Coming Soon: Japanese Movies 2016 April 9

Take a look at what's coming to theaters this weekend in Japan!...Read More

Girls’ High School (女子高)

  • Directed/Written by: Koki Yamamoto
  • Starring: Minami Minegishi, Riho Takada, Ryohei Abe, Haru Izumi, Toru Kazama, Erina Nakayama, Shiori Kitayama, Ayana Sogawa, Mika Ushio, Ami Tomite
  • Summary: Six girls decide to hold a reunion in their high school that has been shut down. While they are happily reminiscing about their school days, a gun goes off and one girl dies. Then, they get a text message from a girl who died seven years ago asking, “Who is the criminal?” In order to solve the crime, they must dig deeper into what actually happened seven years ago.

Well it looks like it’s time to add yet another school girl murder mystery film to the pile. There is enough genre appeal here to keep churning these out; and this one will even feature Minami Minegishi from the the massively huge idol group AKB48 in her first leading role. It’s unclear from the trailer how much of a supernatural factor Girls’ High School will have as it seems to have its fair share of bright and bubbly flash back moments as they piece together the puzzle that lighten the mood. Expectations: Low Interest: Low


The Mohican Comes Home (モヒカン故郷に帰る)

  • Directed/Written by: Shuichi Okita
  • Starring: Ryuhei Matsuda, Akira Emoto, Atsuko Maeda, Masako Motai, Yudai Chiba, Katsumi Kiba, Jun Miho, Ryouta Koshiba, Miu Tomita, Mikito Tsurugi
  • Summary: Eikichi (Ryuhei Matsuda) and his punk metal band leave their hometown and head to Tokyo in search of success, but end up falling short. Some years later, Eikichi returns home with his girlfriend to share the news of her pregnancy with his bedridden father, Osamu (Akira Emoto). Osamu is both angry and excited at the news. When they have a party to celebrate, his excitement causes him to collapse and he is rushed to the hospital. Eikichi decides to spend more time with his father to make him happy.

With such a great cast, this one looks to have a lot of charm and color. Ryuhei Matsuda has impressed in almost everything he’s appeared in since the early days of his career working with director Toshiaki Toyoda on Blue Spring (2001) and 9 Souls (2003). And Akira Emoto has been in everything under the sun in Japan. The Mohican Comes Home premiered last month at the Osaka Asian Film Festival and is sure to be on many other festival rosters this year. Expectations: Moderate Interest: High


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