Control Tower

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Well, it’s been a minute since I’ve reviewed a Yamazaki Kento Film and so I delved back to 2011 to Control Tower and watched it. The first thing that You notice in his film is how young he looks. Though back then he would have been 16 years old so it’s to be expected.

We follow, Kakeru (Yamazaki Kento), he’s a boy bored with the repetitiveness of life. One day, Mizuho (Hashimoto Ai) transfers into his class and starts talking with him. After quite a bit of pestering, Kakeru starts to open up to her and treats her as a real friend. After finding his father’s old guitar, Mizuko suggests they make a band. Slowly they begin to grow together as people and friends.

This is a very touching movie, it shows how friendship can change a person. Mizuko is definitely a manic pixie dream girl, she changes Kakeru’s life and then disappears. However, I love the use of the character archetypes to further the story. The friendship depicted in this movie is quite sweet and felt real, which was refreshing.Overall, this was good movie and it shows how much Yamazaki-san has grown in his acting abilities.

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Like Father Like Son

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This is not an easy movie to watch, mainly because it deals with suddenly finding out that your child is not your biological child and the ramifications of it.

The Nonomiya family is living their life like normal when one day Midori (Ono Machiko) gets a phone call from the hospital where their son Keita (Ninomiya Keita) was born. They are requested to be met. Midori and Ryota (Fukuyama Masaharu) go and are told that their child was swapped at birth. The Nonomiya family and the Saiki family meet and together they must decide whether or not to swap their children.

This movie really tugs on the heart strings. I can not even imagine what the people in this situation would really do. The actors were perfect and really brought the mixed emotions to the audience. This is a really good movie to watch if you want a more emotional movie.

All Readers Please Read!!!!!

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I have been bored lately so I wanted to get some feedback from the people who are always around. I have prepared a little survey with 6 questions and 4 or them are multiple choice. All answers are annonymous so feel free to say what ever you feel, but trolls all know who you are. You can either click on the image above or Here to pop over to the survey. I want to thank everyone who takes the time in advance. You’re awesome.

Midsummer Formula

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If you loved the Galileo series then this is right up your alley. This is the movie continuation after season 2 of Galileo. Just think of it as a 2-hour long episode of the series.

We follow Yukawa Manabu (Fukuyama Masaharu) who has been invited to give a talk about  Submarine Mineral Resources Development in Harigaura. However, on his second day there another lodger was found dead on the shore. Tsukazaka Kyohei (Yamazaki Hikaru), a young boy visiting his family, mentions how the death of the man makes no sense. Kishitani Misa (Yoshitaka Yuriko) Yukawa takes a liking to the young boy and together they try and figure out what happened. That is until Yukawa figures it out and makes sure that Kyohei never finds out.

I love the series and this is a really good continuation of it. I might have a mild crush on Fukuyama and his fabulous acting. This is definitely a movie to watch if you like crime fighting mysteries or the Galileo series.

If Cats Disappeared From the World

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This is not a movie to watch if you want a happy movie. However, it is a beautiful story and excellently shot. It’s based on a book by the same name. I will admit that I clicked on it thinking that the title was funny and wondered what it was about. Also, during the movie, we never get the character’s name so we will call him postman.

We follow a 30-year-old postman (Satou Takeru) is plagued by severe and sudden headaches. He reaches out to a doctor about his headaches and get’s advised that he has a brain tumour. When he comes back home, he is greeted by a devil who tells him that he can leave if he erases one thing from the world. As he goes through trying to pick something to erase he is faced with different people in his life and what would be affected if the item was gone.

This is an emotional story that touches home. You can almost imagine what it would be like to know that you won’t wake up the next morning. Yet the idea of knowing that you have an option to survive but whatever you chose it will forever change your relationship with someone ou love. The beautiful use of flashbacks, scarce use of music and the visuals associated with the headaches were utilised perfectly. This movie pulls on the emotions and makes you relate to the character. I can only imagine what the novel must do. I would definitely recommend this movie but only when you want to have a sad movie day.

The Liar and His Lover

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I didn’t know walking in that this was a film starring Kubota Masataka, but it is. He plays the second male lead in this movie and he does it wonderfully. I had forgotten how much I love watching him act.

We follow Ogasawara Aki (Satou Takeru), the main songwriter for the band Crude Play. He left the band right before their debut but continues to write their songs after he was replaced by Shinhara Shinya (Kubota Masataka). He meets a 16-year-old girl who is the daughter of a local vegetable stall owner. She has a talented voice and they start seeing each other. To hide the fact that he’s Aki from Crude Play, he borrows Shinya’s name. And thus starts his cycle of lies.

This is an excellent movie. It uses music very well and plays to the actors’ strengths. Though this movie is based on a movie, it is not as awkward as most of the transition movies are. They tone down the extreme reactions, except for a few, and made it very relatable. The love story is believable, however, I would feel really weird dating someone 10 years my junior but that’s just me. Overall, the writing was fantastic, it was shot perfectly and the actors did an awesome job. I really wish it was lnger than 2 hrs.

Sorry, a Little Change in Schedule for a Month

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So over the last 2 months, a lot of things have changed in my life. I have started a new job, my mother has fallen twice, and I have been running around with my head chopped off. Because of this I have sadly not had time to watch any dramas. I am determined to get back on schedule for February. This doesn’t mean that I will not be uploading on Thursdays. Just I’ll be uploading different content. The rest of the week will remain the same but I will but writing some fun little contents. You never know, this might start a new content that I will be continuing on.

I will try and cover some more Kpop, because it is really fun to cover and to talk about. I will try to also touch more on Japanese culture and media. Though I know I only have 1 post a week that contains Korean media but I love Japanese media and I want to work with it more.

I will try and play around with my blog a little more and have some fun with it again. I have a blast writing little additional post for you all and thinking up new things to talk about. I will continue to do what I’ve been doing but I will also love to try something new.

Thank you for your patience and I will see you in the next post.