28 Aug ’10

Top Japanese Movies – August 2010

Popular Japanese Movies

1. Surely Someday (aka Shuarî Samudei)

Director: Shun Oguri

Writer: Shogo Muto (screenplay)

Starring: Keisuke Koide, Ryo Katsuji, Gou Ayano, Ryohei Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Muro

Release Date: 2010-07-17

Genre: comedy, drama

Plot: Takumi, Kyohei, Hideto, Kazuo and Yuki are five friends who form a rock band to perform at an upcoming school festival. When they learn that the festival is cancelled, they threaten to blow up the high school unless the school’s administration reinstates the festival.

Source: AsianMediaWiki IMDB


2. Police Dog Dream (aka Kinako: Minarai Keisatsuken no Monogatari)

Kyoko Mochizuki is an 18-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a police dog trainer. Kyoko is then admitted to a police dog training school and meets a young Labrador Retriever puppy named Kinako. An instructor at the training school informs Kyoko that Kinako is too weak to become a police dog, but Kyoko, charmed by the puppy, tells him that she will make Kinako into a police dog.

3. The Borrowers (aka Karigurashi no Arrietty)

14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items “borrowed” from the house’s human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.

4. Kamisama Help! (aka Kamisama Herupu!)

On August 12, 2010, a man runs into an abandoned school where a mass murder occurred 25 years earlier. Detective Fujimoto chases the man step by step. The young man hides in a class room, but right behind him is a female high school student covered in blood.

5. Lost Crime (aka Rosuto Kuraimu: Senkô)

Veteran detective Masatoshi Takiguchi, who will soon retire, and his young detective partner Maki Katagiri track a killer in a recent murder case. Their leads then point them towards the person responsible for the infamous unsolved 1968 bank robbery case known as the “300 million yen robbery case”.

6. Shirome

A monster named Shirome haunts a wasteland where it is said that anyone would be dragged into hell if they were to enter. One night, six teenage girls walk into the wasteland to discover whether the myth is true…

7. Caterpillar

During the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honoured and decorated soldier; but the battle in Mainland China has deprived him of his arms and legs. All hopes, from the village men and women to close family members, turn to Shigeko, the Lieutenant’s wife: she must honour the Emperor and the country in setting an example for all by fulfilling her duty and taking care of the “god soldier”.

8. Thriller Restaurant (aka Gekijô-ban: Kaidan Resutoran)

One day, Ako‘s friend Mai, from Yamazakura Elementary School, disappears. Ako thinks that clues of her disappearance can be found at the spooky western styled mansion turned restaurant “Thriller Restaurant”. Ako then takes her friends Sho and Reiko with her to the restaurant…

9. Colorful

The story involves a spirit referred to only as “boku” (me) who has recently died. “Congratulations! You’ve won the lottery!”, an angel informs him. In order to learn from his mistakes and to get a second shot at life, the spirit is put in the body of Makoto, a 14-year-old who recently committed suicide.

10. Neck (aka Nekku)

Tomokazu Shudo has his first ever crush on Sugina Mayama, a senior graduate student who is very popular. Tomokazu has troubles confessing his feelings, but one day, Tomokazu is invited to the research lab where Sugina Mayama works. To Tomokazu’s surprise, when he arrives he first sees a big wooden box in the middle of the lab. Sugina then proceeds to push Tomokazu into the box!

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  1. The dog in the police dog film looks so cute!

  2. Cathryn

    I don’t usually watch Japanese films, but these sound interesting. :)

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