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.

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Ao to Shiro de Mizuiro (Japanese Movie 2001)

Synopsis: 

Uchiyama Kaede (Miyazaki Aoi) and Shiina Kasumi (Aoi Yuu) used to be best friends. Now in high school, Kasumi grew more popular than Kaede, which has led her to continually bully her ex-best friend. One day after school, Kaede meets Kishida Takumi (Oguri Shun), a bike thief who’s especially talented in picking locks. She asks him for a favour: if he could possibly open the key to the school roof. Meanwhile, the arrival of a new teacher (Konishi Manami) seems to bring changes to the school.

Excerpted from: Drama Wiki

Words from Me:

The film was short, simple and has a lot in it. Although I didn’t understand 75% of what they’re talking about, I was able to get the gist of the whole movie. What I love about it is that it doesn’t need much words for me to understand what was really happening on screen. Still, I would really love to see this with subs! It was a good watch especially for teenagers who are having troubles in school and bullying.

The film shows two unlikely characters meeting and helping each other in the most critical circumstances. The storyline is quite heavy as the theme is about bullying and suicide. In a place where a person feels isolated and hurt, despair usually creeps in and when that happens, the mind can make a person think irrationally. The ending was pretty much special for me and I personally think it was directed well. The last scene kind of gives you a glimpse of a drastic change due to a decision that was made.

Since this is a fairly old movie, the main characters Miyazaki Aoi, Oguri Shun and Aoi Yu wer still young and looked like they were still in their teens. Even though they were young, that doesn’t mean they did not portray their characters well, because they were good that dialogues weren’t that much important.

That’s all I could say about this movie because if I talk some more about it, I’ll just probably blurt out some spoilers, so I’d rather have people checking it out instead.

 

Peach (Japanese Movie 2017)

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Synopsis:

Adachi Momo is an ordinary high school girl who’s branded as the school slut due to nasty rumors. Regardless of this, she still has a happy disposition in life. She’s also secretly in love with Kazuya Toujigamori also known as Touji. Both of them have been classmates since middle school. Despite knowing Momo’s reputation in school, Touji still stands up against her bullies. Momo is also friends with Kashiwagi Sae, a model and a popular girl in school. However their friendship is only a façade, since Sae mainly likes to torture Momo by taking whatever Momo liked. Regardless of knowing this, Momo lied to Sae that she liked a different boy, someone named Okayasou Kairi who is very popular in school so as they could remain friends.

Some incident made these four students interact with each other, giving them the opportunity to confess their true intentions and fall in love but not without mishaps mixed with a lot of misunderstandings.

Words from Me:

I liked this movie because it is one of those films which did not make me think at all. I simply enjoyed looking at the good looking actors in front of me and laughed at the funny scenes due to silly antics of the main characters. It all seems too hilarious and yet at the same time it felt like I’m watching a bunch of airheads on screen. Watching them felt like I was reading a shoujou manga with a lot of romantic innuendo that’s too far out fetched. The story line also had those cheesy cliché parts that made me cringe and laugh all at the same time.

Another element that I enjoyed most in this movie are the character personalities. Momo is the type of girl who is too nice, dense and naïve that I don’t find it disturbing at all whenever she is being bullied. I think that makes me seem weird but still… her personality is the type that makes me want to strangle her because she’s too dumb to act on a certain situation, she could at least stand up for herself every now and then. Sae on the other hand is the devious type, I like her for her ferociousness and her comical skill of showing only the whites of her eyeballs whenever she’s annoyed. Touji is the kind of guy I would have had a crush on when I was in high school. He’s cute, charming and had those tantalizing eyes that I could stare at forever. He’s also the reason I enjoyed this show. Heh! Lastly there’s Kairi, the seemingly ditzy playboy who is completely misunderstood. I think his character is my most favorite because of his back story, even though he’s being all cutesy and happy all the time, behind all the smile is a heart that’s being torn into pieces.

The sound track gave a happy feel for the movie but not something that could live a mark in my memory. Overall it was a good watch because I wanted something light and fluffy. I somehow did end up with exactly what I wanted.