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Hanzawa Naoki – Trailer (video)

TBS Global has posted an English-subtitled trailer for the popular drama series Hanzawa Naoki (using the western version of the lead character’s name, given name first). The drama scored a ratings record for its thrilling final episode, and won several Japanese awards: Best Drama (Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix), Best Director for Katsuo Fukuzawa (Television …

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Flying Colors – Trailer (video)

English-subtitled trailer for Japanese comedy/drama Flying Colors, starring Kasumi Arimura. From TBS Global: Dyed-blonde student failure Sayaka mistakes a historical figure for a schoolyard insult, doesn’t know north from south, or even that the earth is round. In her second year of high school, her academic ability is equivalent to that of a fourth-year elementary …

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Outrage (Film Review)

Outrage Review by David Cirone In Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage, violence comes suddenly and at full force, often preceded by brief, polite conversation. A successful character study disguised as a standard yakuza crime drama, Kitano returns to his signature gangster genre (there’s a ten-year gap between this release and 2000’s Brother), stacking the film with great …

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Rookies – Episode 11 (Review)

ROOKIES Episode 11 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY The Nikogaku team has reached the semi-finals, and the dugout is filled with a feeling of dread and insecurity. Mikoshiba (Kiesuke Koide) speaks to his team with the full authority of his position as captain, urging them to keep fighting for the sake of their teammates and …

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Last Cinderella (Series Review)

LAST CINDERELLA Series Review by David Cirone Last Cinderella piles on the cute. As much a fantasy story as its namesake, the series trips over itself time and time again as it overtly panders to a middle-aged female audience. Despite its talented and earnest cast led by Ryoko Shinohara and featuring Haruma Miura and Naohito …

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Rookies – Episode 10 (Review)

ROOKIES Episode 10 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY As the Nikogaku team rises in the qualifying rounds for Koshien, rumors begin to spread about the team, and coach Kawato (Ryuta Sato) earns the attention of the horse-racing obsessed sports writer Yoshida (Atsuro Watabe). Is it possible that the violent kids and their violent teacher are …

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Rookies – Episode 9 (Review)

ROOKIES Episode 9 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY Fresh from their victory over their old nemesis, the boys seem to be on a solid run as they chalk up wins and improve their skills. The team visits a shrine together and says a prayer for their future victory. However, the rest of the world isn’t …

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Otoko no Isshou – BD/DVD Trailer

Pony Canyon has released a 2-minute scene from their upcoming BD/DVD release of Otoko no Ishhou, starring Nana Eikura and Etsushi Toyokawa. The 2015 romantic film was directed by Ryuichi Hiroki, based on Keiko Nishi’s manga story.