I am a wee bit late with Trailer Weekly, but I was travelling, which included camping out overnight at Heathrow Airport thanks to a 6 am morning flight (hence I didn’t do much the day after). At least this time I didn’t forget to make a Trailer Weekly header…
- 「るろうに剣心 京都大火編」 (Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen/Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc, Japan, 2014)
Dir. by Ohtomo Keishi.
I still haven’t seen the first 「るろうに剣心」(Rurouni Kenshin) film, but we have now got a teaser for the second instalment of the three-part saga. It doesn’t reveal all too much yet, it’s really just a number of clips assembled together rather than a slick trailer, but it should still make the fans happy.
The team behind Rurouni Kenshin also just released several photographs from the set of Kyoto Taika Hen, which is due out sometime in 2014, some being shots from the actual film, others behind-the-scenes images with cast and crew.
Anyone else think that Kamiki Ryunosuke is going to outperform Takeru Sato? Takeru may be the bigger star (2013 was certainly a good year for him), but Kamiki’s acting has a much, much wider range. I also think Kamiki’s choice of film projects are generally much more interesting, while Takeru’s seem to be carefully managed by his talent agency, which seems to go mostly for blockbuster movies, some of which aren’t particularly challenging. It’s not that Takeru hasn’t got talent, but if he doesn’t watch out, he’ll just keep on playing the pretty boy hero.
- 「武士の献立」 (Bushi no Kondate/A Tale Of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story, Japan, 2013)
Dir. by Asahara Yuzo.
Bushi no Kondate was released in Japan a few weeks ago. Although I’m not particularly into historical films, I have this one on my to-watch list as Kora Kengo always picks interesting projects. Here he plays Yasunobu, an heir of the Funaki family that must serve as cooks for the Kaga domain. Yasunobu however has no talent in the kitchen, but fortunately marries Oharu, a divorcee, who is known for her cooking skills. The good news is also that Ueta Aya plays Oharu – another reason to watch.
- 「潔く柔く」(Kiyoku Yawaku/Beyond the Memories, Japan, 2013)
Dir. by Shinjo Takehiko.
I’m divided about Kiyoku Yawaku. The story: Kanna lost her best friend to an accident in high school. Roku’s friend also died, when he was in elementary school. Both Kanna and Roku have been deeply affected by their losses. Their tale is a love story of overcoming the past, which means it could very easily be cliché-riddled – and, indeed, some of the imagery in the trailer seems to confirm this. But some of the casting is interesting – Kora Kengo plays Kanna’s deceased high school friend (in flashbacks, because, no, he doesn’t appear as a ghost). Okada Masaki is Roku and while he’s solid enough as an actor, sometimes his film choices can be a little uninspiring (a couple of rather forgettable shoujo manga projects of very middling quality, which this one could turn out to be as well).
- 「このすばらしきせかい」 (Kono Subarashiki Sekai/Ryoichi & Kiyoshi, Japan, 2006)
Dir. by Okita Shuichi
An early film of Okita Shuichi, the director of「キツツキと雨」 (Kitsutsuki to Ame/The Woodsman and the Rain, Japan, 2011) and「横道世之介」 (Yokomichi Yonosuke/A Story of Yonosuke, Japan, 2012) – thus it’s not to be missed. It’s about Ryoichi who injured a classmate and hasn’t gone back to school since. His Uncle Kiyoshi joins him at home after a suicide attempt. Ryoichi doesn’t welcome his company as Kiyoshi is rather eccentric at times. However, over time, he warms up to his uncle.
- 집으로 가는 길 (Jibeulo Ganeun Gil/Way Back Home, South Korea, 2013)
Jibeulo Ganeun Gil has been playing to good, but not outstanding reviews in Korean cinemas for a while, although Jeon Do-yeon’s performance has generally been lauded. Jeon plays a woman, Jeong-yeon, who ends up in prison in Martinique after she is arrested for transporting – unknowingly – a suitcase full of cocaine. While she is not completely innocent as she did agree to smuggle gemstones, she is not a typical drug smuggler either, but a desperate woman caught in a web of unfortunate circumstances.
- 달려라 자전거 (Dallyeora Jajeonkeo/Ride Away, South Korea, 2008)
Dir. by Lim Sung-woon.
Ha-jung, who is at college, falls for Soo-wook, a boy who works at a secondhand bookstore. While Soo-wook also over time develops feelings for her, both have painful secrets in their past they haven’t shared with each other. Could be good, or could be forgettable. I’m not sure which.
- Interesting article on the animation style in Takahata Isao’s 「かぐや姫の物語」(Kaguya Hime no Monogatari, Japan, 2013): “Takahata says his latest anime movie pushes boundaries”
- And a report (with pictures!) about a Studio Ghibli nursery a set of parents created for their child. Below is one mural they created – love the fact that there are characters from several films all together.