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Nov 18, 2010

At best, I’m only privileged to an occasional Japanese cinema. But when it does, they are usually came within two categories for me. One, a slow, tedious drama with a particular strength in quiet and deliberate narration. Yasujiro Ozu’s works, and last year’s excellent “Okuribito” fell into this category. Two, the rest that more or less a passing curiosity that sometimes amusing, and left forgotten as the end credit rolls. This film, despite a promising concept fell into the latter category. For me, the film was cute, easy to love, but felt like a high school crush. Achingly elevating when it happened, but doesn’t linger for much longer after it ended.
I’m guessing that the film works better to those who had seen its original anime version. The guy sits next to me just wouldn’t want to shut up. Sadly, I’m not shared his enthusiasm.

Akari Yoshiyama is your typical Japanese schoolgirl stereotyped by popular anime/manga. I had no doubt that fans of either would immediately came to her side and rooting for whatever mischiefs she was about to do. Luckily, she wasn’t about to do anything wrong. I found myself also hopelessly in love to this girl but well, like I said, once the film is over, I’d move on and who was her name again?

When her mother, Kazuko Yoshiyama was hit by a car, and left mostly unconscious in hospital, she revealed to Akari about the time-leaping liquid she had procured in her lab. For no apparent solid reasoning (and I don’t think that any would be necessary because we’re definitely on her side), she asks Akari to travel to April, 1972 and search for a man named Kazuo Fukamachi to deliver her message. Akari obliges but as it is typical to your likeable, cheerful Japanese school girl, she clumsily went to February, 1974 instead where she met and befriended a college boy, Ryota who then helped her look for the man.

Okay, who am I fooling here? This is a love story. The time leaping mechanics are just a tool to starts the romance. But damn, I think it’s effective. Even if the film never edges toward a great or an amazing material, the film was pleasant enough to follow. There are more than enough ‘awwww’ moments that even if I’m not entirely sure the effect would be prevalent to every viewers, I found myself blushing most of the time. Riisa Naka delivered a perfect stereotypical Japanese school girl. Her mumbling monologue is effectively hilarious, and her expression is gold. If you asked me, this film was solely hers.

My rating: ** / **** Yea, it’s cute, yea, I’m blushing, but the film was unremarkable and the ending sequence runs almost to the limit of my patience would warrant. But I guess it’s true to most Japanese films that I saw. They tend to linger for longer than it’s necessary. Only of course, it doesn’t work all the time. Also, the film relies heavily on Riisa Naka (仲 里依紗), the leading actress. You liked her? You’ll liked this film. You’re running out of patience with her? Good luck staying in your chair for longer.

Nov 17, 2010

  • Monsters (2010) - As one who read film news daily almost obsessively, I found it hard to not get excited about “Monsters.” Positive reviews, the fact that it was made under USD20k, and it was a sci-fi film which is not exactly synonymous with ‘five digits budget,’ all built up expectations that I had started to wish that […] »

Nov 13, 2010

  • Skyline (2010) - I was devastated. There I was hoping that I’d at least had an experience similar to one I had during “Cloverfield” in 2008. Granted, it did nothing than piled an expectation that shouldn’t be there in the first place but I just can’t helped it. THe result was utterly devastating. The film was underwhelmed, with […] »

Nov 12, 2010

  • Män Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009) - Not to undermine Niels Arden Oplev for this film, as in truth, this film in itself is perhaps one of the most faithful novel adaptation I’ve ever seen, but I am now itching for Fincher’s take on its American remake. After all, Fincher has done journalist-slash-investigator thriller before to a very good effect (Zodiac). In […] »

Nov 07, 2010

  • Megamind (2010) - In Hollywood, animated films has been tried to please both its targeted core audiences and its parents alike for quite a while. Though I still can’t remember when was the last time I see such quality animation in the line of “Akira” or “Persepolis” which intended for adult audiences that coming from Hollywood, I think […] »

Nov 03, 2010

  • The Social Network (2010) - I was nitpicking here but if there had to be one thing I don’t like about “The Social Network” is Justin Timberlake. This web comic captures my mood perfectly. Now, not that Justin is a downright terrible. He was, in fact, quite good. After all, I really think his character in this film mimics his […] »

Nov 01, 2010

  • Takers (2010) - The power of narration. Within any medium of story-telling, books, movies, whatever, the narration had so much power that it could drive you to accept the direction of the story, whilst completely ignoring the moral values established by our society. Take this film for an instance. “Takers” deliberately took its perspective from the “bad” guys […] »

Oct 18, 2010

  • Red (2010) - Bruce Willis isn’t what I would called a versatile actor. The same could be said with Morgan Freeman, or John Malkovich. At the very least, in every role that these people had played, there is a red string that connects them all. Even if the string is quite vague and probably difficult to be put […] »

Sep 17, 2010

  • Book Review – The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) - I’ll go with the general description that this book is a cross between “Battle Rolaye” and “Running Man.” A material that screams for a movie adaptation. This book however, is a light reading, one that doesn’t need much of a commitment to begin with, and somehow, for me, the book has not that large – […] »

Sep 01, 2010

  • King of Fighters (2010) - Still wanted. A watchable fighting video game inspired movie adaptation. At this rate we’re having, I’m going to name JCVD’s awful “Street Fighter” as the best fighting video game inspired movie adaptation. I haven’t seen “Tekken,” though, but I’m guessing that it would be around the same level of this ridiculously loud, and a pain-to-watch […] »