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Japanese Compilation Shorts “R246 STORY” directed by Tadanobu Asano, Shido Nakamura, and more is now available on iPad in 91 countries and regions!
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R246 STORY 224466 Tadanobu Asano

Tadanobu Asano

Japan/2007/25:00/Drama

An old man (Torakichi), who wanders about Route 246, and a young girl, Shidomi meet Alien 246 from planet Rock ‘n’ Roll. 246 had lost a drum kit, which was part of his body, and he is rapidly growing weak. In order to save him, Torakichi and Shidomi set out to find Osho, who has information on the drum kit. The three of them find out from a bartender that Osho is somewhere inside the Elvis Building in Futako Tamagawa. To get the information on the drum kit, Shidomi must engage in a guitar battle with a genius boy guitarist.

Tadanobu Asano

  • Born on November 27, 1973 in Yokoyama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Asano made his film debut with "Swimming Upstream". Since then, he has made numerous independent and major Japanese films. Many of them have received awards in film fests overseas, making him an internationally acclaimed actor. He has also appeared in many movies of world renowned directors, such as "wkw/tk/1996@7'55"hk.net"(dir. Kar Wai Wong), "Away with Words" (dir. Christopher Doyle), "Café Lumière" (dir. Hsiao-hsien Hou). In 2003, Asano received the Upstream Award for best actor at the Venice Film Festival for his role in "Last Life in the Universe" (dir. Pen-Ek Ratanaruang), a joint production of Thailand, Japan, and other countries. He portrayed Genghis Khan the film "Mongolia", which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the recent 80th Academy Awards. Asano is slated to appear in more films such as "Yume no mani mani" (scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2008, dir. Takeo Kimura) and "Tsurugidake: Ten no Ki" (scheduled to premiere in 2009, dir. Daisaku Kimura). "224466" will be his second directorial film since Tori in 2004.
R246 STORY JIRO RU-DENSETSU NO YO NA O SHI Shidou Nakamura

Shidou Nakamura

Japan/2007/25:00/Drama

Jirocho returns home after time traveling to the presen=t, and calls on Mori no Ishimatsu. According to Jirocho, modern youths do not know that Route 246 is connected to Shimizu City, and that they are an unintelligent bunch who think that the route is just a fancy national highway. He says the youths have no sense of “justice,” “humanity,” and “rock ‘n’ roll.” Under the orders of Jirocho, Mori no Ishimatsu hops into the Jirocho family Cadillac and travels to modern day Tokyo where he repeatedly makes a fool of himself in the name of “peace restoration.” Paying homage to the legendary rock band Carol (or perhaps it’s just a parody) there is a scene where a scene is arranged from Carol’s last DVD in JIROL style!

Shidou Nakamura

  • Shidou was born in Tokyo on September 14, 1972. His father is Mikio, the third son of Tokizo Nakamura III, a famous Kabuki Onnagata (a male actor who specializes in female roles) during the Showa Era. His uncles are Kinnosuke Yorozuya and Katsuo Nakamura. Tokizo named him “Shidou.” Shidou made his stage debut as a Kabuki actor at the age of 8 at Kabukiza. Though born into a world of tradition and formalities, Shidou is active in other productions besides Kabuki. He has been widely active in films, television dramas, fashion, and rock bands. As for films, he received 5 best new talent awards for his first movie role, "Ping Pong" (2002). Later, he appeared in well known films such as "Iden & Tity", "Yamato", "SPIRIT", and "Letters from Iwo Jima". In 2008, in addition to his activities as a Kabuki actor, his roles in the upcoming films "ICHI" and "Red Cliff" (dir. John Woo) are highly anticipated. Both films are scheduled to premiere this fall. Jiroru: Densetsu no Yo-na-o-shi will be Shidou’s first directorial film.
R246 STORY Arifuretakisei Genki Sudo

Genki Sudo

Japan/2007/25:00/Drama

Four young men (Inoue, Kondo, Ooki, and Tamaru) are doing traffic surveys on Route 246. Kondo, Ooki, and Tamaru count things that have nothing to do with traffic and are fooling around. On the other hand, Inoue is quite serious with his counting business. One day, the four men have an opportunity to share a meal, celebrating Tamaru’s birthday. The three learn that Inoue had taken the job to search for his lost lover, and they decide to help him out. However, Inoue’s sketches and descriptions of the woman are vague and incomprehensible. They are confused, but passing attempt at understanding. One day, Inoue suddenly announces that he will be going back to his family home, and that he is giving up his search.

Genki Sudo

  • Genki Sudo was born in Tokyo on March 8, 1978. Once an active martial artist, Sudo suddenly announced his retirement from the ring at the end of 2006. Before his retirement, he had been active as an actor and model, and his calligraphy had been selected for the Mainichi Calligraphy Exhibition. Presently, he is active mainly as a writer. He is a best selling author with literary works such as Theory of Happiness, Kaze no tani no ano hito to kekkon suru (literally "I'm going to marry that woman in the valley of winds"), Kami wa teeburkurosu (literally "God is a tablecloth"), Revolution, and Bashar Sudo Genki. Arifureta Kisho is his first directorial film.
R246 STORY DEAD NOISE VERBAL(m-flo)

VERBAL (m-flo)

Japan/2008/25:00/Drama

Japanese hip hop has established a firm position in Japan. But what goes on inside the heads of the artists currently leading the hip hop industry?

 

VERBAL (m-flo)

  • Born in Tokyo on August 21, 1975. VERBAL is a member of the producing unit, “m-flo.” One of m-flo’s most outstanding talents is their mix of Japanese and English lyrics in their music. Their latest album “Award SuperNove -Loves Best-” ranked #1 on the Oricon chart immediately after it was released. VERBAL also collaborates with countless artists through his extensive connections. Along with ILMARI (RIP SLYME), he is a member of the extravagant rap group, TERIYAKI BOYZ®. He also has close ties with overseas artists such as Daft Punk, Pharrell, and Kanye West. Last year, VERBAL made a great leap forward as a DJ and his style has captured the attention of the fashion industry. He is also the designer for the jewelry brand, “ANTONIO MURPHY & ASTRO™” VERBAL makes his first attempt as a film director with “DEAD NOISE.” With his impressive natural ability, he will surely continue to succeed in various fields in the future.
R246 STORY CLUB246 ILMARI(RIPSLYME)

ILMARI(RIP SLYME)

Japan/200-/25:00/Drama

Juri is your typical shy boy. He has a crush on Saki, a dance club lover and popular girl. Wanting to be near Saki, Juri enters a club for the very first time. But what awaited Juri was a world far apart from his usual mundane life.

ILMARI (RIP SLYME)

  • As the MC of RIP SLYME, he made his major debut in 2001 with “Steppers Delight”. They became Japan’s first hip hop group to sell a million records. “Steppers Delight” performed at the Budokan, as well as overseas, and amphitheaters that attracted over 50,000 fans. As a member of a monster hip hop group, ILMARI continues to lead the scene. He’s also actively involved in solo projects including the talked-about group TERIYAKI BOYZ®. In this film, ILMARI makes his directorial debut.
R246 STORY BENTO FUUFU YUSUKE SANTAMARIA

YUSUKE SANTAMARIA

Japan/2007/25:00/Drama

For quite some time, everyday routines have become too ordinary for an unmarried couple living together. Life seems to be good for them, but it also seems too mundane… They seemingly to want to tie the knot, but they have totally lost the chance to do so. The woman packs a nice lunch for themselves everyday, and the two have made it a habit to eat it together, but the more they become used to having each other around, the less they communicate. The man says nothing about their delicate situation. Exasperated, the woman finally speaks out…

YUSUKE SANTAMARIA

  • Born on March 12, 1971 in Oita Prefecture, Japan. As the vocal and emcee for BINGOBONGO, which was Japan’s only Latin rock band, Santamaria made his debut in April, 1994 with the group’s album, WILD PITCH. After the rock band’s breakup, he appeared regularly in the Japanese network CX’s TV show called "Bayside Shakedown", playing police lieutenant Masayoshi Mashita. He revived his career with this role and became active in TV, radio, and commercials. Later, he exhibited his talents as a distinguished writer, with essays Sayonara Eien Ni ( “Good-bye Forever”). and Omoteura Ichi Karada (“Two-Faced Body”). He appeared in numerous TV shows, such as CX’s Omiai Kekkon (“Arranged Marriage”) and Hanamura Daisuke. He played the lead role in the movie Negotiator: Mashita Masayoshi”which premiered in May of 2005, and received an award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at the 29th Japan Academy Prize. He has appeared in movies “UDON” and "Sakai-ke no shiawase" in 2006, and Kisaragi in 2007. He has also appeared in a TV drama 「Konshu, tsuma ga uwaki shimasu」 (“This Week, My Wife Will Cheat on Me”) and he played the lead role in the stage play 「Osore wo Shiranu Kawakami Otojiro」 (“The Fearless Otojiro Kawakami”) in 2007. He makes his directorial debut with this film.