四月は君の嘘 Shigatsu wa kimi no uso

Your Lie in April  is a 2016 Japanese youth music romance film directed by Takehiko Shinjō, written by Yukari Tatsui , starring Suzu Hirose and Kento Yamazaki and based on the manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa. It was released in Japan by Toho on September 10, 2016. Kosei Arima is a…

歩いても 歩いてもAruitemo aruitemo

Still Walking is a 2008 Japanese film edited, written, and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. The film is a portrait of a family over roughly 24 hours as they commemorate the death of the eldest son. The film was widely praised by critics and won the Golden Astor for Best Film at the 2008 Mar del Plata…

暗黒女子 Ankoku Joshi

The Dark Maidens is one more teen movie, a kind of thriller written by Rikako Akiyoshi and directed by Saiji Yakumo. One day, Itsumi Shiraishi (Marie Iitoyo) dies at Seibo Maria Girls High School. She falls off from the rooftop of a school building. Itsumi is the daughter of the administrator at the school and…

ビリギャル Biri Gyaru

Flying Colors is a 2015 Japanese youth comedy drama film directed by Nobuhiro Doi, based on a true story. The film was released on May 1, 2015 in Japan. Sayaka Kudo is a gyaru who wears miniskirts and dyes her hair blonde. Although she is a second year senior high school student, she is on par academically…

かぐや姫の物語 Kaguyahime no monogatari

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya  is a 2013 Japanese animated fantasy drama film produced by Studio Ghibli. Co-written and directed by Isao Takahata, the film is based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.] It is Takahata’s fifth and final film for Studio Ghibli, and his first since 1999’s My Neighbors the Yamadas….

Lets go Jets! しちゃったホントの話~

Chia☆Dan ~Joshi Kosei ga Chia Dansu de Zenbei Seiha Shichatta Honto no Hanashi is a movie directed by Hayato Kawai and written by Tamio Hayashi. Another fresh movie for youth! Hikari Tomonaga (Suzu Hirose) joins the cheerdance club at Fukui Chuo High School. She joins the club to impress Kosuke Yamashita (Mackenyu), whom she has…

湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛 Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai

Her Love Boils Bathwater is a Japanese drama film directed by Ryōta Nakano. It was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. A strict, but caring mother has an awakening when she is told she has cancer and it is terminal. She has a few months. She needs…

崖の上のポニョ Gake no ue no Ponyo

Ponyo initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated English-language fantasy comedy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. It is the eighth film Miyazaki directed for Ghibli, and his tenth overall. The film stars the voices of Tomoko Yamaguchi, Kazushige Nagashima,…

青い青い空 Aoi Aoi Sora

Shodo Girls : Blue Blue Sky A movie directed and written by Takafumi Ota. A tender movie for youngsters in Japan to watch and have a great time with friends discovering the beauty of Japanese Calligraphy. Mako (Karin Aiba) is a high school student from Hamamatsu. Due to university admission pressures, she struggles with her mother. She…

七人の侍 Shichinin no Samurai

Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese samurai adventure drama film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The story takes place in 1586 during the Sengoku Period of Japanese history. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven ronin (masterless samurai) to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal…

おくりびとOkuribito

Departures ( Okuribito, “one who sends off”) is a 2008 Japanese drama film directed by Yōjirō Takita and starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryōko Hirosue, and Tsutomu Yamazaki. Loosely based on Coffinman, a memoir by Shinmon Aoki, the film follows a young man who returns to his hometown after a failed career as a cellist and stumbles across…

永い言い訳 Nagai iiwake

The Long Excuse is a 2016 Japanese drama film directed by Miwa Nishikawa, starring Masahiro Motoki. Sachio (Masahiro Motoki) is a noted celebrity writer, from the country who has snobbishly dismissed his background and become somewhat arrogant. He has largely fallen out of love with his wife Natsuko (Eri Fukatsu) a hairdresser. When she dies in…