HIFF Eat.Drink.Film 2021 Showcase Series

Shogen 尚玄

No, we’re not getting a film from Okinawa but we do have an actor from Okinawa who is starring in director Yoshida Kota’s Sexual Drive. Fashion model and actor Shogen stars in the film and many may recognize him as Raye Penber from the 2015 Death Note TV series. He has an impressive filmography and is currently in the Philippines to finish filming Gensan Punch.

A Japanese triptych about sex, aphrodisiac foods and secret desires.

via IFFR 2021
“Sexual Drive” trailer

Sexual Drive will be available for streaming from June 10-20. It’s not my kind of film but I’ll likely watch it for Shogen.

Catching up on news from Tokyograph

I’m catching up on articles from the awesome website Tokyograph of mostly film and TV news. Click on the links to read the full articles on Tokyograph’s website.

The original show starred Ueto as rookie detective Sakuragi Izumi, who worked on difficult unsolved cases as part of a Special Investigations Office (based on an actual division established by Japan in 2009). This time takes place half a year later, after Sakuragi has been transferred to a different division that deals with current crimes.
Ueto Aya returns in ‘Zettai Reido’ sequel

The “Shinzanmono” drama series is getting a movie next year. Doi Nobuhiro is directing the film, which is tentatively titled “Kirin no Tsubasa: Gekijoban Shinzanmono.” Abe Hiroshi (46) will return in the starring role, along with Mizobata Junpei (21) and Kuroki Meisa (22).
‘Shinzanmono’ movie announced for 2012

“Zenkai Girl” is the first time that Aragaki is playing the main character in a television series, though she has previously had several roles as major secondary characters. In the series, she plays Wakaba, an ambitious international lawyer with dreams of rising to the top.
Aragaki Yui stars in Fuji TV’s next ‘Getsu 9’ with Nishikido Ryo

[…] Taira plays Iwami Saki, an office worker who hates conflict with other people, so she always ends up holding back her own opinions and ingratiating herself with others.
Hamada Gaku, Taira Airi lead suspense drama ‘Piece Vote’

Kuroki Meisa (23) and Tabe Mikako (22) are acting together for the first time, co-starring in a drama series this summer called “Jiu: Keishichou Tokushuhan Sousakei.” The two will play police detectives on the same special investigation team, though their differing personalities lead them to constantly clash with each other.
Kuroki Meisa, Tabe Mikako co-star in suspense series ‘Jiu’

Okinawa’s Tokusatsu Hero: Ryujin Mabuyer

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“Ryujin Mabuyer (琉神マブヤー)” is a Tokusatsu TV series made in Okinawa. The 13-episode series aired in 2008 from October 4th to December 27th. The series will be made into a movie titled, Ryuujin Mabuyaa THE MOVIE Nanatsu no Mabui (琉神マブヤー THE MOVIE 七つのマブイ),” and star Shintaro Yamada as Ryujin Mabuyer and ISSA (from DA PUMP) as Ryujin Ganasea (龍神ガナシー). It’s scheduled to be released in theaters this fall.

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Aya Ueto to star in “Thermae Romae”

Cameras are already rolling for the live-action movie adaptation of Yamazaki Mari’s “Thermae Romae” manga, but the main cast has just been revealed. Abe Hiroshi (46) will star, while Ueto Aya (25) will play the female lead.

The manga, which won the Manga Taisho and a Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize last year, is a comedy about Lucius (Abe), an ancient Roman bath house architect who travels through time to modern Japan and finds inspiration in its bath houses. Ueto will play the part of Mami, a young Japanese woman aiming to become a manga artist. […]

(Via Tokyograph.)

Tokyograph: Morning Musume’s Niigaki Risa cast in ninth “Twilight File” omnibus

An audition announcement has revealed that Morning Musume member Niigaki Risa (22) is set to appear in a movie tentatively titled ‘Bad Days Reason,’ part of the omnibus ‘Twilight File IX.’ Specific details about the film are not yet known, but shooting is scheduled to start in fall 2011, presumably for a 2012 release. […]

(Via Tokyograph.)

Although she was raised in Yokohama, Risa’s grandparents are from Okinawa and according to her Wikipedia page, she’s the “longest serving sub-leader of Morning Musume.” Go Risa!

Tokyograph: Kuroki Meisa cast as heroine in “Andalucia: Megami no Houfuku”

Actress Kuroki Meisa (22) has picked up another heroine role in a major motion picture. After co-starring with Kimura Takuya (38) in last year’s hit movie “Space Battleship Yamato,” she will now be joining Oda Yuji (43) in “Andalucia: Megami no Houfuku,” the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster “Amalfi: Megami no Hoshu.” […]

(Via Tokyograph.)

I haven’t had a chance to watch “Space Battleship Yamato” yet but it is on my queue of films to watch in 2011. Guess I’ll be adding this one too.

Takaka Uehara returns to the big screen

SPEED member Takako Uehara (28) has been given her first starring role in a movie. She will headline the cast of “Koitanibashi: La Vallee de l’amour,” directed by Koichi Goto, set for release this summer.

As an actress, Uehara won a Japan Academy Prize Rookie of the Year award for her role in the 1999 movie “Dream Maker.” She has appeared in several other films since then, with her last one being the 2008 movie “Yume no Manimani.”

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(Via Tokyograph.)

Looks like I’ll need to add her to my list of actresses from (or with ties to) Okinawa.

HIFF 30: 2 Films, 2 Actresses from Okinawa

The Hawaii International Film Festival gets underway from October 14th to the 24th and we’re in for a treat as they’re screening two films that feature actresses from Okinawa.


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“Abacus and Sword (武士の家計簿 Bushi no Kakeibo)” (Japan, 2010) stars Yukie Nakama and will be shown on 10/23/10 at 8:45 PM and on 10/24/10 at 12:30 PM. (Visit HIFF’s page for the film for more info.)


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“Hanamizuki (ハナミズキ)” (Japan, 2010) stars Yui Aragaki and will be shown on 10/23/10 at 1:00 PM and on 10/24/10 at 5:00 PM. (Visit HIFF’s page for the film for more info — they also have a trailer up on their website.) Check out the film’s official website which has several wallpapers for the film available for download (unfortunately, none feature Yui Aragaki). The song, “Hanamizuki,” which Yui covers from Yo Hitoto, is on Yui’s latest album “Niji,” released on 9/22/10.

Tickets are already on sale if you’re a HIFF member with tickets for the general public going on sale from October 4th. Why not guarantee your ticket now by joining the HIFF Ohana?

Film: “Minami no Shima no Furimun”

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The film’s poster at Consolidated Theatres Pearlridge West 16.

Minami no Shima no Furimun” (also called “Furimun’s Paradise” or “Furimun in Okinawa“) is the 2009 directorial debut of comedian/actor Gori of the comedy duo Garage Sale. Gori, who also stars in the film as its main character Eisho (the furimun), also gets credit for writing the film as well. (A synopsis of the film can be found on AsianMediaWiki.)


The film trailer.

Rounding out the rest of the main cast:

  • Masaru (a father figure & friend of Eisho’s) played by Masao Teruya
  • Rimi (Masaru’s daughter & Eisho’s friend) played by former Folder/Folder5 member AKINA
  • Hitoshi (Eisho’s best friend) played by Daisuke Moromizato of the comedy duo Ham.
  • Masaru’s wife is played by Kanako Fukuda
  • Hitoshi’s mom is played by Yoko Tanaka
  • Kinjo-sensei played by Tomi Taira

Making appearances in the film are Rimi Natsukawa as the saataa andagi fortune-teller, ISSA (DA PUMP) as a bartender, KEN (formerly of DA PUMP) as a bar’s door person, Taeko Yoshida as a bar’s mama, and Hiroki Kawata (Gori’s partner in Garage Sale) as a referee.

The film is currently screening at Consolidated Theatres Pearlridge West 16.

You’ll find some film trivia as well as a look at the music featured in the film after the jump.

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