The essentials

“GENGHIS KHAN — TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH AND SEA”
Producer: Shochiku, Avex Entertainment
Director: Shinichiro Sawai
Key cast: Takashi Sorimachi, Rei Kikukawa, Mayumi Wakamura
Plot: A spectacle by uber-producer Haruki Kadokawa depicting the rise of warlord Genghis Khan. Shot entirely in Mongolia with real Mongolian soldiers playing Genghis’ warriors.
Sales: Shochiku

“SAKURAN”
Producer: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Director: Mika Ninagawa
Key cast: Anna Tsuchiya, Miho Kanno, Yoshino Kimura
Plot: The life and loves of a sassy punk oiran (high-class concubine) in the famed Yoshiwara red-light district of feudal-era Tokyo.
Sales: Asmik Ace Entertainment

“EXTE — HAIR EXTENSIONS”
Producer: Toei
Director: Sion Sono
Key cast: Chiaki Kuriyama, Ren Osugi
Plot: Cult fave Sion Sono (“Suicide Club,” “Noriko’s Dinner Table”) directs hot thesp Chiaki Kuriyama (“Kill Bill,” “Battle Royale”) in an offbeat tale of terror that finds hair in the most unlikely places.
Sales: Toei

“I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LITTLE SISTER” (BOKU WA IMOTO NI KOI O SURU)
Producer: Toshiba Entertainment
Director: Hiroshi Ando
Key cast: Jun Matsumoto, Nana Eikuro, Ayaka Komatsu, Yuko Asano
Plot: Teen heartthrob Jun Matsumoto stars in the pic adaptation of a bestselling comic about a smart, popular, athletic guy who seems to have it all — but finds himself attracted to his twin sister.
Sales: Toshiba Entertainment

“A SLIT-MOUTHED WOMAN”
Producer: Tornado Film
Director: Koji Shiraishi
Key cast: Eriko Sato, Haruhiko Katou, Chiharu Kawai
Plot: Shocker about a mysterious woman with an unfortunate facial deformity who becomes the prime suspect in a series of kidnappings, whose underage victims meet horrific ends.
Sales: Twin

“TEN NIGHTS OF DREAM” (YUMEJUYA)
Producer: Nikkatsu
Directors: Kon Ichikawa, Matsuo Suzuki, Miwa Nishikawa, Akio Jissoji
Key cast: Kyoko Koizumi, Koji Yamamoto, Kenichi Matsuyama
Plot: A literary riddle posed one hundred years ago by author Soseki Natsume is explicated by an assortment of Japanese film directors.
Sales: Nikkatsu

“TOKYO TOWER — MOM & ME, AND SOMETIMES DAD”
Producer: Nippon Television Network, Shochiku
Director: Joji Matsuoka,
Key cast: Joe Odagiri, Kikikilin, Takako Matsu, Kaoru Kobayashi
Plot: Based on a bestselling autobiography by writer-illustrator Lily Franky, pic stars Joe Odagiri (“Sway,” “Pavillion Salamandre”) as a country boy on the slide in Tokyo, who brings his cancer-stricken mom to live with him.
Sales: Shochiku

“FACES OF A FIG TREE”
Producer: Agora, Parallel Tokyo/Parallel Seoul
Director: Momoi Kaori
Key cast: Momoi Kaori, Hanako Yamada, Saburo Ishikura
Plot: Veteran thesp Momoi Kaori (“Memoirs of a Geisha”) directs her first feature, a surreal family dramedy in which an eccentric middle-aged mom (Kaori) launches a new life after her construction worker hubby suddenly drops dead.
Sales: Open Sesame

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