Tagged: japanese film blogathon 2011

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Love my Life

Based on the popular manga by Yamaji Ebine, Love My Life is the story of quirky Ichiko and solemn Eri whom are secret lovers. Ichiko decides she wants to tell her father about her relationship and receives quite a shock when her father confesses he’s also homosexual.

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Letters from Kanai Nirai

Letters from Kanai Nirai tells the story of Fuki Asato, a girl living in the Okinawan islands away from everything that could resemble a big metropolis, including being away from her mother who left the island when Fuki was only seven. Since then, every year on Fuki’s birthday she receives a letter from her mom, making Fuki dream of meeting again.

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Okuribito

Okuribito tells the story of Daigo Kobayashi, an average cellist who’s lost his job and is forced to go back to his hometown where he finds a job as a traditional funeral “artist” to prepare the dead for their “departure.”

Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, The 2

Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, The

The featured movie to the extremely popular anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya let’s us in a bit deeper to some of the characters that didn’t really take place during the anime. In The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon-kun must make a very difficult decision: to stay in the world he lives in or live in a world without Haruhi

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Hula Girls

Hula Girls, set in the 1960s, follows a group of girls that set out to learn to hula dance in order to save their town from the decline of the coal mining industry. The heads of families are losing their jobs, and tensions arise from the fact that they want to open a Hawaiian center in a really cold city.

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Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time tells the story of Makoto Konno, your typical, tomboy-ish high school student. One day Makoto falls in a classroom and she suddenly has the ability to travel through time as she wishes.

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Paco and the Magical Book

Tetsuya Nakashima’s Paco and the Magical Book tells the story of grumpy old Okunuki (Yakusho) as he enters a board meeting and is sent to a hospital, in which he meets a whole bunch of picturesque characters, including a little girl named Paco who can only retain memories for a day.

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Summer Wars

Summer Wars is part techie-adventure, part family-dramedy. Coming from Japan, home of some of the finest quality animation, it’s got luscious art and flawless animation technique.