Directed by Kenji Kamiyama.
Featuring the voice talents of Mitsuki Takahata, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Tomoya Maeno, Rie Kugimiya, Arata Furuta, and Hideki Takahashi.
Kokone has had dreams of a strange fantasy land full of pirates and machinery since she was a child. However, now in high school, she can’t seem to stop herself from constantly falling asleep. As she jumps in and out of consciousness Kokone begins to realize that the two worlds are far closer than they appear.
Napping Princess is a film of two stories. In the real world Kokone is a high school student stuck in a small town with a father whose thoughts don’t much go past whatever vehicle he’s tinkering on. However, whenever Kokone falls asleep she finds herself in Heartland – a kingdom ruled by the monarchy from a gargantuan automobile factory, where she is the princess gifted with magic powers.
Japan’s Village Inc is launching an international cut of its latest ‘Geki Cine’ production, Stray Nightingale, at this week’s European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin.
Village Inc’s Geki Cine label films the company’s lavish stage plays using 20 HD cameras, surround sound and high-end post-production.
Stray Nightingale, directed by acclaimed theatre director Hidenori Inoue and starring Arata Furuta (Shin Godzilla), has already had a sell-out run in major cities in Japan.
Written by rising playwright Yutaka Kuramochi, the play tells the story of a retired thief taking refuge in a tavern who comes across a man who saved his life many years ago. The cast also includes TV actress Izumi Inamori and rising actor Shunsuke Daitoh.
“Some of our previous Geki Cine productions have screened in China and Korea to full houses and positive reviews,” said Village
Miike directs a film that functions in a way that stays true to the original medium, as he manages to capture all of its preposterous,
When the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line mysteriously floods and collapses, Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Rando Yaguchi is convinced that the incident was caused by a living creature. His claims are shrugged off by the Prime Minister who assumes the accident was caused by a natural disaster. However when a long massive tail surfaces from the Bay, the possibility of a giant monster becomes a reality
Hiroki Hasegawa (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?), Satomi Ishihara (Attack on Titan) and Yutaka Takenouchi(Best Wishes for Tomorrow) will star, while 328 well known actors will appear in supporting and cameo appearances including Kengo Kora, Ren Osugi, Akira Emoto, Kimiko Yo, Jun Kunimura, Mikako Ichikawa, Pierre Taki, Takumi Saito,
Hiroki Hasegawa (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?), Satomi Ishihara (Attack on Titan) and Yutaka Takenouchi(Best Wishes for Tomorrow) will star, while 328 well known actors will appear in supporting and cameo appearances including Kengo Kora, Ren Osugi, Akira Emoto, Kimiko Yo, Jun Kunimura, Mikako Ichikawa, Pierre Taki, Takumi Saito, Keisuke Koide, Arata Furuta, and Atsuko Maeda.
2977: Forced to flee a ravaged Earth, humans have now depleted the corners of the galaxy to which they fled. Earth has become the most valued and precious resource of all, controlled by the corrupt Gaia Coalition which governs the human race across the different galaxies. One man, along with his pirate crew, stand against the Coalition, determined to keep it from controlling the universe.
Space Pirates, guys! Come on, what more do I have to say? This review basically writes itself. Pirates. In space. If that’s what you want, this is the film for you. You want dramatic space battles, rather crazy non-stop action and the intense
Stars: Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Mikijiro Hira, Hiroki Matsukata | Written by Daisuke Tengan & Shoichiro Ikemiya | Directed by Takashi Miike
“In mid-19th Century Japan the era of the samurai is beginning to fade as the feudal nation begins to enjoy a rare period of peace. But the fragile calm is soon threatened by the bloody rise of Lord Naritsugu, the Shogun’s sadistic, psychopathic younger brother, whose position places him above the law and free to rape, mutilate and murder on a whim. Concerned that Naritsugu’s actions will eventually destroy the Shogunate, top Shogun official Sir Doi covertly calls on esteemed and noble samurai warrior Shinzaemon Shimada (Koji Yakusho) to assassinate the evil Lord before it is too late. Shinzaemon willingly agrees and immediately gathers together an elite group of samurai to assist him in the task, knowing that what they are about to embark upon
Meanwhile, there will be plenty of action during these next two weeks on IFC.com where, in addition to our live video page, Matt Singer (@mattsinger) and I (@mfrushmore) will be filing reviews and interviews throughout the film festival.
It was only yesterday that we put up five pics from the upcoming redo of 13 Assassins by Takashi Miike and like that we now know who all 13 actors will be. Led by Koji Yakusho, who most around these parts would know from Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Retribution, Cure, Pulse, Tokyo Sonata, to name a few, in the lead assassin role of Shimada Shinzaemon, the other dozen actors are Hiroki Matsukata [Izo], Yusuke Iseya [Blindness, Sukiyaki Western Django and Casshern], Takayuki Yamada [Crows Zero films and Mw], Tsuyoshi Ihara [Letter from Iwo Jima], Arata Furuta [Tokyo Zombie and Zebraman], Ikki Sawamura [Gokusen: The Movie and Steamboy], Sousuke Takaoka [Crows Zero films, Blue Spring and Battle Royale], Yuma Ishigaki [Gokusen: The Movie, Azumi 2 and Battle Royale 2], Masataka Kubota, Seiji Rokkaku [My Boss, My hero], Kazuki Namioka [Crows Zero films, L Change the World and Midnight Eagle], and Koen Kondo [Linda Linda Linda, Zebraman and Nodome Cantabile].
That is a fine mix of veteran and young talent. Filming has only just begun and is expected to go into September which means we still have a ways to go before we get to see this.
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