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Director Takeshi Kitano’s work is now available! The movie “Kubi” will be exclusively available for advance rental on U-NEXT from May 20th (Monday)! Also announced new U-NEXT exclusive movies to be released in May, including “ Young Samurai” and “Kiri

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Director Takeshi Kitano’s work is now available! The movie “Kubi” will be exclusively available for advance rental on U-NEXT from May 20th (Monday)! Also announced new U-NEXT exclusive movies to be released in May, including “Young Samurai” and “Kirie no Uta”
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U-NEXT Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director and President: Tenshin Tsutsumi) of USEN & U-NEXT GROUP, We will be exclusively distributing the movie “Neck” for advance rental from Monday, May 20, 2024.
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Takeshi Kitano is a film director who represents Japan both in name and reality. After 30 years of planning, Kitano himself directed and wrote the screenplay for his novel of the same name, “Kubi,” which is based on the Honnoji Incident.The movie was finally made into a movie. Kitano himself played the role of Hideyoshi Hashiba under the name Beat Takeshi, and the cast includes Hidetoshi Nishijima as Mitsuhide Akechi, Tadanobu Asano as Kanbei Kuroda, Nao Omori as Hidenaga Hashiba, and Shido Nakamura as Mosuke Namba, a farmer who admires Hideyoshi. This is a Sengoku spectacle depicting the Kitano world at full throttle with the actors of the “Kitano-gumi”.
The film had its world premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival and was enthusiastically received, including a five-minute standing ovation. Also, at the 47th Japan Academy Awards, Ryo Kase, who played the insane Oda Nobunaga, won the Outstanding Supporting Actor Award. U-NEXT will exclusively distribute this work for advance rental from Monday, May 20, 2024.
-Overview of the work-
“neck”
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[Distribution start date] Scheduled to be distributed on Monday, May 20, 2024 [Price] 399 yen (tax included) / Viewing period: 2 days
[Viewing page] https://video.unext.jp/title/SID0102957 *Can be accessed from the distribution start date
【story】
Oda Nobunaga, who advocated the unification of Japan, was engaged in a fierce battle against the Mori army, Takeda army, Uesugi army, and the temples and shrines of Kyoto, but in the midst of this, Nobunaga’s vassal Murashige Araki rebelled and disappeared. Nobunaga gathers his vassals, including Hideyoshi Hashiba and Mitsuhide Akechi, and orders them to search for Murashige using his inheritance as bait. Murashige was captured by Hideyoshi’s younger brother Hidenaga and military commander Kuroda Kanbei and handed over to Mitsuhide, but for some reason Mitsuhide hides Murashige instead of killing him. Frustrated by not knowing Murashige’s whereabouts, Nobunaga begins to turn his suspicions in an unexpected direction. However, it was all a set trap. Who is the mastermind? What will happen to the power struggle? A turbulent development that completely overturns historical facts begins to move towards the “Honnoji Incident” – prepare for the shock. Cast: Beat Takeshi, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Ryo Kase, Shido Nakamura, Yuichi Kimura, Kenichi Endo, Tadanobu Asano, Naoto Omori, Kaoru Kobayashi, Kazunori Kishibe
Original work, director, screenplay, editor/Takeshi Kitano and other U-NEXT exclusive movie works
“52 Hertz Whales”
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(C)2024 “52 Hertz Whales” Production Committee
A live-action film adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Sonoko Machida, which won the 2021 Bookstore Award. Starring Hana Sugisaki, Jun Shison, Hio Miyazawa, and other gorgeous cast members. The story, which touches the hearts of those who have no voice in the corners of society, has become a hot topic, and was ranked 1st in Filmark’s “First Day Satisfaction Ranking” with 4.0 points. [Distribution start date] May 1, 2024 (Wednesday) 00:00
[Price] 1,200 yen (tax included) / Viewing period: 2 days
[Viewing page] https://video.unext.jp/title/SID0102372 *Available from the distribution date
Starring: Hana Sugisaki, Jun Shison, Hio Miyazawa, Karin Ono, Tori Kuwana Director: Izuru Narushima
“Eat It Tonight with This Guy ~The Al Yankovic Story~”
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(C)2022 Roku, Inc. All rights Reserved.
Starring Daniel Radcliffe. A biographical film depicting the life of real-life parody singer Al Yankovic, known for his parodies of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It Tonight.” Eric Appel, who directed Die Heart, directed and wrote the screenplay. This film won the Audience Award in the Midnight Madness category at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, and also won the Best Television Film at the 28th Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.
[Distribution start date] Distribution starts from May 9, 2024 (Thursday) [Price] 770 yen (tax included) / Viewing period: 2 days
[Viewing page] https://video.unext.jp/title/SID0102015 *Available from the distribution date
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson
Director/Screenplay: Eric Appel
“Dead leaves”
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The latest film from Finnish master director Aki Kaurismäki. The best love story that won the Jury Prize at the 76th Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the 2023 International Federation of Critics Awards. Alma Pousti (Tove) and Jussi Vatanen (The Unknown Soldier) play a lonely man and woman who try to find an irreplaceable partner. [Distribution start date] Distribution starts from Wednesday, May 15, 2024 [Price] 880 yen (tax included) / Viewing period: 2 days
[Viewing page] https://video.unext.jp/title/SID0102016 *Available from the distribution date
Director/Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki
Starring: Alma Pousti, Jussi Vatanen, Janne Hutiainen, Nupp Koivu “matching”
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(C)2024 “Matching” Production Committee
It has a long run, with a cumulative attendance of 650,000 people and box office revenue of over 900 million yen, an unprecedented feat for an original film. A new type of suspense thriller from director Eiji Uchida of “Midnight Swan” that depicts the horror behind a familiar “encounter”.
[Distribution start date] Distribution starts from Monday, May 20, 2024 [Price] 399 yen (tax included) / Viewing period: 2 days
[Viewing page] https://video.unext.jp/title/SID0102958 *Available for access from the distribution date
Original work/screenplay/director: Eiji Uchida
Cast: Tao Tsuchiya, Daisuke Sakuma, Nobuaki Kaneko, Tetta Sugimoto, Yuki Saito “Covenant/Promised Rescue”
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MOTION PICTURE ARTWORK (C) 2022 STX FINANCING, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Jake Gyllenhaal and Guy Ritchie’s first collaboration together. A magnificent social drama directed by Ritchie, inspired by a
documentary about the Afghan issue and Afghan interpreters. An excellent film that received an audience score of 98% and Filmmarks 4.0 points on the American movie review site Rotten Tomatoes. [Distribution start date] Distribution starts from May 23, 2024 (Thursday) [Price] 550 yen (tax included) / Viewing period: 2 days
[Viewing page] https://video.unext.jp/title/SID0102502 *Available from the distribution date
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dar Salim
Director: Guy Ritchie
“Young Samurai”
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The first release of Cogito Works x U-NEXT’s new Japanese film label, New Counter Films. Ryutaro Ninomiya’s latest work, “A Dream That Escaped” was officially submitted to the ACID section of the 76th Cannes Film Festival. Starring Ryuta Bando, Rion Takahashi, and Naoya Shimizu, the film depicts three young people questioning their lives and resisting the future. Simultaneous distribution to theaters. [Distribution start date] Distribution starts from noon on Saturday, May 25, 2024
[Price] 1,900 yen (tax included) / Viewing period: 3 days
[Viewing page] https://video.unext.jp/title/SID0102121 *Can be accessed from the distribution date
Starring: Ryuta Bando, Rion Takahashi, Naoya Shimizu
Director: Ryutaro Ninomiya
“Kyrie’s Song”
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“All About Lily Chou-Chou” A music film by director Shunji Iwai and music composer Takeshi Kobayashi. Aina The End played her first leading role in a movie, and composed the theme song and six other songs in the movie. 13 years of encounters and farewells. The story of four people connected by Kyrie’s songs, set in Ishinomaki, Osaka, Obihiro, and Tokyo.
[Distribution start date] Distribution starts from Wednesday, May 29, 2024 [Price] 399 yen (tax included) / Viewing period: 2 days
[Viewing page] https://video.unext.jp/title/SID0102819 *Available from the distribution date
Cast: Aina the End, Hokuto Matsumura, Haru Kuroki, Suzu Hirose Original work/screenplay/director: Shunji Iwai
Music: Takeshi Kobayashi
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