu and Yôji Yamada
Stars: Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Yui Natsukawa, Tomoko Nakajima, Hayashiya Shozo IX, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Yu Aoi,
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: Toronto Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 113 min

熟年離婚をめぐって一家の悲喜こもごもを描いた、山田洋次監督による喜劇映画「家族はつらいよ」の続編。平田周造と富子との離婚騒動を乗り越えた平田家の面々が、父親の同級生が来訪したのを機に新たな騒動を巻き起こす。監督の山田洋次、キャストの橋爪功、吉行和子ら前作のスタッフ・キャスト陣が再結集する。無縁社会というテーマを掲げ、山田監督が独自の視点で描く家族の物語

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、 小林稔侍

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and official site (In Japanese):
kazoku-tsuraiyo.jp

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 again visits Tokyo’s loving but mildly dysfunctional Hirata family.

Shuzo and Tomiko, married for five decades, have just avoided a divorce and life is seemingly back to normal. Shuzo still enjoys driving his own car but when their son Konosuke notice a dent on Shuzo’s car, he worries that Shuzo is too old to drive. The stubborn Shuzo refuses to quit. One day, Shuzo happens to meet Ginnpei, a school mate from Hiroshima he hasn’t seen in 40 years and they they become drinking buddies. Shuzo soon invites Ginnpei to stay at his house. The Hirata household is soon thrown into hilarious chaos once again.

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Title: Hanagatami 花筐/HANAGATAMI
Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi
Writer: Nobuhiko Obayashi and Chiho Katsura
Stars: Shunsuke Kubozuka, Honoka Yahagi, Takako Tokiwa, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Mugi Kadowaki
Genre: Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 169 min

Summary: In 2017 veteran filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi (Casting Blossoms to the Sky, House) learned he had stage four cancer. His response was to fulfill a 40-year old filmmaking dream in the time he had remaining.

In spring 1941, Toshihiko returns from Europe, showing up at the home of his aunt in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture. He entertains a crush on his tubercular cousin Mina while reveling in “depraved” adolescence with the girls and indulging in bravery-testing escapades with his school buddies. The pacific war soon erupts and their fragile, idyllic world is torn asunder.

Based on Kazuo Dan’s novella, this luminous, dream-like film delivers a timeless story of the pureness of youth beset by the terrible chaos of war.

檀一雄による同名短編小説を大林亘彦監督が映画化。1941年春アムステルダムに住む両親の元を離れ、叔母(常盤貴子)が生活している佐賀・唐津に移り住んだ17歳の俊彦(窪塚俊介)は新学期を迎え、アポロ神のような美少年の鵜飼(満島真之介)やお調子者の阿蘇(柄本時生)らと勇気を試す冒険に興じる日々を送っていた。肺病に苦しむ従妹の美那(矢作穂香)に恋する一方、女友達のあきね(山崎紘菜)や千歳(門脇麦)と青春を謳歌している。そんな彼らの日常は、いつしか恐ろしい戦争の渦に飲み込まれていく。

監督:大林宣彦
出演:窪塚俊介、矢作穂香、常盤貴子、満島真之介、門脇麦

In Japanese with English subtitles

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

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Title: Sekigahara 関ケ原
Director: Masato Harada
Writer: Masato Harada, based on the novel by Ryotaro Shiba
Stars: Junichi Okada, Koji Yakusho, Kasumi Arimura, Takehiro Hira, Masahiro Higashide
Genre: Drama/History
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 149 min

Summary: Masato Harada returns with this samurai battle epic based on Ryotaro Shiba’s literary account.

The very name Sekigahara is evocative for anyone who knows anything about Japanese history. It is the site of Japan’s most famous — and most decisive — battle, a watershed event that saw the advent of 250 years of peace and stability. On October 21, 1600, the famous Battle of Sekigahara took place between the Western Army, led by Mitsunari Ishida and the Eastern Army, led Ieyasu Tokugawa. Its outcome would end the Warring States Period (Sengoku Jidai) and determine a ruler for the new era.

A major critical and box-office hit with spectacular battles, byzantine plotting and a cast featuring many of Japanese top actors. Nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards including Best Film, Director, Actor and Supporting Actor.

司馬遼太郎の名作小説を『日本のいちばん長い日』などの原田眞人監督が映画化。
西暦1600年10月21日。長く混迷を極めた戦国時代に終止符を打ち、その後の日本の支配者を決定づけた、徳川家康を総大将とする東軍と、石田三成率いる西軍が激突する戦国史上最大の天下分け目の決戦“関ヶ原の戦い”。有利と思われた西軍は、なぜ東軍に敗れたのか……?これまで描かれてきた人物像ではない三成を岡田准一、天下取りの野望に燃え、三成を追い詰めていく家康を役所広司、三成への恋心を胸に三成を命がけで守る・初芽を有村架純が演じる。

監督:原田眞人
出演:岡田准一、役所広司、有村架純、平岳大、東出昌大

In Japanese with English subtitles

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

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Title: Hiroshima ひろしま
Director: Hideo Sekigawa
Writer: Yasutaro Yagi
Stars: Eiji Okada, Yumeji Tsukioka, Takashi Kanda, Isuzu Yamada
Genre: Drama/War
Production Year: 1953
Film Length: 104 min

Summary: Based on Children of the Atom Bomb, a book of testimonies by children who experienced the bombing of Hiroshima, this harrowing drama details the destruction and suffering left in the wake of the A-bomb for a group of students, teachers and their families.

A direct indictment against nuclear war and the mistreatment of Hiroshima’s stigmatized survivors, this independently produced and distributed film was funded by the Japan Teachers Union in an effort to “preserve peace” and utilized tens of thousands of Hiroshima citizens as extras, including many survivors. Recently rediscovered after decades of obscurity, Hiroshima is a major work of anti-war cinema and a chilling reminder of the consequences of nuclear warfare

原爆の惨状を訴える映画『ひろしま』は、被爆から8年後に広島教職員組合と広島市民の全面的協力の下に制作された。月丘夢路、岡田英次など当時のスターが出演し、被爆者も含む延べ約9万人もエキストラとして参加し、逃げ惑う被爆者の群衆シーンに迫力を醸し出している。第5回ベルリン国際映画祭で長編映画賞を受賞しながらも、日本で上映される機会は少なく幻の映画となっていた。

監督:関川秀雄
出演:岡田英二、月岡夢二、神田隆、山田五十鈴

In Japanese with English subtitles

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Title: Ernesto エルネスト
Director: Junji Sakamoto
Writer: Junji Sakamoto
Stars: Joe Odagiri, Kento Nagayama, Alexis Diaz de Villegas
Genre: Biography
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 124 min

Summary: Winner of the Best Film of the Year in the Takasaki Film Festival, this powerful Japan-Cuba co-production is based on the true story of Freddy Maemura Hurtado, a Nikkei born to a father from Kagoshima and a Bolivian mother.

Known as “Ernesto Medico” (doctor) he is determined to help bridge the social inequities in his homeland, so he goes to Cuba to study medicine where he encounters the revolutionary Che Guevara. He soon decides to return home as a guerrilla fighter alongside Che and the National Liberation Army of Bolivia, in a doomed attempt to overthrow the government.
Inspired by “El Samurai de la Revolucion,” a book written by Maemura’s older sister, Mary.

キューバ革命の英雄チェ・ゲバラと共闘した日系人フレディ前村の生涯を描いた日本とキューバの合作映画。フィデル・カストロらとともにキューバ革命を成功させ、1967年にボリビア戦線で命を落としたエルネスト・チェ・ゲバラ。日系二世として生まれ、医者を志してキューバのハバナ大学に留学したフレディ前村はキューバ危機に直面する。混乱の中でチェ・ゲバラと出会ったフレディは、その理念やカリスマ性に心酔し、やがてゲバラの部隊に参加した彼は、ゲバラのファーストネームであるエルネストを戦士名として本人から授けられる。そして、ボリビアの軍事政権へと立ちむかっていく。

前村役は2017年のトロント日本映画祭に参加したオダギリジョーが、ボリビアなまりのスペイン語で演じる。第32回高崎映画祭にて、最優秀賞作品賞を受賞した。

監督:阪本順治
出演:オダギリジョー、永山絢斗、ホワン・ミゲル・バレロ・アコスタ

In Japanese with English subtitles

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

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Title: Miracles of the Namiya General Store ナミヤ雑貨店の奇蹟
Director: Ryuichi Hiroki
Writer: Hiroshi Saito, based on the novel Keigo Higashino
Stars: Ryosuke Yamada, Toshiyuki Nishida, Machiko Ono, Nijiro Murakami, Kaoru Kobayashi
Genre: Drama
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 129 min

Summary: This deeply moving fantasy-drama, based on Keigo Higashino’s best-selling novel, was nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards including Best Film.

The titular shop was run for years by the kindly Mr. Namiya, an elderly man who imparted homespun wisdom to customers in need of advice. In 2012, as three youths hide out in the now derelict store following a burglary, a letter is slipped through the door – allegedly written by a girl three decades earlier. The young men respond and in doing so create a portal through time. Their communications with the past help them understand the life of Mr. Namiya as well as the importance of helping others. Bring your handkerchiefs!

東野圭吾の同名ベストセラー小説を廣木隆一監督が映画化。日本アカデミー賞で優秀作品賞を含め10部門においてノミネートされた。

過去と現在が手紙で繋がる不思議な雑貨店を舞台に、現実に背を向けて生きてきた青年と悩みを聞く店主の時空を超えた交流を描く。2012年、養護施設出身の敦也は友人と悪事を働いて、一軒の廃屋に忍び込む。そこはかつて悩み相談を受けることで知られていた「ナミヤ雑貨店」だった。他に誰もいないはずの店内に、突然シャッターの郵便口から手紙が落ちてくる。なんとその手紙は32年前に書かれた悩み相談だった。敦也たちが困惑しつつも、当時の店主ナミヤに代わり返事を書くと、また手紙が投函される。やがて、この雑貨店の意外な秘密が明らかになる。

監督:廣木隆一
出演:山田涼介、西田敏行、尾野真千子、村上虹郎、小林薫

In Japanese with English subtitles

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

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Title: Side Job 彼女の人生は間違いじゃない
Director: Ryuichi Hiroki
Writer: Ryuichi Hiroki
Stars: Kumi Takiuchi, Ken Mitsuishi, Kengo Kora
Genre: Drama
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 119 min

Summary: Miyuki lost her mother in the 2011 tsunami disaster in Fukushima. Working as a city clerk, she shares temporary housing with her father, a rice farmer who has lost his livelihood as his fields are now in the nuclear contamination zone. Out of financial necessity, and to escape her grinding existence in the disaster area, she journeys to Tokyo on the weekends where she works as a prostitute. There she meets Miura who becomes her driver, guardian and confidant.

Based on Fukushima-born director Hiroki’s own novel, and featuring a stunning central performance for Takiuchi, Side Job is an unsentimental, heart-wrenching but ultimately hopeful tale of a bleak realities of post-disaster Tohoku.

東日本大震災からおよそ5年がたった福島県いわき市。福島の市役所に勤めている金沢みゆき(瀧内公美)は、仮設住宅で一緒に暮らす父親・修(光石研)には英会話教室に通うとうそをつき、週末になると高速バスで渋谷に向かいデリヘルのアルバイトをしにいく。高速バスで福島と東京を往復する日々の繰り返しから何かを求め続けるみゆき、そして彼女を取り巻く人々の姿を描いたヒューマンドラマ。

監督:廣木隆一
出演:瀧内公美、光石研、高良健吾

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
gaga.ne.jp/kanojo

CONTAINS SCENES OF VIOLENCE AND/OR SEXUALITY.

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Title: Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA 
Director: Stephen Nomura Schible
Stars: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Genre: Documentary
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 102 min

Summary: When diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014, Oscar-winning composer, pianist, writer, and actor Ryuichi Sakamoto reacted by saying “I want to make more music.”

Shot over a period of five years, the film opens with the humanitarian Sakamoto examining a nuclear contamination zone in Fukushima and proceeds to chronicle his cancer diagnosis, his beginnings in music, and his thoughts about the world – ultimately depicting Sakamoto as a visionary with a complex, caring, and creative mind.

Japanese-American filmmaker Schible’s superb film quietly and intuitively observes the composer, leading to rare moments of the composer at work, absorbed in the sensorial act of listening – an intrinsic aspect of Sakamoto’s art and creation. A thoughtful and elegantly observed examination of the creative process.

世界的に活動する音楽家坂本龍一の音楽的探究の旅を捉えた、初の劇場版ドキュメンタリー映画。2012年から5年間にわたる密着取材によって実現。映画「ラストエンペラー」製作時に坂本自身が撮影した映像など、充実したアーカイブ素材と、初公開のプライベート映像、貴重な過去のエピソードを振り返りながら、新たな楽曲が誕生するまで追う。第74回ヴェネチア国際映画祭正式出品。

監督:スティーブン・ノムラ・シブル 出演:坂本龍一

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
ryuichisakamoto-coda.com

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Title: Color Me True 今夜、ロマンス劇場で
Director: Hideki Takeuchi
Writer: Keisuke Uyama
Stars: Haruka Ayase, Kentaro Sakaguchi, Tsubasa Honda, Kazuki Kitamura
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2018
Film Length: 108 min

Summary: It is the 1960s and film was losing its status as “the king of entertainment” to TV, a change triggered by the televised wedding of the crown prince. Aspiring young director Kenji dreams of making films and spends his days at his favourite theatre, the Romance Gekijo, watching old black-and-white films. He’s particularly infatuated with Princess Miyuki, a character from a forgotten film. One night lightning strikes the theatre and the princess miraculously steps off the screen and into Kenji’s world. Still in black and white, Kenji takes her out to introduce her to the beauty of color: rainbows, blue skies, purple wisteria flowers and red roses.

Director Takeuchi’s (Thermae Romae) hit film opened to popular and critical acclaim. A funny, heart-warming love letter to the movies.

映画監督志望の健司は、映画館「ロマンス劇場」に通い詰めていた。彼はそこで一人の女性と出会うが、彼女こそ健司がずっと恋い焦がれてきたスクリーンの中のお姫様・美雪だった。逢いたい気持ちが奇跡を起こし、出会うはずのなかった二人が出会い惹かれあう。モノクロ映画女優と現実世界の青年の恋の行方は・・・

監督:武内英樹
出演:綾瀬はるか、坂口健太郎、本田翼、北村一輝

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
warnerbros.co.jp/romance-gekijo

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Title: blank13
Director: Takumi Saitoh
Writer: Mitsutoshi Saijo, based on the true story by Koji Hashimoto
Stars: Issey Takahashi, Lilly Franky, Misuzu Kanno, Sairi Ito, Mayu Matsuoka, Takumi Saitoh
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 70 min

Summary: Superstar Takumi Saitoh’s feature-length directorial debut is set at the funeral of a man who recently returned home to his family after a 13-year absence, taking us through the mourning of a family blunted by resentment.

With the arrival of a group of eccentric mourners, their eulogies bring about a change of tone as the family discovers there was much more about their father’s life than they could have suspected. The film quietly evokes the enigma of discovering the private life of a loved one, whether dead or alive; and the elasticity of familial bonds.

Moving, funny and expertly acted and directed, the film won the Asian New Talent Award for Best Director at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

俳優・斎藤工が、映画監督・齊藤工として挑戦した長編監督デビュー作で、実話にもとづくオリジナル作品である。

たばこを買いに行くと言ってそのまま失踪した父。13年後に余命数か月で見つかる。前半の回想シーンでは、その失踪の前後の家族の姿が静かな暗い色調で描かれる。一転してライブ感あふれる、父の葬式場面でのアドリブ全開の後半。監督のこの二つを融合させるという果敢な挑戦は見事に成功し、第20回上海国際映画祭アジア新人部門で最優秀監督賞を受賞するなど、国内外の映画祭で高い評価を得ている。

監督:斎藤工  
出演:高橋一生、リリー・フランキー、神野三鈴、松岡茉優、斎藤工

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
blank13.com

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Title: We Make Antiques 嘘八百
Director: Masaharu Take
Writer: Shin Adachi
Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Kuranosuke Sasaki, Tomochika, Aoi Morikawa, Tomoya Maeno
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2018
Film Length: 105 min

Summary: Dubious antique dealer Norio finds a priceless tea bowl which once belonged to the famous 16th century tea master Sen no Rikyo among the musty contents of a rich family’s storehouse. He deceives the homeowner Sasuke to get it for next to nothing. In fact Sasuke is merely the house-sitter and made the tea cup himself. When Norio learns Sasuke was once a gifted potter whose career was derailed by a famous TV antiques appraiser – the same man who damaged Norio’s own reputation – they decide to settle the score and scam the appraiser. Their scheme is the gamble of a lifetime involving their wives, children and life savings. What could possibly go wrong…?

Masaharu Take’s hit caper-comedy offers much to enjoy for both those who like to laugh as well as Japanese pottery aficionados.

うだつの上がらない古物商の小池則夫(中井貴一)は、娘のいまり(森川葵)を車に乗せて千利休を生んだ茶の湯の聖地である大阪府堺市にやってくる。ラジオの声に導かれながら、蔵のある屋敷にたどり着く。そこで出会ったのはある大御所鑑定士に一杯食わさた屋敷の主の野田佐輔(佐々木蔵之介)。2人は結託し、“幻の利休の茶器”を仕立て上げ、仕返しついでに一攫千金を目論むのだが。。。

監督:武正晴
出演:中井貴一、佐々木蔵之介、友近、 森川葵、前野朋哉

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese): gaga.ne.jp/uso800

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Title: Outrage – Coda  アウトレイジ 最終章
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Writer: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tatsuo Nadaka, Nao Omori, Pierre Taki, Yutaka Ren Ohsugi, Ittoku Kishibe
Genre: Action/Crime
Release Type: Canadian Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 104 min

Summary: Takeshi Kitano is back with another furious blast of yakuza cinema in this third installment of his Outrage Trilogy.

Five years after surviving the all-out war between the Sanno and Hanabishi crime families, former yakuza boss Otomo now works in South Korea for Mr. Chang, a renowned fixer whose influence extends into Japan. A minor incident escalates tensions between Chang Enterprises and Japan’s powerful Hanabishi-gumi. The conflict soon ignites a ferocious power struggle among the top echelons of the Hanabishi and when Chang’s life is endangered, devoted yakuza Otomo must return to Japan to set things straight.

北野武監督・主演で裏社会に生きる男たちの抗争を壮絶に描いた映画「アウトレイジ」シリーズの完結編。関東の山王会と関西の花菱会の間で起きたし烈な権力闘争の後、韓国に拠点を移した大友(北野武)は日本と韓国を牛耳るフィクサー、張会長(金田時男)のもとにいた。ある日花菱会幹部の花田(ピエール瀧)は取引のためやって来た韓国で騒ぎを起こして張会長の手下を殺してしまい、この事件を発端に張グループと花菱は緊張状態へと突入する

監督:北野武
出演:北野武、西田敏行、名高達男、大森南朋、ピエール瀧、大杉漣、岸部一徳

In Japanese with English subtitles

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

CONTAINS SCENES OF VIOLENCE AND/OR SEXUALITY.

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Title: Yakiniku Dragon 焼肉ドラゴン
Director: Wishing Chong
Writer: Wishing Chong
Stars: Yo Oizumi, Yoko Maki, Mao Inoue, Kim Sang-Ho, Oh Shin-Gil, Lee Jung Eun, Shinpei Ooe
Genre: Drama/Family
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2018
Film Length: 126 min

Summary: Based on his popular play about the struggles of the Zainichi (ethnic Korean) community in Japan, director Wishing Chong tells the story of one family in 1970s Osaka.

Yong Gil immigrated from South Korea and operates a barbecue restaurant with his wife and three tempestuous daughters. Oldest daughter Jung-Hwa is dating Tetsuo but they break up. Middle daughter Yi-Hwa loves Tetsuo and marries him, but Tetsuo still loves her older sister and they divorce. The youngest daughter Mi-Hwa wants to become a singer, but she is in love with a married man. Yakiniku Dragon conveys the vigorous life of Zainichi villagers with much laughter and tears as they argue, reconcile, love and break up. At the same time the film casts and unwavering eye on the bullying and prejudice they are forced to endure.

「血と骨」など映画の脚本家としても活躍する劇作家・演出家の鄭義信が長編映画初メガホンをとり、自身の人気戯曲「焼肉ドラゴン」を映画化。高度経済成長と大阪万博に沸く1970年代。関西のとある地方都市で小さな焼肉店「焼肉ドラゴン」を営む夫婦・龍吉と英順は、静花、梨花、美花の3姉妹と長男・時生の6人暮らし。龍吉は戦争で故郷と左腕を奪われながらも常に明るく前向きに生きており、店内は静花の幼なじみの哲男ら常連客たちでいつも賑わっていた。強い絆で結ばれた彼らだったが、やがて時代の波が押し寄せ……。

監督:鄭義信
出演:大泉洋、真木よう子、井上真央、桜庭ななみ、キム・サンホ、イ・ジョンウン

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese): yakinikudragon.com

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Title: The Last Recipe ラストレシピ ~麒麟の舌の記憶~
Director: Yojiro Takita
Writer: Tamio Hayashi, based on the novel by Keiichi Tanaka
Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Aoi Miyazaki, Go Ayano, Daigo Nishihata
Genre: Comedy
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 126 min

Summary: The latest film from the director of the Oscar-winning Departures tells the story of culinary genius Mitsuru Sasaki, a formerly renowned chef who now capitalizes on his gift: the ability to remember every flavor he’s ever tasted. He is commissioned to cook a meal as the last request of dying gourmet for a fee lofty enough to save his floundering business. The catch is that he must seek out a lost recipe by famed Japanese chef Yamagata, who prepared the meal in occupied Manchuria during the 1930s for a historic feast to honor the Emperor’s visit. But where is the recipe now and what was the secret that Yamagata risked his life to hide?

This lively mix of international intrigue and sumptuous cooking will be enjoyed equally by fans of mystery and lovers of fine food!

アカデミー外国語映画賞を受賞した「おくりびと」の滝田洋二監督の最新作。一度食べればどんな味でも再現できる絶対味覚「麒麟の舌」をもちながら、料理への情熱を失ってしまった天才料理人が、歴史の闇に消えてしまった幻のレシピを探す過程で、思いがけない真実が明らかになっていくさまを描く。1930年代の日中戦争前の満州国と70年後の現代、異なる時代に生きた二人の天才料理人の宿命に息をのむ。

監督:滝田洋二郎
出演:二宮和也、西島秀俊、宮崎あおい、綾野剛、西畑大吾、竹野内豊

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese):
last-recipe.jp

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Title: Birds Without Names 彼女がその名を知らない鳥たち
Director: Kazuya Shiraishi
Writer: Taeko Asano, based on the novel by Mahokaru Numata
Stars: Yu Aoi, Sadao Abe, Yutaka Takenouchi, Tori Matsuzaka
Genre: Drama/Mystery
Release Type: TIFF Encore Presentation
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 123 min

Summary: Towako lives with Jinji a man 15 years her senior. Lounging around their tiny squalid apartment, she pines after Kurosaki, a callous lover who nearly beat her to death 8 years earlier. She thinks little of casually sleeping around and is openly disgusted by the earnest blue-collar Jinji who is slavishly, even masochistically, devoted to Towako and her happiness. When the police inform her that Kurosaki has been missing for five years, she begins to suspect Jinji may be involved in the disappearance. Is there something darker lurking behind his damaged, eager-to-please façade?

沼田まほかるの人気ミステリー小説を白石和彌監督が実写映画化。

15歳上の陣治と暮らす十和子は、下品で貧相で地位も金もない陣治を激しく嫌悪しながらも、彼の稼ぎに依存し自堕落に過ごしていた。ある日十和子は、8年前に別れいまだに忘れられずにいる男、黒崎を思い起こさせる妻子ある男水島と関係を持ち、彼との情事に溺れていく。そんな折、十和子は訪ねてきた刑事から黒崎の失踪を知らされる。その失踪に陣治が関係しているのではないかと疑いを持った十和子は、水島にも危険が及ぶのではないかと怯え始める。

家庭のある別の男性とも関係を持つ身勝手な女と、彼女に執着するさえない中年男の関係を軸に、究極の愛とは何かを問い掛ける。

監督:白石和彌
出演:蒼井優、阿部サダヲ、竹野内豊、松坂桃李

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site (in Japanese): kanotori.com

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Title: Goodbye, Grandpa! おじいちゃん、死んじゃったって。
Director: Yukihiro Morigaki
Writer: Sahoko Yamazaki
Stars: Yukino Kishii, Ryo Iwamatsu, Ken Mitsuishi, Jun Miho, Miki Mizuno
Genre: Drama/Family
Release Type: North American Premiere
Production Year: 2017
Film Length: 104 min

Summary: This “21st Century update of Juzo Itami’s The Funeral” opens as Yoshiko receives a phone call about her grandfather’s death when she is having sex with her boyfriend. With this the preparations and funeral for her grandfather begin, involving a slovenly uncle, termagant aunt, shut-in cousin, and a grandma suffering from dementia. No one cries at the funeral and, as eccentric family members true feelings percolate to the surface, Yoshiko starts to think about “life” and “death” and becomes determined to visit the Ganges River in India where people believe they can free their souls for eternity.

An understated black comedy of family dysfunction steeped in specific Japanese funerary and mourning rituals.

彼氏とのセックスの最中に祖父の訃報の電話を受けた春野吉子。そのことにぼんやりとした罪悪感を抱きながらもあわただしく進んでいく葬儀の準備。久しぶりに集まった家族たちも悲しそうじゃない。失業を秘密にする父、喪主を務める叔父、その元妻とひきこもりの従兄、高校生の娘。地元を離れた独身の叔母、東京の大学に通う吉子の弟。家族の顔もわからないほどボケている祖母。葬儀が進むにつれ、各自の複雑な事情が明らかになっていく。やがてひょんなことから、一人一人の赤裸々な本音があぶり出され……。

監督:森ガキ侑大 
出演:岸井ゆきの、岩松了、美保純、岡山天音、水野美紀、光石研

Japanese dialogue with English subtitles

Trailer and Offical site:
ojiichan-movie.com

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Film Archive – Lineup 2017

 

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OPENING NIGHT SCREENING

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。
(映画.comより)

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/

CONTAINS SCENES OF VIOLENCE AND/OR SEXUALITY
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/

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

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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.