Joker Game

Joker Game (2015)

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Set along a backdrop of a fictitious second world war at an international city in Asia.
In Japan, Lieutenant Colonel Yuki recommends the creation of spy training school "D Kikan". Meanwhile, Kato (Kazuya Kamenashi) is facing capital punishment for his refusal to follow a superior's order. Kato is then scouted by "D Kikan". He goes through a harsh training regiment and faces his first mission as a spy.
In order to seize read moreAmerican ambassador Graham's confidential documents "Black Note." Kato infiltrates into an international city. A battle to gain possession of the "Black Note" ensues between Kato, a mysterious woman named Rin (Kyoko Fukada), the British Spy Agency, the Soviet Spy Agency and the radical army in Japan.

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Dec 5, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
Really liked it more than I thought. It's funny seeing us English as the bad guys for once, especially as it was pretty much a Japanese James Bond. Not that it's a bad thing. As soon as the woman showed up I knew the plot but I'm a big fan of early Bond and this felt very similar, much better than new Bond. Plus Kame....he never ceases to amaze me. Was trying read more to imagine an English pop star playing a role like this, or even being a good actor. There were a few times when the English guys sounded very American but not really a big problem. The secondary characters were also good, and I'm sure if there is a sequel they'll be more developed. All in all watching this made me smile a lot, a good Saturday night in. I give it a 9, not necessarily based on anything rational rather just how much fun I had watching the film, especially as I don't normally like to sit and watch a film. I prefer the pacing of a story more in line with dramas.
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Nov 10, 2015
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 5.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
I was going to write a simple comment but it ended up looking a bit too long, so I guess it'll just have to be a simple review instead :)

The story was decent - it's very much your typical spy/action film. The writing didn't really give me anything new or interesting which made many of the events throughout the film pretty predictable. There also didn't seem to be much focus on read more characters or character development itself, so I didn't really connect or empathise with many of the characters, including the protagonist. I also wouldn't really consider this film a thriller, but it definitely is action-packed. Speaking of action, however, the fight scenes didn't have much of an impact on me. They looked TOO choreographed and calculated, so it lost some of its realism and oomph.

The acting overall was okay. I think Kamenashi Kazuya did a good job but it wasn't really a stand out performance for him (or the film). For the the amount of time Iseya Yusuke was in this film (which I swear was only about 10% of it), I thought he did a very good job. His portrayal definitely gave me more of an interest in his character more so than anyone else's. Fukada Kyoko was okay. I wasn't very interested in her or her character which is pretty sad considering that it seemed like the writer wanted her character to be the more mysterious and alluring one in the film, but I don't think they fully achieved that. Everyone else in the film did a decent job as well, especially considering that there wasn't really much to go off of as far as characterisation (obviously not including the more stereotypical/archetypal roles that were present).

As far as the other technicalities go... the cinematography was very good, the music was pretty typical (that of a spy film), and the direction probably could've been a bit better as well.

I know my review sounds pretty negative but it was still a relatively enjoyable film for me. It's biggest issue was lack of impact. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't very outstanding in any way.
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    Michael 9 days ago - edited

    Loved it, stylish movie like early 007, stylish clean-cut Kamenashi worked also though hardly recognisable.

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    MrBanana May 3, 2017

    Terrible movie, lol.

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    Erica Aug 10, 2016

    awesome movie! 10/10

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    Takai May 31, 2016

    Not enough Iseya Yusuke.

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    John Apr 13, 2016 - edited

    Any connection with the new anime Joker Game?

    Edit: Yes, both are adapted from the same novel. (Thanks Alababi)

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    _Muffty_ Apr 8, 2016

    I know how shallow this sounds but..... Kame looks so hot in those clothes XD Makes me remember the good old days when he was one of my first Drama crushes...haaaaa....<3

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    sambart Apr 6, 2016

    Loved this film but for the love of god will someone stop giving Kyoko acting jobs?! she CAN'T act! I still not seen her in ANYTHING where she's acted decently, including this film! She was SO cringy in this AND Second Love AND need I list the rest?!

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    HAMEX Dec 13, 2015 - edited

    The music similar with James Bond 007

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      Room707 Feb 4, 2016 - edited

      I was thinking the same thing when I watched it! Lol

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    I have devoted 20 hours or more to Joker Game and I am all for a sequel BUT without Fukada...please forgive me, Fukada fans but seriously serious she does not lend credibility to her role. Rule of Thumb in acting..."You must not be seen to be acting"...and sadly, she does. In certain scenes, in certain gestures... I felt as though I am watching a model on a runway and a model doing a Shampoo commercial.Please forgive me, please but this is my take on this movie. All those "Doe-Eye" and facial expressions from Lyn made this into "Love Story movie with spy-action scenes".It should strictly be a "Spy movie with love scenes".So, for the sequel, let's make Kato san's world to be solely a Man's World. Lyn made Kato san looked foolish in a certain scene and that is a BIG NO-NO!!!

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      YesPurpleTea Oct 16, 2015

      Though I agree with you on some points (mainly Fukada acting like a model rather than a spy) I do feel like her character didn't impact on the movie too-too much. I personally wouldn't say that her "doe-eye"-ness made the film into a 'love story movie with spy-action scenes' and I don't think the fact that Lyn made Kato look foolish is bad. I think the character of Kato was meant to appear amazing, skillful, handsom, etc BUT with a fatal flaw for a spy - to trust too easily. The fact that Lyn made him look stupid is all part of his 'spy-with-a-soft-heart' persona. Without it he would be too one dimentional.
      I do think perhapes the role of Lyn was miscast, or she didn't have enough to work with or something like that. But I feel her part in the movie is nessaserry - and the scene in the cattel shed is a plus ;).

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    heimei Sep 16, 2015

    Intense!! Action-packed movie! Great job kame!! Hoping for a part 2! :)

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    YesPurpleTea Sep 7, 2015

    Finally watched it subbed and it was so good! Other languages were performed very well (no cringe) and the actions scenes from Kame were amazing, however Fukada doesn't seem to lend herself to action very well. Would be a 10/10 otherwise!

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    NewKDramaAddict Aug 28, 2015

    I had a great time watching this! The chemistry Kame and Fukada had in Second Love was born here!

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    whatteverr May 29, 2014

    looks promising :)

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    aidachan Feb 1, 2014

    Kame is currently shooting in Batam as I type this, lol. He came to Singapore for shooting, but I missed him. Well, he's a real ninja turtle alright. :D


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    Jan 31, 2015
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    1 hr. 48 min.


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