Tag: Shochiku

Live-action「ReLIFE リライフ」feature film has a new teaser trailer and a release date

Shochiku are preparing a live-action adaptation of Yayoiso’s popular manga (previously adapted as a successful television anime series) for a Spring theatrical release, and have dropped a new 30-second teaser for the film. TAKESHI Furusawa, who helmed the 2012 live-action film version of Another, will direct. ReLIFE […]

Kikuchi’s GENOCIDE: Music for Insects to War By

Kikuchi’s GENOCIDE: Music for Insects to War By

Tokusatsu Tuesdays is a regular feature relating to Japanese special effects entertainments and their associated whatsits, and a bridge, so to speak, between ExploderButton and its sister site, Eiga · Bouei.  Out of the string of grim and out-there sci-fi horrors Shochiku Company produced at […]

Masanori Murakami-directed ONE WEEK FRIENDS 「一週間フレンズ。」 feature in theaters from Shochiku in February

A feature film adaptation of Matcha HAZUKI’s beloved manga One Week Friends 「一週間フレンズ。」 is set to charm cinema-goers early next year. Previously adapted as an anime television series from Brain’s Base, which aired in the Spring of 2014, Shochiku’s live-action One Week Friends will be in Japanese theaters from […]

New restoration trailer for Tai Katō’s ZA ONDEKOZA

In commemoration of what would have been the director’s 100th birthday, Shochiku have undertaken a new restoration of Tai KATŌ’s eccentric and little-seen documentary event Za Ondekoza 「ざ・鬼太鼓座」. Filmed over the course of two years, not premiered until well after the director’s death in 1984, and once only […]

「丑三つの村」Village of Doom

Young Tsugio INUMARU (Masato FURUOYA) is a perennial invalid, and something of a pariah in his rural village. It’s the late 1930s, and at a time when the rest of the village’s young men have been enlisted into the Imperial Army the sickly Tsugio is […]

Disc Love: The X From Outer Space <br>「宇宙大怪獣ギララ」 (Shochiku Blu-ray)

Disc Love: The X From Outer Space
「宇宙大怪獣ギララ」 (Shochiku Blu-ray)

My thoughts on director Kazui Nihonmatsu’s oddball kaiju opus Space Monster Guilala / The X From Outer Space haven’t changed all that much since I reviewed it a couple of years back in conjunction with the it’s domestic DVD premiere. X remains a gigantic mess of a picture, an awkward mix […]

Village of 8 Gravestones 「八つ墓村」

Village of 8 Gravestones 「八つ墓村」

Tatsuya is coming home – to see the birthplace of his mother, to attend the funeral of his maternal grandfather, and perhaps something more. The current head of the wealthy Tajima family (barons as it were of the rural town of Yatsuhaka-mura) is ailing and near death, and […]

The Skeleton Lives: Advertising a Shochiku Horror

The Skeleton Lives: Advertising a Shochiku Horror

My misgivings with the goofy The X From Outer Space aside, I absolutely adore Shochiku Co.’s brief late-’60s flirtation with science fiction and horror cinema, which produced three of the grimmest, most bizarre Japanese genre outings of all time. Of these MATSUNO Hiroshi’s monochrome 1968 effort The […]

宇宙大怪獣ギララ / Space Monster Guilala, Wrecking House

宇宙大怪獣ギララ / Space Monster Guilala, Wrecking House

Despite featuring one of my favorite of the many monsters to emerge from Japan during the heyday of tokusatsu cinema, it is only rarely that I find myself revisiting Shochiku’s freshman daikaiju effort Space Monster Guilala (『宇宙大怪獣ギララ』, or The X From Outer Space in its English iterations). The reason […]