ChaNee's Weekend Movie Recommendations

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Confessions

Kokuhaku

Country: Japan     Year: 2010     Genre: Psychological, Thriller

Plot

Moriguchi Yuko (Matsu Takako), a junior high school teacher, suspects that her class had something to do with the death of her 4-year-old daughter, Moriguchi Manami (Ashida Mana). She refers to them as Student A (Nishii Yukito) and Student B (Fujiwara Kaoru). Since they are minors and are protected by Juvenile Law, Moriguchi has decided to take matters into her own hands and exact her plan of revenge.   

Personal Thoughts 

I have to admit that this movie messed me up in a good way. I found myself saying throughout this entire movie: "These people are crazy and there is no amount of help that could possibly work ". I loved the cast but Nishii Yukito and Fujiwara Kaoru as the diabolical students were the stones that held this movie down. They had me thoroughly involved in their storylines to the point of rooting for their demise. 


Happiness Come On

Shiawase Kamon

                                         Country: Japan     Year: 2013     Genre: Drama, Family 

Plot

Fumie's (Suzuki Sawa) main goal in life is to be happy. That has been her one dream since her youth. She thought she found happiness when she met Matsumoto Tetsuo (Imai Masayuki) and had their son, Tetsuya (Ishigaki Yuma) but shortly after the birth of their son, Tetsuo is taken to jail and Fumie is suddenly a single mother. She begins to experience some hard times while raising Tetsuya and slowly becomes addicted to drugs. As the years progress, Fumie continues to struggle with her drug addiction but never wavering in her love for her son and the constant need to be with him regardless of the growing disdain that Tetsuya has for her.   

Personal Thoughts

Sometimes it's good to sit back and watch a movie that doesn't need all the extreme bells and whistles to get its point across. I love this movie for the simple and elaborate portrayal of a not-so-perfect mother who loves her child to the depth of her soul, regardless of the problems she faces in the world. The story isn't perfect and could have been written so much better but the acting gets you to look past the flaws. It's slow moving at times, comedic at times, and melo at times but it's a simple movie about a mother and son relationship.


Tokyo Tower: Mom & Me, and Sometimes Dad

okan to boku to

Country: Japan     Year: 2007     Genre: Family, Life

Plot

Masaya's (Odagiri Joe) life doesn't turn out the way he imagines after high school. He has been admitted to the Art University of Tokyo. The only university he has ever wanted to attend but his life becomes about partying, his friends and wasting time. He dares not call home to his mother because he is ashamed of how he is living his life. Until one day he receives a call from a family member telling him that his mother (Kiki Kirin) has cancer. He decides to have his mother live with him and his life begins to change.

Personal Thoughts

If you read my profile, you will notice that Odagiri Joe is one of my biases so you will understand that it was hard to look past his acting and focus on the story at hand but it was well worth it. This story was endearing as well as heartbreaking. It's a wonderful story of a son who not only loves his mother but is willing to take care of her at the most poignant stage of her life. It also displays the strength of a mother that changes the life of those around her. Just beautiful.


If you have any suggestions for movies that I should add to my "watch list", please feel free to message me on my page @ChaNee
 

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    Tsuyu Jul 19, 2015

    "Confessions" was a mind-boggling film. Very unpredictable; but I loved the ending.

    "Tokyo Tower" and "Happiness" both sound interesting, I'll give them a try.

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    akai-kitsune Jul 13, 2015 - edited

    Tokyo Tower was a good movie. Odagiri was as always very good and hot!

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      ChaNee Jul 14, 2015

      Totally agree about Odagiri. He always delivers the talent and the fangirl moments:)

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    kurenai Jul 12, 2015

    great article

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    kurenai Jul 12, 2015 - edited

    i am not a real jdrama or movie fan but i liked your choices

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    Sujach Jul 12, 2015 - edited

    I GOT to see the first movie

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      ChaNee Jul 12, 2015

      You are in for a treat when you watch Confessions. I think it is just that good.

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      Sujach Jul 14, 2015

      I watched it and it's amazing. But it was more disturbing to me than almost all horror movies I've watched and I've watched quite a lot lol.

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    sambart Jul 12, 2015 - edited

    KOKUHAKU!!!!!!! One of the best movies ever!!!!!!!!!!!

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    BrightestStar Jul 12, 2015 - edited

    I can see the theme here: Mother's love!

    Kokuhaku and Tokyo Tower are of my all time faves! I guess Happiness Come On is worth checking out.

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      ChaNee Jul 12, 2015

      I didn't set off looking for a specific theme but as I was preparing this article, I noticed it was about Mothers and their children. Confessions and Tokyo has made it on my list of favorites. Happiness doesn't hold a candle to those movies but an endearing story as well. The Mother in Happiness, Come on is feisty little lady.

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    blg Jul 11, 2015 - edited

    I had tears through the end of Tokyo Tower,such a brilliant movie

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      ChaNee Jul 12, 2015

      Now I don't feel bad that I was crying so hard as if that was my story be told on screen:)

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    atslipinbag Jul 11, 2015 - edited

    amazing selections !!
    Kokuhaku n Tokyo tower ... are absolutely no kidding movies !!!! i will look for siawase come on.
    Thx.

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      ChaNee Jul 12, 2015

      Happiness, Come On is a good movie but it's doesn't hold a candle to Confessions and Tokyo Tower.

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    MyriadsOfLights Jul 11, 2015 - edited

    I think I've seen Confessions around 15 times now and I'm still not bored. Confessions and Tokyo Tower are both amazing movies. :)

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      ChaNee Jul 12, 2015

      I understand about Confessions, I have watched it for the second time already and I am sure it won't be the last time I watch it. Tokyo Tower just blew me away. Love it.

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    samsoons Jul 11, 2015 - edited

    I've seen and loved Confessions but didn't know the other two movies. Thank you for suggesting them :)

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      ChaNee Jul 12, 2015

      You're welcome. You have got to check out Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me. It is a wonderful story

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