Category Archive: J-Drama

Sep 03 2016

Hibana (Spark) (Series Review)

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Hibana (Spark) Series Review by David Cirone Netflix’s latest Japanese series Hibana (Spark) is a deeply-felt, intelligent character drama about the highs and lows of the “manzai” comedy world, viewed through the complex friendship of its two lead characters, the shy but driven Tokunaga (Kento Hayashi) and the abrasive wild man Kamiya (Kazuki Namioka). Based …

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Aug 28 2016

University of Miami to screen Enoshima Prism and Wonderful World End

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The University of Miami will present free screenings of 2 Japanese films on September 16th and 23rd, 2016. September 16 – The time-travel friendship drama Enoshima Prism, directed by Yasuhiro Yoshida, stars Sota Fukushi (Kamen Rider film series, Bleach), Shuhei Nomura (Litchi Hikari Club, Flying Colors), and Tsubasa Honda (GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, Full Metal …

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Aug 25 2016

Death Note – Light up the NEW world (trailer)

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The trailer for Death Note Light up the NEW world, the sequel to the immensely popular manga, anime, and film series, features the return of Erika Toda as Misa Amane, along with newcomers Masahiro Higashide, Sosuke Ikematsu, Masaki Suda, and Rina Kawaei.

Aug 20 2016

Hanzawa Naoki – Episode 1 (Review)

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Hanzawa Naoki Episode 1 Review by David Cirone Hanzawa Naoki‘s opening shot, a slowly-zooming close-up of the title character’s confession of beliefs, instantly brings to mind comparisons to The Godfather. Like Michael Corleone, mild-mannered banker Hanzawa is a man who transforms because of a duty to family, a dedication to his father, and ultimately, a …

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Jul 23 2016

FUNimation reveals trailer for Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy

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FUNimation has revealed the trailer for the U.S. release of the popular Rurouni Kenshin film trilogy starring Takeru Sato, Emi Takei, Munetaka Aoki, and Yu Aoi. The films will screen in select theaters nationwide with a home video release to follow. Rurouni Kenshin: Origins – August 8, 9 & 10 Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno – …

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Apr 22 2016

Sadako vs. Kayako (Trailer)

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Kadokawa Films has revealed the trailer for the upcoming ghost-on-ghost-battle, Sadako vs. Kayako. Japanese horror buffs are bound to lose their minds just hearing the concept alone: the ghost of The Ring (Ringu) vs. the ghost of The Grudge (Ju-on). The modern geek equivalent of Godzilla vs King Kong…? Maybe. The film’s producers are encouraging …

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Apr 12 2016

Hibana (Spark) (trailer)

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Preview trailer for the upcoming Netflix / Yoshimoto Kogyo series Hibana (Spark), based on the Akutagawa Prize-winning novel by comedian Naoki Matayoshi. The series stars Kento Hayashi and Kazuki Namioka.

Feb 15 2016

Atelier (Series Review)

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Atelier Series Review by David Cirone Netflix Japan’s premiere original series Atelier (titled “Underwear” for its Japanese release) is an infuriatingly weak attempt to showcase the provocative world of lingerie. Cardboard characters, illogical plot twists, and episode-after-episode of junior-high-school idealistic speeches made this series a real challenge to finish. In truth, the story is over …

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