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Michael

マイケル ロンドン

Michael

マイケル ロンドン
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Cutter
12 people found this review helpful
Mar 16, 2017
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 10
Really excellent, both as a mystery thriller of high school boys becoming involved in the lurid criminal underworld and in the unfolding of the characters of the protagonists. It's also a classic tale of how an innocent acting for good motives (helping his mother) gets caught up in crime. I also feel the BL theme is absolutely central to this movie. All the events that happened would simply not have developed the way they did but for the initial attraction between Se Joon and Yoon Jae. It's brought out when the pair meet at the end when the truth seems clear even if still unspoken. There's also the irony that the "strong" character Se Joon is revealed as vulnerable exactly where his deepest feelings lie - if he'd been strong enough to express his feelings to Yoon Jae I'm sure the triangle between him, Yoon Jae and Eun Yeong would have been shown as unreal and events would not have ended up as they did. I get the feeling Se Joon realised his attraction but could not express it, whereas Yoon Jae was too innocent and suppressed his feelings but may have finally realised the truth too late. Depends how you interpret the ending. I felt sorry for poor Eun Yeong - well played by the lovely Moon Ga Young - who was really caught in the middle between two boys unable to fully express their love for each other. The treatment of her character's part was for me the most objectionable aspect of the movie - if maybe justified by the plot. The ending was also very well thought out and acted, even if - for those of us with a romantic outlook - a real bummer. Re-watch value high because even when you know the story, it's a pleasure to appreciate the finer details of how the characters develop and the plot is acted out.

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Seven Days: Friday - Sunday
12 people found this review helpful
Sep 20, 2016
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 10
Beautiful sensitive movie, maybe the best BL movie I have seen to date. Great characterization, original premise for the storyline and plot development - the progression of the movie's plot is perfectly attuned to how the contrasting characters of Seryou and Yuzuru come together. There are two lead roles here, not one.
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Udagawachou de Matteteyo
10 people found this review helpful
Oct 14, 2016
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 10
This is one of my favourite movies. I found it a really interesting and watchable treatment of a developing gay relationship between two boys unsure of their sexuality and wanting to explore in the face of the usual prejudice and snide remarks of other adolescent boys in a school. But it also bravely tackled a subject that is even more a minority and sensitive one than gay life - cross-dressing., though it does go beyond merely that theme, so I wouldn't be put off if you're not really into that. It's amazing how this movie managed to pack so much into a short time, showing the far from smooth development of this friendship and relationship without seeming rushed. I thought the actors were completely convincing and came across very well. Researching their other work I'm surprised they haven't done more. Recommended.

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Love Place: Shiawase no Katachi
5 people found this review helpful
Oct 8, 2016
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
Really sweet story, it's not giving much away to say it's a "triangle" story based on misunderstandings - a typical BL format. My rating for story is based on how it's handled. Touching love scenes. The boys are tops in the eye candy department. Plus why do you always feel sorry for the one causing the problems? There's a very nice comic episode too. Not sure the bit tacked on at the end adds much, but that's my opinion. It's relatively short but probably just right to fit in all the ingredients and hold interest with no padding. If you're a sucker for sweet stories, cute boys and with happy endings, watch it!!

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Bokura No Ai No Kanade
4 people found this review helpful
Feb 3, 2018
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Overall 10
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.5
I'm really surprised no one has done a review of this film. I loved it except for the ending. But this actually falls into a genre with a long tradition in poetry and literature - the age old tale of "courtly love" - you can trace it back to Genji or mediaeval Europe - courting the loved one and sacrificing everything for him (or her in the European tradition). Gay lovers were not subject to the same discrimination in the Chinese and Japanese  (until Meiji) traditions (see e.g. Ihara Saikaku's The Great Mirror of Male Love). Plus there has to be a villain - and that music teacher brought something coldly sinister to it (ugh!). The music of Debussy was a bonus. A gem of a movie - but I was hoping he'd match the love shown him and return at last. Life's not like that, is it? Pity. A beautiful movie. What happened to Tsuyoshi Hataya?

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Forbidden Love
4 people found this review helpful
Sep 20, 2016
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Overall 4.0
Story 4.5
Acting/Cast 5.5
Music 4.0
Rewatch Value 3.0
Unbelievable storyline. Poor characterization and character development. The lead up to the shock ending frankly lacked credibility. The shock came from nowhere because it was a complete non sequitur. Music? what music?
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Hard to Give Up
4 people found this review helpful
Nov 3, 2016
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Overall 6.5
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 5.0
Not the most original of storylines, but simple and touching in its way. It's a short watch, so boredom does not have time to creep in. Cast pretty wooden unfortunately. Nice happy ending always rates a bonus for me.
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Quite Ordinary
4 people found this review helpful
Oct 28, 2016
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Overall 4.0
Story 4.5
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 4.5
Rewatch Value 2.0
Stereotyped, really goes nowhere. A generous 4 out of 10 rating from me.
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Long Time No See
3 people found this review helpful
Apr 29, 2018
5 of 5 episodes seen
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Overall 10
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 10
This review may contain spoilers
Really good to see a sympathetic gay movie, excellent cast, including the sister. The two male leads so handsome, and that most difficult to come by "happy ending" to a gay movie. The only thing that marred it for me is the OTT violence, but I suppose that went with the territory here. The villains were all too credible. The story required some suspension of disbelief, what with the coincidences. I can't go further so as to avoid spoilers. Music hardly made an impression, but not knocking it down for that. All I can say to anyone into BL or gay movies is: WATCH IT. We need more like this and I for one am quite willing to support with my wallet. Top notch, well worth a re-watch.

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Our Kogen Hotel
3 people found this review helpful
Nov 18, 2016
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
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Lovely, understated movie. All the actors are appealing and play their parts well. It must be very difficult to act an emotionally traumatized role. Not a movie for those looking for a lot of action but well worth viewing if you like well developed characters and a good story. My only slight criticism is that the denouement is a bit too neat - unless we are to understand that manager Sawashiro deliberately picked out a remote unpromising hotel to manage because of past events. Maybe - but it's certainly not spelt out and you need to exercise your imagination pretty hard before you come to that realisation. I can't say more without making a spoiler. Watch it and you'll understand. Would certainly watch again myself.

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Lan Yu
3 people found this review helpful
Oct 8, 2016
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Overall 9.0
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
Very touching movie told in compact episodes (i.e. events seem to be left hanging and then you find out how you got to the next bit by the use of back story, so you have to just carry on watching even if it may seem confusing) so it's all very well pieced together into a tight organic whole. Interesting background issues with China's modernization, Tiananmen etc. If you don't like movies with sad parts this, this may not be for you. I don't either, but of course I didn't know how the movie would turn out. But it's worth persevering for the moving story of how a relationship develops and is sustained over a long period. Fine acting and directing. I give re-watch values based on whether it justifies re-watching, although I must admit I'm inclined to skip sad ones - life's sad enough as it is!

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The Depths
3 people found this review helpful
Sep 20, 2016
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
Brilliant dark gay-themed thriller with solid characterization, tight plot and good production values. The settings show film noir influence. Don't let the initial wedding scenes put you off, this really takes off after this is out of the way and the relationship between photgrapher Bae (Kim MIn Joon) and his friend (the groom) operating a photographic/modelling studio is established as a basis for the plot development. Ryu, working in an organized prostitution racket, becomes the centre-piece of the plot and is an entirely believable character, well acted by Ishida Hoshi (a name to watch). The ending is very skilfully done and certainly has you thinking to work out what happened. A solid gay-themed production, well worth a watch if you go for thriller-type movies. Not for those looking for sensitive romance.

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A Round Trip to Love
4 people found this review helpful
Oct 12, 2016
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Overall 4.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
I got through about half of this before giving up. It's part melodrama and part just plain daft. Well-meaning but amateurish. Cardboard characters. Poor filming. The fact that the link I watched through was also poor with the sound constantly cutting out didn't help, but this has not affected my mark. Unless you like this kind of melodrama, my advice is give it a miss. Half marks for trying - but that's being kind.
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Hidamari ga Kikoeru
2 people found this review helpful
Jul 4, 2018
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Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.5
Almost perfect short movie, dealing sensitively with both the problems faced by the hearing impaired in building a bridge to others to express their deepest feelings and BL. Very brave to tackle both subjects in one movie. Very well acted, timing almost perfect. I was not clear whether each had the same depth of feelings for the other at the end of the movie, but perhaps this was left purposely ambivalent. The Japanese seem to be able to produce these very accomplished movies with a refinement of feeling and mood which is difficult to find elsewhere, though both the Japanese and Korean film industries are imho far ahead of those in other Asian countries in terms of production values. Will definitely re-watch in the future.

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Seven Days: Monday - Thursday
2 people found this review helpful
Sep 21, 2016
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
Beautiful sensitive movie. See my review of Fri-Sun. The whole thing had me almost in tears by the happy ending. Brilliantly acted, you really felt for these boys. Probably the best BL movie I've seen to date. Plus they are both so good-looking, Hirose Tomoki especially in the movie (is it the same person in the biog? it doesn't do him justice).
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