Movie: The Magic Hour
Romaji: Za majikku awa
Director: Koki Mitani
Writer: Koki Mitani
Executive Producers: Takashi Ishihara , Kenji Shimizu, Minami Ichikawa
Producer: Chihiro Kameyama, Yoshinari Shimatani
Cinematographer: Hideo Yamamoto
Release Date: June 7, 2008
Runtime : 136 min.
Studio: Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Bingo (Satoshi Tsumabuki) has stolen away the girlfriend (Eri Fukatsu) of his crime syndicate boss (Toshiyuki Nishida), and now he faces an ultimatum: find him a legendary assassin named Della Togashi, or die. But time is running out and Della’s whereabouts remain moot. As a desperate measure, Bingo decides to hire a failing actor, Taiki Murata (Koichi Sato) to play the part of the elusive assassin. Believing he’ll be starring in an epic gangster film in the role of his life, Taiki comes to the port town of Sucago, where the film is to be shot. In his attempt to convince his boss that he has found Della Togashi, Bingo inadvertently winds up indenturing Taiki into the service of the town’s crime syndicate just as it prepares for a major gang war.
1. The fictional port town of “Sucago,” used as the backdrop of the movie, was built entirely at Toho Studio. Eventually taking up over five studios at the Toho Studios,
2. The “magic hour” is a film term referring to a brief period of time between dusk and nightfall when the most beautiful footage can be shot. Spanning the time when the sun has dropped below the horizon to the moment when the last lingering rays are blotted out by darkness, it is the world bathed in an ethereally pale light.
Cast: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Koichi Sato, Eri Fukatsu, Toshiyuki Nishida, Haruka Ayase, Fumiyo Kohinata
Movie: A Night in Nude: Salvation
Romaji: Nudo no yoru: Ai wa oshiminaku ubau
Director: Takashi Ishii
Writer: Takashi Ishii
Release Date: October 2, 2010
Runtime: 127 min.
Distributor: Klock Worx
Jiro (Naoto Takenaka) is a man who can do anything for you for a price. Part odd jobs man and part private eye he takes on tasks as simple as clearing out storage lockers to tracking down lost items. That’s what he’s asked to do by a beautiful young woman (Hiroko Sato) who shows up at his warehouse living space one afternoon. This young woman asks Jiro to help her track down a lost Rolex watch that she says was accidentally thrown out of a helicopter while she was scattering the ashes of her late father. Jiro knows the story isn’t true, but he needs the money so he and the young woman begin poking around miles of woodland in the proverbial search for a needle in a haystack. Miraculously Jiro finds the wrist watch, but it looks to be caked in rotting meat. Needy but not stupid Jiro hands the watch over to a sympathetic police woman he knows for analysis. Little does Jiro know that the discovery of this Rolex will lead to another case, one filled with violence, sex and danger, one that will lead him directly into the heart of darkness.– Toronto J Film Pow-Wow
Hiroko Sato – Nami