New Rurouni Kenshin Movies

Last 1st of August the movie Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen) opened in movie theaters across Japan. It quickly became the highest grossing live-action Japanese movie release of the year.

It was the second of the trilogy of Rurouni Kenshin live-action movies. The action is set in Kyoto during the 19th century where an ex-member of the Shinsengumi plans a covert operation. Battosai finds out about what is going to happen in Kyoto and once again has to fight them using his double bladed sword.

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno

Just one month later, on September 13th, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no saigo-hen, the third movie of the trilogy was released. The movie again has been a huge success and right now it still is the highest grossing movie of the week.

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Godzilla in Tokyo Midtown

If you go to the gardens at Tokyo Midtown before the end of August you will have the chance to meet Godzilla. Well, to be honest, you will only have the chance to see half Godzilla with an exact height of 6.6 meters (22 feet). The statue has been built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Godzilla and also to promote the latest Godzilla movie, which is being released in Japan next week. Yes! Many movies arrive quite late to Japan!

Godzilla statue at Tokyo Midtown

Godzilla statue at Tokyo Midtown

Godzilla statue at Tokyo Midtown

Godzilla statue at Tokyo Midtown

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Hentai Kamen

My brother sends me the trailer of the movie Hentai Kamen.

The Hentai Kamen movie is fairly new (2013) but the manga is a classic. It was published in Shonen Jump magazine in the beginning of the 90s and it defined the hentai (pervert) dressing style. The main character is a young man who practices martial arts (Kenpo) and that can turn into a superhero by putting some panties on his face.

Hentai Kamen

Hentai Kamen

Hentai Kamen

Hentai Kamen

The movie is quite bizarre but its plot, based on the manga, is quite good.

I recommend Hentai Kamen, a good “WTF movie” to go along with Robogeisha.

Hentai Kamen

HentaiKamen

Hentai Kamen
Hentai Kamen Cosplay

Hentai Kamen
Hentai Kamen collaborating with Ironman?

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Robogeisha

Robogeisha is a low budget movie with high levels of surrealism and absurd freakism. The main character is a geisha with innate powers that is recruited by a group of assassing geishas. Step by step, parts of her body are replaced by lethal weapons:


This is the trailer. You can watch the full movie here

Robogeisha

Robogeisha

Robogeisha

Robogeisha
Walking on a road and… she suddenly turns into a tank!

It is BAD movie but it has some good WTF moments guaranteed and it will surely bring a few laughs. If you liked Robegeisha, The Machine Girl is another movie made with the same style by the same director.

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Rurouni Kenshin Live-Action Movie

I recently saw the adaptation of the anime Rurouni Kenshin to a live-action movie and I found it fabulous! Visually speaking the movie is impressive; while at the same time its plot is very entertaining. Maybe one of its problems is that it tries to be too faithfull to the anime and it assumes that the viewer knows some details only known by those that have read the manga or have seen the anime series; however I think that it’s worth watching for everybody and I highly recommend it.

Rurouni Kenshin Live-Action Movie

Rurouni Kenshin Live-Action Movie

Rurouni Kenshin Live-Action Movie

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No more "Eiga dorobou"

In many Japanese movie theaters, just before the movie starts, the following video is shown. It explains that uploading/downloading movies to/from the Internet and recording with a camera inside a theater are crimes punished by law.

No More “Eiga dorobou”; “Eiga dorobou” means “steal movies”:

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Azumi

Azumi is a 2003 Japanese movie directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. The action in this movie takes place right after the great Sekigahara battle.

Sekigahara battle is one of the most prominent events in Japanese history. It took place on September 15, 1600, when Tokugawa Ieyasu’s forces defeated shogun (governor) Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s men. From that battle on, the Tokugawa family held military power over the Japanese territory until 1866. For more than 250 years, Japan was controlled by a military regime (shogunate) and was totally closed to relations, commerce or contact with any foreign country.

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Tokugawa Ieyasu’s forces during the Sekigahara battle.

Azumi is set right after Tokugawa Ieyasu rises to power. A warrior trains 10 children to become assassins. Once trained, they would be used to eliminate rebel leaders who try to stop the new regime of Tokugawa Ieyasu. A lot of the elements I wrote about in my article about Bushido can be seen in this movie.

Azumi
Azumi is the strongest assassin and the main character in the movie.

Azumi

Azumi
Ninja ambush in the forest.

I really liked Azumi and I recommend it to everyone who is interested in Japan!

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Confessions, 告白

Confessions (告白) by Tetsuya Nakashima was the Japanese movie selected as the entry for the Best Foreign Language Film of this year. The movie is based on a novel by Kanae Minato, which was one the most sold books in Japan in 2008.

I hadn’t seen the movie until my brother recommended it to me the other day. Confessions is a psychological thriller; a high school teacher turns into a cruel killer that wants to take revenge for the death of her daughter. The movie shows us many of the current social problems of the Japan of today, as for example ijime (bullying), the Japanese education system and AIDS. Even tough it is very different, some aspects of the movie reminded me of Battle Royale by Takeshi Kitano.

Very well recommended!

Confessions

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Live-action Akira movie will be set in Manhattan

Some months ago we already knew that a live-action movie based on the manga film Akira was being made. On that time I said: “at least let’s hope it’s not as bad as the Hollywood adaptation of Dragon Ball…”. According to the latests news it seems that the movie is not going to be very faithful to the original movie (and manga), the main actor will be James Franco (in the original movie Kaneda is Japanese) and what is much worse the movie will be set in Manhattan, not in Neo Tokyo!!! Akira in Manhattan is not Akira!

Akira, Kaneda

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