Category Archives: Japanese Dramas and Movies

My Opinion on Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO Episode 5

INK2I was travelling this past week so this post is coming up later than intended, but at least it is here, right?

This ep was all about bringing Kotoko and Naoki closer together by first bringing them apart. They are still so young and still have uni life ahead of them. Never would anyone have thought they would end up as a couple (except for Mama), not even Kotoko herself and definitely not Naoki but they are together despite the people around them thinking that they are incompatible together. But even between themselves, there is the sense that they might be incompatible together. This is obviously the case for Kotoko who is working extremely hard to try and match her hubby’s standards while not so for Naoki who seems like he couldn’t care less for it. Continue reading

My Opinion on Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO Episode 4

INK2As a sequel, Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO has one of the best feeling of being a sequel. It has the same tone and captures the same essence that was Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in TOKYO and this is not something that can find in a lot of sequels. Most sequels then to have new casts, diverge from the storyline that was the prequel, add in unnecessary plotlines or be a combination of all. INK2 is different in that it does what a sequel is supposed to do – continue the story of the prequel, and that is something that I am loving so so so much about this second instalment. Continue reading

My Opinion on Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO Episode 3

INK2I had myself in a mini fright when this episode of Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO which was supposed to air last week didn’t air. Luckily things resumed back to normal this week with some sweet action and a reality check in place for our lovebirds filled with a few time-jumps in between all the changes that are occurring in their lives. Everything is slowly falling into place with Kotoko and Naoki’s relationship becoming something of envy to the public eye. We also get to see the lovebirds forge ahead with their life goals while having one another by each other’s side and live their day-to-day lives not as individuals but together as one. They are still young and just starting out in the real world, chasing after their dreams and finding one another has helped them to further cement their dreams in place. INK is the story of their romance but more than that, it is a story of them chasing after dreams. Love is the key factor here which enables them to chase after their dreams and I love how it is evidently present in all that they are doing. Continue reading

My Opinion on Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO Episode 2

INK2After what seems like forever, I finally got my eyes on Itazura na Kiss 2 ~ Love in TOKYO, the sequel to Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in TOKYO. INK2 premiered last week and I was so excited and ready to watch it but then when I went ahead to watch it, I discovered that the first ep of this season and the special were literally the same except for the last three minutes. This is why I don’t have a post for episode 1 but you can check out my review on the special, which technically is episode 1, lol. Last night I went to watch ep 2 of INK2 only discover that the subs were out of sync! It wasn’t a problem though since I had other dramas to watch. Today I tried again and finally I could watch INK2! Finally, at long last! I know there are many drama-ers out there who are like me, highly anticipating this season, and for now it I am pretty confident in saying that it is hitting all of the right notes. Continue reading

My Opinion on Like Father, Like Son

What a jewel this movie was! Critically acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda not only served as the director for the jewel of a movie but also as the writer and editor. This movie was just so beautiful, melancholic and pensive all the while telling a very emotional and touching story. I was so impressed with the density of the movie. I like it when movies are implicit in addressing us as the audience but I think that a dense like such as this works better being explicit so that it allows us to gauge and decipher the hidden meaning with the movie. And that is what Like Father, Like Son has done. Its plot is simple on text but brought on screen, it spoke of so much more than just written words. It spoke from the heart and that is exactly what this movie set out to tell.

LFLS is about two couples who find that their six year-old son was accidentally swapped at birth and is being raised by two families of different socioeconomic status. The two couples are faced with the question of blood or bond that they have built up with their non-biological son throughout the six years of companionship. Biological relations are one thing but that does not mean that it is everything. In fact, at times if not most times, the bond forged between two strangers people holds a much deeper connection over any blood relationships. These two relationship ties come into play here and the two couples must really question the extent of the importance of physical and biological bonds. Continue reading

My Opinion on Shitsuren Chocolatier Episode 2

I’ve learnt not to hold my hopes up too high for any drama even if the first ep provides a good, solid base. The second ep tends to drop from the first ep and this was exactly the case here. Ep 1 scored 14.4% in ratings while this ep drop slightly taking in 12.7% of the ratings. It is very rare that will you find a drama that progresses naturally at a perfect pace. Most dramas either move too fast or move too slow, and so far this drama is lingering towards the latter. Ep 1 provided an amazing staging to lead the drama onwards and while this ep carried it on well, it walked very slowly and this in turn made whatever developments the ep had feel quite lacking. I kept wanting to push the drama to walk faster to actually include some significant development but right until the last minute, it kept going at that very slow pace. It’s still early stages so hopefully the drama will be able to pick up its pace with the eps that is come.  Continue reading

My Opinion on Shitsuren Chocolatier: First Impressions

Shitsuren Chocolatier has set itself up in a winning state so hopefully it won’t collapse half-way. I really enjoyed this first ep. It laid out a very solid foundation for the path that it is going to head on and it has all the ingredients for this win. (How can it not be a win with those delicious eye candy chocolates to look at!?) This first ep didn’t catch me by surprise and neither did it make me want to fall for it, but rather, as the cute fuzzball that it is, it left me with lots of cuteness and surprises that is waiting to unveil itself. It was cute and I enjoyed everything that came out of it. Given that this is a live-action, the plot is not unexpected, but I see that the drama has a lot in store to make itself stand-out from being a live-action and that is something I can’t wait to see.  Continue reading

My Opinion on Last Cinderella

Promising start, sluggish development, unsatisfying ending. Very unsatisfying, and it isn’t just because my preferred OTP did not end up together.

Last Cinderella started very so well but it quickly fell and when it fell it slugged its way down which made the drama that much less satisfying to watch. The drama quickly assured its declining quality when I no longer looked forward to watching the next ep; it just didn’t kept my interest in. It wasn’t only just that, in fact, I felt it struggling to watch through each ep. I actually had to push myself to finish off the ep with numerous pauses in between. The drama started off well but once the complications started to kick in, the drama lost its sense of direction and had no idea how to build upon these complications. The drama ended up being quite flat and uninteresting.

I went into this knowing not to get my hopes up but despite that I was still disappointed, because even without putting in any hope towards this, it still fell under the radar. I didn’t expect much from the drama but the drama continued to let me down because the drama itself had no clue what it should do any more! Nearing the end of the drama’s run, it felt as if the writers had given up hope on the drama itself and just wrote whatever to get the OTP together.  Continue reading

My Opinion on Last Cinderella: First Impressions

Honestly, my sole reason for picking up this drama was because of the hype that it has received so I decided to see for my own eyes. I have heard that it starts off well but then goes downhill but I shall see how I fair with this. (:

I am always up for a Cinderella drama because the plot is concrete so you can’t stray too far from it. It is always solid and knows the direction that it wants to head off too. Admittedly, I have seen numerous Cinderella dramas, so I am always keen on watching one that puts a spin on the Cinderella story. Last Cinderella has that spin; it takes the Cinderella story on a path that I have never seen before and it makes me eager to see how it will develop. Continue reading

My Opinion on Rich Man, Poor Woman Episode 0 and Rich Man, Poor Woman in New York Special

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllll! Everyone squeal with me! I am so glad that there is a Rich Man, Poor Woman Special! It just brings back all the memories! The official special was aired on 01/04/2013 and one of the first things that I did this morning was frantically search for this special. The special is supposed to be two and a half hours long but I’m not sure with the way that they are doing it as I only found the first 12 minutes of the special.

Actually, the first 12 minutes that I saw wasn’t the special but episode 0. Yeahh, I know, weird? That got me really confused because I thought it was the special! Oh well, but it was a nice 12 minutes spent. It focused on the backbone towards Toru and Kosuke’s friendship which nice to know since it wasn’t developed in the drama. I loved watching how their close friendship came to be so!

The special itself filled the gap from the drama when Toru confessed his feelings to Makoto before she left for Brazil (which doesn’t exactly make sense when the special is set in New York…) and from when she returned about a year later. I found that it was a nice touch to know how their relationship developed because the relationship development between the OTP is vital to the drama. It was adorable to see the changes that they made to each other and how they strengthened their relationship in this special. Also, could it be possible that Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi have even more chemistry here in the special than they did in the drama? I think so!

This special just makes me desire for a second season! It also makes me want to re-watch the first season, ahahahahas! I am hoping for a second season, and I think there might be a glimmer of hope with the ending stating “The End …is the next beginning”. This just ups the ante for a second season! Continue reading