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Movie Feature: Daytime Shooting Star (Happy Valentines Day!!)

Everyone!!!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!

Yeeeee!!!

To celebrate this wonderful day, here is my review of a romance movie I recently watched, Daytime Shooting Star.

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As you noticed in these past few weeks, I love to watch Live-action Japanese Movies. Why? Well, I want to see how they adapted the material, especially if the original source (mostly manga) have an important place in my heart. In this movie, I am not that quite familiar to the source. I read it once before but never got a chance to finish it (I forgot what chapter I was, eh). Because of that, I was able to separately judge this movie as it is and not compare it to the original.

Now that everything is settled, I guess I can now share my honest thoughts about this.


  • Romaji: Hirunaka no Ryuusei
  • Japanese: ひるなかの流星
  • Release Date: March 24, 2017
  • Runtime: 119 min.
  • Source: Manga
  • Genre: Teen-Romance, Drama
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan
  • Starring: Nagano Mei, Miura Shohei, Shirahama Alan, Yamamoto Maika, Sato Ryuta, etc.
  • Synopsis: Suzume Yosano (Mei Nagano) is a first grade high school student. She lived in the countryside, but, due to her parents transferring overseas for work, Suzume now lives in Tokyo with her uncle (Ryuta Sato). Suzume has never had a boyfriend before, but she has feelings for her homeroom teacher Satsuki Shishio (Shohei Miura). Meanwhile, her classmate, Daiki Mamura (Alan Shirahama), becomes attracted to Suzume. (AsianWiki)

OMG!!!

I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!

DAMN!!!

!!!!

!!

Ehem.

Okay, I’m calm now.

Daytime Shooting Star blew me away. I didn’t expect I would love it as much as I do now. I first got to watch this one all by myself, to check if this was worth my time or not. Oh boy, I didn’t expect I would finish it in one go without hesitation. Lol. I immediately convinced my sister to watch it again with me, which I kind of regret cuz my shoulder is now really sore cuz of her abuse (she can’t stop squeeling…rip right shoulder).

The story was your typical Shoujo romance premise. It was set in highschool, the main girl falling in love with the teacher, a classmate falls for the main girl, problems arise, main girl needs to choose which person she’ll be with, end of story. Yep, it was that generic. But bruh, I don’t care. I enjoyed watching it. I laughed. I was sad. I was touched. I felt alot of  kilig. I especially felt is like to love someone. I had tons of fun. And that’s all it takes to make this movie worthwhile.

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Even with a generic plot, it was the characters that made this movie amazing. The main girl, Suzume Yasano, she wasn’t your typical heroine. She’s a countryside girl, out of nowhere was thrown into the city, letting her experience the huge difference in lifestyles. Still, she was true to herself, no matter what comes in her way. I love that about her. The actress, Mei Nagano, did a fantastic job in portraying her character. I could never think of any other Japanese teen actress who could outshine Nagano’s performance. She definitely added alot of life and sunshine to the movie.

The male leads were really attractive. Lol.

I mean, I could totally understand why Suzume would fall for the teacher, Shishio-sensei. He’s really handsome, flirty and charismatic. But I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of him. Even though he is the main love interest of this movie, the fact that he’s a teacher bothers me. I understand that the teacher-student romance is a “thing” in Japan, but I don’t dig it. It definitely affected my liking to his character. Still, the actor, Miura Shohei, did really well as Shishio-sensei. He really fits the character.

Now, for the second male lead, I love him. He is precious. Lel. I like Daiki Mamura because I can totally see him as a person I would hangout in real life. From his personality alone, conversations would be really interesting. Going back to the movie, I love Mamura and Suzume’s relationship. It’s the type of relationship that had a solid foundation. I love that. For the actor, Shirahama Alan, damn he is handsome. Hahaahah. When I first saw him, I literally saw Jungkook of BTS. No kidding. They have similar facial structure on some angles, but not fully look-a-like. But that’s not the reason I got interested with him. It’s actually cuz he is half-Filipino. Oooohhohoohoh. Anyway, his acting was surprisingly good. For an idol from LDH, his acting was on point. He delivered the lines well and portrayed Mamura’s character, though at times, he seemed to be too “animated”. Still, it was a job well done.

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Another factor that made this movie amazing to watch was the nice cinematography. It was done really well. There were alot of good shots, and the scenery in the background were breathtaking. I guess, my only problem here would be the ending part. I know it was sweet and all, but it lacked impact. If it was done well, then the movie would be perfect.

Overall, the movie was really good. Believe me, I didn’t expect this at all. I thought this would be like your any other shoujo romantic movie, but damn, it was a hella ride. I guess, one of the factor that made me like this movie would be the freshness of it. It was nice to see a different line-up of actors as Japan tend to recycle actors/actresses to a point you think they don’t have enough talents in the country(I love you Yamazaki Kento, but please stop portraying highschool male lead). This definitely made me want to watch more Japanese romantic movies.

Ooohohohohoh.

We will see.

I guess, that’s it for now.

Thanks for reading!!

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Movie Feature: Haruta to Chika

I dunno if you guys remember, but I reviewed an anime last year called, HaruChika. It was a slice-of-life music mystery anime starring 2 high school childhood friends. I had fun watching it, even though it had some setbacks. In that review, I mentioned that I will be watching its live action movie adaptation and see if is it anywhere near to the anime or its source material.

Well, here we are.

It took me awhile to watch this movie because I focused more on other stuff. In other words, I forgot about it. LOL.

Let’s not dwell anymore about the past and start this review, shall we?


Director: Masahide Ichii
Writer: Sei Hatsuno (novel), Masahide Ichii, Masahiro Yamaura
Release Date: March 4, 2017
Runtime: 118 min.
Genre: Teen, Music
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Starring: Sato Shori (Sexy Zone), Hashimoto Kanna, Koide Keisuke, Shiga Kotaro, Tsunematsu Yuri, Maeda Koki, Nikaido Himeru, Shimizu Hiroya, Takuma Haraoka, Kamishiraishi Moka, etc.
Synopsis: Haruta (Shori Sato) is handsome and smart, Chika (Kanna Hashimoto) is bright and naive. When they were children, they were friends until Haruta’s family moved away while he was in the 3rd grade. They meet again during a high school entrance ceremony. After all of these years, Chika is eager to join the wind instrument club. Due to an incident, the wind instrument club is about to be disbanded. Chika can’t give up the flute so she attracts Haruta to her side and tries to recruit members from the wind instrument club. The group attempts to solve various cases taking place at their school while they plan to take part in a contest.


I am bit disappointed by this movie. Yes, I expected that there would be some changes in the plot, but I didn’t think it would be that much.

Haruta to Chika, or in short, HaruChika, is a story about 2 childhood friends that got reunited in high school and how they revived their wind instrument club by solving some mysteries surrounding the club. One of the key factors of this series is the fact that both Haruta and Chika are “in love” with their teacher. Yep, both of them. This key feature made this series uniquely different from other animes and stories. But…sigh… the movie only implemented the base plot of the anime and throw away the key feature. WTF!

Don’t get me wrong, the whole time I watched HaruChika, I totally shipped Haru and Chika because of their close relationship. But removing the key feature that made this series unique made this movie just like any other “teen high school romance” movie out there. And that disappointed me.

What’s done is done. I’ll just review the movie directly.

Because it is a movie, it can’t be helped that they stride through the arcs, only featuring the important and highlighted moments of the story. I have no problem with it, as I also only remember the highlighted moments. Though, I do have a problem with how the arcs were handled. It made the pacing very irratic and all over the place. But I guess, a normal watcher won’t notice this because it is quite similar to other teen movies out there.

The characters are well performed by the actors. I didn’t expect they would literally cast “high school” aged stars for this. I had seen Kanna’s acting before through Gintama and unfairness, she delivered Chika’s liveliness really well. While Sato Shori was bit lacking. I had seen him do well in his first ever drama before, but I guess, with a tone down version of Haruta, it made Shori’s performance underwhelming and not standing out as I want to. Still, I am happy with everything. Especially, the fact that it seemed the actors literally played the instruments assigned to them. That’s incredible. It added alot of depth and it made us, viewers immerse more to the movie.

The ending was quite different from what I expected. I actually liked it. With a lot of changes already in the story, I literally had no idea how they would end the movie. Good thing, they ended the movie on a positive note with a positive message. I would throw a fit if they ended the movie with Haru and Chika officially together. Lol.

Overall, the movie was nice. Disappointing but nice. If i had not seen the anime version of it, I might enjoy this movie alot more, but what can I do? Heh.

I would recommend this to everyone, its an easy to digest movie so it can be watched by anyone. You guys don’t have to watch the anime, they are a separate entity. I guess let’s just enjoy them separately. Heh.

That’s it for now.

Thanks for reading!!

Movie Feature: Gintama (Live-Action, 2017)

Time to introduce a new feature of my blog! Ooohohohohhoho…

Movie Feature!!

It took me awhile to introduce this one. Heheheheh. I tend to forget to do this feature, and I am also scared to introduce some random topic out of nowhere. Lel. So for now, I will be featuring a movie that is somewhat related to anime. He.He.He.

Its the live-action movie of Gintama! Wooohhhh!!


GINTAMA

  • Movie: Silver Soul (literal title)
  • Romaji: Gintama
  • Japanese: 銀魂
  • Director: Yuichi Fukuda
  • Writer: Hideaki Sorachi (manga), Yuichi Fukuda
  • Release Date: July 14, 2017
  • Runtime: 130 min.
  • Genre: Based on a Comic / Action / Action-Comedy
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan
  • Starring: Shun Oguri, Masaki Suda, Kana Hashimoto, Masaki Okada, Masami Nagasawa, etc.

Synopsis: Set in a parallel universe around the Edo period.

Alien species Amanto attack planet Earth. The people on Earth fight back against the aliens for more than 10 years. The Shogunate sees the power of Amanto and decide accept their conquest. The Shogunate builds a puppet government for Amanto and carry out the Sword Abolishment Edict. Due to these actions, samurai, that fought against the Amanto for their country and their lord, fall into a decline.

Gintoki Sakata (Shun Oguri) is a samurai and happens to meet people. He has an extraordinary experience.


My Thoughts:

Gintama live-action movie is amazing. Damn!!

Gintama is a famous and well-known anime, its story is……uuuuhhhhh….parodies? though they have an underlying story, but its mostly parodies. When I first heard the news that their was going to be a live-action of the anime, I was shookt. Wut?!?!!? I mean, with the recent bad releases, I don’t want this amazing series to be tainted. But damn, this movie threw all of my low and bad expectations away. BRUH!! Japan can still adapt properly. T_T

Its been awhile since I saw a live-action movie that is really really good. Recently, most of the live-action movies I approve that are great had romance or slice-of-life elements. Anime/Manga tend to go beyond imagination cuz, well, they are feeding our creative minds after all. That’s why this type of movie is out of this world and beyond expectations. Gintama was AMAZING!

The live-action movie was done really well. It resonates everything that made Gintama famous. The movie was so fun. I laughed hard during the beetle scenes. I couldn’t even stop myself face-palming on some jokes. The CG on some scenes looks weird and ridiculous but it fits man, I dunno why. The parodies were too on point to a point I got scared. LOL. They sure dropped alot of easter eggs. Hahahahahahah.

The characters, oh my, they definitely copied the looks of their manga/anime counterpart. They are definitely on point. Its kinda weird cuz they look stupid, but their looks do add some comedy flavours to the movie. I just can’t, they are too lame at the same time, too funny. Infairness, they got the personalities right. I specifically like Masaki Suda’s portrayal of Shinpachi. Damn, he looks so innocent, I’m not used to this. Hahahahah. Shun Oguri as Gintoki, Yassss!! He did it really well. He’s so good in his craft. I also really like Yuya Yagira and Ryo Yoshizawa’s performance. Though I admit, I got distracted by their good looks, their acting was note-worthy. I’m not much of a fan of Kanna Hashimoto, but she did okay. Didn’t expect I would see Masami Nagasawa here in this movie, but damn she portrayed her role right. Another surprise was Tsuyoshi Domoto. With all the news of his health problems last year, I totally didn’t expect him to be here in this movie. Nevertheless, he did amazing. It made me want to rewatch his old Kindaichi series.

One of the reasons that made the Gintama live-action movie successful was the fact that Gintama itself is a parody. So, in some ways, you could consider this movie as a parody of a parody anime. Gets?? XD

Overall, this movie is a must watch. People, this live-action is nowhere near Attack on titan live-action movie you know, so its not bad. This movie definitely gave me insight that there is still hope that the Japanese Movie industry could still adapt an anime/manga properly. Yep, they can still do it.

Now, please watch the movie.

Anyway, thanks for reading!!