Movie Review: The Kirishima Thing
Japanese: Kirishima, Bukattsu Yamerutteyo (桐島、部活やめるってよ) – literally, “Kirishima, quit all the clubs”
Starring: Kamiki Ryunosuke, Higashide Masahiro, Ohgo Suzuka
Plot/Summary: In this heartbreaking film, it is a story about high school students being desperate about Kirishima’s disappearance. Here, Kirishima is the well-known team captain of the Libero team in volleyball. What reunited these students is Kirishima’s presence, but physically he’s not even existing. Here, it talks about normal life in high school and school clubs and their dilemmas.
Review: This film is actually a breakthrough and for the record, it is much, much better compared to the Thai movie, “First Love” (known in the Philippines as A Crazy Little Thing Called Love).
The elements of the story would be:
– Interaction between fiction and reality.
– Interaction between indie and mainstream.
There are reasons why I consider this one a better film to watch compared to First Love:
1.) The Kirishima Thing is more realistic as compared to First Love, in some way that there are NO elements that actually glorify superficiality.
2.) Some elements in The Kirishima Thing are actually found in Golden Slumber which are the lenghtening of not-so-important scenes, but these scenes serve as the independent variables that support some interesting series that are dependent variables.
3.) There is no such thing as competition in the good looks department. While The Kirishima Thing shows a lot of good-looking people, at least the story is about behing THE BEST in your craft and at the same time balancing your social life and your club that you’re into.
I did like the scenes wherein Maeda (Kamiki), Hiroki (Higashiede) and Sawashima (Ohgo) were the lead characters. Maeda is a film junkie (a geek), Hiroki is a non-participating baseball club member and Sawashima is an introverted saxophone player.
Here, this Japanese series is known for its style of combining elements coming from indie films plus mainstream entertainment.
Rating: 10/10 – Well, it’s obviously an award-winning breakthrough film.
Posted on July 24, 2013, in Asia, Continental Talks, For Your Entertainment, Japan, On the Big Screen, Review, States and Nations of the World and tagged Bukattsu Yamerutteyo, 神木隆之介, eiga, film review, Higashide Masahiro, Japanese film, Japanese movie, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Kirishima, Masahiro Higashide, Ohgo Suzuka, review, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Suzuka Ohgo, The Kirishima Thing, 大後寿々花, 日本の映画, 映画, 東出昌大, 桐島、部活やめるってよ. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.