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Movie Review: The Kirishima Thing

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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.

Movie Review: Golden Slumber

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One word: It’s a REAL masterpiece! It’s like the movies that I see in Screen Red!

Sakai Musings…

Masato Sakai again, never fails to amaze the audience in this thriller-suspense, filled with comedy (oh, what do you expect with this guy? He’s like the Japanese version of Johnny Depp and Binoe!)! One thing that I really like about “Golden Slumber” is how he dealt with the conspiracy that framed him as the “perpetrator” of the Prime Minister’s assassination. It was life between the accused and the accuser–which are the heavy security who will do everything to capture Aoyagi Masaharu (Sakai’s character).

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Well, what? I cannot say that this movie should be a 10/10. The ending is SOOOOOO bitin that Aoyagi ended up being the impostor himself. Therefore, I could either say that the rating ranges from 9.5-10/10 because of the ending. I really did not like the ending at all, and it’s much more disappointing than a typical deus ex machina–only a longer version.

The movie BTW, is derived from “Golden Slumbers,” by the Beatles. Well, not a fan of the song, though. I only liked the scenes where Masato sang in English (at last! HAHA)–and more LHD vehicles on the scene.

Overall, this is recommended to watch if you’re learning more Japanese phrases and also, if you’re into thriller movies. Nothing is really boring with Masato-chan!

Rating: 3.5-4.0

The Making of Legal High: Behind-the-Scenes Special!

One thing that I could say about the entire video: ERMAHGERD it’s awesome! I would err… give a lot of comments regarding this one.

First of all, it seemed that all of the cast have these two things: CAMARADERIE and TEAMWORK, which I think is something that even Filipino artists and celebrities should observe while on the set. Have you ever heard of some issues regarding Yui Aragaki and Masato Sakai being involved with one another like, they’re “ON” as in they’re officially together off-cam? I don’t think so.

I really do have more respect towards Sakai-sama for his professionalism as an actor–there is NO SUCH THING as TAKE TWO when he’s the man–in fact, he does excel in his craft the hard way, and you could see that he’s really a hardworking actor. There are also scenes where he helps and teaches his co-actors on their roles, lines, preparation–you will see his professionalism, which I think the younger generation of Filipino actors should imitate. Masato Sakai should be looked up to and be a ROLE MODEL to these young actors.

This also made me respect Yui Aragaki more–I really think she’s waaaaaaaay better than those other actresses who are just “pa-cute” and OA in the Japanese entertainment industry. She may not be one of the “most excellent” Japanese actresses we know, but acting-wise, she is not as over-acting as other Japanese actresses who do nothing but being pa-cute. She has been improving after watching Hanamizuki, when she shifted from being a high school student towards being a career woman. However, I don’t think she’s still ready to become a serious career woman–actually, her co-stars, Ryoka Suzuki, Eiko Koike and Ryoko Hirosue (SP) could actually pull off the “professional look.” I could not even imagine Sandara Park pulling off the “professional look” as well, and same other East Asian actresses, well of course, exceptions would be Zhang Ziyi, Shu Qi, Cecilia Cheung and other East Asian actresses who serve as the “mediator” between pa-tweetums, pa-cute versus the “matured” look.

Their CAMARADERIE and TEAMWORK is of course, unquestionable. Legal High wouldn’t be as impressive as what we think of it if there are such issues na “nagkatampuhan” si ganito-ganyan, and “pakapalan ng mukha” is only manifested when shooting a scene. For instance, Sakai-sama really showcased his prowess on Episode 9–patuloy-tuloy niyang ipinahayag ang kanyang mga linya’t hindi maitatanggi na padalos-dalos lang, walang interruptions. If some of you people think that Sakai’s acting is over-acting, then fuck you! The reason why he IS a good actor and WON many awards is because of his dedication, passion and err… love for his craft. Remember that he was theater-trained in Waseda, while majoring in Chinese literature, and his love for reading is actually one of the strong points when he memorizes his lines–for him I guess, it’s not a matter of memorizing lines. It’s about putting emotions and placing yourself as the character–which some of the “lamest” and “lousiest” actors failed to do.

Side Note: No wonder, Ina, Kapatid, Anak is plagued with surrounding controversies with the Kim-Maja hulabaloo–check out PEP for those details. I don’t think maganda talaga ang denouement ng teleserye is mainly because of the off-screen conflict. This also applies to Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig. Bakit madaling natapos ang teleseryeng, starring Piolo Pascual, Rafael Rossell and Jericho Rosales; Cristine Reyes, Denise Laurel at saka ni Maricar Reyes? Tapos ‘yung mga ibang BIGATING artista pa ‘yan, ah? Well, simple: Cristine Reyes is simply a NUISANCE! In Legal High, NONE of the actors there are prone to controversies, as opposed to most Filipino actors who are pa-controversial (which are often rejected by GMA and welcomed by ABS-CBN through casting couch). Whatever issues they had, at least they are still keen on their privacy and only give a few details about their personal life, as opposed to Filipino actors, isang isyu pa lang, pagpi-piyestahan na ‘yan. Also, don’t get me started when I bash pa-controversial celebrities–telling me that “tao” rin sila. Well, I find veteran actors more human than those actors who are pa-controversial–most of them are beyond superficial!

I also liked the scene where the entire cast and crew celebrated Gakky’s birthday. It’s like work and at the same time, bonding. There are NO moments where you’ll see them having conflicts with one another, and whatnot; plus, what I really liked about this one is that, there’s no such thing as superiority complex among them. In other words, PATAS lang. Even Masato-chan treated his co-stars as good friends, so the series turned out to be a masterpiece, rather than a nuisance.

When looking at the actors, the cast and crew, they’re really PROFESSIONAL in their fields. Ha! I think AA should learn from these actors if she wants to be a well-respected actress in Japan. Whatever controversy AA does, it equates losing face in Japan, and it would be much worse if she’s in Korea (ask Roxyisferox, since I’m not a fan of Korean entertainment). Also, what I liked about these actors is that, they laugh at their scenes, meaning to say that they don’t think that their final scene is perfect. Masato-chan was simply, bleh(!) when he saw his scene–it means that he’s used to watching himself all over and over again.

This is one thing that I really like about the Japanese entertainment industry–when non-JE actors are involved right here. Most of them would actually improve their craft by being cooperative towards their co-actors, and there is NO SUCH THING as crab mentality. Work habits through the Japanese way shows that they learn how to make things effective–in a way that the series will be SUCCESSFUL.

Overall Take

I don’t expect the series to be 100% perfection–I only expect the best in the series, and there’s no certain formula to create a successful and a watch-able TV series, which the Filipino entertainment industry must learn a thing or two.

Late Post: Atlantis Production’s Piaf


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I could not recall about what happened in the storyline of Piaf, but I think this was the only play I’ve watched that is not even school-related.

Actually, I was not interested to watch any play, but because one of my close friends introduced me to someone hmmm… (I don’t wanna elaborate further), well, I just said “yes” when he asked me if I’m interested in watching a play. When we went to the venue itself, nako, RCBC plaza has nothing really very special to offer except the facade of the building itself–and the auditorium is small, just like the audi that I went where I watched “King Lear” in the Filipino version. Well, I should have not worn a gown or a formal dress since my companion is super filthy rich (and tbh, he’s quite choosy and too particular with clothes–he has the traits of Komikado Kensuke, but less exaggerated).

The Whole Play

I didn’t expect that the play is about the personal life of Edith Piaf, and actually, the lights, the stage props, the costume, it shows the ambience of the mid- to late-19th century up to the early phase of the 20th century in France. The actors are really very professional, especially the likes of Pinky Amador and G Toengi. While I really liked the play in some aspects, I am not really much into Western-influenced form of entertainment, or any English-speaking play with this defined accent that we hear (in fact, I believe I’m more like a mediator between “sosyal” and “maka-masa” stuff). If you were to ask me, “Haring Lear” was more relatable and the actors are friendlier to the audience after the play (only a handful of the Piaf cast actually bothered to interact with the audience after the play). However, in Piaf, you’ll learn a lot of new stuff about history, and including the Nazi regime isn’t new to me after all. In fact, Piaf lived a very tragic life, and it really manifested that she’s more human, alongside the actors during the classical film age (to name a few, Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Brigitte Bardot, Rita Hayworth, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor).

Pinky Amador did a very great job portraying Piaf. As much as I do admire her as a thespian, I really hated her in her role as Mei Mei in “Mangarap Ka,” starring Piolo Pascual. In contrast to Chin-Chin Gutierrez, she knows how to adjust herself from stage to onscreen drama. When her (Pinky) acting is for the stage, it’s for the stage, and when she’s onscreen, her acting suits right for the screen.

In the play, I also didn’t expect that I would encounter G Toengi in person, and yes, she’s also a stage performer. However, just like Chin-Chin, her acting isn’t really apt onscreen (check out her role as Stella in “Aryana”). I think she failed to adjust again when she came back from the US (she tried her luck to be in Hollywood). I thought she was snob at first since she went straight home from the play and did not interact with Pinky and the rest of the team, but when I tweeted to her on Twitter, she proved me wrong. She replied and told me to spread the word. I’d say that she’s really a great person inside and out, but since I am not very familiar with her personal life, I won’t turn on my Perez Hilton mode against her. Haha.

This play is something remarkable, which makes Pinky Amador a true-blooded and a legit thespian. No wonder, she has been well-respected in the showbiz industry as a pro and as a veteran as well.

Rating (4.0 as the highest, 1.0 as the lowest): 3.0-3.5

Origa’s Impressive Performance in Boston

Well, if you’re an anime fan, you might as well be familiar with Yoko Kanno–she’s anime’s top composer and of course, musician behind all these anime OST. She’s one of the reasons why I still love everything Japanese–but one of her singers captured my eye, and that is no other than Origa.

Yep, that’s right. Origa is one of Yoko Kanno’s partners in crime who has been contributing to anime for so many years and yet she is still EPIC!

First time hearing Origa speak in English! However… it’s a good thing she could still remember the songs that she popularized!

Another angle of the performance.

Her voice is still ethereal… and powerful at the same time! LOVE HURRRRR FOREVAH!

A rare music video of Origa’s Polyushko Polye

I cannot believe that Origa also has a music video of her songs… but yeah. It’s too rare after all.

STILL cannot believe that I’m still a fan of hers up to now. ;D

Nostalgia: The Addams Family

Ever since, I am a Cartoon Network junkie. However, one of the now-defunct cartoons is still much better than the newer ones that are aired (except Adventure Time and Chowder).

Even though Disney and Nickelodeon are better than CN, nothing beats the presence and the impact of this channel.

Here, I’ll show you this… cartoon, called “The Addams Family.”

This is not a horror cartoon. n fact, this is a macabre cartoon with loads of humor with it.


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With Scooby-Doo!

Naaah, the old cartoons are much better than now. Ugh. Parang hindi na maa-appreciate ng mga younger generation ang mga new cartoons rather than the old ones. Of course, the old cartoons are better and more fun, though!

Rico Yan before his… matinee years

All of these are from FB… hehehe

Film Review: Hanamizuki

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Hanamizuki is about a story of two lovers who met on a train. Sae is aspiring to enter Waseda University while Kouhei is a fisherman in Hokkaido. At the beginning of the movie, Sae goes on a journey to go to where she was born: Nova Scotia, Canada.

Well, I really cannot tell the synopsis! Just watch the movie if you want to find out more!

I really find the movie very interesting. It is like the interaction between fiction and reality (yes, check out my original Osaka Monogatari).

Late post!

Goodbye, Ravi Shankar

Believe it or not, he’s an epic!


cnn.com|Such a legend that brought Indian music to the West, bravo!

Seriously, he reminds me of Sri Lankan-born sports writer Ronnie Nathanielsz, only that he does music!


He discusses how to play the sitar.

I’d say that he’s really a legend, a Pandit who brought classical Indian music to the West.


His ageing aura indicates how he lived for 92 years!


…with his collaboration with George Harrison

Rest in peace, Pandit Shankar. You’ll always be remembered.

Yeng Constantino CD

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Finally, I got this CD! 😀 The songs are really great, and it shows that she’s a great singer. Hope that ABS-CBN would make her mainstream.

Happy Birthday to Yeng and Mario!

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They both turn 24 years old today! Can’t believe they’re really THAT old, but not to worry, there are some other people born in 1988:

Adele (she does look older than her age)
Alodia
Nadia Shami
Rupert Grint

However, I’d say that Mario Maurer does resemble AJ Perez in some angle, and they’re both charming. Same with Yeng resembling Koo Hye Sun (who sometimes remind of Jessy Mendiola).

Right now, Yeng is celebrating her birthday in China, dunno with Mario.

But anyways, HABURDAY to you peoplez!