Southeast Asian Choice Films
Bokura no Gohan wa Ashita de Matteru (Our Meal for Tomorrow)
I have just seen this Japanese film and I have to say, it was pretty good. I love it. It is a love story between a rather melancholic young man and a feisty, confident young woman.
The girl or woman, Koharu, turned a loner into a more confident guy. Koharu discouraged maudlin thoughts and talks over sad isubject, thereby ignoring it!
Back story was that Ryota’s young brother died of prolonged illness due to cancer and he felt a bit guilty thinking that it was rather a relief in the end.
There were some really cute, sweet moments between these two that you really wanted them to have a happy ending. They talked about having a large family of two boys and a girl.
But this is a Japanese film, where it will wring your emotion like a soggy sponge. 🙂
They were engagingly loved up but then one day the Koharu said they had to break up. She was resolute.
Ryota (the guy) did not have a choice but to accept the break-up. After three weeks, he found himself another girlfriend, who was slightly obsessing with his previous relationship with the Koharu. As much as Ryota wanted to forget Koharu, he thought of her all the time and compared current girlfriend with her.
He broke up with current girl-friend and went back to Koharu, who still would not take him back. But found out that Koharu was ill and her ovaries had to be taken out due to cancerous cells. This was the reason Koharu broke up with Ryota. She can’t have children with him.
Anyway the effigy of Colonel Saunders of KFC helped them to have a more lasting relationship. Ryota loved Koharu that he married her anyway! Ahhhh
This is an engaging Chinese film. It is about a couple who have been together for ten years. Liang Xia is now 28 years old and really wanted to get married with her boyfriend who she had been living with for 5 years.
But her boyfriend, Mao Liang, is so focused with his job and seemed to be cooling off from their relationship.
Heartbroken, Liang Xia wandered the street. She met a mysterious man who gave her a box of chocolate. Upon eating one, she suddenly turned into her old 17 years old self. Someone who was feisty, confident, artistic and carefree. It was a new life for old life.
The chocolate has at least six hours effect and then she goes back to normal.
As she started eating more of the magic chocolate, she started to change, more confident and she also fell in love with a young boy.
This turn of event puzzled her old boyfriend. She is no longer the clingy rather neurotic girl.
When all the chocolate had gone her transformation was complete, she is now a confident independent woman, who does not rely or expect marriage from the boyfriend, who she broke up with.
The movie ends with her gorgeous ex boyfriend running around town buck naked to get her attention. Ahhhhh
Missing is a South Korean film starring Gong Hyo Jin as a Chinese Korean nanny hired by a workaholic divorcee to look after her 12 month old baby daughter. The mother is so busy with her job that she hardly spend any time with her baby or at home and to top it all, she was also in a custody battle with her doctor ex-husband.
One day she came home after another busy day at work only to find the nanny and her baby gone. She search everywhere and found out her nanny has a very mysterious past.
This film is not at all predictable though it does have some similarities to Hollywood’s blockbustre ‘The Hand the Rock The Cradle”. Gong Hyo Jin’s character is more complex. You feel sympathy for her. You wanted to forgive her because she had such a sad life. She was a bride brought from China by an abusive husband and an intolerant mother-in-law. She managed to get away from the family but she was already pregnant. She had to rely on the kindness of strangers but even that is not enough as the baby got seriously ill.
This drama not only tackle prostitution, it also deals with the underworld selling of human organs.
Totally recommend this film.
Train to Busan
This film is a Gong Yoo starrer. It is a very watchable movie with lots of actions.
If you like zombie, this is the film. Edge of seat scenes are aplenty.
Gong Yoo was very athletic in this film. Lots of running round, lots of fighting against humans and the rabid zombies. There are also scenes which show why humans are their own worst enemy.
This film was a box-office success and this says it all.
There have been rumours that a sequel is going to be made. I hope Gong Yoo would reprise his role but, without giving too much away, I don’t really know how?!!!
Anyway this film is a standalone and will be enjoyed by anyone over the age of 12.
Clover is a Japanese movie starring Emi Takei who plays an inexperienced hotel employee working under an elite boss played by Tadayoshi Okura, who was rather exacting and strict.
After another mistake committed by Saya (Takei) she was asked to see her boss, Susumo Tsuge, outside. Saya begged her boss to not beat around the bush with his castigation as she is a simple stupid girl.
The boss looked at her and said “I would like you to go out with me”
This was totally unexpected that Saya wanted confirmation what was just said. And here is where the rather sedate romance begins.
This is a Japanese film so it is not a straight forward sweet romance. Both leads were put through the ringers after all William Shakespeare did put it “The course of true love never did run smooth.” LOL
There was a lot of misunderstanding. But there is a happy ending.
As background, Saya when just 14 years old eloped with a boyfriend who was about to emigrate to the US with his parents. The young couple was found in a field of clover trying to look for the lucky four-leaf clover. Unfortunately they were found by their family before the can find the four-leaf.
Apparently the one who found the lucky clover has to be the one to make the wish for it to come true.
Near the end of the film, Saya found a clover in a bunch of flowers. She lost the clover, which went under a table. She searched only to find that Susumu Tsuge (boss/boyfriend) has found it.
And they got married and lived happily ever after. 🙂
Kimi Ni Todoke (Reaching you/From Me To You)
This Japanese film starring Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura is a beautiful drama based on a manga.
Mikako plays the character, Sawako Kuronuma, who with her long black hair, is feared by everyone, young and old. They thought that she looked so much as the scary girl Sadako in The Ring. Rumours were abound that she brings bad luck, thus she was turned into a lonesome girl.
But Sawako is a pure, innocent and kind girl who believes in doing good things each day.
One day she noticed a boy who was looking lost. Though she was shy, she told the boy where the school was.
The boy is Shota Kazehaya, played by Miura. He was a very good-looking boy and quite gregarious. He immediately noticed how lonely Kuronuma was and how industrious she was. He made it his mission to include her into his ‘world’ more.
Eventually Sawako did develop friendships but it was a long road.
It was a lovely film, funny at times especially when the actress was made to look like Sadaka of the Ring.
Totally recommend as a feel good film.
One Week Friends
Just finished watching this Japanese movie, which stars the super kawaii Yamazaki Kento and Kawaguchi Haruna. It is a youth romance.
Haruna plays Kaori, a girl so traumatised with previous events in her life that she developed a dissociative amnesia, where she has to restart her memory every Monday. Thus it was hard to make friends and in the end she gave up and people around her as well.
Kento plays Yuki, a rather innocent boy who is rather obsessed in drawing and manga.
Their first meeting was rather eventful. Yuki found Kaori’s ID/library card in the library. He thought she was pretty and in the process of smelling the card rather like a perv when Kaori found him.
It was the start of 2nd year when they found themselves being in the same class. Yuki tried to make friends with Kaori but she would just decline.
But Yuki is persistent and had the brilliant idea of presenting her with a couple’s diary so she has a reference of who he was and what they had done over the weeks. This helped a great deal and eventually they did become friends.
But before their friendship really deepens, Kaori’s past started to catch up. The boy, Hajime, she liked during middle school transferred to her school and into her class. He was the source of her trauma. Their backstory was that Hajime was a popular boy and all the girls loved him. They found out Hajime was into Kaori and they started to shun her. She was ignored and being talked about at the same time.
She was meeting Hajime one night when a group of girls prevented her. Kaori run into a car and woke up with amnesia.
Kaori and Hajime did reunite but she has flashes of her friendship with Yuki. In the end she chooses to be friends with him.
It was a lovely movie, it has a lot of heart. Kento is adorable as Yuki and Haruna looks beautifully lost, sad and alone as Kaori. Highly recommend.
My Love Story!! (Ore Monogatari!!)
This is a Japanese film. It is some sort of ‘beauty and the beast’ love story.
It is just the cutest, sweetest and unexpected story. A kawaii girl fell in love with boy who could double for Shrek. Actually he is much handsomer than Shrek.
He is Takeo, he has thick eyebrows, massive physique and extremely helpful.
He has a best-friend, Suna, who is gorgeous and popular with girls.
During high school graduation, Takeo resolved to confess his love to a girl but found her confessing to Suna. Takeo was heartbroken.
When Takeo and Suna were in college, they saw a girl being harassed by a boy. Takeo intervened. The girl was Rinko, a cute girl.
Rinko instantly fell in love him and he with her. But there was a misunderstanding. Because all the girls always go for Suna, he thought Rinko liked Suna rather than him. And Rinko got upset because Takeo pushes her towards Suna all the time.
It took Suna to finally get the two together. It is such a lovely, kilig, cute story
Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, ONCE UPON A TIME
A truly visually wonderful Chinese drama. Click for review here.
A romantic drama from Hong Kong starring Charlene Choi as Eve and Pakho Chau as Adam. Please click here for the review!
Korean film starring Lee Byung-hun and Gong Hyo Jin. Click here for the review