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Trailer for "Signal: Getsuyobi no Luca"

The official website for Masaaki Taniguchi’s upcoming movie Signal: Getsuyobi no Luca has been updated with an embed of its new trailer.

Based on a 2008 novel by Hisashi Sekiguchi, the movie stars Takahiro Nishijima of the pop group Aaa as a college student named Keisuke who takes a summer job at a local movie theater called “Gineikan”. While there, he meets a mysterious young woman named Luca (Azusa Mine) who works as the theater’s projectionist. Following an incident which occurred three years ago, she developed a phobia of being outside and has chosen to permanently shut herself inside Gineikan.

The theater’s owner, Minamikawa (Jun Inoue), makes Keisuke agree to three strange rules before agreeing to hire him: don’t go near Luca on Mondays, don’t fall in love with her, and never ask about her past.

Inevitably, Keisuke breaks one of these rules by falling for his new co-worker,
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A Boy and His Samurai (Chonmage purin) | Review - Fantastic Fest 2011

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura Writers: Yoshihiro Nakamura, Gen Araki (novel) Starring: Shiori Kutsuna, Ryô Nishikido, Hitomi Satô, Keisuke Horibe, Jun Inoue, Rie Tomosaka, Yûji Nakamura, Hiroki Konno Yasubei (Ryo Nishikikido) is a 25-year old samurai who finds himself transported from 19th century Edo to modern day Tokyo. The first people Yasubei meets are a single mom, Hiroko (Rie Tomosaka), and her 6-year old son, Tomoya (Fuku Suzuki). Needless to say, everyone is confused, but no one is more so than Yasubei. Hiroko and Tomoya are also a little freaked out by Yasubei's sword and aggression, but they still decide to allow him to move into their household. Yasubei opts to become a single mother's fantasy -- a homemaker who allows Hiroko to excel at her corporate job -- while simultaneously becoming a young boy's ideal father. (What 6-year old Japanese boy does not dream of having a samurai as a father?
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Kyoko Fukada and Kippei Shiina to star in “Renai Gikyoku: Watashi to Koi ni Ochite Kudasai”

Hard to believe, but popular actress Kyoko Fukada has not had top billing in a film since Mayumi Miyasaka’s “Tenshi”, which was released over 4 years ago. Today comes word that Fukada will be making her return to leading lady status the hard way in Renai Gikyoku: Watashi to Koi ni Ochite Kudasai (literally “Love Drama: Please Fall in Love with Me”), playing a role consisting of 3 distinct parts.

The film is an adaptation of playwright Shoji Kokami‘s hit stage play “Renai Gikyoku”, and Kokami himself will direct. Fukuda will play a popular television screenwriter named Mayumi Taniyama and actor Kippei Shiina will play a hapless producer named Mukai in his first purely comedic role.

Taniyama is suffering from writer’s block, so when Mukai enthusiastically asks her to write a script for him, she asks him to fall in love with her.

Fukada’s role is broken down
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