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PARADE 2010 – another Japanese Movie. <- funny scene! the movie will definitely be more boring if you watch the trailer before watching the movie.. I saw the trailer a long time ago so I forgot and so I wasn’t extra bored! 🙂 from what I remembered I thought it was gonna be an exciting thriller mystery movie with the setting of roommates who don’t really know each other that well and whodunnit blahblah. That’s sorta part of the movie but its not the main point and its not A triller except for the very end. I still find the message of the movie interesting and I can relate a lot

So last time I recommended CONFESSIONS because it’s a japanese movie that’s actually good. this one I would say is not. I waited mad long to watch this too lol. I was bored by this movie but I was intrigued by it too because there were interesting scenes and intersting informatoin divulged. here were also parts that made go wtf and I got NO EXPLANATION. there’s no way anyone can deduce the explanation from the movie. ithink that’s a huge problem. parts of this mvoie or actually a majority of it is ordinary daily living like “you watch people sitting in the living room chit chat about nothing” ordinary. that was boring and it must be even more boring for japanese people because i’m sure that situation is even more familiar to them. one oft he positive reviews liked the scenes I just described because it was really natural and fun to be watching it… but I don’t feel that way for the most part. I remember reading one of the yahoo movie reviews that said only people in their 20s can relate and get somethin out of it and anyone else will be really bored. I agree with that and that’s another weakpoint of this movie imo. people I ntheir 20s is MAD limiting…. and definitely not a sign of a good movie. somebody also was saying that maybe the source of the lack of quality acting was karina. the reasoning is that the other actors sorta had to level themselves to her level which held them back from giving a really good performance. I wish the acting was better not saying the acting was terrible. I don’t solely blame karina. I felt like none of the characters truly understood and acted the out the characters they were assigned. I got the impression they all did when I watched the trailer or the cast intereviews or the kaiken. that’s why I wanted to watch it and had expectations (this was a while ago though)… I get fooled by the interviews and kishakaikens lol… the MOVIE ALWAYS seems good when I watch those lol.. You can tell from the interviews and making and whatnot that they worked hard making it and seem like they konw what they’re doing but then it’s so disappointing when I see that the movie doesn’t really measure up to what I expect.. and another complaint: for the last scene with fujiwara I thought it was a little melodramatic/overacting. he wasn’t that bad in this movie becuase for the mots part he’s just talking like a normal person and I like deep voice 🙂 he is AWFUL in kaiji. but by all means I think the #1 SOURCE OF THE MOVIE FAILING IS THE SCRIPT. when it comes it down it IT’S THE SCRIPT. some poeple get dissapointed with the movie because they heard it’s scary and then when they watch it they go THAT’S IT? IT’S A LITTLE scary but THAT’S IT? I sorta agree with that. I didn’t hear about that so I didn’t have those expectations but all in all the movie is just ordinary daily things and the ending is scary but don’t expect too much like some super twist or twists. the ending intrigued me alot and the whole message about living in a situation like that. I sorta wanted to read the book but i’m not that interested… maybe if it’s a dollar lol. cinematography is nothign special. it’s not POOR which is often the case with japanese anything lol. camera work that makes me go IT LOOKS CHEAP/fake, ZOOM IN, ZOOM IN lol. I did not apreciate the SEX SCENE. it’s not necessary and it’s awkward…. and I am a fan of that actor but i’m not a hardcore fan or anything. that whole scene leading up to it was unnatural and illogical to me lol. another complaint. because of the questions I had about the movie I googled it and di find something. it HAS SPOILERS obviously. I agree with what this review points out. it has spoilers in it though lol so don’t read if you don’t… want to know spoikers all in all I only recommend this movie to the people who are interested in watching it. if you’re not interested, then don’t watch it.

Also the  part when the thunder struck the ground at the exact point that something said or realized was a little… cheesy? Like I would never expect that from a movie that came out in 2010… the rain was like whatever everybody does it, it fits, whatever, i’ll let it go but the thunder is just…. nooooooo. how do you do fake thunder anyway? lol… do you do the lighting and the sound effect later?

Wow! So I realized even more how amazing the movie adaptation is after reading the book.  When I watched the movie it was really good and it almost made it seem as if making a good book into a good movie is almost effortless. omg the screenwriter and the director is the same person 中島哲也

Firstly my views on book -> movie transition is that it shouldn’t be exactly the same (add in dialogue, take away boring crap, tell it in a different way, rearrange scenes/dialogue/events,… make changes because movies aren’t books (i wasn’t surprised when i was forced t see the unger games 2 ansd saw that it sucked just as much the first one if not more when i heard that it’s closer to the book. making a movie just like the book doesn’t mean shit since movies AREN’T BOOKS. and that trilogy is just hopeless since the books suck so how can a decent result). too much dialogue/narration is a problem). it takes away the point of the movie it’ll be damn boring to watch for people who read the book and for the people who didn’t read it. the movie is so good. it’s enjoyable for people who read it (to see all the differences/add-ons/ and just seeing it movie-form) and for people who never read it. For confessions, I really appreciated the way the director/screenwriter arranged stuff and changed stuff. Like the monologue in the book are long and he did not put every frikin’ sentence of the monologue into the script and sometimes he even added stuff after cutting stuff. I loved the way he arranged stuff (I’m only saying this because i’ve had to sit through ridiculously long movies that accomplish NOTHING ie awful 9/11 movie about killing saddam hussein). For example that last part with shuuya’s confession on the “blog” was set up in a way that he showed 2 possibilities. The thing with confessions and monologues is that they’re all subjective so the characters aren’t necessarily only saying true things… there may be lies etc in there.  I appreciated the add-in of the big scene at the cafe which is not in the book or at least not in that form…  I feel like going through the list of the japanese acamdemy awrads and check out the movies that interest me…. i hope they’re not as rigged as messed up as ours like jennifer lawrence winning best actress is just a complete slap in the face to all the other actresses who actually deserve it.  her acting is okay… nothing special but her acting was AWFUL in silver linings playbook. the script of that movie was AWFUL and i’m sure better acting would make that seem less obvious but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s shit. 豚に真珠 ! But anyways reading the book made me appreciate and book to movie adaptions more! since they can be really good if the writer puts in effort which does not happen with harry potter etc etc.

If you like the movie (like is not the right word… if the movie was interesting to you), I recommend the book. some stuff I didn’t pick up from the movie or didn’t understand were clarified with the book. it could be because i’m not a “critical” “adroit” movie watcher or maybe i would’ve noticed upon re-watching etc.. you definitely learn about what’s going on with the characters more since monologues are long and movies can only contain so much dialogue before it turns to shit. I personally like the writing style and i would read other by the author for that reason. it’s very compatible with me and i read every syllable. for writers that i don’t really particularly like I have to either just read the dialogue or skim-read even more or just go to the last chapter or just read the summary-ending on line or just stop reading al together lol.  higashino keigo is no…. but for some reason the last 100 pages were more readable.

Confessions KOKUHAKU 2010 movie~ finally a good japanese movie!

Finally as in my first japanese movie that’s not anime that’s good. I found it enjoyable and i can definitely it recommend it to normal people (people who don’t watch asian movies etc etc ) GOOD. I was going through lines and i googled a line then I found the whole script online (japanese subtitles almost…) like towards the end of my process lol. It wasn’t like I had mad trouble with the lines in the movie so I wasn’t really bummed out. I only added a few things to my anki deck in the end.

I saved it as a text and uploaded it

in case the site disappears,,etc. I also put in the korean subs, the korean subs translated to japaense, the english ssubs that came with the movie, and txt of the lines i was writing down before i found it lol (there’s a couple really minor lines that’s in mine that’s in that. or maybe it was 1 line. just sharin’ ) .  I watched it with the ghetto-pseudo japanese subs so i can easily keep track of parts that i want to rewatch or figure out what was said that i couldn’t catch etc.

AS FAR AS the movie is concerned it’s dark, disturbing, interesting, artsy, mv-esque at times. It has good ost (radiohead <3) and cinematography. speaking of which, the hunger games will never be any of that lol. i was thinking since this movie is about revenge and has disturbing content and all that maybe some people wouldn’t want to watch it which is perfectly reasonable and fine. but then i realized that the number one movie in the US for many weeks? it made a shitload of money in short…. that that movie is about kids killing each other. I’ve seen both hg movies without my volition lol (no im’ actually crying becuase its almost 5 hrs + 20 $  i will never get back! and GODDAMN jennifer lawrence’s nose is UNNATURAL. i was looking at her face going wtf is wrong with her face ) . I would never watch those of my own accord because of the content and the fact that i can tell it’s boring as hell and poorly made, ridiculously long, and shallow and all that. as much as the movie is disturbing with the concept i don’t feel that at all when i watch the movie. i’m just bored. jeez how pathetic are hollywood movies?  But anyways since i thought of the hunger games after watching confessions after thinking about random things i just wanted to say go watch confessions instead if you’re going to watch thehunger games lol. hunger games to me is like 1/10 or 1/20… so awful.  Don’t worry I think battle royale sucks too lol… for god’s sakes fujiwara’s in it: the worst actor in japanese cinema j/k but seriously he’s AWFUL. IF YOU SEARCH 過剰演技 i’m sure he’ll pop up lol

When I think of japanee movies I think of crappy acting (overacting,bad acting,etc), crappy script, crappy cinematography, crappy pacing as in slow as hell, crappy audio (not the audio file but the actual recording and after-processing or lack there of etc), NOTHING HAPPENS (the only thing it has going on for it is the “atmosphere” fuinki which is complete BS)  or something happens but it’s so trivial you might as well say nothing I haven’t seen many japanese movies but that’s just my general thoughts which I am open to changing as  I watch good quality movies.  My thoughts regarding j-dramas have changed too since i had the opportunity to see some really amazing ones which i’ve reviewed. i’ve also seen really crappy ones which happened to be praised somewhere like its popularity or the japanese people or the american bloggers etc etc which made me realize it’s probably just best to watch whatever interests me and ignore whatever it priased or hyped if the drama itself doesn’t interest me ( there is a little chance i’m missing something amazing but 99% of the time u really should listen to your guts)

For the acting the 2 main kids are both in suzuki-sensei i tihnk . i didn’t look it up but i’m pretty sure. I must say that one kid is really blessed with his roles. he has such awesome unusual roles. it’s really good experience for him.  Confessions is a lot more interesting than suzuki-sensei with better pay-off and not as slow-paced btw. i have yet to finish suzuki-sensei though.  all in all the acting was amazing. usually with jaapnesemovies or dramas i have to sorta prepare myself ( mentally? ) for the crappy acting that may ensue just because it is a japanesemovie/drama… but this one my worries were completely unnecessary. y’all know what i’m talking about right?

This is a definitely i will recommend to anyone else who wants to obviate their preconceptions of Japanese movies like me.  I have no idea why i waited so long to watch this movie . i tihnk i just have no enthusiasm towards japanese movies becaues they just disappointed me in the past lol (the movies i checked out weren’t obscure… they were popular or praised or something but they all sucked so i was like wtf? ) . one of the reasons of my disappointment is they have the kishakaiken for the omvie ( I HAVE TO CHECK IT OUT for this movie to hear the director and the actors… SO CURIOUS!! ) and everyone talks about how much they thought about x and the little things they fixated on and how this movie is really good with the themes of xyz and blahblah and want everyone to check it out. but then you watch the movie and you’re like irritated at the shitatistic script that is not salvageable by anything…. and you wonder did i watch the correct kishakaiken or did i watch another kishakaiken with the same cast but different movie. the script is so so bad. so in that way sometimes the kishakaiken sorta makes me feel the potential of the movie and the movie just makes me go wtf is wrong with japanese movies and that the kishakaiken is more interesting and stimulating than the movie in the content and the quality/minute ratio.

Imma read fthe book toooooooooooooooooooo. I got the book but then i was like i want to watch the movie first. i like finding out about interesting information like twists or whatever through video than reading… that’s just my preference. I’m glad i did that because  i was surprised many times when i the movie. I suggest watching this movie without reading summaries, trailers etc. I saw the trailer a long time ago and forgot/misunderstood stuff lol so i wasn’t “bored” from knowing too much…  and i thought hey what was the significance of the last line in th emovie so i googled in japaense and i will side with the pessimistic group… it’s the most logical ending you know.

at this point I’m thinking of watching mtasuko no isshou since it’s the same director, i lvoe the actress and i distinctly remember her saying ~言ってみたり about kiraware matsuko no isshou  on shabekuri which was hilarious. it’s a definitely a shabekuri ep i recommend~

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だがこの役は苦しんで苦しんで悩んで悩んで作り上げた中島哲也監督作品で、出演者の魅力を存分に引き出してくれるが非常に厳しくて、監督とも言い合 いになって「中島監督と付き合っていると胃が痛くなります」と言ったこともあったが、それぐらい自分を追い詰めていい映画を作り上げる素晴らしい監督だと 評していました。


oh and I also did the opposite pattern  of reading the book vs  drama becuase the drama looks mad tedious to watch especially while i was reading the book. himitsu by higashino keigo.  I didn’ tknow there was a drama when i bought the book. then i got to the main story and then i remembred shida mirai was in a creepy jdrama and i realized that this was the gensaku. so i’ve avoided higashino keigo all this time. i think there’s been many movies and dramas based on his works all these years. the reasons for avoiding include the fact that he has many crime books (there’s a bunch of authors in the $1 section of book-off that have a bunch of books about crimes especially murders and i just thought he was one of them but then i heard his name on japanese tv a few times since he is famous) and… i just tried other authors. so one day i was like let’s try him just to ge tit over with to see if i’m missing out or if my gut prediction is correct that it’s not for me. so i chose a book that won an award which was this.  so first of all his writing does nothing for me…. reaidng around people say it’s “easy” to read or something but to me it’s not easy to read because i do not have compatibility with his writing. sometimes for me 読みやすい is 読みにくい or 読み進めない not because my japanese sucks but becaseu the writing style doesn’t do shit for me. i agree techinically it’s easy to read and i barely looked up anything ( as in take pictures with my iphone) but the actual action of reading is borderline torturous? lol… it’s just not enjoyable as with other authors who make me realize how how much fun reading can be… how much fun reading japanese can be for japanese authors.  of course i’ve come across worse writing styles than him that are considered yomiyasui but are painful for me to read. so reading to the page when i find out the plot was tedioussssssss. this writing style is just not for me… 万人受け。。。doesn’t me it’s for me.for example shit like hunger games is mad popular… just means there’s lots of idiots in the world… doesn’t mean i’m one of them.  of course higashino is better than hunger games but just to give an example.  so anyways i started my tobashi yomi , which is what i do with books in english with writing styles that just dont’ do anything for me which is only read the dialogue. the only problem is sometimes i don’t know what’s going on so if i care enough etc i read the other text too. but for certain scenes, before i even read it i know it’s going to be tedious and who gives a shit (だから何?感 IN Japanese) ie when the characters interact with family members or go to the jikka.. lol. so that works really well for that or maybe i should skip that whole part. BUT SURPRISINGLy the last 100 pages were more interesting  and i did less tobashi yomi because i catually cared and for some reason the byousha didn’t feel as tedious and soulless and tiredsome as in most of the first 300 pages. the ending was sad…. not sure how i feel about it. so i wanted to watch parts of the drama for the sceness that interest me ESPECIALLY the ending.

I wrote what i wrote here for the most part on dokusho meter and surprisingly people niced it… and i read the kansou by the people who niced me and they were the ones who liked the book or cried after reading it.. which i find strange. this has happened in the past too where i basically talk shit about the book bc i did’nt like it for whatever reason but people still nice it lol. i was sorta scared people may “attack” “flame” me or something but japanese people aren’t like that i guess~ NAISU!