by Mirichan, January 19, 2013

Miri's Weekend Movie Picks

Hello everyone! I want to introduce to all of you my top three movies.
In my opinion, there is nothing better than relaxing with your eyes glued closely to a screen with a great movie/drama during the weekends ;D. I usually prefer dramas, but sadly, I don't have much time nowadays for them.

As a general rule of thumb, I picked movies which moved me deeply and personally. It was very difficult for me to pick out my absolute favorites; I couldn't decide for the longest time, but I was finally able to narrow it down to 6, from which I selected 3. I am usually a person who depends greatly on my mood to select what to watch. Surprisingly, so many of the movies were exceptional in their own right regardless of my mood, and as I watched each one, I grew to love them dearly. Even more surprising, it wasn't because I was addicted. (Something which EVERYONE here should understand, right?) No, I just enjoyed the movies a lot and I re-watched them over and over.

The movies I selected cover these three different types of genres. Maybe depending on your mood, you can select the one which suits you best :).

Okay! Here they are:
Country: Japan

Year: 2006

Genre: School/romance-comedy

Risa (Ema Fujisawa), a tall Japanese girl, gets rejected by a boy because she is taller than him. Otani (Teppei Koike), a short Japanese guy, gets rejected by a girl because he is shorter than her. Obviously these two would make the oddest of couples and would never be a good match for each other right? Well love doesn't always follow such logic, as Love Complex shows.

***Warning: video may contain minor spoilers***

Why is this movie one of my favorites? I admit I have a bit of a bias for this movie because it is one of my first J-movies, but it is still good enough for me to have re-watched it twice already. It has a light plot and from just watching a small bit of a scene, you already know it will be a hilarious film. The idea of a tall girl partnering up with a small boy is also refreshing. It may not be perfectly well-done, but the acting is really good and the music used is enjoyable as well. There aren't a lot of heavy moments which make you think a whole lot, but there are a few intense moments here and there. The two characters' progression from shouting to mutual attraction as the movie develops grew on me.
Country: Korea

Year: 2009

Genre: Thriller

Eight contestants are chosen to compete for 10 billion won on a survival reality show. The contestants are taken to the Australian desert, miles away from anyone, and begin the challenges. On the second day of the competition, the loser from the previous day is found dead and the remaining competitors find out they're not just competing for money, but for their lives as well.
Just by watching the trailer again, I got excited!

For me, this is one of the best thrillers I have ever watched. Although, I must admit I don't usually watch that many thrillers. Since I prefer romance related plots, a film of this genre must be really good in order for it to be considered a top movie for me. That's why I am so glad I found this movie!
Even when you are NOT bored, I highly recommend watching this :D. The whole plot is really intriguing and will shock you many times. Many underlying events occur in the film with a twist which will certainly surprise you. The movie is directed in such a fashion you will drop your guard, and you'll only realize you have been deceived by the writer at the very end.

I really do wish this movie gains more attention since it is only 2 hours, and that is nothing compared to what we, drama-addicts, are usually watching, right?   ^____^ Sun/Taiyou no uta photo 08.jpg
Country: Japan

Year: 2006

Genre: Drama/romance

Kaoru dreamily gazes from her bedroom window each morning just before dawn. She can see a stretch of the beach in front of her parents' house on a hill in Kamakura, but focuses upon the activity at the bus stop where Koji and his two best friends meet before going surfing. The appearance of the sun causes her to lower the blinds and go to sleep because she suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) and exposure to the sun's rays has had the potential to kill her. At night she walks to the train station, plays her guitar and sings songs she has written, commonly returning home just a few minutes before it starts getting light. One morning she is at the bus stop singing when Koji arrives...

So many thing drew me into this movie. Yui, the lead actress's beautiful voice and acting are two factors. She is the main reason why I gave this film 10 well-deserved points. Although the movie is a bit sad, as you would expect from the synopsis, it still leaves you happy with all the heart-touching scenes in the movie.
The male lead, Tsukamoto Takashi, is by no means nothing to scoff at either. He is highly capable of showing emotions comparable, if not equivalent, to that of the girl. Although his acting starts out a bit slow, he quickly becomes a deep character as he tries to bond with Kaoru and share her problems. It felt like I was watching a story... in real life. Sun/Taiyou no uta photo 01.jpg Sun/Taiyou no uta photo 02.jpg
In the beginning, the whole situation seems weird and a bit awkward, but as the movie progresses, you begin to see the  bond develop between the two of them. Sun/Taiyou no uta photo 07.jpg

Okay that was it :) I hope all of you enjoyed the very first article I have ever written!

Have a relaxing and great weekend everyone!