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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

 
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Last week I watched Jeon Ji-hyeon’s latest movie A Man Who Was Superman (Superman ieotdeon sanai/If I Were Superman). I had pre-ordered the movie since I like Ji-hyeon so much, but I wasn’t expecting much from it.

The movie is about a producer (Ji-hyeon) who makes emotion pieces (is that the right word?) for a TV-show. She’s about to quit her job when she comes across this guy (Hwang Jeong-min) who thinks he is Superman, so she decides to make a piece about him.

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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.

 
Daisy poster

As I’ve written previously, the DVD box of the movie Daisy that I bought contains both the Director’s cut (international version) and theatrical (Korean) version of the movie. I started out watching the Director’s cut which I loved. A few days ago I watched the theatrical version and I must say that I’ve never seen such big difference between the regular and director’s cut versions of a movie before. Usually the director’s cut just contains a few scenes that were cut out of the theatrical version, but not this time.

Daisy

Both versions of Daisy contain scenes that don’t exist in the other version. The director’s cut version is longer, but the most important difference is the order in which things take place in the movie, or rather, the order in which they are revealed to the viewer. The theatrical version has a more linear storytelling and reveals things sooner than the director’s cut. In the director’s cut (this must be a record in the number of times “director’s cut” appear in a single post ~ I’m a little tired) the characters are introduced more or less one at the time and lets the viewer wait a while before revealing the whole story.

I liked the director’s cut version most. It’s more surprising since it doesn’t reveal things so quickly, so you don’t know what to expect to the same extent as in the theatrical version. I recommend that you watch the director’s cut (also called International version).

Daisy pictures in the gallery

Daisy official site

 

I just finished watching the director’s cut of Jeon Ji-hyeon’s latest movie Daisy. I liked it alot. It’s directed by Andrew Lau who directed Infernal Affairs.

The movie takes place in the Netherlands where Ji-hyeon plays a street painter. I liked the painting that she was painting in the beginning of the movie (at least in the beginning of the director’s cut version, I’ve heard that things happen in another order in the regular version). It’s a big painting of a field. I’d like to have such a painting in my livingroom. I guess I’ll have to go to some exhibitions, but I doubt I’ll find anything. I’ve never bought a painting.

I highly recommend this movie. I hadn’t read anything at all about it before I bought the DVD (not even the DVD description). I’ve seen all of Ji-hyeon’s movies (that I know of) except White Valentine. I think she’s an excellent actress. If you like her other movies, then you should definitely watch Daisy.

 

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