Under The Hawthorn Tree – Review

In the period of Cultural Revolution in China [60s-70s] life would much depend on the economical virtues. Families would be banished because of the political point of views, the communism would teach people to fear the superiors and the young population would have to struggle to built their future.

With her dad being held in a political prison and her mother being sick, Jing has to endures a lot til she accomplishes the goal of becoming a teacher. Things get complicated after she takes a trip to the countryside to get experience for elaborating an essay regarding the Communist values of their country. She gets familiar with the Hawthorn Tree and its legends – and based on this story she will begin writing propaganda essays.

The one who enjoys her artistic side is Sun, a member of the local geological unit. Romance is like two seconds away.

The months that follow – Sun is watching over Jing who has to return to the city, in order to fulfill her duties. The two of them are from very different economical backgrounds – so Sun helps her with anything he can.

Being in love means also neglecting things – so Jing’s mother finally finds out about their relationship. The romantic story becomes a drama when these two young lovers have to stay away from each other because of the political and social conflicts that could be generated.

The sad ending is inevitable after Jing has knowledge of Sun having leukemia. A beautiful story with a tragic end. Does someone deserve this? I think you know the answer.

Under The Hawthorn Tree is the best Chinese drama I’ve seen this year. Recommended for both its cultural and romantic side.

Tsuki No Koibito

As in my last seen J-dorama.

The story goes around Hazuki Rensuke – the president of the Regolith – a furniture manufacturing company – who is very devoted to his work and his passion – the true essence of furniture stands in his love for the natural element: wood.

Because of that – he leads his life worrying only to deliver good furniture to the public. As a human he can be cataloged as a cold person. He doesn’t let people see if he is sentimentally involved in something.

Things go complicated when he realizes he likes Xiu Mei – a worker at one of his factories. Xiu Mei becomes the model of the company – and Rensuke starts falling deeply for her.

Being a romantic production, of course that we have the cliche of breaking-up and feeling deeply sad about this. But in the end everything works out.

From the three persons who are attached to Rensuke, the most I liked Onuki Yuzuki character interpreted by Kitagawa Keiko.

If you’re looking for stylish characters and a certain degree of life lived right, you got yourself a deal by watching this production.

If you’re like me, you’ll observe the true meaning of every detail of the show. I always watch something that can be learning material and not just to waste time.

I really enjoyed the show – part because of the story, part cuz of the characters. You should enjoy it too.

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.