Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Diamond is Unbreakable (Japanese Movie 2017)

Synopsis:

In the fictional town of Moriou, Josuke Higashikata is the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar. He possesses a Stand (super power), called Crazy Diamond that allows him to restore or fix broken objects or animals.

Josuke and his friends go to war with other Stand users.

Excerpted from: My Dramalist

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Words from Me:

This movie needs to have a part 2 and I’m sure the producers definitely planned for it, or else that ominous last scene at the ending credits would mean nothing. I really really really hope it comes out real soon! I feel that the wait would be worth it though.

What I like about the movie was practically everything. Story line, characters, CGI and OST were great and constructed well. The story wasn’t something unique as it was sort of closely related to the movie “Ajin” which I previously watched. In this movie they had this thing called “Stand” which could be compared to Ajin’s “Ghost”, where in a secondary kind of spirit comes out of the body. The difference is that in Ajin, there’s no particular talent of characteristic, they’re just good in fighting. While here in this movie, a Stand is not simply a spirit good in fighting but also has its own characteristic such as being able to heal wounds, control water, teleport, etc. I like the idea of having all kinds of power meeting together and fighting one another, having their own advantage and disadvantage. This is where the CGI worked miracles because it enhanced the already seemingly high value of the movie.

Despite liking the story, it does feel a bit off since this is adapted from a manga and the makers made it with a thought that people already know about the original work, so there are bits and pieces of tiny loopholes in the back story of the characters in which I had to feel in with my own common sense and imagination. Aside that I have nothing else to complain about because I wasn’t bored watching it all. Whatever was happening on screen took me by surprise and made my heart jump every now and then.

Bizarre is the perfect word to describe the situation of the characters because that’s exactly what was happening in their lives. Yamazakis Kento portrayed Jojo so well that he became an appealing protagonist to have everyone revolve around with. I couldn’t imagine anyone else who can act the same way he did. I also like the fact that his character could heal people even though he could not heal himself. It is usually a good defense in a fight but never a great offense. With this kind of strength, how on earth is he able to survive in an actual battle? That’s why it’s better to watch this movie than take my word for it because the way that the screen writer have incorporated wit to a dense kind of person, has an unlimited supply of possibilities! Other special mention characters are Hirose Koichi and Okuyasu Nijimura who were acted by Kamiki Ryunosuke and Mackenyu. I wouldn’t want to tell more about them as it might spoil the movie but they are the characters I would have watched out aside from the main one. Yamada Takayuki as Angelo on the other hand was a notable villain in the first half of the show.

On a side note, the OST was perfect for the whole movie as it was loud and fast paced exactly like what was happening in the scenes. The only thing that made me feel bad was the way it had a cliff hanger ending, but at the same time I also knew that the film had a lot more to offer and what I just watched was simply the beginning of Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure.

Sweet 18 (Korean Drama)

Synopsis:

Kwon Hyuk Joon’s grandfather, the head of the traditional Kwon family agrees to an arranged marriage between his grandson (Lee Dong Gun) and Yoon Jung Sook (Han Ji Hye) when Yoon Jung Sook is born. 18 years later, the two families lose contact because soon after the contract is signed, Jung Sook’s family encounters financial issues and is forced to run away.

Meanwhile, Jung Sook has grown up to be a rebellious and strong-willed girl who just wants to live her life as she sees fit. With little aspirations, she is the direct foil of her achievement-bound counterpart, Hyuk Joon. When the two meet each other, they clash horribly; Jung Sook thinks her fiancee is nothing but boring, and Hyuk Joon believes Jung Sook to be nothing but an immature child. Despite all this they do marry. The rest of the series follows their life living together as a couple, and the obstacles they are faced with.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

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Words from Me:

This is a story about an 18 year old girl named Yoon Jung-Sook meeting the man of her dreams who is 10 years her senior. Kwon Hyuk Joon is a prosecutor in Seoul and incidentally he is the same man whom Jung-Sook fell in love with. Unknown to both of them, they were already betrothed to each other by their families when they were younger. The story evolved in this plot with lots of mishaps especially in Jung-Sook’s side.

I have this penchant for liking Romantic Comedy genres, so this caught my interest back in 2004. The pacing of the story was alright for a light rom-com genre. The humor was placed in all episodes but dwindled in the later part, which happens to almost all Kdrama rom-com, where the show’s atmosphere turns into a more serious note then suddenly pulls back into comedy right before it ends. Despite that, I continued on watching this because of all the cute. Since I was still a teenager back then, I had this whimsical feeling of falling in love with a man 10 times older than me. Heh!

This is the drama where I also first discovered the actress Lee Dae Hae who played as Moon Ga-young, Hyuk Joon’s ex-girl friend. I started following all her drama’s after this, including her hit drama My Girl. Getting back on track… having watched this drama made me appreciate Han Ji-Hye and Lee Dong Gun as rising stars back then. Both were capable on portraying their roles exactly the way it should be. I feel that this drama was written for them because I couldn’t imagine any other artist acting as Jung Sook and Hyuk Joon.

The music was definitely a plus point for me because I fell in love with the OST. I could still remember the melodies of the opening and closing theme songs up to this day. I would definitely re-watch this drama in the near future.

 

 

Korean Odyssey (Korean Drama)

Synopsis:

This drama is also known as Hwayugi.

Jin Seon Mi is a human child who can see ghosts and other creatures beyond the sight of a normal person. Due to this, she was able to see and recognize a monster named Mawang in a guise of a human. She saw him drive away the ghosts who was chasing after her with the use of an umbrella. When Mawang realized that she can see him, he made her go to the marble mountains to retrieve something of importance and in exchange he will give his umbrella that Jin Seon Mi wanted from him so she can protect herself. However, instead of retrieving what Mawang requested, she accidentally released a different monster disguised as a human being. The monster called himself Son Oh Gong who was previously a deity equal to the heavens. In the process of releasing him, they exchanged a promise that Son Oh Gong will protect her if she calls out his name, but he tricked her by removing the memory of knowing his name and so he was able to get away from her.

Years later when Jin Seon Mi was in her 30’s, she has once again crossed paths with Mawang and Son Oh Gong. This time, she has become the “Samjang”, a human who has the scent of a lotus flower which could only be smelled by monsters. This makes her the ultimate human prey which makes a monster become strong with the taste of her blood and if they eat her, they become powerful as well.

Destiny made Seon Mi and Son Oh Gong meet for a higher purpose in the future but the deities never expected that the samjang would fall in love with the monster and so their story is told.

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Words from Me:

When my cousin recommended this drama and told me that it’s a really good show and worth the watch, I had some second thoughts since she said there was a catch, the show consists of monsters and supernatural beings that could be quite scary. But since I was able to survive the drama Master’s Sun, I was okay with this.

For a hyped drama such as Hwayugi, it definitely lived up to its expectations. This drama is totally my cup of tea because I love all elements of fantasy, action, drama, comedy and romance. The story isn’t lacking either and it never felt rushed. I also think that the script was well thought of because there are so many quotable quotes in this drama especially from Son Oh Gong. There might be bits of loop holes here and there in the storyline but it’s forgivable because the ending made it all seem senseless. Though the series was a typical horror-drama-romcom type wherein a human can see ghosts, monsters and other entities, the thing that set this drama aside from the rest was the execution of all the characters, including the supporting casts. The all the actors where really good and nobody looked too stiff. It was as if the roles where made for them.

 

A lot of people thought that the final episode felt like a cliff hanger or that it needs a second season, but for me, there is finality in the story between Jin Seon Mi and Son Oh Gong. If ever they plan on making a part two, I think it is going to be a different story all together. There were several things that surprised me upon watching this drama which I need to put under a spoiler tag (please see below of this post) because my thoughts are connected to major incidents that happened to the characters.

The cinematography was very pretty along with the OST. I would probably remember the songs and associate it with certain scenes from this drama if it gets played out of the blue on the radio or wherever. I would also re-watch this in the future if I forgot the details and wanted to be reminded of how cool the main characters where. Over all I’d rate this drama 9/10 and would highly recommend it to anyone who’s not a scaredycat.

 

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Do not read if you haven’t completed the series.

One of the things I noted and got me confused was when the octopus prince named Ok Ryong inhibited a female body, an actress called Alice. It was really weird when he-Ok Ryong fell in love with PK just because the woman he’s possessed liked PK, the thought that his feelings got swayed simply because he was inside a woman was really a tricky thing. Because of that he gave up his life for him… so basically what he felt was really genuine, right? Another one is Summer Fairy, since she’s sharing General Winter’s body the guy had to cross-dress which is another taboo for Kdramas. We don’t usually see guys cross dressing in Kdrama world.

Finally, the scene when the main character died shocked me. Literally died and had no sense of being reincarnated soon. I know that Samjang is actually destined to die but usually, KDrama land makes the main characters survive or get into the cycle of reincarnation, ie. Goblin. Does this drama ring a bell?

The fact that the writer wasn’t shy to portray about LGBT or kill off main characters was a huge thing. Usually, KDramas try to pacify things and generalize to fit whatever seems alright for the viewers, however in this series, they just went on the roll and disregarded the norm. This was a great surprise and made the drama more appealing.

Full House (Korean Drama 2004)

Synopsis:

Han Ji Eun, an aspiring scriptwriter, lives in a house called “Full House” built by her late father. One day, her two best friends trick her into believing she has won a free vacation. While she is away, they sell her house. On the plane, she meets a famous actor named Lee Young Jae. Through comedic events, they get acquainted during her vacation and when she returns, she discovers her house has been sold to him.

Though they don’t get along with each other, as she is messy and he has a bad temper and likes cleanliness, they agreed to live with each other. At first, Ji Eun works as his maid in order to buy her house back, but because of Young Jae’s wish to make the love of his life, Kang Hye Won jealous, they get married. They set up a contract for the marriage to last six months. During that time, complications arise and Ji Eun and Young Jae become attracted to each other.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

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Words from Me:

So far it is still my ALL TIME FAVORITE Korean drama series. I even re-watched all 16 episodes for I don’t know how many times in the past 15 years. Another thing that won me over was the OST. It just sticks in your head that you would want to hear it over and over and over again.

Although some people had commented it becomes all stale and boring in the long run, I don’t see that. Yes. I’m totally blinded with this drama. All I see is Song Hye Kyo and that cute chemistry she had with Rain. The bickering and never ending I-hide-my-feelings-because-I-think-I’m-falling-for-you-now charade is what made me love it more. It was a romantic comedy which made me laugh my ass out and then squirm in the inside when things aren’t going well for the main leads. I also look forward to the main character’s cat and dog antics: I’m starting to like you. You’re starting to like me. BUT we’re SO not going to tell each other about these absurd feelings.

That’s the whole concept of the main character’s convoluted feelings.

In Full House, it was all fair in love and… eerrr debt? That’s how everything started. A contract (oh what a cliché!) and the jealousy induced acting between strangers. In the story, the ever bright Han Ji-Eun is a wacky lead female which lead to a ridiculous story line. Crazy as her character is, Lee Young-jae is the logical one but eventually becomes irrational when it comes to Ji-Eun.

I will still re-watch this despite being an old school drama, because honestly, this is the drama that paved the way for me to love most Korean Dramas.

 

You’re Beautiful (Korean Drama 2009)

Synopsis:

The management company of the idol group A.N.JELL insisted on adding a new singer to the group as the lead vocal, Tae Kyung’s voice was hurting. However,the new member, Mi Nam, had to go to the States to repair a botched eye job just before signing the contract. His agent came up with the idea of having his twin sister, Mi Nyu,to stand in for him and pretend that she was her brother. The two of them grew up in an orphanage and Mi Nyu, who was all set to become a nun, agreed to this charade as she didn’t want to spoil her brother’s chance of fame which would make it easier to look for their mother.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

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Words from Me:

You’re Beautiful is about a girl who tries her best to fit in an all-boys idol group (and in her case: pretend to be a guy). From a nun in training to a pop-star idol, this is the life of Go Min Yu in her road to finding her true self in a very unexpected way.

I like how the whole story is actually fictional and anything under the sun could happen, because let’s be honest… it is freaking difficult to hide one’s gender unless they had undergone surgery but even having that done, there are still a lot of obvious clues. So when the story was about a girl pretending to be boy and that she was housed in an all boys dorm, spending time with three other boys 24/7, I was half expecting that the female lead will be caught on her first day with the other band members. Seeing Go Mi Yu running around trying to pretend as her brother Go Mi Nam was hilarious. Inside my head I was scolding the other characters and calling them stupid, but really, the writer was simply playing with my mind and making me love the drama even more.

Actress Park Shin Hye was so cute in this drama, her character as a naive nun-in-training-turned-male-Kpop-idol was pretty much complex to pull off since she had to act within an act and it has to be two characters at the same time. Then insert the trio Jang Geun Suk, Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Hong Ki… there’s no shortage of cute guys in the whole drama.

Although the series wasn’t one of the top rated dramas during its airing since it had a very tough competition from a drama entitled IRIS, You’re Beautiful was rather well accepted all over the world and had a huge fan-base online. This drama was worth the wait, the space of my HD, the sleepless times I had and of course it was definitely worth my time. It was good enough like Coffee Prince and better than Boys Over Flowers. If I put these dramas together it will be equivalent to You’re Beautiful. Anyways, it feels like I’ve watched too many shows where a girl cross dresses and pretends to be a man but still… I’m enjoying every bit of it.

In conclusion, the drama is a heartfelt show that would entertain anyone who is into watching light dramas which doesn’t need to workout the brain on thinking too much if whatever happening on screen is even possible. The humorous lines and acting, memorable OST along with great cinematography (which the Korean media industry are so keen of) bring this drama to my top list in the Korean dramas for the year 2009.

 

Ajin (Japanese Movie 2017)

Synopsis:

An Ajin is considered as a demigod because they cannot die.

Nagai Kei only wanted to live peacefully, become a doctor and save his little sister from her illness. However, fate wanted something different for him. He discovered that he was an Ajin when he was accidentally hit by a truck and died on the spot but miraculously came back to life. This was caught on video which was quickly discovered by the government. As soon as they got hold of him, they immediately conducted research experiments on his body as if he was a guinea pig.

There were two other Ajins whom the government experimented earlier on, Satou and Tanaka Kouji who were called subject 001 and 002. They were able to escape the facility before Nagai was discovered. Both decided to go back and attack the place to save Nagai. Satou, the main instigator of the raid wanted to recruit Nagai to join their cause in killing humanity and letting only the Ajins remain on earth.

Words from Me:

The main reason I wanted to watch this was because of Sato Takeru and the sci-fi-action scenes wherein I get to see unimaginable things including some gory stuff for the fight sequence. That being said, I wasn’t entirely disappointed with my expectations, however the movie’s narrative felt lacking. It seemed as if it was rushed to give way to the battle that would take place between humans and the Ajin. They weren’t able to highlight the background story of each character which I think was vital for the whole movie to make more sense into what was happening. Another drawback for me was the subtitle. I watched this with crappy subtitles. So I advise those who are planning to watch this to please refrain from seeing it in Kissasian because the hard subs would definitely leave you annoyed and dissatisfied.

Setting that aside, what I liked about the film aside from the main lead and the violence are the other sub characters including the antagonists. I love Shirota Yu ever since I’ve first seen him back in 2007 from the drama “Hanazakari no Kimitachi e”, it was great seeing him here despite being the side-kick of a bad guy. Ayano Go as the main evil guy works well for me too. I liked how he brought his role to life, because his character is the type I would love and hate at the same time. Lastly there’s Kawaei Rina as Shimomura Izumi, the only female character in this whole movie who kicked ass. She may be the smallest and most vulnerable looking in the cast, but heck! This woman could throw punches and give head locks like any other MMA fighters out there.

Music wise, I appreciated the loud rock music that accompanied most action scenes. It made me feel pumped up every time I watched those scenes. Over all I liked the movie and would recommend it to those who wouldn’t mind watching an action packed film despite the lack of background story. I would also suggest to find a better streaming site that hosts this movie and make sure that the subtitles are translated well enough.

Online Shop: Most Wont But I Will

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I’ve been trying hard to live with a zero waste practice for my daily living but I’m failing miserably. It’s freaking hard because I’m used to the wasteful lifestyle just like most people in this modern world.

When I started to convert myself, I found myself in a big hurdle. Why? There are a lot of disposable things that I particularly like using, specially baby products. Nonetheless, it’s better to try than not to do anything at all. What I found bearable to start with was the first one that I started using which was… eco-bags! Whenever I go to the mall or meet friends somewhere, I always put an eco-bag inside my bag just in case I might need to buy something. With that, I’m able to refuse plastic or paperbags and I feel proud of myself for being able to do that. It’s also nice that in our place in San Felipe Zambales, the government district have initiated a zero waste practice in the market. They encourage buyers to bring their own bags, if they don’t… then they have the option of holding all their bought items with their arms and hands. Heh!

What I like about this zero waste practice is that it makes our community in Liwliwa a bit closer to each other. Several resorts who sell food and drinks have finally stopped using plastic cups, plates or even discouraged takeouts if they didn’t have their own container. It’s nice when the resort owners lend us their plates whenever we order take out but most of the time though, we use our own containers.

Now that I have my own little business of selling drinks which I call Good Drinks which is served at Good Karma Surf Resort (check out the article written by my friend Kevin Bascao about the place: Click Here), I had to think twice when using straws. It’s very hard to tell people that we don’t do take outs because I could see the disappointment in their eyes when they really want to take out the drink. The biggest problem that I had to deal with was the big straws. I sell Milk Tea with tapioca pearls which needs a bigger straw to enjoy the drink. Not a lot of people are fans of using a spoon for their drink, that’s why I bought plastic straws to serve my clients. Yes… I know. Bad bad bad biniBningPunkista for contributing gunk to the world.

So… when I discovered a place who sells milk tea straw that is stainless, I grabbed the opportunity and purchased some! I found the site in Instagram which was recommended by my best friend Wet, thanks bes! ^_^v

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@mostwont.butiwill is the tag name of the Instagram who sells affordable stainless/glass/bamboo straws, eating utensils, bamboo charcoal toothbrush and eco-bags. It’s so easy to order, the seller is very friendly and accommodating. All I had to do was send them a direct message via Instagram and they were able to reply a few hours after. The rules on ordering is already in their account, all I had to do was read them. Paying isn’t much of a hassle, since they have an account in BPI it was easy to deposit money and forward the receipt to them – I just forwarded a photo of the receipt and that’s it! It would have been easier if I had activated my e-money transfer under BPI, but I’m too lazy to go to the branch to have it done.

After the fast and smooth transaction, I was able to get my goods after a few days. I bought colorless ones in bulk for my business and a black one for personal use, it also comes with a small brush so cleaning the straws won’t be a hassle. Now I’m able to bring my stainless straw inside my bag and use it wherever or however I want to.

 

BTW, the photo that I used at the beginning of this blog came from @mostwont.butiwill’s posts and I find each photo caption very informative. They frequently post photos as a reminder to keep our environment waste free. I also like how simple their logo is, because it talks a lot about a personal choice, a choice to be conscious about our lifestyle.

This practice isn’t just happening in the Philippines but also globally. Citizens in japan also took the initiative to join the worldwide war against plastic waste: Click Here.

A Korean editor has also written about battling a wasteful lifestyle. While other big companies like Binggrae are finally using stainless straws for their drinks.

 

 

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