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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Crows Zero 2 (Japanese Movie 2009)

Synopsis:

Several months after “Crows: Episode 0” trouble brews again when thugs known as “The Army of Killers” from rival high school Hosen Academy threaten Suzuran High aka the School of Crows. The ruthless Hosen gang go after Suzuran alumni Sho Kawanishi after his release from the reformatory for killing a Hosen member two years back. Kawanishi turns to his younger Suzuran gang members for protection. The Housen gang then seeks outright revenge on the entire Suzuran school, while fighting at Suzuran High makes them even more susceptible to the Housen threat.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

Words from Me:

The second installment was not as dramatic and action packed as the first but it definitely had substance. What got my attention during the whole movie was how the characters paved the way to make a real man out of a man. Does anyone get my drift? So who was the best example in the film to show how a real man should act? It was Genji’s father.

Darn! I so love the old man. He seems like the regular kind of yakuza-boss-gangster who only knows how to fight and spill blood, but he definitely says the right thing at the right moment.

Setting the father figure aside, rival gangs are always not my cup of tea when watching violent movies but CROW ZERO II worked on me for some reason. Of course there were still a lot of comparison from the first movie due to many differences, yet watching it still felt good. Even though it may not the best it was still worth my time.

Oguri Shun’s character as Genji-san shall never be forgotten and simply holds a special place in my heart. I’m partly thankful that most of the sub characters made him seem extraordinary. They truly were great in supporting the main character.

The soundtrack was perfect even for the fighting scenes. I love how they have incorporated the music in crucial moments. That’s one thing that I love with Japanese films, they use rock music that really pumps up the adrenaline of anyone who listens to it regardless if the lyrics are understood or not.

I’m recommending this movie even though it’s not as good as the first one, it’s still a pretty neat watch and a great reminder of how cool Genji’s character is.

 

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (Japanese Movie 2008)

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Synopsis:

A place, somewhere, that bears a strong resemblance in history and environment to Japan. Its return to prosperity after defeat in war is due to a certain law, a pillar of the state. This is the Special Law for the Maintenance of National Prosperity. 24 hours before this capsule is to bring about death, an official of the Ministry of Health and Welfare brings a letter announcing impending death, an ikigami. Those who receive this ikigami letter have 24 hours of absolute freedom to do anything and everything they want. Kengo Fujimoto has made his way through university and taken a job with the Ministry. His work now is delivering these ikigami letters.

See letter below —

Dear Citizen:
Thank you for your loyalty. You’ve no doubt noticed that the world is a troubled place. People are apathetic, lazy, unmotivated. You’ve probably asked yourself
WHY ISN’T ANYTHING BEING DONE TO STOP THIS SYSTEMATIC DECLINE?
Rest assured that measures are being taken. Beginning immediately, we will randomly select a different citizen each who will be killed within 24 hours of notification. We believe this will help remind all people how precious life is and how important it is to be a productive, active member of society.
Thank you for your continued attention and your cooperation and participation…

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Excerpted from: MyDramalist

Words from Me:

I thought this was going to be another one of those psychological movie type that Japanese are so fond of but I was proved wrong. The movie made me cry for the sentimental moments shown throughout the film. Two questions were left with me when I was done with the whole thing.

– If you have only 24 hours to live, what will you do with your remaining hours?
– If death comes knocking at your doorstep, what would you do?

The main character, Kengo Fujimoto acted by Matsuda Shota, was one of the “Ikigami” bearers. An Ikigami is a notice, sent by a messenger to the person who only has 24 hours to live as issued by the government. This law was done to prosper the country by lowering crime, death rate and increasing productiveness. It was meant to sacrifice a handful of innocent or not so innocent people, but nonetheless, these people are picked randomly, given an Ikigami notice then die after 24 hours through a capsule that was injected to the citizens during the preschool age acting as a time bomb. The story revolves around the people that Kengo gives the notices to, he somehow ends up following these people and disregard his agency’s rules.

With a scene starting off with a violent act, the ending was pretty much unexpected. It was beyond my imagination that Ikigami would turn out like this. The film should be watched by many to learn more about the essence of life and living. Therefore, I am highly recommending this movie. IT IS A MUST WATCH!

I love the soundtrack, the story line, the actors, everything about the film was great. The flow of the story was very simple and yet it will leave you thinking at the same time. For the theme song entitled SIGNPOST which was also sang in one of the scenes of the movie had an incredible melody to it. The lyrics if translated to english is also meaningful. The thought and lyrics of the song was something that has to be listened to carefully (or read in our part for those who can’t understand Japanese).