“Miracle City Koza” World Premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival

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This is amazing. Ahead of its Okinawa premiere on 1/21 and even its Japan premiere on 2/4, the Hawaii International Film Festival “HIFF” holds the prize of presenting the world premiere of “Miracle City Koza” on 11/7! What’s even better is that in addition to a one-day in-person screening, the film will also be available online to audiences in the USA from 11/10 to 11/28 with English subtitles. Tickets can be purchased from hiff.org on 10/15 (HIFF Ohana members) and from 10/18 for the general public.

Read our previous post introducing the film and view the trailer below.

“Miracle City Koza” Trailer

The last film from Okinawa to screen at HIFF was “Okinawan Blue” (Kokoro Odoru) in 2019.

Miracle City Koza (Film)

Taira Kazuhiro’s “Miracle City Koza”

Director Taira Kazuhiro’s upcoming 2022 film “Miracle City Koza” has a poster, trailer, and an announcement that its first screening will be on January 21st at Uchinaa theaters! From there, the film will be shown in Japanese theaters from February 4th. The film looks to be a lot of fun and stars Kiritani Kenta (his Uchinaa connection is the artist behind the ultra-popular “Umi no Koe” song) and will feature the legendary Uchinaa rock bands Murasaki and Condition Green.

Film Trailer for “Miracle City Koza”

Let’s hope overseas film fans will have a chance to see this in the festival circuit.

HY’s “AM11:00” Becomes a Movie

“AM11:00” Short Film

To be streamed on July 31st (Uchinaa time) is a short film inspired by HY’s hit song “AM11:00” with the band members joining the stream. The film is directed by musician Yamashita Ayumu and stars actor Izumisawa Yuuki and actress Miyagi Karin (who you may recognize from “Eisaa Don Don” and her collaborations with Nanaironote’s YouTube videos). The other song (with the sanshin) that’s featured in the movie’s trailer is HY’s “Street Story“. Unfortunately, the July 31st stream isn’t available for overseas audiences but we’re hoping the archive will be.

HIFF Eat.Drink.Film 2021 Showcase Series

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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.

Continue reading “Okinawa’s Tokusatsu Hero: Ryujin Mabuyer”

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.