Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




The Japanese film “Shin Godzilla” (2016)



I went to see the film “Shin Godzilla” the other day.
When it finished, it made me feel like “ Hang on, Japan!”.


In the film, there was a line “ Japan tried hard to rise up by scrap and build.”
It brought a lump to my throat.
And, as I saw people devote all their time to each work in the film,
I reconsidered that this is the country of Japan.


Throughout the film, it includes a diversity of messages without imposing.
It is left to what feel about to each audience.
It has excellent sense of casting, and Kanji Tsuda from Fukui Prefecture
also enthusiastically performs.
If you have time, why don’t you go to see the film?
It is more than just a monster film. (H.S)


Belgium-France-Canada co-production movie “Kokoro” filmed in Oki Islands in Shimane Prefecture



A French friend of mine mentioned about the movie in her recent e-mail.
I hear that the movie is based on a French novel “Le Coeur régulier” published in 2010
and it is a Belguim-France-Canada co-production.
In the movie, a Japanese great actor Jun Kunimura plays one of the main characters.


The movie was shot in four countries and the scenes in Japan were shot in April last year.
The location is the cliffs called Sekiheki(Red cliffs) in Oki Islands, Shimane Prefecture.
In fact, in the original, it was set in Tojinbo Cliffs in Fukui Prefecture, but they didn’t give permission to film due to its story.
So the staff went location hunting all over Japan and found the cliffs in Oki Islands.


The novel is based on a true story, which is about a former police officer who has rescued
people commit suicide by jumping from the Tojinbo cliffs.
The model is Yukio Shige, who is called “Mister Please Wait”.
If the Japanese translation publishes in the future, I would like to read it.


The movie has already released in France but will be released in Japan next year
and it also may be shown in some film festivals.
I am looking forward to seeing the movie in Japan. (H.S)





Japanese actor Dean Fujioka, who broke through as a star recently
by a NHK’s morning serial drama.
At last, the character he played passed away in the drama the other day,
and a lot of female fans got depressed because they cannot see him in the drama any longer.
At any rate, the more I know, the more Dean Fujioka is really a multi-talented person. 
He speaks four languages as he had lived in foreign countries for a long time,
works as a musician and also, surprisingly he can box for real.  
In this film “NINJA THE MONSTER” which was released only abroad first,
he played ninja and showed the ability of swordplay.
Although it is a low-budget movie, I hope to see the film sometime in Japan as well. (H.S)




It is well known that “Star Wars” series have greatly influenced by KUROSAWA films.
And it is believed that the first one in 1977 was referred to KUROSAWA’s “The Hidden Fortress”.
Actually, its famous characters C-3PO and R2-D2 were based on Tahei and Matashichi in the movie.
Also, Darth Vader’s helmet was designed from Japanese kabuto (samurai warrior’s helmet).
Come to think of it, the fighting scene with the lightsabers looks like Japanese style swordfighting.
Hereby, I would like to introduce you to an interesting video (2’41”) which both movies’ scenes were compared and edited on YouTube. (H.S)

Jurassic World



Finally, the movie ”Jurassic Park” will be released in Japan very soon.

Here in Fukui Prefecture, we have a world-class dinosaur museum.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen opened to Kanazawa

so why don’t you make a side trip to Fukui? (H.S)