Japanese actor Akira Emoto archives - Films and movies starring Akira Emoto

Shin Godzilla (2016) Japanese movie trailer

Teaser for Japanese movie Shin Godzilla (シン・ゴジラ), in theatres in Japan this summer. The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. It’s the 31st instalment in the Godzilla franchise and the third reboot by Toho Pictures.

The Shin is a play of words which can mean a few things. Officially it’s RESURGENCE in English title, some Asian teasers go with TRUE, social media seems to like it as GOD, while I prefer the simpler NEW instead. It all seems to fit though.

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Akunin (2010) movie trailer

Akunin (means devilish person) is a 2010 Japanese film directed by Lee Sang-il, based on Shuichi Yoshida’s crime noir novel of the same name. It bagged all four acting awards at the 34th Japan Academy Prize presented earlier this year.

The excellent cast include Satoshi Tsumabuki, Eri Fukatsu, Akira Emoto, Masaki Okada, Kirin Kiki and Hikari Mitsushima; and they were aided by the acclaimed music composer Joe Hisaishi who made the film score. The movie will show in UK cinemas (titled as Villain in English) on August 19 by Third Window Films.

Akunin tells the story of a loner who killed her ex-girlfriend (victim), a gold-digger who treated him like thrash and dumped him for a rich kid who in turn treated her badly and threw her out the car before she was murdered. The rich boy was treated as suspect before evidence eventually pointed out the real situation.

In a twist of event, the loner met another lonely woman a day after the crime and love blossomed in between. But when the loner confessed to his new lover about his act and his intention to surrender (his face was all over the news by that time), the woman persuaded him not to and run into hiding together instead.

Beside the obvious parts questioning who’s the real villain, the film also cleverly instilled modern social issues – i.e. loneliness, financial status, family disintegration etc. – in the plots, which makes people wondered why the “villains” became who they are. The film didn’t draw much conclusion on these, and there’s plenty of rooms for interpretations, which is probably another successful side of the movie.

Sinking of Japan (2006) movie review

Sinking of Japan (日本沈没, Nihon Chinbotsu) is a 2006 Japanese movie directed by special effects specialist Shinji Higuchi. It’s a remake of a 1973 film which itself was an adaptation of Japan Sinks, a novel by Sakyo Komatsu.

The 2006 film starred Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Kou Shibasaki, Etsushi Toyokawa and Mao Daichi etc. More details on cast and crew at end of the post.

Japanese movie Sinking of Japan

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