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.

If Cats Disappeared From the World (Japanese Movie 2016)

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Synopsis:

A 30-year-old postman learns that he doesn’t have much time left to live due to a terminal illness. He is plagued by a constant headache, visits a doctor and is told that he has a brain tumor. A devil then appears in front of him and offers to extend his life if he picks something in the world that will disappear from his life. The man thinks about his relationships with ex-friends, ex-lovers, relatives and colleagues who will be sincerely sad when he dies. As the phone disappears; so does the memory of his girlfriend, with the movie; his friend, the watch; his father… In this fantasy human drama, a man struggles with the conflict of erasing his own existence, or his love, friends and family.

Excerpted from: Mydramalist

If Cats Disappeared From the World (2016).mp4_003053314Words from Me:

Initially, this movie starts off with a slow melancholic vibe. I sort of wanted to stop watching at around 10 minutes but after that the story would pick up and things would make sense. I was in denial the whole time though, feeling that it was all unreal, but the fact that this is about life and death… I swallowed that bitter taste at the back of my tongue and bravely watched on despite knowing that I’d end up in heartbreak and tears.

What I liked about the movie is that it showed how significant a simple thing can be. Like phones, or movies… even cats. Have you ever imagined not having cats around? That being asked, this movie has a statement. It could be an eye opener or a sleep inducing kind of show. Depends on how you would perceive it as you watch. The storyline is really heartfelt and yes, sad. I would have to say it hence I put your hopes up that this is going to be a happy movie, because come on and let’s face reality! Not everything has a happy ending. However, along the journey we get bits and pieces of lessons learned and lifelong good memories.

The sub-characters are a plus point for me here even though I find the main character lacking. I have nothing against Sato Takeru as the main lead, but I find his character a bit of a pacifist. For someone who is about to die, I feel that he’s not much determined to live even at the beginning. Anyway, putting my thoughts aside, my favorite character would be the best friend. Hamada Gaku known as Tatsuya the nerdy looking guy who manages a movie rental store. I for one would love to have friend like that, someone who would think that their friendship is a never ending cycle because of a certain connection that they have. Other characters worth mentioning are: Aoi Miyazaki and Harada Mieko. I honestly watched this film because of Aoi and as usual, she never fails to trigger my heart strings whenever I see her on screen. I think her character as the girlfriend has more debt than Takeru’s. Harada on the other hand who acted as the mother portrayed a woman who cared and loved his son as much as she could.

Music wise, it was a beautiful accompaniment to the film’s sad undertone. The mood was perfectly set because of the melody and if the movie ran without the music, it would have been boring and pointless. Cinematography was also amazing, the aerial capture and the video angles gave this vibe that there is more to life than it seems. It had vibrant colors and then dull ones, which seemed to let the viewers feel what the characters on screen are actually feeling.

I rated this movie 7.5/10 due to the main character’s flaw and the melancholy feeling the film gave me all throughout. I’m a rom-com kind of girl and being unhappy isn’t my forte. All in all, I would still recommend this show even if it’s not a feel good one, but for the lessons we could learn and for the things we take for granted. It has a statement and a very lovely one at that.