Japanese 


Tenshi

Last night I had a movie night all by my self. I watched the Japanese movie Tenshi (Angel) starring Kyoko Fukada as the angel. Tenshi is based on Erica Sakurazawa’s manga with the same name. I haven’t read the manga, but I liked the movie adaptation.

The movie is very mellow and is great to watch when you, like I did last night, want to unwind and relax. It’s about some regular people in a regular Japanese town who have their own problems, big and small. One day an angel (Kyoko) comes down into the town and touches the hearts … Continue reading

 

Since Yuko Fukudome (福留佑子) is so popular in the gallery (I’ve added a box with the most popular pictures on the gallery main page), I thought I’d post some Yuko stuff. Yuko is a Japanese gravure idol. She’s very energetic and goofy.

These videos are from her Sabra 61 photoshoot. You can find pictures from this shoot in Yuko’s album in the gallery. The first video is a clip of Yuko speaking English :)

Yuko Fukudome ~ Speaking English for PSPYuko Fukudome ~ Speaking English for PSP

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I’ve noticed that the Swedish children’s TV channel (barnkanalen) is airing a lot of Japanese children’s programs, like drama series and movies for children. I don’t keep track of what airs when, but I like watching them because the Japanese is pretty basic and they speak clearly, so I can understand a little. I just watched a movie called Hinokio, which had YUI’s song Tomorrow’s way during the end titles.

 
Stylish Street Book

No, I’m not talking about practising, but about Japanese actress Keiko Kitagawa (北川景子). Normal people know her as the sidekick mechanic in The fast and the furious: Tokyo drift. The rest of us know her as Sailor Mars.

Keiko is now featured in two photobooks! The first one … Continue reading

 
Midnight Sun

I just finished watching a movie called Midnight Sun (太陽の歌). It’s a Japanese drama starring pop singer YUI. I bought it along with her new album because she’s in it and I thought the story sounded appealing. Midnight Sun is about a girl called Kaoru (YUI) who is allergic to the sun (she has XP). Every morning before going to sleep she watches a boy who meets up with his friends outside her house to go surfing. At night she goes out to the square to play the guitar and sing, although no one ever comes to listen.

I really liked the movie. It’s moving and very well made. YUI did a great job as an actress. I don’t know if she’s acted in movies before this one, but there’s certainly no shortage of talent in that girl. She’s also kind of mysterious. I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s something special about her.

In the movie she sings the song Good-bye days, which is featured on her latest album (which I haven’t had time to open yet - I just got it and decided to watch the movie first). If I didn’t already have her CDs I would definitely have bought them after seeing Midnight Sun.

I’d also like to mention that the English subtitles on the DVD are very good. I’ve grown accustomed to poor English subtitles on DVDs, but these are good. There are some mistakes, but they are very few.

 
Returner

A couple of weeks ago they showed the Japanese movie Returner on Swedish TV. I hadn’t heard about it but I had to watch it. It’s a movie about a girl named Milly who in the future goes back in time to the present day to save the world by killing the first alien who crashes on Earth and thereby stopping the war that has all but eliminated mankind in the future. She gets help in doing this from a hit man she happens to meet. I know, it sounds pretty lame. But I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. It’s one of those movies that are “easy-watching”. You don’t have to invest that much in the movie but still get a pleasant feeling after watching it. … Continue reading

 

Keiko Kitagawa (北川景子)I watched the Fast and the Furious ~ Tokyo Drift today. I was interested to see what Japanese actors they were using and if I recognized any of them. Not long after the main character arrived in Tokyo, she flashes by. The only one I recognized directly. Keiko Kitagawa (北川景子). She plays a very small part but she’s on screen quite a lot. She’s the girl mechanic in the good guys’ gang. I think she had one line in the movie. I wish they’d given her a bigger part. She’s by far the cutest girl in the movie.

You may know Keiko from the Sailor Moon live action series. Ahrm… which I’ve never watched of course :oops: (go Sailor Mars!)

Keiko’s gallery

Credit for the picture to: Itsumo: Keiko Kitagawa