Posted 2 days ago by Kevin Ouellette
In addition to directing and starring in the film, Ologun also wrote the screenplay, which is based on his own experiences as a young foreigner coming to Japan for the first time. When he arrives, he meets other foreigners struggling to make it in Tokyo as well as various Japanese people, leading to relationships that transcend racial and cultural differences.
“Moon Dream” will be released at United Cinemas Urawa on June 22, 2013 and nation-wide from June 29.
Today it was revealed that the second film of the trilogy based on the late Osamu Tezuka's award-winning 8-volume Buddha manga will be released in February 2014. In addition, an official website has been launched which features a 9-minute English-subtitled promotional video produced for the Cannes Film Market.
The first installment, Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha, was released in 2010 and covered the early part of Siddhartha's life as a young prince as he questioned the very class discrimination that benefited him, fell in love with a beautiful bandit girl, and learned lessons about the human condition that would begin…
Posted 3 days ago
On Monday it was announced that Shusuke Kaneko’s upcoming teen survival thriller Ikenie no Dilemma will actually be a trilogy, following the format of Shinjiro Dobashi’s original novel series.
The first film, which was announced last month, will get a limited release at United Cinemas Toyosu on July 13, 2013. Then on August 2, the first film will be released on DVD along with two DVD-exclusive sequels. Like the original book trilogy, the three movies will be referenced by their sub-titles: “Ue” (above), “Naka” (in), and “Shita” (under).
Posted 6 days ago by Kevin Ouellette
In yet another live-action adaptation of Rieko Saibara’s autobiographical manga, the film stars Kie Kitano as an aspiring artist named Natsumi Takahara who arrives in Tokyo to attend art school and starts living with a young man named Ryosuke (Sosuke Ikematsu). Although Ryosuke is kind-hearted, Natsumi gradually gets fed up with his inability to hold down a steady job and starts to feel like they’re growing apart. Meanwhile, she continues chasing her dream of getting…
Hayami will play a high school girl named Momose who becomes involved in a pseudo-romance with an emotionally awkward classmate. Showing her commitment to the role, Hayami cut off about 18 inches of hair, which she had been growing out over the past two years, in order to achieve Momose’s cropped look.
The film is based on a novel by Eiichi Nakata (one of several pen names used by popular…