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I Fine..Thank You..Love You
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Overall 7.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
This is a lighthearted romantic comedy. It has some funny scenes, some romantic ones, and a few crass/gross scenes (i.e., sexual innuendos, bodily functions, poop jokes, etc.). Let’s be honest, the movie would be better off without all the crassness. The ML is trying so hard to get back with his ex-girlfriend, who seems to have liked him because of his playboy ways and thinks they are compatible in that regard, Through this “forced” personal English tutoring, the main leads have the opportunity to get to know each other. She realizes that beneath the tough guy, playboy exterior, the ML is sweet and kind in his own ways. He also starts to fall in love with the FL. The movie doesn’t have evil parents, manipulative exes, corporate intrigues, or any of the usual angsty storylines associated with Asian dramas and movies. It is just a light and fun watch.

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Orange
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Overall 10
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Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

オレンジ

I have read the manga and when I saw there was a movie, it instantly became my favourite to watch.
Orange is about a sweet love story, one day Naho receives a letter from her future self, the same day a new student transfers into her school. His name is kakeru and he is so handsome. Naho reads the letter and gets very supriced, but things go slow and exactly how the letter is written for Naho and kakeru.
Tao tsuchiya is so pretty and is an amazing character for this movie, kento is also very handsome and makes a great couple with Naho-chan. I like how their romance is going slow and humble.
The movie is sad but also it makes you realise how much you can love a person.
I higly recommend this movie ♡

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High School Debut
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Overall 8.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
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The FL is a softball sports star. Upon entering high school, she decides to give up softball and focus on obtaining a love life. Since she’s been a tomboy most of her life, she’s unable to attract anyone. By chance, she meets the ML who’s an upperclassman, handsome, and popular. He agrees to coach her with the goal of getting a boyfriend. However, the agreement is canceled should she fall in love with him. The movie is light-hearted and funny. The FL plays her character well as the awkward tomboy. She stays in her character and consistent throughout the movie; I appreciate that she didn’t really change the way she dressed or do her hair. I also appreciate that the FL doesn’t go through this transformational phase from ugly duckling to swan like we’ve seen in many similar dramas/movies just so that the ML could fall in love with her. The ML instead slowly falls in love after spending time with her and seeing all her good qualities. He doesn’t need to see her with a make-over because he just loves her for her.

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Upcoming Summer
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3 hours ago
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Overall 8.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 8.0
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Although it’s been a while since my teen years, when I am watching this movie, all the feelings, the angst, hope of being at that age at the cusp of adulthood. Chen Chen, after discovering that her parents have divorced, lied to her, and only staying together for her until she passes the gaokao, decides to fail the exam in the hopes of her parents reconciling. In her scheme, she inadvertently involves Zheng Yu Xing, by saying that she failed because she broke up with him. Zheng Yu Xing, being a carefree person, decides to go along with her ruse. He himself fails to take the exam because he was trying to get back together with the woman he loves. These two, who are hurting emotionally and just trying to stay above waters from all the family, school, and academic pressures, begin to form a strong friendship. Slowly, maybe, we see Chen Chen starting to like Zheng Yu Xing, but also knowing that he’s still in love with Ming. At one point she tells him, “maybe one day we will both accept that the one we love do not love us back.” The last scene, we see an older Chen Chen, maybe she’s in college now or older, and she seems happier, calmer. She goes to a music festival and sees DJ XYZ as one of the acts. She’s in the crowd with a slight smile on her face, watching Zheng Yu Xing on stage. We don’t know if they are still in contact, still friends or more. It’s pretty open to interpretation. I would like to think that they remain friends, supportive of each other, and have found their happiness, whatever that may be.

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Man In Love
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3 hours ago
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Overall 9.0
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
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This Tore My Heart to Pieces

I started watching this at 11:00 at night, and by the end of the movie, I was a crying mess at 2:00 in the morning. I love Roy Chiu’s acting and portrayal of A Cheng so much. This is a guy who somehow survives and thrives in the world of loan sharks when he he has such a warm and kind heart. He himself is a victim of this underground world when his brother’s business went bankrupt. A Cheng pays off his brother’s debt by being an enforcer. When he and his gang go to collect on the debt of the FL’s father, he instantly falls in love. He, at first, tries to tempt her through various horrid schemes to pay off her debt such as selling her body or her organs. Maybe he wants to see what kind of woman she is and whether she is good and filial as she seems. Through his final scheme, her going on non-sexual dates with him, he falls more deeply in love. She starts to soften her heart when she witnesses the many kinds acts from A Cheng. This movie just tore my heart to pieces. I want A Cheng to have a happy ending: marry the love of his life, leave the gangster life, thrive in the tea shop business with his wife, and become a father because A Cheng would have made a great father.

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My Punch-Drunk Boxer
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4 hours ago
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Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 6.5
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Main character has a syndrome similliar to alzheimer and cause of that he won't be able to box

Not bad movie, kinda liked it. It was all about or mostlly about his syndrome and about him wanting to box but he couldn't at the end cause of the syndrome. Really liked the female lead, and for the male lead they made his character in story really weird like if i personally would meet him in the street i would be scared of him. For me not bad movie, should have better ending or season2 and they really should have made the male character less weird.__________________________________________________________
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Living in Your Sky
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6 hours ago
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0

空に住む

Living in your sky is about Naomi a young girl who lost her parents recently and moved to her ancle's expencive apartment with her cat Koharu. Naomi works in a small book publisher company, she is surrounded by people who are close to her but she suffers from loneliness due to her parents’ deaths. Naomi happens to meet popular actor Morinori, who lives in the same apartment building. He is the member of the popular Idol Group EXILE. They develop a romantic relationship and she sees him seriously but he is a playboy and has several girls around him. One day she interviews him about him becoming an actor.
This movie was really relaxing and great to watch on a lonely night, Mikako tabe is an amazing actress and she had great acting in this movie too ♥

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Good Morning
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6 hours ago
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Overall 7.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 5.5
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A small neighborhood in Tokyo is turned upside down when two little boys take a vow of silence because they want a television set. Of course, that's not all that's going on with the adult neighbors. Each family unit is facing their own challenges whether retirement is nearing, or a father can't find a job, or when the gossip generated from the have and have nots tears at the fragile fabric of relationships held together by the traditional greeting of "good morning".

The focus of the story is two little boys who visit a neighbor's house to watch sumo wrestling on their TV. The neighbors are deemed unseemly, read different, and the boys are forbidden from visiting them anymore. When the boys hold their ground demanding a television the father tells them to be quiet and they decide to take a vow of silence.

The father is afraid that having a television in the house will breed idiocy by drowning out small talk which is the "lubricant" of society. The boys view small talk as idiocy. And around and round they go. The boys' vow of silence creates ripples of discord in the neighborhood when they neglect the customary "good morning" setting up another wave of gossip.

You can see in the English lessons and television, the creeping American influence and Western pressure on the families. The television is not the only problem, a neighbor who buys a washing machine is judged for spending money on a convenience. The shunned family with the television feels compelled to move. The movie not only displays a generational conflict, but a cultural conflict as well.

The small talk the adults value so dearly where love declarations are made through a banal conversation about the weather, also bury resentments, envy and fears. No one questions drinking as a means of escape, or cruel gossiping.

Good Morning was bolstered by the young actors' sweet performances in their silent war. A spare, gently comedic slice of life film, showcasing a cast of well-developed minor characters dealing with everyday problems and a changing world was quite entertaining.



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Virgin Snow
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9 hours ago
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Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
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A Jewel of a movie that should stand the test of TIME!

I saw this movie shortly after starting to watch Asian movies; unfortunately, even though the other movies I watched [after my introduction with My Little Bride (2004)] were quality films worth watching, they all ended tragically and I was about to quit watching ANY Asian movies at this point!

Fortunately, I came across this little jewel of a film, and it restored my faith in Shakespeare having moved from the West to the East after WW II.

I loved the music, especially since I didn't pay that much attention to music at the time; I find out later that it was a combination of Japanese and Korean music incorporated in the film!

The cinematography was excellent, with scenes from many parks, shrines and such incorporated into the movie (places where a young man would naturally take his lovely girl on a date) to the extent of making the entire movie pleasing to the eyes between the close-up action, which those scenes were good as well.

Kim Min (Lee Joon Gi) leaves his grandmother in Korea and joins his pottery-teaching father (Jo Sun Mook) in Kyoto, where he continues his mandatory elementary education. His father teaches pottery but Kim Min wants nothing to do with handling 'poop' as he calls the clay, or learning Japanese and spends his time bicycling around town.

However, a stop at a temple causes him to change his mind about wanting to learning Japanese, as he sees a lovely girl Sasaki Nanae (Miyazaki Aoi) at a temple, in temple dress.

His attitude toward clay and pottery also changes as he finds out that this lovely girl spends time in pottery shops, admiring the work of potters. He quickly asks his father to teach him how to make porcelain out of the 'poop'. His still young, rash personality and lack of patience at this point with the clay leads to his slow learning of pottery-making but he finally starts to learn self-discipline and finally makes Nanae a small piece of porcelain, with a promise for a larger one to follow.

(It is a MIRACLE how females can cause boys to 'grow up' in life and change their attitude about things!)

The film also had some funny moments such as when Min's father senses that he had a crush on a Japanese girl and buys him a Japanese language book; actually, in most scenes with his movie father, they seemed to get along quite well in their relationship.

Also funny was the beginning relationship between Min and a bicycle-riding monk (Matsuo Satoru), whose later help aided Min in finding his lost girl.

The main cast did an excellent job overcoming the language barrier, teaching each other the words for common objects and were able to convince me that they were actually a couple in love throughout the movie, and the main reason I almost quit watching it due to the fact I thought it was going to turn out to be another sad Asian ending.

The support cast also did a great job, from a Korean girl in his class to a adversary turned friend (Shioya Shun); all of them helped support the story around the two main leads, making it seem more real.

My main dislike of the movie was Nanae's mother and her problem; but again, something had to happen to cause the couple's separation.

Another dislike was that the relationship was rushed some; a mere 15 to 20 minutes more would have made the movie better, in my opinion...but it still was a good movie!

The difference between a good movie and a GREAT movie is a director/cast/editor being able to make an audience member 'forget' that they are watching a movie, and by the time I came to Nanae leaving Min I had actually forgotten that this was just a movie!

I started believing "They are not going to get together again", as they kept missing each other by minutes; however, Min's grandmother saved the day by returning what she thought was a present for her, given to Min by Nanae the last time he saw her.

You can watch the movie, available for free online, if you want any more details.

Also, if you guys are in the 'doghouse' for forgetting your girlfriend's birthday, wife's anniversary, etc., watch this with her and show her that you are worth keeping around still; she will likely keep you for it!

RE-WATCH VALUE: Definitely!

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Till We Meet Again
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17 hours ago
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Overall 9.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

an enjoyable movie, through and through.

“Why do you want me to fall in love with another guy?”

This movie is a perfect example of what a ‘complete package of emotions’ in a movie looks like. It goes, literally goes, from absurd to funny to weird to confusing to heartbreakingly-sad to suspense to mystery to funny again and back to sad again and ending it with a heartwarmingly-powerful ending. Although I do feel like the movie is grasping too many topics to focus on, but I think they still nailed it. If some of you already watched Along with The Gods, I think this story is kinda the same to that. Well, except, Till We Meet Again is the romantic version of Along with The Gods, and its much more sadder than that (I used three sheets of tissues cause I was literally crying like 4 times and each time I cried was harder than before lmfao). Plus how dare this movie put their jokes in a middle of sad scenes? Like come on, the first minute I was laughing, and the next minute I was crying (so hard)—only to be invited to laugh again in the middle of crying.

And…. have I told you that the acting carried this whole movie? Kai Ko, Vivian Sung, and Gingle Wang are absolutely charming in this movie. I really love how Kai Ko and Vivian Sung are really expressive with their acting, and they successfully invited their audience to felt the same emotions like them.

I really love that Tao Ming Tse reference, plus that Harlem Yu song… Qing Fei De Yi right? I UNDERSTOOD THAT REFERENCE!!! *insert that one captain america in the elevator meme*

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, it was funny and sad but powerful. I might consider to watch this again, who knows?

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This Is Not What I Expected
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17 hours ago
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 9.5
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The FL is a free spirit and a warm-hearted person. I love, by the way, her tattoos. It’s almost impossible to find a FL in a romantic Asian drama sporting/showing tattoos; they just add to her character. The ML meets the FL when she mistaken his car for her friend’s cheating boyfriend’s car, and was in the act of vandalizing it. The movie has some funny, cute, romantic moments. You will also want to watch on a full stomach because there are a lot of focus on food. I wish this movie is a 16 episode drama so that we can see more of everything: the blossoming friendship and love between the two leads, the second love story between the ML’s secretary and the FL’s best friend, the ML’s relationship with his father, and fleshing out the interesting hotel staff. Although I waited almost two hours for a kiss that never materialized, I wasn’t too disappointed because the ending was so cute, romantic, and heartwarming. As a personal preference, I like this movie much more than the 2020 Chinese drama adaptation.

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Blue, Painful, Fragile
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19 hours ago
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Overall 10
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 8.5

Is this worth watching?

The simple answer is... ABSOLUTELY YES!

I wrote my spoilerless review here:
https://fanperspectivereviews.wordpress.com/2021/12/02/is-blue-painful-fragile-worth-watching/

In addition, I really love watching Hana Sugisaki. She's great, and would love to see more of her.

Also, I would love to read the novel of which this movie is based. I think reading it will somehow give justice to some of my thoughts for the movie. I just can't find an ebook version. I want to buy the actual book, It just happens the I have no enough funds for it.... hahaha....

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Time Confinement
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23 hours ago
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Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
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MATURE Psychologial triller with a couple of great plot twists!

I saw this a few years after it came out, and BOY! was it a good movie!

It starts out with Hyeon Ah (Jeon Cho Bin) plying her 'trade' and being exploited/harrassed/assaulted by her 'employers'...

Out of the blue, while being 'harrassed' by her 'employer', a quiet man , Jeong Ho (Heo Dong Won), appears and quickly 'ends' the conversation between Hyeon Ah and her 'employer'; followed by a taxi ride, her being drugged, and waking up in chains.

Heo Dong Won gave an excellent performance as an unwanted 'benefactor' to Hyeon Ah, since she initially protested his help and Jeon Cho Bin did an excellent performance, in and out of bed, and made the plot twists fabulous!

Both mail and female leads did a fantastic job on this movie. The support cast, Ji Jeong-woo, also did an outstanding job on this movie; especially in his last two scenes on the film! I would also like to mention the support couple who allowed us a glimpse into Jeong Ho's head (Their names are not mentioned at any film site I tried - Sorry!).

Nothing personal, but actress Bo ri isn't really needed in this movie, but she did put on a few fantastic bedroom scenes throughout the last part of the movie; her only real significance to the movie is her discussion with Ji Jeong-woo near the end.

The music at first is psychodelic, which help set up Jeong Ho's mentality and his actions throughout the first part of the film: it turns more 'normal" as the relationship turns normal as well. That, with excellent editing from the director and editor, makes great cimetography overall.

Not to give everthing away, but major twists in this film, especially at the end, make this movie more than worth putting up with some sex scenes and topless women scattered throughout!

RE-WATCH VALUE, espcially is you like psychological thrillers

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Kissing Cousin
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24 hours ago
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Overall 10
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0

FOR THE 1 % ; POETIC JUSTICE

I dunno what compelled me to watch this movie, but perhaps it was the poster.
The name might suggest something of a controversial and absurd to an extent.
But the director's vision was way ahead.
Something so silly yet true for perhaps each and every one of us out there, where things don't proceed since we realize it's wrong at an early stage itself.

The whole movie is an art and reflection of poetic justice :
Falling in love with someone who's your cousin.
Indeed it's controversial but you have to accept that it's a poetic visionary.

It's a universal given that some people's first crush is always their cousin.
But things don't escalate further as you realize the sensitivity.
This movie takes it to a whole new level.
I loved each and every second of it.
The portrayal, the sexual tension, the side gazing, the talks.
It focuses on how things develop, slow and steady.
It's more about why you choose to love rather than who you love, how naturally it develops and how it feels when you realize it.

If you love movies to a true extent, you'll find this movie fascinating.
I'm still in awe, especially with the acting.
It felt so natural, I could literally feel each and everything.
Both the actors did a terrific job.
It's almost like this movie deserves awards, especially the actors.
Commendable acting .
I'm short of words, this needs to be applauded.
A must watch .

SPOILER AHEAD :


~ Maybe the closer you're to the answer the more of a mess you paint.
The irony is that they didn't even show them doing any act, just let the imagination to us.
Damn, it's more effective.
Until they did something, it develops to the point where you can't resist.

My fav scene from the movie is when she asks :
' How did you find me? '
He says ' Feelings '
The way he was nervous and tense while trying to find her but close his eyes, relaxed and tried to focus.
That scene is stuck in my mind.
Beautiful.

The increase in intensity on the last day was at its peak.
I could literally feel it.
That they want each other but can't
That they won't see each other for quite some time now.

And he decides to burst the bubble.
' If there are people who feel distant even after millennia,
there are people you can fall in love with within an instant. '

The ending scene is what makes you emotional, the director's aim to portray how much he loves her while not choosing to smoke and laughing realizing how much he does.

This movie invoked my feelings of how it feels to be in love



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Tampopo
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1 day ago
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Overall 5.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 1.0

I'd say while this movie must have been praised back then, it's definitely dated now.

The vignette style was choppy and distractingly done. I like vignette style when it's done in a cohesive way- they do not necessarily have to be connected to each other or the main plot arc but each arc must be dealt with equal weight/attention and brought to full closure by the end. Like they should go round and round throughout the movie; 1,2,3,4-1,2,3,4, 1,2,3,4.
In Tampopo, you get random arcs thrown in from here and there, and even after the movie had run half its course, it was STILL introducing new characters and I gave up. It went like this; 1,2,3,4- 2,5,4- 1,4,3,6

Also there were some scenes that would def not be palatable to average modern audience/would be censored or come with a warning: the gross egg yolk and oyster scene... also they killed an actual live softbelly turtle onscreen.
On top of that, the storytelling was simply too overdramatic at times.

Overall not an experience I enjoyed. If you want to explore Japan's food culture through a golden oldie movie... well, this is not it. I'd suggest finding another one. I'm sure there are plenty.

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