Jinro Game (2013) movie trailer

Trailer for Japanese film Jinro Game (literally Werewolf Game), starring Nanami Sakuraba, Taiga, Seika Taketomi, Jingi Irie and Mina Fujii…

The movie is inspired by the Werewolf card/party game (aka Mafia, and many other variants). The idea is a group of “villagers” trying to find a werewolf – or pack of werewolves, depending on number of players – within the group.

The game is run in alternate phases – “day time” when the villagers try to figure out who’s the werewolf, and “night time” when the stealthy werewolf eliminates a villager. The game ends when the werewolf is caught, or when the villagers are outnumbered by the werewolves (not sure who’s the winner if its 1 vs 1).

In the movie, Sakuraba plays a high school girl kidnapped and forced to play the Werewolf game with nine other people in an abandoned school, in which a person will be killed each night (or if they try to escape) until they figure out who’s the werewolf.

Rurouni Kenshin (2012) movie trailer

English subbed Japanese trailer for Rurouni Kenshin, a live action adaptation from the popular namesake anime/manga. The film is scheduled for August release.

The story revolves around Himura Kenshin – once a fearsome assassin in wartime era who turned into a wanderer who help to maintain peace and help the needed once the war was over. I’m not a fan of live adapations from a manga/anime, but this looks ok.

The movie stars Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Munetaka Aoki and Yuu Aoi. Yosuke Eguchi, one of my favourite Japanese actors, plays a minor role as Kenshin’s old foe.

K-ON! (2011) movie trailer

Trailer for Japanese animated-film, K-On! Movie. The popular anime – which tells the story of a female high school band – was first released as a TV series in 2009, followed by a sequel in 2010, and it’s now coming to big screen…

OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let’s Go Kamen Riders

Japanese trailer for OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let’s Go Kamen Riders, a special movie in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Kamen Riders franchise.

Kamen Riders was created by mangaka Shotaro Ishinomori. It debuted as a TV series on April 3, 1971. The original show lasted for two years, but its legacy lives on with various spin-off and other masked-men-inspired productions then after. It’s an epic for many Asian folks (especially the guys) who grew up in that era..

Gantz (2011) live action movie trailer

Trailer for Gantz, a two part Japanese live-action movies adapted from the same title anime-manga series. The film is premiering in US and Japan in late January.

Gantz tells the story of two friends who ‘die’ in an accident and become part of a semi-posthumous game in which they and several others, armed with futuristic weapons and equipments, are forced to hunt down and kill aliens.

The original manga-anime was quite popular, albeit a bit controversial for its content. The live adaptations are starring Kazunari Ninomiya from boy band Arashi, and Kenichi Matsuyama who’s known from the Death Note movies.