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.

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March Comes in Like a Lion – Part 2 (Japanese Movie 2017)

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Synopsis:

In this second part of the film, a year has already passed by and Kiriyama Rei is finally a professional Shogi player who got into the top rank and is hailed as one of the youngest most successful player in history. He is then scheduled for a friendly match with one of the greatest Shogi player in his time.

As soon as Rei was done with the match, his personal life became more interesting as he learns how to handle problems for other people. He also started to experience different kinds of emotions with regards to love, friendship and family ties.

Words from Me:

As the movie picks up from the first one, I wasn’t bored as I expected myself to be. I thought it will simply have the same story flow like in part 1, but somehow it still caught my interest. I liked how they added more scenes on Rei’s personal life and his interactions with the Kawamoto family. It showed how young he really was despite how adult like he tries to be.

There were several topics in this movie that really stirred my heart strings, bullying was one of them. One of the hardest thing that could happen to a person with a social life is to be bullied and isolated. Regardless of the location or environment, standing up to bullies needs a lot of courage. I really like how Hinata Kawamoto was able to surpass this trial in her life, although she was able to go through with it due to sheer luck, nonetheless she handled it head on. Rei on the other hand tried to solve Hinata’s problem for her by trying to marry her. He even listed several reasons why marriage with him would actually work out in Hinata’s favor. It seemed very funny that this is the only resolution he could think of to help Hinata. The only thing that sort of confused me with regards to his decision was whether he really liked Hinata for who she was or because she’s simply part of the family he loves, therefore marrying her technically gets him into the family legally. The portrayal of his feelings for Hinata seemed rather vague and the interpretations would probably vary depending on the person watching it. Aside that, I find the scenes referring to this part of the film really heartwarming since consoling a person who is going through some hardship is one of the things that could actually make a difference in that person’s life.

Another segment which I liked is when the father of the Kawamoto sisters came back and wanted to live with them. This is the same person who left them when Akari, the eldest amongst the sisters was only a young girl and she had to be a mother and a father at the same time for her younger sisters. The way they handled the situation was an eye opener for a parent who left their children to fend off for themselves in the harsh world. Though on Rei’s part, he tried to intervene for the sisters because he felt like he was being ripped apart from them by having the father by their side. My narration regarding these parts of the movie does not give justice on what exactly was portrayed on screen so I really hope that whoever decides to watch this will look forward to these scenes.

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Overall this movie is more dramatic than the first one. It also resolved some issues between Rei and his adopted siblings which I felt was left hanging out in the open from the previous film. This is still a good watch and would highlight Kei’s personal loss and triumphs.

March Comes in Like a Lion – Part 1 (Japanese Movie 2017)

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Synopsis:

Kiriyama Kei is one of the youngest Shogi player in Japan who became a professional at the age of 17.  He was orphaned at a young age when his parents and little sister died in a car accident. Adopted by his father’s best friend whose name was Kode Sachika, he was trained to play Shogi.

Kei was welcomed by his adoptive father and mother into their family, however it was not to same with his step brother and sister who aspired to be professional Shogi players like their father. Due to this, it pushed Kei to do well in Shogi too. As time went on, he surpassed both of his adoptive siblings who cannot beat him in the game even as a young child. This caused a rift in the family and eventually drove Kei to leave the house and live alone even though he was only a high school student. Despite the ordeal, he pushed through with Shogi which he thought was all he had until an incident gave him the opportunity to meet other people whom he started to care for more than Shogi.

Words from Me:

I have no idea what shogi was and how it was played until I watched this movie. For a film about a national game in Japan, this sure is a passionate one. To make Shogi seem familiar, it is the equivalent of the game “Chess” which is a known game by everyone who knows the western culture. Chess uses carved woods of knights-king-queen-pawn-etc. to play the game. In Korea the equivalent of this game is “Baduk” but with the use of black and white circular smooth stones to move around the board. In Shogi, they use small wooden tablets with character carvings on them.

In this part of the movie, back stories were shown to introduce the characters. Kirimiya Kei was acted by Kamiki Ryunosuke who is currently one of the prestigious young actors in Japan today. He’s a really good actor since childhood and I think he will get better as time goes on. In this film, he definitely nailed his character which portrayed a young man who was living in an empty shell all by himself and never felt the love of anyone until he met a family that took him in and made him a better person than he already was.

I really like how Kei’s character was such a naïve young man who was good at what he does despite not liking the thing that makes him feel alive. There are actually a lot of people who cared for him prior to meeting the Kawamoto Family, but he was too closed off to notice that. He only realized it when he started to open up his heart to the people he barely knew. There’s also that love and hate relationship he had with his step sister who hated his guts when they were kids and seem to hate him still when they became adults. Yet they have this weird bond in which they are able to comfort each other regardless of how fragile their connection with each other was. I’d like to quote Kei’s over voice regarding their situation which explains pretty much how they relate with each other:

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“Without anything changing, without being able to change anything… we are unable to become siblings or strangers…” – Kiriyama Kei