Genkina Hito

Cinephile, Japanophile and huge anime fan. I review films and anime at Genkinahito over at Wordpress and I contribute to other websites like Anime UK News as a features writer and journalist. Spread love of Japanese films!

Mother   Mother Film Poster

Japanese: マザー

Romaji: Maza

Release Date: September 27th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 83 mins.

Director: Kazuo Umezu

Writer: Kazuo Umezu (Screenplay),

Starring: Ainosuke Kataoka, Mimi Maihane, Shoko Nakagawa, Kimie Shingyuji,

Sakura Wakakusa (Maihane) is editing the autobiography of Kazuo Umezu (Kataoka) and heads to the mountain village to research more about his past knowing that his mother, Ichie (Shingyoji) had a huge influence on Umezu. Whilst looking around, she finds herself attacked by strange phenomenon and it seems to come from Ichie who should be dead and in the ground!

Nothing to do with the Korean film which I liked a lot but hopefully, this one will be a corker because of the guy writing and directing it… Kazuo Umezu. Horror manga fans will know him as the guy behind “Drifting Classroom” and “Orochi” among others. He is a legend and this is his directorial debut at the age of 77!

Umezu Mother Film

Here he is with lead actor Kataoka.

Strong trailer! It’s got a mix of visual styles like German expressionism, found-footage and the editing looks manic. The film looks lurid, classy, dumb, and smart at the same time! What’s interesting about this release is that it mixes fact and fiction so it’s going to be a bit of a meta-horror title and one that fans of Umezu will be able to watch and see lots of easter eggs. That and some of the actors are totally unfamiliar. Ainosuke Kataoka is more famous as a kabuki actor and Mimi Maihane is a former member of the Takarazuka Revue.

The film images look flashy enough (I cannot get enough of Ainosuke’s striped shirt!) and the strong contrast between colours and filming styles makes this stand out as something inventive. Here are more film images.

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Mother Japanese Film Trailer and Information Mother    Japanese: マザー Romaji: Maza Release Date: September 27th, 2014 (Japan) Running Time: 83 mins. Director: …

Little Forest: Summer & Autumn, Lupin the Third, Tokyo Tribe, Magic Knight, Mizu no Koe wo Kiku and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Little Forest: Summer & Autumn, Lupin the Third, Tokyo Tribe, Magic Knight, Mizu no Koe wo Kiku and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Long rambly intro so feel free to skip. If you’re going to read it, here’s some music to listen to:

Well this week was a bit of a holding pattern for me since I’m waiting for the full programme of films to be revealed for this year’s Raindance Independent Film Festival. Unlike last year, when I watched nearly every title, this year I’m going to focus on a few.


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Parasyte Part 1    Parasyte Film Poster

Japanese: 寄生獣 Part 1

Romaji: Kiseiju Part 1

Release Date: November 28th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Takashi Yamazaki

Writer: Ryota Kosawa (Screenplay), Hitoshi Iwaaki (Original Manga)

Starring: Shota Sometani, Ai Hashimoto, Eri Fukatsu, Nao Omori, Pierre Taki, Hirofumi Arai, Kazuki Kitamura, Tadanobu Asano, Jun Kunimura, Kmiko Yo, Masahiro Higashide,

Invasion of the Body Snatchers! Cronenberg Style. This is the first of two movie adaptations of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s sci-fi horror manga, Parasyte (Kiseiju), which was originally serialised in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine from 1990-1995. I haven’t read the horror manga despite having it on a list of titles I want to finish but it is part of a multimedia adaptation that includes a TV anime scheduled for the autumn season. It is the horror title of the season and I always watch the horror title so I guess I’m going to get very familiar with it.

Mysterious worm-like aliens tumble from the sky and penetrate people through their ears, nose and mouth and head to the brain to live-off and control the invaded bodies! Shinichi Izumi (Sometani) was an ordinary high school student until he was attacked by a parasite and managed to fight it off. For the most part. The parasite still exists and lives in Shinichi’s right hand. Shinichi learns to co-exist with the parasite and because of this he discovers the presence of the other parasites around the world. This makes him a threat to the aliens and so they begin to monitor him by sending another parasite to inhabit the body of his teacher Ryoko Tamiya (Fukatsu). With only his best friend Satomi Murano (Hashimoto) to rely on, what can Izumi do?

I don’t know what to expect from the film but I’m confident that it’sParasyte Manga Image 2 going to be good based on the trailer and how highly the manga is
held – it has been on a long list of horror manga recommendations I follow and only one title has been a dud. The director is Takashi Yamazaki, a big-budget action man with titles like Returner (2002), Space Battleship Yamato (2010) and last year’s box-office mega smash, the WWII saga The Eternal Zero. The scriptwriter is Ryota Kosawa and he has worked on hits with titles like Detective in the Bar (2013).

The cast is lead by Shota Sometani, who gave an amazing performance in the Sion Sono film Himizu (2011). Every other title I have seen him in has assured me that he is one of the most talented actors of his generation. Talking of talent, there is Ai Hashimoto who was part of a strong ensemble cast in Confessions (2010) and The Kirishima Thing (2012) and took the role of Mei Misaki in the live-action adaptation of Another (2012) – review incoming for a horror season. Support comes from Eri Fukatsu, lead actress in Villain (2010), Tadanobu Asano one of the leads in Bright Future (2003) and Jun Kunimura, yakuza boss Muto in Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013). Both also starred in Vital (2004), my favourite Shinya Tsukamoto film, an intensely beautiful exploration of memories, love and death.

Here are pictures of Shota Sometani looking cool:


Parasyte Film Trailer and Information Parasyte Part 1     Japanese: 寄生獣 Part 1 Romaji: Kiseiju Part 1 Release Date: November 28th, 2014 (Japan)

Zero    Zero Japanese Film Poster

Japanese Title: 劇場版 零 ゼロ

Romaji: Gekijouban Rei Zero

Release Date: September 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Mari Asato

Writer: Mari Asato (Screenplay), Eiji Ohtsuka (Original Novel)

Starring:Ayumi Nakajo, Aoi Morikawa, Fujiko Kojima, Jun Miho, Karen Miyama, Noriko Nakagoshi, Kasumi Yamaya, Minori Hagiwara, Yuri Nakamura, Kodai Asaka,

At an old girl’s school located in the heart of the countryside, student Aya Tsukimori (Ayami Nakajo) becomes part of an ancient “cursed incantation” and is trapped in her school dormitory. At the same time, students begin to report ghost sighting around the school while others disappear and are later discovered to have drowned in mysterious circumstances. Aya attempts to contact fellow pupil Michi Kazato (Aoi Morikawa) who begins investigating the disappearances of her classmates and the two become wrapped up in a deadly mystery…

The Japanese are the undisputed kings of Asian horror and this is one of the bigger horror titles of the year. Due to all of the low-budget psycho stalker an found footage movies put out, it feels like a while since I have seen the trailer for a decent yurei chiller. The last was Ju-On: Beginning of the End, which lasted quite a while in the Japanese film charts so I guess there are others who want to be terrified by spooks and ghouls.

Anyway, getting back to the movie, this film is the live-action adaptation of Tecmo Koei’s Fatal Frame video game series and is part of a multimedia project timed to coincide with the forthcoming video game release of Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden for the Wii-U.

The film has been directed by Mari Asato, a female director who has been mentioned here on this blog thanks to films like Bilocation (2014) and Ju-on: Black Ghost (2009). In fact, her filmography is packed with lots of horror titles so I’m confident she can turn in a great work. On top of directing, she has also adapted the script from a novelisation of the game by Eiji Ohtsuka and while I haven’t read the novel I have read or watched other things he has created like MPD-Psycho (I’ve got the live-action series) and blackly humorous Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service manga which I have read all but three volumes of.

Lead actress Ayami Nakajo, a half British and half Japanese model, makes her film debut here while her co-star, the model Aoi Morikawa, has more acting credits to her name with an appearance in Schoolgirl Complex (2013), a film about looking at girls voyeuristically… I mean, from an adolescent boy’s perspective. Furthermore, their co-star Karen Miyama is more experienced and her most notable credit is that she was the lead voice actress in the Production I.G. film, A Letter to Momo (2011).

Now I’m very familiar with the Fatal Frame survival horror game franchise (that goes under the rather boring Project Zero name in the UK and misses the point of the camera reference) which has four instalments. I even considered writing a blog post about the games.

The stories are more or less similar but take place in different settings. In each of the games the player controls young women who are lured to haunted locations in search of loved ones who have disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Once at the location they find themselves surrounded by ghosts and their only defence is a Camera Obscura, a magical camera, which they use to photograph/fend off spirits. The genius aspect of this weapon is that it forces the player to look directly at the ghosts chasing them and wait until they line up a “Fatal Frame” which will blast the spook to the next world. It is very, very scary. The protagonists are usually slow in movement as well, which also ratchets up the tension. The games all take place in haunted settings but my absolute favourite is the second game, Crimson Butterfly.

This took place in a traditional village from the meiji period trapped in time at the moment of a cursed ritual with twin sisters desperately searching for each other. That game was intense on a level that Silent Hill was and one of the few games I had to pause the game and put the controller down to chill out after some moments.

So yeah, I’m looking forward to this one. Here are some images

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Zero / Fatal Frame Film Trailer and Information Zero     Japanese Title: 劇場版 零 ゼロ Romaji: Gekijouban Rei Zero Release Date: September 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Over Your Dead Body, Marching to Tomorrow, Shishunki Gokko, Lilou’s Adventure, Mo ichido, Gundam G no Reconguista, New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Over Your Dead Body, Marching to Tomorrow, Shishunki Gokko, Lilou’s Adventure, Mo ichido, Gundam G no Reconguista, New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Over Your Dead Body Film Image Kou Shibasaki Ponders SomethingThanks to a few days booked off from work, I was able to go day-tripping again and watch lots of films like The Howling (2012), Hideo Nakata’s The Complex (2013), Don’t Look Up (1996) and a bunch of dull J-horror titles. I also went to see the US horror Deliver Us From Evil (2014) on the opening day and that was fun. I’m trying to collect a lot of reviews for horror films so I can just post them…

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Third Window Films Release Japanese American Culture Clash Comedy Sake-Bomb

Third Window Films Release Japanese American Culture Clash Comedy Sake-Bomb

Sake-Bomb                                 Third Window FIlms Sake-Bomb Release                                           

Running Time: 82 mins

UK Release Date: August 25th, 2014

Release Date: May 24th, 2014 (Japan)

Director: Junya Sakino

Writer: Jeff Mizushima (Screenplay),

Starring: Gaku Hamada. Eugene Kim, Marlane Barnes, Josh Brodis, Samatha Quan, Hiroyuki Watanabe

Third Window Filmsare going to release Sake-Bomb at the end of…

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"There was a girl there with the same military tattoo as Vincent. I noticed something else about her too…"


"She was really beautiful."

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Miyano Mamoru

—Tsukiyama Speaking in Tongues


Tsukiyama Shuu Speaking in Tongues

Episode 4

  • Ravissant (Delightful!). See you later, Kaneki-kun.
  • Merci.
  • Merci beaucoup.
  • Be cool.
  • Monsieur Savarin
  • Tschüss (Bye-bye), Kaneki-kun!

Episode 5

  • Kaneki-kun, bon appétit!
  • Non!
  • in a maestoso (majestic, dignified) location, with Kaneki-kun reaching a crescendo*, until at last I… fortissimo*.
  • Bonsoir, mademoiselle.
  • …I was eighteen.
  • Très bien!

Episode 6

  • Calmato.
  • Such an unexpected hors d’oeuvre*!

These are actually accepted loan words, according to my dictionary, but I left them in for the dramatic effect. I made note of the others he uses (not in the sound file) which you can find under the cut.

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