After a radio station, a luxury hotel, and a small town, popular playwright-screenwriter-director Mitani Koki (The Magic Hour
, Suite Dreams
) makes the courtroom his latest stage in Once in a Blue Moon
(a.k.a. A Ghost of a Chance
). The hilarious supernatural comedy stars Fukatsu Eri (The Magic Hour
) as a clumsy lawyer who discovers that the only witness she has to save her latest case is the spirit of a dead samurai, played by Nishida Toshiyuki. As he does with every film, Mitani pays tribute to classic Hollywood cinema with big stars, a grand stage design, and clever writing that will entertain and tickle audiences from start to finish.
In addition to Fukatsu and Nishida, Mitani's latest all-star cast also includes Abe Hiroshi (Still Walking), Nakai Kiichi (Railways), Takeuchi Yuko (Be With You), Asano Tadanobu (Villon's Wife), as well as cameos by SMAP's Kusanaga Tsuyoshi, Sato Koichi (The Magic Hour), Oizumi Yo (Gegege no Kitaro), Fukada Kyoko (Yatterman), and Shinohara Ryoko (Unfair). A hilarious courtroom comedy with genuinely touching moments, Once in a Blue Moon spent four weeks at the top of the Japanese box office, and it's also one of the leading grand prize nominees at the 2012 Japan Academy Prize.
Emi (Fukatsu Eri) is passionate about being a lawyer, but her clumsiness has caused her to mess up one case after another. Finally, her boss Hayami (Abe Hiroshi) issues her an ultimatum: Win the next case, or lose her job. Her latest client is a timid man accused of murdering his wife (Takeuchi Yuko), and the only person who can support his alibi is the ghost of Rokubei (Nishida Toshiyuki), a samurai who's been dead for over 400 years. Realizing that she, too, has the ability to see Rokubei, Emi decides to make Rokubei the defense's key witness. But how will Emi convince the rest of the world that the ghost of a samurai is a credible witness?