Five Movies From Japan That I Adore


HAPPY AUTUMN!  (I wanted to throw a swear word in there, but Autumn is my favorite season therefore at least deserves a non-profane greeting).

Now that's out of the way, February was daftly lacking in blogging standards.  Mainly because one day after my last post I ran out of my much raved Skin 79 BB cream.  Then had a breakout.  Then got sun burnt.  My nose is peeling... and I hate you all.... !!!

OK seriously, I didn't mean that last part.  I have some emotional health issues that I am working on right there.  LOL!.  Downside was that was out of Skin79 Hot Pink when I went to re-order, so I decided on their drugstore brand Sasatinnnie.  Problem being:  As of tracking this afternoon my order has been in a week long transit somewhere between Hong Kong and New Zealand; I have reverted to foundation ergo my breakout is getting worse.  BAH.

Anyway, back on subject, to cheer myself up I have been re-watching a few of my favorite films from Japan, because they always inspire me to think a bit more on the positive/creative side (my Jung personality profile is spot-fucking-on ... maybe I'll actually reveal it here one day).

Departures (2008) is probably the one film I can sit and re-watch without a second thought, and still be completely drawn in emotionally.  Every time I watch it, without fail, I am taken along for the ride.  The soundtrack is beautiful; the setting, storyline, and acting are all superb.  It's no wonder this baby was up for awards.  If you haven't yet seen it, and love films about finding your place in the world - or reacquainting yourself with your roots for that matter - this is a must see.

Sakuran (2006) is eye-bleedingly beautiful.  No, fuck that, it's stunning in every sense of the word.  The musical score lends something ethereal to the imagery, and the imagery is amazing to start with.  The acting in this is gobsmackingly awesome but that's because I could not tear my eyes from Anna Tsuchiya for the entire film.  She isn't your run-of-the-mill "beauty", but god I would so go gay for her.  LOL.  This film is pure eyecandy, and I would not ever hesitate to suggest it to Japan Film virgins.

Tada, Kimi Wo Aishetru (2006) is an asshole film because it made me cry.  Shitballsnfuck (cue Father Ted), this was a lovely film about college age love, and she did grow up to be a beautiful woman.  I felt inspired, despite my outburst.

Shimotsuma Monogatari (aka Kamikaze Girls) (2004).  I chose a fan made trailer because the American voice over guy in the actual trailer sounds like an ass.  Hey Distributors: Want a less annoying trailer voice-over guy?  Want someone who doesn't make the film reek of cheese? Call me.  Anyway, back to the film at hand, and in case you hadn't noticed my girl crush Anna Tsuchiya is in this one too.  Why do I like it?  It's FUN.  Fun. Fun. Fun.  Anyone who's anyone that likes Japanese pop culture knows about loli girls and yankis.   This movie perfectly tells the warped story of the friendship between these two girls who come from opposing polar extremes when it comes to cliques.   I have heard-tell that some groups out there are trying to cast homo-erotic aspersions on this film, and thus I say to them:  Fuck off. It's fun.

Ring 0 Birthday (2000) really illustrates what was lost when America decided to take the Ring movie franchise and remake it for a western audience.  What I love about this film can't honestly be expressed unless you've taken the time to watch the original Japanese Ring series films, which (for me) were alot less about shock tactics and more about the sad underlying emotions that come with a vengeful ghost-onna.  This chick was totally hated and betrayed for no real reason, and the end breaks my heart.  Does give a couple of good scary jolts though... heh.


Battle Royale (2000) wins my Fiance Approval Award.  Not only did he fully approve the acquirement of a copy for home, but he still watched it several times.  Plus he knew who Chiaki was and had a bit of a fledging crush on her.  I SO KILLED THAT....BUT NOT OUT OF JEALOUSY...  REALLY.