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    Shochiku 2013-14 Movie Lineup

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Shochiku Co., Ltd. has announced their theatrical releases schedule for 2013 and early 2014...

    7 DAYS OF HIMAWARI & HER PUPPIES ????????7?? (Himawari to Koinu no Nanokakan) Release Date: March 16, 2013 Director: Emiko Hiramatsu Cast: Masato Sakai, Miki Nakatani Based on a miraculous true story, a film filled with love is born. From the crew who have worked for Yoji Yamada. That dog had quickly grown in an environment filled with the love of Grandpa and Grandma. But they both died all too soon, and she became all alone. She survive in the midst of nature with her strength, but had completely closed her heart towards humans. She gave birth to puppies, and soon they got captured at the Public Health Center. Shoji, an employee at the center, has done his best to raise his two kids as well since his wife`s death. After encountering this solitary mother dog that risks her life to protect her puppies, he makes a decision to save the little creature’s life. Shoji and his kids gave the mother dog the name ‘Himawari’ which means ‘Sunflower`, hoping that she can live in sunshine. Will she open her mind and find a new family? Can human love save the little creature`s life? KANSAI JOHNNY`S JR. NO KYOTO UZUMASA KOSHINKYOKU! ???????Jr.????????? Release Date: March 30, 2013 Director: Katsuhide Motoki Cast: Shido Nakamura, Ryo Nishikido Shochiku presents the next generation of young male idols from the talent agency, Johnny & Associates, Inc. FUNE WO AMU (The Knitting Boat) ???? Release Date: April 13, 2013 Director: Yuya Ishii Cast: Ryuhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Joe Odagiri Up-and-coming director Yuya Ishii sets out to picturize a bestseller novel by Shion Miura, one of the best contemporary Japanese authors, staring Ryuhei Matsuda and Aoi Miyazaki. A dictionary is a boat to cross the sea of words. By boarding that boat, people can collect the little word lights that float on the surface of that dark sea. So they can express their thoughts to others with the most appropriate and precise words. Mitsuya MAJIME (Ryuhei Matsuda) is an eccentric young man who is in charge of compiling a new dictionary, The Great Passage. While Mitsuya becomes immersed in the world of dictionaries, he has a fateful encounter with a woman Kaguya (Aoi Miyazaki). Although he is an expert with words, he is unable to find the most appropriate words to express his feelings to her. Will The Great Passage ever be completed? And will Mitsuya ever be able to fully express his feelings? THE LAST STAND Release Date: April 27, 2013 Director: Kim Ji-woon Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville

    Japanese poster for THE COMPLEX. Image courtesy of Shochiku. © 2013 The Complex Film Partners

    THE COMPLEX ?????? (Kuroyuri Danchi) Release Date: May 18, 2013 Director: Hideo Nakata Cast: Atsuko Maeda, Hiroki Narimiya More frightening than THE RING. More heart-rending than DARK WATER. His first true horror film in almost a decade, THE COMPLEX marks director Hideo Nakata`s return to the genre he turned into a world phenomena. As society spearheads into the technological wonderment of the 21st Century, people are becoming more and more detached from the bonds of community. Working from the idea of "a nation of lonely souls," director Nakata utilizes the unusual architecture of a decaying Japanese housing complex, where buildings come together with an odd, disconcerting symmetry and no one knows exactly who lives next door. Through the use of a commonplace setting, Nakata exploits the every present fear within the ordinary, guiding audiences to a climax that will both touch and horrify people the world over. HAJIMARI NO MICHI: KEISUKE KINOSHITA STORY ??????? (Hajimari no Michi) Release Date: June 1, 2013 Director: Keiichi Hara Cast: Ryo Kase, Yuko Tanaka, Gaku Hamada A genius director Keisuke Kinoshita -- behind his masterpieces, a mother’s love is always there. Keisuke Kinoshita is one of the masters of Japanese film along with Ozu, Kurosawa and Naruse. In commemoration of his centennial anniversary, this film focuses on unknown stories of his life; what happened between Kinoshita and his mother, and why did he quit being a film director once? Keiichi Hara, a director who is well known of quality animation films, pays respect to the Japanese great film director and sets out his debut in live-action film. BULLET TO THE HEAD Release Date: June 1, 2013 Director: Walter Hill Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Jason Momoa

    Key art for the anime film HAL. Image courtesy of Shochiku. © 2013 Hal Production Committee

    HAL ?? Release Date: June 8, 2013 Director: Ryotaro Makihara Voice Cast: Ryo Kase, Yuko Tanaka, Gaku Hamada WIT STUDIO (a spin off from Production I.G) presents a new animation feature about the love story between a human and an android robot. Hal was living with Kurumi until he passed away due to a plane accident. Kurumi, who is devastated by the loss, starts to shut herself from the outside world. As a part of therapy, an android robot Q01 which looks exactly like Hal is sent to her home. As the girl and robot live together, Kurumi gradually starts to open up... ORE HA MADA HONKI DASHITE NAI DAKE (I Haven`t Done My Best) ????????????? Release Date: June 15, 2013 Director: Yuichi Fukuda Cast: Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ai Hashimoto A comedy based on the best-selling manga series. Shizuo Oguro is a no-good, unemployed, 41 year-old single father. He believes he is talented in many aspects, but just not trying hard enough to succeed in life. One day, out of the blue, he suddenly decides to become a comic book artist. EMPEROR Release Date: July 2013 Director: Peter Webber Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, Eriko Hatsune JINRUI SHIKIN (Human Capital) ???? Release Date: Fall 2013 Director and Screenplay: Junji Sakamoto Conman Yuichi Mafune is tapped to steal the "M funds", the illegal assets of the Imperial Japanese Army hidden away after World War II. Based on the novel by Harutoshi Fukui (published by Kodansha).

    TIGER & BUNNY -THE RISING- ??? ???????? -The Rising- (Gekijoo-ban Taigaa Ando Banii -The Rising-) Release Date: Fall 2013 Director: Yoshitomo Yonetani Voice Cast: Hiroaki Hirata, Masakazu Morita The new sun is rising... The creative team behind TIGER & BUNNY -THE BEGINNING- reunites for an all-new story in which the superheroes Wild Tiger and Barnaby Brooks Jr face the greatest crisis ever to strike Stern Bild, the city they have sworn to protect. Sunrise is promising a "shocking fate" for Tiger and Bunny that fans will not want to miss. DON`T LOSE HEART (Tentative Title) ?????? (Kujikenaide) Release Date: Fall 2013 Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa Starring: Kaoru Yachigusa, Tetsuya Takeda The life and work of grandma poet Toyo Shibata becomes a movie! TIGER MASK ??????? Release Date: TBA 2013 Director: Ken Ochiai Starring: Eiji Wentz, Sho Aikawa, Natsuna The fictional masked professional wrestler and timeless hero, Tiger Mask, is back in a new Marvel superhero-inspired costume for a new generation of movie lovers! The movie TIGER MASK focuses on the untold story of young Naoto Date`s early life leading up to his legend as Tiger Mask. This is how it all begins! THE SAMURAI`S MENU (Tentative Title) ????? (Bushi no Kondate) Release Date: December 2013 Director: Yuzo Asahara Cast: Aya Ueto, Kengo Kora, Toshiyuki Nishida The follow-up to 2010`s ABACUS AND SWORD tells the story of a woman who marries into the Funaki family, chefs for the Kaga Domain in the Edo Period. THE LITTLE HOUSE ?????? (Chiisai Ouchi) Release Date: January 2014 Director: Yoji Yamada The next film from acclaimed director Yoji Yamada, based on the novel by Kyoko Nakajima (published by Bungei). JURY REVIEW (Tentative Title) ???????? Release Date: TBA 2014 Director: Satoshi Nagai An original, sidesplitting comedy featuring Yoshimitsu Sawamoto.

    Shochiku Co., Ltd.

    Founded in 1895 and starting off with Kabuki theaters, Shochiku now has established itself as a leading motion picture/theater producer, distributor, and exhibitor. Shochiku have produced the films of Yasujiro Ozu, Hiroshi Shimizu, Keisuke Kinoshita, Kenji Mizoguchi, Akira Kurosawa, Nagisa Ohshima, Takeshi Kitano, and keeps on introducing many talented directors inside and outside of Japan. Shochiku also acts in the Japanese film industry as an active independent distributor, and as for the exhibition side, Shochiku holds five theater lines, encompassing all of Japan. It holds its own video label and distribution system, and is involved in TV production.

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