Tag Archives: Naoto Takenaka

Takashi Miike – Nintama Rantarô AKA Ninja Kids!!! (2011)

Plot
Rantaro was born into a low class ninja family. His parents hope he can one day become an elite ninja to make his family proud. Rantaro, bearing his parents’ expectations, enters the Ninja Academy. At the academy, he becomes friends with Shinbe (Futa Kimura), the son of a wealthy merchant family and Kirimaru (Roi Hayashi ), who lost his father in the war. The students at the Ninja Academy are called Nintama – which means future ninjas. Rantaro has a fun time at school, but Rantaro, Shinbe and Kirimaru have difficulties with their studies. Read More »

Rintaro Mayuzumi & Kazuyoshi Okuyama – Rampo AKA The Mystery of Rampo (1994)

Edogawa Rampo is a writer whose latest work is censored by the government, deemed too disturbing and injurious to the public to be allowed to be published. However, after burning his drafts, his publisher shows him a newspaper with an account of events just like his forbidden story. As the film progresses, fantasy and reality intermingle in a tale that draws heavily on influences from Poe and Stoker’s Dracula. The film’s strongly Expressionistic direction skillfully combines a variety of media (animation, computer-generated imagery, grainy black-and-white fast film stock, color negatives) for artistic effect. Read More »

Masayuki Suo – Shiko funjatta AKA Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (1992)

Synopsis:
Kyoritsu University’s sumo club is in danger of being shut down after years of failure and general disinterest. The hopeless Aoki (a hilarious performance by Naoto Takenaka) is the sole remaining member of the school’s once proud sumo team. At the start of a new school year, however, Professor Anayama (Akira Emoto) manages to recruit four new members, an unlikely cast of misfits who seem to be capable of doing nothing but heaping further embarrassment onto the woeful team. Can this motley crew of ragamuffins revive interest in the traditional Japanese sport and return the school team to respectability? Read More »

Naoto Takenaka – Muno no hito aka Nowhere Man (1991)

Sukezo, a farmer manga comic artist, takes up the art rock business by setting up a shop in a shed by the river. He tries hard to be successful, but business does not go well and the family becomes progressively poorer.
Based on the Manga by Yoshiharu Tsuge. Read More »