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[Movie] Close-Knit

“What is ‘normal’?”
“Normal is normal. Not strange.”

That’s how the leading lady in this movie is labeled: “not normal”, while the leading man refers to her case as “unusual”. And whether you see Rinko as abnormal, unusual, or another adjective, your opinion may or may not change after watching this movie. I’m not sure if that’s the objective, since the story is quite simple sans concrete resolution to some of its conflicts, seemingly leaving them up to your interpretation. Continue reading “[Movie] Close-Knit”

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new shades of True Colors

What do sequels, remakes, and recycled songs have in common? They will always be compared with the original, which 99% of the time is better. Naturally, there are exceptions, but when i am already loving the original, i’d usually eschew the later versions. Which isn’t so easy in the last case. I mean, with music, you can hear it playing anytime anywhere without making an active effort to look for it.

Anyway, this time i’ll talk about one of that 1% — an oldie but goldie song titled True Colors.
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Ore Monogatari!!: an unexpectedly delightful teen love story


Manga live-action? check.
High school romance? check.
Cool popular guy? check.
Cute sheepish girl? check.

Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!) ticks enough boxes of detracting elements that generally speaking may not work for me. Add to that my recent encounter with j-movie from similar genre. I really have a bad luck with Japanese teen romance — or j-romance in general — that i should’ve learned my lesson and sworn off such projects… and let’s not discuss why i gave this one a go (the reasons would be repetitive), but let me say if after sitting through a string of terrible ones i came across a good one like this, few and far between notwithstanding, how can i stop? Continue reading “Ore Monogatari!!: an unexpectedly delightful teen love story”

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[Movie] Wolf Girl and Black Prince

I knew i was shooting myself in the foot by checking this movie out, but i proceeded anyway… again, for the cast. The plot is as typical as shoujo manga material goes, which hardly interests me, so i really shouldn’t bother. But Yamazaki Kento, and more importantly Nikaido Fumi, were in it. I’ve been meaning to watch another YamaKen project, but given his mostly manga adaptations repertoire, the options are neither that diverse nor interesting. As for Nikaido Fumi, she was downright chilling in Nou Otoko i was curious how she’d fare in much lighter movie.

Watching this movie might hence be like killing two birds with one stone. Plus, if the award-winning actress agreed to take part in this, that should at least say something about the movie quality, right? So, i decided to give Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji benefit of the doubt… and as you may have predicted: it didn’t end well. Continue reading “[Movie] Wolf Girl and Black Prince”

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[Movie] Train to Busan


When facing a crisis, will you save yourself or go out of your way to help others? Picking the second option will definitely paint you in better light as a human being, though we’re more likely to go by the first scenario instinctively, particularly when it is concerning life-or-death situation. Like when a horde of zombies is coming at you at breakneck speed, a la Train of Busan. Continue reading “[Movie] Train to Busan”

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[Movie] Orange

If the quality of a tearjerker movie is gauged by how much it makes you cry, then Orange will score high on that front. I teared up a lot. Unfortunately, it isn’t because of the story but the subjects it touches on, which i am weak against: family, friendship, and regrets (among other things). So, if you ask me if i personally think it’s a great movie, my honest answer will be no.
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Bakuman: an adaptation done right


Besides sequels, the thing i have a complicated love-hate relationship with is live-action adaptations. Because the chance of them falling short is high. However, more often than not, i’m more willing to watch the drama/film version than reading the source material. But then, i’d grumble when i couldn’t grasp what’s going on as a lot of details tend to be skipped. It’s obviously not easy to translate hundreds~thousands of pages into a two-hour feature that not only captures/preserves the essence/feels but also makes sense. Sometimes i think the screenwriters forget that not all movie goers are avid fans of the novels/comics…

Not Bakuman, fortunately. Continue reading “Bakuman: an adaptation done right”

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Finding Dory(‘s Parents)


Not gonna lie. Finding Dory feels a lot like its predecessor in many ways: the setup, theme, plot development, plot devices, etc. The destination is the same, but the journey isn’t, which is a good thing, since the trailer gave off a strong impression that it’s gonna be Finding Nemo: Take 2, with a lead swap. And although Finding Dory technically is a sequel (it picks up a year after the fateful bump between Dory and Marlin), it’s inherently a spin-off as the story now centered around the Pacific regal blue tang instead of the separated-then-reunited clownfish family. Continue reading “Finding Dory(‘s Parents)”