Where’s the light

Waiting in the Dark

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Year: 2006

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Country: Japan

Plot: Michiru Honma (Rena Tanaka) lost her sight in an accident. When her only support, her father, dies, she decides to live alone at her house. One day, when she was listening to the noise outside, there is an incident. One man is hit by a train. Suicide, murder, nobody knows for sure. When the police investigates this, they say that it was a murder and the responsible for this ran away.

This is how the so called guilty man ends up hiding in Michiru’s place. Is he really the murderer, what’s his side of story?

The movie shows us how people got connected after a series of unfortunate events. Also there are various scenes depicting the struggle of the blind people to get on with their lives.

Directed by: Daisuke Tengan

My comments: Well, I was impressed to see that some japanese movies are just exceptional. And I think about this after seeing how thay can re-create some person’s drama. Michiru is blind because she was hit by a car. Day by day, her sight became darker and darker, till she couldn’t see anymore. Her mother, from what the producer tells us, left her family a while ago. She lives only with her father. When he dies, Michiru’s life changes. She stays day after day, home alone, doing almost nothing but sleeping, eating and playing the piano. But soon all these will change, when she realises that someone is in her house.

She senses that he is not a bad person, so she doesn’t freak out. In the end the two of them approach and she will find the truth, even if it hurts. And yeah, she got hurt.

On the other hand, the movie presents her relation-ship with the others. Some of them are well-intentioned, others make her life complicated.

And to end with my favourite scene. I loved the atmosphere at he funeral and the colours used for this scene. Raining, lots of black and an interesting scene with Michiru’s mother standing in the train station but not coming to the funeral.

Koizora-The Movie

Koizora [Sky of Love] is a japanese romantic drama, based on a novel presenting true facts.

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There are not many movies that could make a man cry right? But this one is an exception. A true love story with both joy and sadness. It was my third japanese movie in two days and I’m so glad I’ve watched it. An interesting plot and remarcable characters.

Directed by Natsuki Imai, this movie is showing us a highschool love relationship between Mika Tahara [Yui Aragaki] and Hiro Sakurai [Haruma Miura]. It’s just another baby-love until the problems start to appear. First a baby, a family problem then the cancer. I’ll not give any more details to ruin your pleasure of watching it. And trust me, I think this is a “must see” in one’s life-time. The acting is great, the turn of events keeps you going and there’s a lot you can learn from this film.

Awards: the movie won 3 New Talent [Yui’s performance] awards and one Best Film award [Reader’s choice].

There is also a j-drama based on this movie. Just good for me to re-experience the plot.

Ninja Girl-Assassin of Darkness

And another not so great film is Ninja Girl-Assassin of Darkness. There is a little bit of ninja part and no darkness at all.

3583879NinjaGirl2Because i don’t know much japanese, I’ll give you no info about the writer, director or cast. I couldn’t find anything on .net either.

Well the story goes this way. In a world full of spies, the ancient way of the ninja must be revived. There is this girl Naomi, who is affected by amnesia and she doesn’t remember anything. She is the last ninja as we see in this movie.

bscap0087She is Naomi-the fearless ninja warrior-yup-just let me get serious. The movie is not so brilliant. She kills all the enemies and there is no blood on the sword. Yeah, and besides that, her sister kills herself by cutting her wrist with a knife. In about two minutes she’s dead. So let me again, get serious. Do you know that her lover in this movie is a superhero. I couldn’t understand those scenes.

bscap0090The movie is not recommended for underage persons. It has erotic elements…and why I’m saying this when I’m listening “I got hoes…” :))

bscap0091Yes, another thing i hated in this movie were the lights and the yellow filling colour. They were used excessively.

So, in the end, it’s just another “not must have”. Sorry guys but it’s not that good as I expected.

Grotesque: Unrated Version

From the director and writer Koji Shiraishi, here comes:

Grotesque: Unrated Version

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Grotesque is a japanese horror-gore themed movie, produced this year and directed by Koji Shiraishi. The story behind this production is quite simple. A japanese surgeon [Shigeo Osako], obsessed with mutilating and torturing people is picking up his next victims. A young couple, Kazuo [Hiroaki Kawatsure] and Aki [Tsugumi Nagasawa] will soon discover the real struggle to survive.

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Everything begins with their first date and they will be together till the end.

bscap0078The lights and the shooting place are just similar to those in Saw. Of course the story is different, but not totaly original. The movie’s idea is just like in the “Guinea Pig” and “Hostel” where are doctors who torture people. [that’s why I hate doctors and hospitals…damn]

bscap0079Kon’nichi-wa beautiful! So…for the first time here? Well, she’s there for the first and the last time. Not kind of my favourite character but…you’ll all see in the movie.

bscap0080Now, this guy is very brave. He endures the torture just for a girl he just met. A true gentleman.

bscap0082The Japanese Chainsaw Massacre – there are too many movies in which there are chainsaws as weapons…just too many.

bscap0083False hopes…that’s what everybody fears.

bscap0084Not the best movie you’ll ever see, but you know…for time to pass or just because brings you closer to japanese entertainment. [5.4 on imdb]