Diverse films come to Berlin market
ABOUT HER BROTHER (OTOUTO)
Director: Yoji Yamada
Producers: Hiroshi Fukazawa, Kenichi Tamura, Ichiro Yamamoto
Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Tsurube Shofukutei, Yu Aoi, Ryo Kase, Nenji Kobayashi
Logline: A middle-aged woman can’t quit her alcoholic younger brother, even after he spoils her daughter’s wedding reception.
Director: Takeshi Kobayashi
Producers: Yukihiro Asami, Julie K. Fujishima, Fumihiro Hirai, Toru Horikoshi
Stars: Jin Akanishi, Kii Kitano, Kengo Kora, Ayumi Ito, Yuki Shibamoto, Hideyuki Kasahara
Logline: A girl with a crush on the moody lead singer of a fast-rising indie band lands a job as its assistant manager to her joy — and subsequent grief.
Sales: Nippon Television Network
Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Stars: Hiro Mizushima, Takeru Sato, Kenta Kiritani, Shiori Kutsuna, Aoi Nakamura and Osamu Mukai.
Logline: A story of wild youth and rock music, based on a smash hit comicbook.
CROWD OF THREE
Director: Tatsushi Omori
Producers: Tomoo Tsuchii, Tomomi Yoshikawa, Asako Nakano
Stars: Kenta Kora, Shota Matsuda, Sakura Ando, Hirofumi Arai
Logline: Three troubled youths — two men and a woman — hit the road to an unknown destination.
Sales: Asmik Ace
Director: Miwa Nishikawa
Producer: Etsuhiro Kato
Stars: Tsurube Shofukutei, Eita, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haraka Igawa, Kimiko Yo
Logline: Phony doctor wins friends — and mistreats patients — in a rural village until a bout of conscience leads to his unmasking.
Sales: Asmik Ace
Director: Yoji Yamada, Tsutomu Abe
Star: Hana Ebise
Logline: A young love triangle unfolds in Kyoto’s historic Uzumasa district.
MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC
Director-Producer: Hans Canosa
Stars: Maki Horikita, Kenichi Matsuyama, Yuya Tegoshi, Anton Yelchin
Logline: A girl at an international high school recovers from a four-year bout of amnesia and struggles to recover her life — and love.
PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE ETERNAL DIVA
Director: Masakazu Hashimoto
Producer: Masakazu Kubo
Stars: Yo Oizumi, Maki Horikita,Mamiko Noto, Shiro Saito, Nana Mizuki
Logline: A professor/amateur sleuth and his “No. 1 apprentice” try to stop a sinister game whose involuntary players are promised eternal life if they win, death if they lose.
Sales: Tokyo Broadcasting System
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Producer: Seiji Okuda
Stars: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Sumiko Fuji, Mitsuki Tanimura, Ayumu Saito
Logline: Nerdy math genius battles rogue A.I. program in virtual world, with the help of his teen inamorata’s large and rambunctious family.
Sales co.: Nippon Television Network
Director: Takeshi Miike
Producer: Takashi Hirano
Stars: Show Aikawa, Cynthia Cheston, Tsuyoshi Abe, Riisa Naka, Masahiro Inoue
Logline: Nerdy but superpowered hero of the hit 2004 action comedy wakes to find himself in the Tokyo of 2025, transformed into “Zebra City.”