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LAIKA [Trailer]

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LAIKA ライカ

YES!

Another collaboration between Japan and another country?! You betcha I am so there for this! The last time we had a similar collab it was with France and as you remember we got ourselves a hidden gem in FLARE! I already know this is going to be good! I already know I am going to cry like a baby! I already know this movie is going to look absolutely stunning! And I also already know the chances of a Blu-ray of this are very slim…

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Just like FLARE, LAIKA is also titled after our main girl and in this case it is Laika, played by Miyajima Sae who went from a theatre actress to winning best Newcomer Award for this movie. Our other girl meanwhile is played by multi-talented Kseniya Alistratova – skilled in dance, piano, skating, skiing and so much more.

Also just like FLARE there seems to be promise of some real serious drama in this movie that is so desperately missing in most Hollywood movies but really, I guess that is why Indie Films like this one exist – To keep Art alive!

But really, those two words ‘TABOO’ and ‘LOVE’ already had me salivating at this movie so…

Any who, this just basically finished its cinema run so the wait for that DVD is going to be torturous! But you know how the saying goes – Good things come to those who…

I’ll be waiting!

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Nacchan wa Mada Shinjuku [Trailer]

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Oh, hi there Yuu-chan, it’s been so long! We missed you!

Actually she is quite active on social media. She is ln LINE, she is on YouTube, she is on Instagram. She is on Twitter…Jesus, the girl is everywhere. SO I guess it is on me for not finding out sooner!

But anyway, there is new movie of hers that just raised my curiosity. It seems to be something we have seen before a lot of times already and it is probably not gonna have a GOOD END but once again, I commend effort, even if in the end that effort is thrown out when they realise they can’t go in the intended direction but have to conform to some unseen force field.

Please Art, come back!

Anyway Yuu-chan (Sugimoto Yuko, ex-HKT48 1st Gen member BTW to those who don’t know) plays Nacchan, who I am pretty confident is going to turn out to be a figment of our main girl Aino/Ai-chan’s imagination (played by Ikeda Natsumi). Meanwhile I can see Ai-chan and her other friend having this thing where they are in love with the same guy and with a little chance, one of them having a crush on the other. Yeah, it’s little but if there is even a 1% chance…you know the rest! Besides, if Schoolgirl Complex could do it (albeit without a guy but with three girls) so can this one!

But, as you know I hate threesomes, no matter what combinations they come in! So I guess I shouldn’t be wishing for one here!

Anyway the meat of everything is between Nacchan and Ai-chan! Even if it turns out to be just Ai-chan’s imagination, in which case there has to be a strong basis for it anyway, I am good. I have seen a good deal of ‘all in my head’ type of movies, one actually like last night, so count me in.

The DVD is set to be released sometime in May so you best believe it I a going to be getting it. Sadly for now it seems you can only pre-order it on those Japan-only sites but I am pretty sure the closer we get the international stores will be listing it as well.

Anyway, jump over for some pics, caps and the trailer…

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Houkago Senki [Trailer]

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Lemon-chan, you go girl!

Can’t believe that her stage play (of the same name) got turned into a movie! The design and everything reminds me of Noushou Sakuretsu Girl (which reminds me, I have yet to share my thoughts on that movie!) and I wouldn’t be surprised if the same team were behind this one too!

As for yuri, the trailer looks promising but this being the type of movie that it looks to me (Life Games eh…) I have low hopes of a GOOD END! But like I have said sometimes BAD ENDs are not so bad given the context.

And I am curious about the relationships too. From these trailers I can see two possibilities where our main character Sena (Miorin) is concerned. First there is Yudachi (Ririka) with whom Sena is presented on the posters. It also looks like it is her that she is about to kiss there. At least for this one I know it will survive towards the end of the movie, at the very least. What is bothering me is the possibility of the two being P&A and thus ending up clashing in the climax.

Then there is the other possibility in Araso (Moeka) but something tells me she is not going to survive this one! I mean, not only is she pretty low on the character list but she did not even appear in the pictured characters in the other trailer! Yeah, her future doesn’t look bright but who knows, maybe she is not going to b a part of the whole ‘game’ thing…

Wishful thinking I know but the way she was being all tender with Sena there (lying on top of her) they looked to good that I am already falling into my trap of shipping characters before I watch the damn story! This habit of mine has almost always backfired on me and I have a feeling it is going to here!

But I don’t care! Anyway even if the bad happens there is still Yudachi and she will probably even be better developed so chances are I will get to like her anyway!

Enough talk, the trailers and caps…

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Battle Of The Sexes Trailer

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Battle of the Sexes

  • Award Winning Actress – Kim Min-hee Emma Stone
  • Award Winning Director – Park Chan-wook Jonathan/Faris
  • Award Winning Writer – Park Chan-wook Simon Beaufoy

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You all remember, just last year, that I was praying that more competent Directors would take on LGBT projects after Mr Park Chan-wook gave us the Award Winning Ahgassi/The Handmaiden?!!! Just last year!!! And we already have that wish of mine answered!

God is in Heaven and Almost all is right with the world!

Yeah, I have had one interesting weekend but that won’t make it here. If you are interested, go to my twitter feed (look to the left of the page). But be warned, I was…still am kind of out of it so there might be some censoring needed.

No, we are here to talk about this new trailer that just dropped! Interestingly I saw this when I went to watch Justice League so more things that are interesting that came out of this weekend.

Tis is looking to be the Feminism at MAXIMUM kind of movie. The trailer is already eye-roll inducing but that can be excused in favour of the other important theme which is same sex relationships. So not only is the movie tackling Feminism issues, which I think will take up most of the plot (It is in the title for crying out loud), there will also be the LGBT issue and we shall just have to wait and see if they will have the guts to tackle both issues head on and not let the Lesbianism go un-scrutinised in the background.

Our Leading Lady Emma Stone’s character already touched upon this in the trailer, about how she can’t have the things she loves because of her dreams but that is not telling at all.

Yes, I am aware that The Handmaiden did not touch that issue but that was different. The issue of people of the same sex not loving one another did not seem to be relevant at all but here, if the issue of Feminism is so strongly evident, then the LGBT should also be at the fore front and it has to come up as a bump in the road of Emma’s character fighting for gender equality! Can you imagine if a dick of a character that is Steven’s caught wind of that?!

But judging by the Directors and the Writer, and thinking of the fact that The Handmaiden and Moonlight, movies cherished and winning awards exist, then my hopes are high!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have another Super quality GAY movie coming our way and this almost erases all the stuff that has happened in the last 48 hours!

I can’t wait…

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MOON YOUNG Out For Pre-order

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I can already hear those who do not know about this movie asking: Yes, yes, we know it is Kim Tae-ri and that is all well and good but IS IT YURI? Well dear kind Reader, Kim Tae-ri DOES KISS A WOMAN in the movie and there is jellies thrown around so…

Oops, spoilers? Sorry about that. But really, this movie is way too old now. I knew about it before I even knew about Kim Tae-ri or even The Handmaiden! That’s right, way back in 2015 I watched this movie, or tried to but I never finished it and thus did not see KISS that definitely would have won it a blog post.

yeah, before she blew up with her role as Sook-hee, Kim was already out and about kissing older women and we did not even know about it!

For shame really.

You betcha though that I immediately went looking for that movie and it was hard because what I found available was shit quality. The video got funky towards the end so I had to hunt down the original that was released way back then and thankfully I found it.

And now that there are English subtitles coming out way, you can bet it is going to be written about. Makes sense to do this before The Handmaiden.

Seriously though, just look at her. She was so young then. I wonder when this short movie was actually shot. I don’t think it was in 2015.

Anyway, already got my copy so thank you Plain Archive. Though, A Blu-ray would have been much more appreciated!

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Age of Youth 2–How Not to Sequel

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I was literally salivating when I heard we were getting a second season of that lovely whacky drama AGE OF YOUTH! Like, talk about dreams coming true! So many things were left hanging at the end with Ye-eun and her newly developed phobia, Yi-na’s new change and most of all, these two’s changing dynamics!

I was so ready for these issues to be addressed, but then I got wind of what is happening in the second season and my first reaction was a reverse nose bleed (©Miyamae Kanako) followed by…

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Let’s get the most important thing out of the way. They went and replaced our cute main character actress (well, mainest?) with someone else. And by that I mean REPLACED! Same character name but different actress playing her, like what even! Can you imagine going into season 2 blind, having loved season one, only to find that a different person is playing the exact same main character? MADNESS!

Now take that and add in the fact that arguably the best girl of season one was not returning as one of the main cast but a simple cameo!! Having gone through the trouble of getting her back to the share house at the end letting us know that she wasn’t going anywhere!! Like WTF even?! And yes, I am talking about Yi-na! Do you know what this means you all? No more great moments that pulled in crowds into this drama in the first place! Her’s and Ye-eun’s development was just thrown out the window! She was supposed to help Ye-eun get back to herself seeing as she was more in tune of what Ye-eun was going through!

Damn it all!

But of course things do not end there! No, that would be too good! Striking a harder blow to us of the community, they went and added four, FOUR new male characters, not including the guys from season 1 BTW! Talk about having zero reasons to watch this sequel and many to stay away!

I of course will be checking out that episode in which Yi-na makes her cameo because I know it won’t disappoint!

Oh man, this, after such a wonderful first half of 2017!

For shame JTBC, for shame!

Oh well, thank the Lord Japan is here to heal my wounds and keep me afloat with CODE BLUE 3 which has started off on a strong note too I might add! Speaking of, see you then.