The Great Passage (Fune wo amu, 舟を編む)
The Pinkie (Samayou koyubi,さまよう小指 )

Cannonball Wedlock (Konzen Tokkyu, 婚前特急)

Cannonball Wedlock (Konzen Tokkyu, 婚前特急)
[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
* NEGISHI Hiroyuki
* SADAI Yuji
* KUSAKABE Masanori
[ Cast ]
* KASE Ryo NISHIO Minoru
[ Staff ]
* Screenplay: MAEDA Koji
* Screenplay: TAKADA Ryo
* Cinematography: ITO Hiroshi
* Music: KIDA Shunsuke
* Editor: SATO Takashi
* Production Design: TANIUCHI Kunie
[ Production Company ]
Cannonball Wedlock Film Partners
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
Bitters End, SHOWGATE
[ Production Studio ]
Matchpoint, SHOWGATE

Release Date: April, 1st, 2011
Running Time: 107 min
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Feature
Color: Color
Screening Format: 35mm
Subtitle: English
[ Story ]
A slapstick comedy about a woman who has led a life of noncommittal romance, and ends up scrambling to find someone to marry. Yoshitaka Yuriko (Snakes and Earrings) tries her hand at authentic comedic acting for the first time, and her character’s lovers of various types and ages are played by a diverse cast that includes Kase Ryo and Enoki Takaaki. 24-year-old office worker Chie (Yoshitaka) has five boyfriends, each chosen to fill her various needs such as patience, wealth, and youth. One day, a close friend’s marriage inspires her to break up with Tanashi (Hamano Kenta), the worst of the lot, but she is beaten to the punch when he dumps her instead.
[ Official Site ]
Feature film debut of the thirty-three Maeda Kōji, a tract of Ryo Takada novel.
I liked it for several reasons, not the least of which reminded me of a saying from school (so, for me, a long time ago) that more or less read: “Let beautiful women to men without imagination”. Does anyone remember? Maeda Kōji precisely gives us the story of a cute twenty-four struggling with five boyfriends. Each of them has some interesting feature: one is a middle-aged wealthy that brings on vacation, the second is a cute college student, the third a motorcyclist from flowing hair listening metal music at unbearable volumes, but that if her around in motorcycle, the fourth a beautiful divorcee who listens sympathetically. The last is a fat and low type, with an expression arrogant, who works in a bakery. Takumi, this is its name, does not seem to have any interesting quality, uses the bathroom of her to take a shower, in and out of the apartment of the girl without thinking too much. It is certainly a fascinating guy. But Chie is a woman with a lot of imagination, as was said. It will eventually cross out from its lists of strengths/flaws everyone else and save the seemingly most unlucky, but determined, Takumi.
The structure is that of a screwball comedy of the most classic: chases, obstacles, drops, showdowns. But the pace is overwhelming, the well-designed characters, the script unfolds without added weight to find. In short, it seemed like a work fresh and fun.
Still about the characters, and in particular of Chie, the director presents it in all facets of pragmatic person and organized to capacity (the management of the five men nell’incastro requires commitment of time and logistics), but also emotionally conflict (the rubber men launch crashing on the wall of the house is a prime example) and finally prone to feelings, for example in the relationship with the friend married, that he will make them consider the idea of marriage.
Interestingly, it also reminds Mark Schilling, the dinner sequence where Takumi and type divorced accompanying in that circumstance Chie, entertain quoting passages from an ancient collection of poems, the filmmaker introduces here a typically Japanese elements to better define its characters.
Incidentally, the role of Chie is played by Yoshitaka Yuriko, who made his debut in 2006 in Noriko no shokutaku Sono Sion; while Takumi has the face and the features of the rocker Kenta Hamano. Very convincing either. Him with a face and physique du rôle that could not be more perfect.
[Katsuyuki Nakanishi]

Katsuyuki Nakanishi
Born on 1984 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Graduated in Vantan Film and Movie Institute major in film director. The fourth graduate of JSC Cinematographers assistant upbringing cramming school. While he was studying in Tokyo, he was also working with Director Shinya Tsukamoto's movie at the same time. After that, he became part of the lighting department of Toei Studios Kyoto, studied under Kiyoto Ando and Takashi Sugimoto. In these movies, he worked as an assistant lighting director with Takashi Sugimoto in "Chacha - Tengai no Onna"(2007) and Kiyoto Ando in "The Fallen Angel"(2010). He work as a freelancer since 2011 and became part of these latest movies as a lighting director of Director Yang Ik-June's ”Shibata and Nagao"(2012), Director Keisuke Yoshida’s ”Himeanile”(2016), Director Kohki Yoshida’s ”ThreeLights"(2017), Director Hiroshi Ando’s ”Moon and Thunder" (2017) and Director Shinya Tsukamoto’s ”Killing” (2018).

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