Are you as tired of this sad weather as we are? When rainy days get in the way of your weekend plans, it’s always good to have a few things ready on your watch list. This June, we have a small but brilliant selection of titles to check out, including the award-winning 2001 animated drama ‘Millennium Actress’ and two installments of actor Toma Ikuta’s first kabuki performance. (Note: regional restrictions may apply).
Synopsis: Filmmaker Genya Tachibana decides to try making a documentary about a retired actress named Chiyoko Fujiwara, who was once celebrated as the country’s most popular star. After spending decades away from the spotlight, Chiyoko is initially uncomfortable about having to put her back in front of the camera, but she eventually warms up to Tachibana and agrees to tell him her story, from her ambitious teenage years to the end of her colorful career. race.
Overview: It’s not often that we see an animated film as highly praised as the classic features from Studio Ghibli, but shortly after its release in 2001, Satoshi Kon’s ‘Actress of the Millennium’ tied with ‘Spirited Away’ for the Grand Prix of the Japan Cultural Affairs Media Agency. Arts Festival. Poignant, thoughtful, and devastating all at once, this roller coaster of emotions is easily one of the best films Japan has ever produced.
Available June 1.
Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki with Toma Ikuta
Synopsis: men August 2021, actor and idol Toma Ikuta set to join the final season of an independent kabuki production called ‘Idomu (Challenge)’, directed by his childhood friend and kabuki artist Matsuya Onoe. This Netflix original documentary follows Ikuta’s grueling rehearsal process as he attempts to master an art form that typically requires years of training in the span of a few months.
Overview: Toma Ikuta fans will no doubt be delighted to see their idol broaden his horizons in this charming documentary, but you don’t have to be a longtime fan of Johnny’s former actor to be wowed by this rare glimpse into an art form. traditional japanese. From the rehearsal process of a traditional kabuki performance to the pre-show makeup room, ‘Sing, Dance, Act’ is a beautiful and insightful journey about friendship and passionate dedication to a centuries-old craft.
Available June 16.
Synopsis: In this classic kabuki play, a swordsman wanders the mountains of Shimousa hoping to improve his fighting technique to prepare for battles against evil spirits. Little does he know that the dangers that await him are far greater than he could have imagined.
Overview: You’ve already seen idol and actor Toma Ikuta prepare for his kabuki debut in his documentary ‘Sing, Dance, Act’, now you can see the result of his months of preparation in this adaptation of ‘Kabuki Akadosuzunosuke’ where he plays the role of Tatsumaki Rainoshin.
Available June 16.
Under the stars
Synopsis: Chihiro suffered from eczema as a baby, leading her parents to desperately search for cures, both reputable and otherwise. Eventually, a colleague of Chihiro’s father offers him what he claims to be holy water that will help his skin. Miraculously, Chirhiro’s skin condition improves after being treated with water, but this causes his parents to become ardent members of a religious cult.
Overview: Mana Ashida shines in this bittersweet coming-of-age story directed by Tatsushi Omori. From high school crushes to the changing bond between a teenage girl and her parents, ‘Under the Stars’ is an examination of love and all its complexities.
Available June 3.
More than time out
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Confirmed: Japan will accept foreign tourists on group tours from June 10
You can now pay for a fastpass for Beauty and the Beast at Tokyo Disneyland
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Akasaka will have a Harry Potter square with a cafe, a magical staircase and more
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