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Frozen Fever

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So dear Readers, I just watched the Frozen Fever short movie!

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Mein Gott! What did I just watch?! This can’t be real! There is no way this is real! Disney did not so make this! I refuse to believe it! This is not something that the real deal Disney could have released! No way! This is stuff for fan Fiction!

That’s right, I get it now! This was some fan made short that Disney thought was good enough to show to the masses! It makes sense to release it as a part of a different movie. That makes everything clear! I am so glad I did not see this in the cinema because I can’t comprehend the awkward atmosphere there as people watched this trying very hard not to see all the Elsanna hitting them in their faces 7-D style! Sure the reason I didn’t go to the cinema at the time was because I wouldn’t have been caught dead watching a purely fantastical romance movie like Cinderella but still…

Seriously people, what is this?! I had to turn off the subs because everything was just so gay especially when you paid attention to the lyrics as Elsa guided Anna along the red string…THE RED frikkin STRING people! They did the…the string…they….and the lyrics and the cake and the gifts and the…

Oh! My! God!

Even the damn title! ‘Frozen Fever’?! You betcha butt it’s the frikkin Frozen Fever! And you just went and increased the mortality rate with this short release that couldn’t have screamed ‘Elsanna’ any louder even if it tried to. Forget the incoming sequel, unless Anna refuses to marry K when he proposes, and those two sleep in the same bed (not like that you perv), there is no way they can make Elsanna anymore solid than this short movie!

Seven minutes. More like 7min of eternity! It took me close to an hour to finally stop watching that video and move onto the next in the queue! I finally understand all the hype! The exchanges between Elsa and Anna, the touches, the looks, the dialogue, every damn thing were stuff of fiction! I don’t even…

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Tabi no Omosa [J-Movie]

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Tabi no Omosa 旅の重さ

This movie it dedicated to those who were like – Reina said she loves Taki-sensei? Dropped! – when watching a certain episode of Hibike Euphonium, like a person could only love just one person since the day they were born till their death or something.

‘Tabi no Omosa’, terribly translated as always into English as ‘The Journey to Solitude’ – I hereby swear to give up on the people in charge of these translations because if I continue minding this, I will develop a case of brain cancer soon. Those two titles are so different in meaning the weight behind them! Why do they even do this? It’s not like they are lines that need to sound in flow when spoken like they do in dubs! So this is the last time you will see me posting the English titles let alone mentioning them!

‘Tabi no Omosa’ is yet another oldie, in fact over 11 years older than the other movie I posted about yesterday – Taifu Club. This is the movie I was talking about in that post. Tabi no Omosa is a 1972 drama directed by Saitou Koichi about a 16 year old girl that leaves home to go on a pilgrimage around the Island she lived on ‘Shikoku’.

Interesting to know that one of my favourite Japanese movie companies was named after a real Island.

Oh yeah, before we commence I want to point out that if you are only into yuri you might not like this movie much because Makiko our main character ends up falling for an older man and lives with him by the end of the movie. There are other points that will make the pain not worth it keeping this one. On the other hand if you enjoy good cinema, which I find most of the old Japanese movies are, you will definitely be keeping this one. Also the plot of the movie kind of gives it away but the yuri is a moment in Makiko’s life, which was expected seeing as she was on a journey. She and Masako did not stay together because even though Makiko had been pulled in by the stage life of the troupe, the veil had been lifted when she saw them in their daily lives and it was a life much different from hers. Still if she had stayed I am sure she would have changed the people around her but she did not and knowing that, this is going to be a very brief post. So then let’s get rolling.

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Beautiful Crazy [T-Movie]

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Beautiful Crazy 乱青春

Many of you have probably seen this image somewhere related to yours truly and you might have had questions regarding it. Well, the moment of truth is upon thee!

I cannot believe it has taken me this long to finally write about this movie. Seriously, how long has it been since I got the DVDs? I believe I bought it (along with Spider Lilies and Candy Rain) all the way back in 2009. So that makes it more than 4 years!

Well, at the very least I have an idea why and that is because I did not like this movie that much when I first watched it, especially given that I watched Candy Rain and Spider Lilies at around the same time. Those two movies were straight forward and made complete sense to my then still green-bottomed self when it comes to yuri. I was into the clean yuri back then when unless girls looked adoringly into each other’s eyes or kissed or slept together, they wouldn’t be considered shippable! I was so young then.

So then Tuesday night I re-watch both Spider Lilies and this movie and I found myself getting embarrassed at how strongly I reacted to this movie back then. I remember that after it was over I hid the DVD so far in the closet that I wished to completely forget about it. Watching it again I realized why I did not like it that much in the beginning. The reason was that the ships were fucked up. You all know how I get when a ship I am supporting is not to be. Usually it is my fault but not this time. You only need to see the poster for this movie to know I was right in shipping Xiao-bu and Angel. Saying this you probably already can imagine what the movie had in store for them.

But it was not just this ship, the other one was also all over the place. Even after calming down and watching the movie again after a lot of experience I still couldn’t figure out what their deal was! This other couple is Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi (Or Amy as the semi-subs named her). But the ships were only part of the whole problem. The story telling and the direction was un-nerving and the system the director (Chi Y. Lee) chose to adopt as the flow of the story, jumping between future, present and past, was so frequent it hurt my brain.

But even as broken as it seemed, even as some might consider it just another art of direction, Beautiful Crazy is just as the title says – It is crazy no doubt about it but beautiful at the same time. I believe it needs a couple of watches to grow on people and there are some scenes that you will definitely want to revisit not to mention that the story is not one that you can grasp in a single run through. So I guess with that kind of thinking this is a great movie.

The story follows the lives of three girls whose lives are mysteriously intertwined but all have that same focal point and that is Xiao-bu. The story takes place in different timelines at the same time so it gets a bit hard to follow but like I said, a couple of watches and you will be on top of the game. I myself still need a few more to fully grasp it but for now what I know is that Angel and Ah-Mi are the future (ship), Xiao-bu and Ah-Mi are the present, and Xiao-bu and Angel were the past. So, when you see these different ships you should know right away where in the story this is taking place. The story is about these three girls’ connection to one another and feelings they hold for each other, mostly with Xiao-bu because she was the main catalyst and can be considered the main out of the mains.


Angel Yao as Angel

Chien-hui Liao as Ah-Mi

Amiya Lee as Xiao-bu

From that then our cast is as follows; Angel – who is my favourite character out of the three main girls, is played by Angel Yao. Xiao-bu is portrayed by Amiya Lee and Ah-Mi by Chien-hui Liao. I haven’t seen anything else from these three, be it before Beautiful Crazy or after so our acquaintance is limited to this movie. I like what I saw from all of them though so I doubt it was their first or last acting roles.

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Taifu Club [J-Movie]

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Taifu Club 台風クラブ

So, remember when I said I would be talking about a few gems from old Japanese cinema? Well, yesterday, being a Sunday (a day that makes you want to re-watch everything!) one of the few videos I managed to watch was a movie that released all the way back in 1985 and directed by Soumai Shinji – Taifu Club (Typhoon Club)! I think it won like seven awards so it has to be good, right? Well, the fact that I was watching it for the fourth time yesterday proves that it is indeed good!

Now, I am sure that most will find this boring. It is one of those movies that don’t have BGM, that seemingly spend time on scenes that most movies would do without – scenes that go on way longer than necessary. But I totally love these kinds of movies! Most movies in my Japanese collection have this vibe about them (Strawberry Shortcake, Blue, End of Puberty, etc.). It is such in fact that I can’t explain the story because despite having subs and having watched it four times by now I’m still lost at the plot of this movie!

It is titled Typhoon Club but that title like 10% relevant because said typhoon happens at the end of the movie and there is nothing like a club in school that deals in typhoons or anything like that. It just so happened that classmates got trapped in school when the typhoon hit and spent the night there. This was during the last 30 or less minutes of a 2hr movie. The rest of the movie was just following a bunch of high school students in their daily lives.

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[Houkago Lost] Little Trip BTS

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EDIT: Apologies, couldn’t get webms to work on this blog. damn! But you can get them by clicking on the links under the jifs.

Was going through some of my favs because it is Sunday and I always have that craving to prepare for the week to come and I remember that I didn’t watch the Behind the Scenes for Houkago Lost. I was very sceptical, what it being only 20mins long but they did actually include the kiss between Honoka and Kaho! Better yet it was from a different angle and a close up so there was no maybes about it at all! You got to enjoy it in all its multiple awesome glory!

And so i figured I might as well make some webms of those awesome kisses and that grope scene for you lovely Readers to enjoy! I can’t believe they kissed that many times in such a short period of time! And the way the director used Kaho’s other talents in the movie by incorporating that rooftop scene was just…Seriously, if it weren’t for that ending, this movie would so be in my Top 5! Even that Sumire middle ground of nope wouldn’t have mattered one bit. Sadly that ending happened and to both of the yuri stories so, um, yeah…

Also in case anyone wants to know what the two thought of the kiss, we heard their thoughts. Miki was like – who wouldn’t want to kiss a cute girl like her (Kaho) she even went on to say that she made great memories for the year but since she filmed Shishunki Gokko last year as well, well, it might be general but she said it during this movie’s interview so I guess she will never forget that kiss!

Meanwhile Kaho said that it was way easier and better than she had imagine. That surprised her and since Honoka was in listening distance, she asked her if she had thought so too. Miki of course agreed that she too was surprised. So does this mean that Kaho was Miki’s first kiss with a girl too? I know it was for Kaho because she said it herself that this was the first time she was involved in a yuri project. I guess Miki hadn’t kissed Misato yet in Shishunki Gokko).

Anyway that third time of their kiss was just so good I just had to jif it…

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AWESOME!


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More on The Silenced

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The Silenced 경성학교: 사라진 소녀들

I just watched ‘The Silenced’ again because a good pal kidafohs was so kind as to share subtitles with me so thinking of my post, I figured a quick correction might be in order. Like I said before I know enough words in Korean to be counted on one hand so that post was all from what I saw but not what heard and understood. Now I have to warn you, those subs were horrendous! So much so that even without understanding Korean I knew when the translations were wrong. But sometimes these subs are the best when they say something you wish they would say even if they might be wrong.

Still, one has got to be very grateful because even if they not perfect, I still understood what was going on about 60% more than I did without them. Believe it or not the subtitles cranked up the yuri to the point that I was surprised at the gayness! Without subs unless one dealt in goggles they wouldn’t think this movie a legit yuri movie but that changes completely with the subs. You won’t need goggles with subtitles. This of course means that I have to get this when it comes out on DVD (One can’t tell about Blu-rays when it comes to Korea). I will probably look for the Taiwanese Version. They have the best subtitles.

Isn’t it a nice time we live in where you can buy a Korean movie from either Japan or Taiwan or Murica?

When I was watching the movie with subs, I found that I may have made mistakes that need to be straightened out. The first being that I mentioned that the movie took place in Japan. I was wrong for it did not take place in Japan. Though I am not 100% sure on this one, the movie takes place in Korea but in a time when Japan was in power. One thing I got right was that the school was a huge laboratory experiment for the Japanese Army. The girls were mentioning Tokyo a lot because there was a competition to take the two best girls to go and live in Tokyo and Yuka and Yeon-deok were the believed to be the two to be chosen.

Speaking of this, the talk that Joo-ran and Yeon-deok had on the grounds right before Joo-ran did that crazy jump to show off the strange way her body was changing, was about this. Joo-ran wanted to know why Yeon-deok was working so hard to go to Tokyo especially since Yeon-deok never talked about it as much as the other girls. Yeon-deok tells her why and Joo-ran mentions how everyone is expecting it to be her and Yuka that are chosen. Joo-ran says that she wants to be the one to go with Yeon-deok. Doesn’t Yeon-deok want her too? I don’t know if that last one was a mistake or not but I took it as it was. If there was a confession in this movie this was it. But it was a bad time, especially with Yeon-deok as everything about Joo-ran was reminding her of her dead Lover (not really but oh well).

That is another thing I missed without subs. The girls have two names, they have the Japanese names and the Korean names. Joo-ran’s Japanese name was ‘Shizuko’ which as a twist of fate was also the same name of Yeon-deok’s dead friend (that she was originally thinking of going with to Tokyo). This name similarity I guess was what started the crazy of Yeon-deok being reminded of the dead Shizuko as Joo-ran turned weirder. That confession came at this time when Yeon-deok was a bit lost as she was reminded of the past and Joo-ran was turning into something more than human.

With the subs I also understood some other things that didn’t even require words like how Yeon-deok was basically the Joo-ran in her relationship with Shizuko. She was the one acting weird (read making the moves on Shizuko). Speaking of acting weird, that scene under the covers when Joo-ran snuck into Yeon-deok’s bed totally went over my head the first time, what with Joo-ran exhaling into Yeon-deok’s face who had this dead-pan look on her face. It made no sense to me. But then with subs everything made sense. Joo-ran was showing off her improvements in her health by showing Yeon-deok how clean her breath was (by breathing in her face) and saying that it was thanks to Yeon-deok. She had no idea why but she knew it was because of her. Yeon-deok was only surprised by how bold (strange) Joo-ran was acting. Did you catch that smile she flashed as Joo-ran left her bed (why did you leave)? I think that was the best smile Yeon-deok gave the whole movie.

There are other great moments of truth when you watch with the subs but I will leave those to your to find yourselves as you watch. The subs just make everything better, especially the yuri! Hell, it even confirmed my preferred interpretation of the ending! Joo-ran and Yeon-deok both did not have a home to return to. It was why Yeon-deok was working so hard to be the one to go to Tokyo so she could finally have a better life. Meanwhile Joo-ran was sent to the school by her Step-Mother, her real mother having died from the same sickness she had so they were afraid it was infectious and thus they sent her away.

So knowing this and then hearing that line Joo-ran says at the end before she dies – ‘We can finally go home Yeon-deok’ and then showing us the two in that secret room where they listen to music together and look so happy, well, how can I call this a BAD END? Sure they died but they died together! And with both having had each other in their thoughts as they did, they are so going to end up together in the afterlife! Before Yeon-deok died, she was thanking Joo-ran for everything and was literally looking at her as she lay there on the surgical bed. I am pretty sure the after-image (frozen reflection in a dead person’s eye) is of Joo-ran. Joo-ran was holding Yeon-deok and speaking to her as she died too so both of them were thinking of each other. So I think of this as not a BAD END but actually a BEST END. They are basically together forever now and that can’t be beat with the movie ending with two girls confessing and kissing and living! You aren’t sure of their future, something might happen the next day, people change, especially their emotions so seeing those emotions frozen forever I consider ‘The Silenced’ ending BEST END.

I know I am crazy!

And so that’s that, just a quick update on the movie after I saw it with subs. I will of course watch it again with better subs when they are available, hopefully with the DVDs. Taiwan never lets down in that department when they do release and really, I am not worried about this one. It is kind of like the Whispering Corridors or Death Bell series and people love those. Actually I have high expectations of a Bu-ray of this too. Murica is sure to be over this too so 100% subs incoming.


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The Silenced [K-Movie]

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The Silenced 경성학교: 사라진 소녀들

So, after a long while, I visited a certain site I go to when I want to know what is new in Korean Cinema and guess what I found?

The Korean version of Zero! What’s funny about this is that the setting is Japan. Somewhere in a secluded place near the Army base but definitely Japan. Though, you will be better off winning the lottery than finding a Japanese actor in this movie. There are a lot of similarities too, from the unusual uniforms of years long gone, to the Ojou-sama like characters. Even the story has some similarities too, like how the supernatural might not be so supernatural.

Sadly, we are back to the first days of AGAMD meaning that there are no subs for this. Well, at least not any that I could find. There probably are subs on AsiaTorrents but like I said, I was banned from there (for having two accounts) so I don’t have access to it anymore. If anyone knows if they have subs, do let me know so I can go on the hunt. If they exist, someone somewhere else will have them.

So, no subs and my Korean being limited to titles, confession and swear words means that I understood only from visual input alone. I would probably get the same amount of understanding from this movie if I had watched it without sound. But really, my eyes are enough! If I was to choose between understanding Korean but not seeing and seeing but not understanding Korean and not hearing, well then, I would choose the latter. So this means that this is basically only a summary of sorts and story speculation because I understood nothing.

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Our two main girls are Joo-ran – plyed by actress Park Bo-yeong and Yeon-deok – portrayed by Park So-dam. Well I call them main but what I mean is that they are the main ship. Just so you know I do this for all the movies I talk about. So keep in mind that there will be main characters that will be discarded during my talks because they are irrelevant. To me ships are all that matter and thus they get top billing as far as I am concerned.

Park Bo-yeong I am familiar with, having seen her play an Onnie in ‘Don’t Click’. Park So-dam no so familiar. Her face is kind of recognizable but for the life of me I can’t remember where I have seen her before. Then again, her face is one that is very popular in God’s creations. She looks kind of like A-reum and Adachi Rika. I love girls with features like her so you can imagine how happy I was to see that she was our main’s chosen one.

Now then, let’s jump ahead and see what was so intriguing about this one that it couldn’t wait until the English subtitles came out…

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