Martial Arts film KG English sub trailer posted

23 01 2011

The official Youtube channel for the Rina Takeda film KG has posted a new trailer with English subtitles.

Takeda, who played the female lead in “High Kick Girl,” somewhat resumes her role in “KG,” which revolves around a 200-year old black belt that was owned by famous karate master Soujirou Kurenai. Passed down for generations, the belt is now at the center of a battle that stars the high-kicking Takeda.

The film is set to release Feb. 5 in Japan.

Click here to read review of High Kick Girl: (J Geek’s review)

The trailer (after the jump): Read the rest of this entry »

Rantaro Nintama trailer released

25 11 2010

A teaser trailer has been released for the upcoming film Rantaro Nintama.

The adaptation of the long-running children’s anime and manga series centers on Rantaro, an 8-year-old ninja in the Sengoku period of Japan. Rantaro spends his days happily in ninja school with his two clumsy friends. But when a fourth year student from an assassin clan appears, Rantaro’s ninja skills will be put to the test to save a friend.

The film is directed by Takashi Miike, director of

The film is scheduled to come out March 2011 in Japan.

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Evangelion 2.0 coming to U.S. theaters

24 11 2010

Funimation, Cinema Asia Releasing and Eleven Arts announced plans Monday to bring Evangelion 2.0: You Can (not) Advance to American Theaters in January 2011.

The companies haven’t said how many theaters or what locations the movie will play at.

Eva 2.0 was one of the five highest grossing films in Japan in 2009, taking in over $40 million in box office totals.

The film is the second in a four-part series adapting the original 90s anime, taking a slightly different twist on the story.

See the trailer below: Read the rest of this entry »

Updated: High Kick Girl follow-up due February

11 11 2010

A follow-up (though not a true sequel) to the movie “High Kick Girl” is in the works.

Staring Rina Takeda, who played the female lead in “High Kick Girl,” “KG” revolves around a 200-year old black belt that was owned by famous karate master Soujirou Kurenai. Passed down for generations, the belt is now at the center of a battle that stars the high-kicking Takeda.

KG will be directed by the screenwriter of High Kick Girl, which will center more on Takeda.

The film is slated for a Feb. 5, 2010 release date.

To see J Geek’s review of High Kick Girl, click here: (High Kick Girl)

Update: See the new stunt trailer here: (KG)

Or the teaser trailer here: (KG)

Check it! Oooku (Ohoku)

1 10 2010

Out today (Oct. 1) in theaters is the Tokugawa-era film Oooku (Ohoku).

Oooku (which translates to the shogun’s harem) takes place in an alternative reality Tokugawa era (early 18th century) where a disease drastically reduced the male population of Japan. In this new matriarchal society, a young man decides to enter the female shogun’s inner chamber to try and earn money to marry the woman he loves (an expensive right in this era).

Check out the teaser trailer here: (Oooku) or a more fleshed out trailer here: (Oooku).

Check it: Abacus and Sword

22 09 2010

Movies about the Edo period of Japan are a dime a dozen, but a movie about an Edo-period accountant?

Abacus and Sword (Bushi to Kakeibo) explores the world of accountant Hachidaime, who along with his wife (Yukie Nakama of Gokusen fame), struggles to keep their life in order during a time of political upheaval. The film is based on the diary of an unknown accountant working for the Kaga Samurai Clan.

The movie is lated to release in Japan on Dec. 14. In the meantime, see the trailer for the movie here: (Abacus and Sword)

Check it: Garo: Red Requiem

19 09 2010

Combining fantasy CGI with swords and magic, Garo: Red Requiem is due out on Oct. 31 in Japanese theaters.

The story is about a group called the Makai knights, who’ve secretly defended the populace from hordes of demons for eons. A new group of seven “Apostle Horrors” will put the team to the ultimate test.

Garo is based on a TV series from 2005, though the movie features a much larger budget.

Check out the film trailer here: (Gora: Red Requiem.)

My Darling is a Foreigner coming to DVD

13 08 2010

My Darling is a Foreigner explores the difficulties of inter-cultural love.

My Darling is a Foreigner, an adaptation of a autobiographical manga series by Saori Uguri, is coming to region 2 DVD with English.

The movie tells the story of a Japanese woman’s relationship to an American writer, and the trials and tribulations they face with cultural differences and a father-in-law that doesn’t approve.

The film stars Japanese-fluent actor Jonathan Sherr and Mao Inoue star in this adaptation. The 2-disc DVD is due out this October.

Check out the trailer here: (My Darling is a Foreigner)

Check it! Gothic Lotita Psycho trailers

25 05 2010

Two trailers have been posted for the upcoming film Gothic Lolita Psycho on Nippon Cinema’s website. (Gothic Lolita Psycho)

The movie is about a girl who gets revenge on those who killed her mother by dressing up in gosurori – gothic and lolita styles mixed together – and wreaks carnage on them with, among other weapons, a machine gun umbrella.

The movie seems to mix gore with humor, especially evidenced by the gag trailer also posted.

The film is slated to release at the Theater N in Shubuya on September 4, 2010.

The Tatami Critic: High Kick Girl

13 05 2010

Several recent American martial arts releases have tried to take genre to higher levels than simply chop-socky kung fu fare: and failed. Perhaps the most recent example comes from Red Belt, which opened many plot twist avenues only to get lost in its own tangle of possible themes.

Coming from overseas is a film that avoids this recent trend, instead favoring a fairly a straight-forward plot and theme. High Kick Girl, while unfortunately carrying an ominous title more suggestive of hentai antics than actual martial arts, keeps things simple: Karate fighting at its best.

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