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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K
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Overall 6.5
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 3.0
Personal Rate: 1
Rate based on the different criteria: 6.5

Story: 6

WTF?
The reason why there's such a difference between what I would give this movie based on my feelings and what I relatively objectively thought I watched is because I'm really not good with absurd humor in the first place so I can't really condemn the movie when in fact it's in a genre that I usually avoid like the plague. It's a live action and the manga is popular so I had to check it out even if I'm not familiar with the original material...

Frankly, I suppose it's faithful to the manga... It is really all over the place. I suppose I should have found some scenes funny but for me it was just too much of everything and it fell flat.
Basically, I spent the whole movie wondering if I should bother watching it full and looking at my watch.

You'll either love it or not based on your type of humor. If you're into everything absurd and nonsensical, I suppose you'll have a good time at least... If you're like me, don't bother.

Acting/Cast: 10

Completely over the top acting but basically that's what is asked from the actors so you can't blame them... I wish they had toned down their wacko side so that it looked more like a live action and less like an anime copy but you can't have everything.

Music: 6

Fits well the wacko atmosphere.

Rewatch value: 3

Well, for me it would be 0 but if you're sick and your brain is a mush which was my case when I watched it, well why not?

Overall: 6.5

I'd recommend it only if you're a fan of the manga... if that's not the case... Well, you might have to try a LOT to get into this movie.

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Cutie Honey: Tears
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Overall 2.0
Story 1.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 1.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
Personal Rate: 1.5
Overall Rate based on the different criteria: 2

Story: 1

... Frankly what can be said except the screenwriter looked at his "scy-fy" checklist and checked all the boxes. It's so conventional, it's a recycling of recycled scripts seen in every dystopian book, novel, manga ever and the characterization is so sub-par that even the cast couldn't save this movie from itself.
Visually, it looks like a tv movie with a slightly higher budget than usual... which is not acceptable when you're watching A MOVIE.

Now Cutie Honey is a very very old manga that doesn't take itself too seriously so this movie could have been fun in a way if it had embraced its ridicule namely, a super heroine who changes clothes every two seconds ending naked in the process for the frustrated teenager and fights with high heels and a low cleavage. Unfortunately, this movie takes itself too seriously, without putting the effort necessary for it to look really serious. The way it's filmed lacks style ( because NOPE having a camera that is unsteady doesn't make it stylish on its own) and only a couple of shots are truly interesting but so far in between that it's wasted.

The only way to like this mess, is to have NEVER EVER watched or read any scy fy show ever. And I'm being nice here.

Acting/Cast: 5

I refuse to judge these actors by watching this. They did what they could, but it was a loosing battle from the get go.

Music: 1

Practically non-existent.

Rewatch Value: 1

... Because there's no 0.

Overall: 2

It's 2 because you have to give a minimum for the money flushed down the toilet... I wouldn't recommend this mess to ANYONE. Nor the fans of Cutie Honey and certainly not to someone looking for a good scy fy movie. If you remove the sexy heroine part, I could name a list as long as my arm of movies/books that have exactly the same story... This being said, if you're looking for something exactly similar in plot minus the heroine, I would recommend the Korean Animation Movie "Wonderful Days" also known as "Sky Blue": THIS MOVIE is a great example of a pleasant scy-fy that in spite of having a very very recycled plot ( yeah we even have the usual "cloud of pollution" in that one with the usual rich city polluting the ground through their excess) manages to blow away its viewers by its artistry, in terms of directing, music and characterization.
Don't waste your time on that one.

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The Road Not Taken
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Overall 6.5
Story 5.5
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 6.0
The Road Not Taken "is one of those indie movies that could be filled with" crime "even if it's not actually but there's enough crime for you to push it as something of interest to more than just public art, you can adjust it.It's more of a loser story that ends up in the middle of a bunch of criminals and a half that floats in that situation for a while, at least until the filmmaker wants to finish things. these things happen, giving you good naturalistic acting and spying on people who are passing you by and who do not find it pleasing to the audience, especially China.

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Cry Me a Sad River
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18 hours ago
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Overall 10
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.5
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Watch it at your own discretion. I cried buckets during this movie.

I cried for Yi Yao, for Sun Xi, for Sunxiang and even for Qi Ming. This kind of life does exist, such things do happen to people. Despite many people criticizing Guo JingMing;s stories, this one really hits a chord in your heart. I don't want to go in case I spoil the story too much. At first I admit (after seeing the trailer) I was really expecting Qi Ming to help Yi Yao out but half way through the story I got what an actual coward he was. Through out the story you could get that he was just a teenager who made stupid decisions while despite the antics he pulled, Sun Xi is actually matured for his age. He knew it wasn't Yi Yao's fault and he actually cared for her. One might think he found Qi Ming to be a rat cuz Yi Yao and his sister both liked him and the brotherly love for his sister and the jealousy cuz of Yi Yao made him not like Qi Ming but the truth is he was the only one who actually saw Qi Ming for the true person he was. Which was a coward. Qi Ming actually didn't deserve any of the two girls. Both were far superior to him.

Like I said this story would make you cry and really think of the stuff people actually go through. One of the biggest plus point is the acting of all these newcomers. This is a movie with a whole new set of newbies who are doing an excellent job at portraying their roles. The dark cinematography compliments the story perfectly and the OST. Believe me the OST in the movie is one of the reasons to watch it, It is simply beautiful. You will not regret watching this beautiful yet tragic piece.

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Cry Me a Sad River
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Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
The Movie is so Great
You can feel the Characters feelings on what they have been through this trial in life. This portrays bullying in school and wihat will possibly happen to the bullied.
The Story tells that Bullying will result a bad effect if not prevented immediately and will cause the bullied to think that life is too unfair.

I have checked the Cast background and they are new stars.
Cry me a Sad River is their First Movie
The Cast did a great job in portarying the characters especially Ren Mi(Yi Yao).

Ren Mi(Yi Yao) was so great that you can see her feelings everytime she is shown.
Zhao Ying Bu(Qi Ming) His acting was good and clean.
Xin Yun Lai(Gu Sunxi) He was the best man in this Movie.The acting is great and he potrays the character well.

The others was also good since they support the story very well.

The Music is so touching that it shows up at the right time and at the right moment in thescenes that will make you sad while watching it. You feel like you want to cry.

I watched this alone and will probably watch it again with my Bestfriend. He will absolutely Cry.

So as you can see this movie the first movie that made me cry this year(2018)

You should really watch it.

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Cry Me a Sad River
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Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.5
I absolutely loved this movie !
It was so dramatic the storyline the events were all perfectly done .

- But in case you've read the novel , I heard that they changed the storyline & the ending .

The lead actress Ren Min " Yi Yao" was AMAZING ! everything about her facial expression her gaze really i was so impressed .
Gu Sen Xi was an amazing supporter for Yi Yao , I liked his character .

The whole production the story the acting the cinematography is well done , but if only they made the movie a bit longer so we know what happened after all these events .. but still it has a decent ending .

I am really excited for the drama version am not sure if they will follow the novel or not .
Anyway , I highly recommend watching the movie , for me it is the best movie of this year .

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Parasyte: Part 1
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1 day ago
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Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
Personal Rate: 9.5
Overall Rate based on the different criteria: 8.5

Story: 9

Parasyte is a manga that's been on my TBR for over 15 years but which I never dared read because the few images I'd seen of it were pretty gory and ugly. Still, It's one of these very popular seinen that's part of manga culture if that's your thing so when I discovered a live action had been made based on it, I thought it was a great way to know if the original material was worth reading. Though to be honest, I waited A LOT before finally watching this... Frankly I'm not a huge fan of blobs, monsters or anything remotely slimy.

Now this is a horror manga and a seinen at that... better be warned before starting... There's lots of blood and violence but the series made me think about another favorite of mine, Tokyo Ghoul, in which interesting questions are raised through a pretty simple premise.

I usually avoid anything that is too gory but I found myself drawn to this story pretty quickly. I thought how Shinichi and Migi changed through the course of the movie had been smoothly handled... and that it gave room to an important dilemma on Migi's part that the manga and hence the second movie will probably explore.

If you're not scared of some gory scenes and would like something a little bit meatier on your plate, I'd highly recommend this: It's got action, a likeable lead, and a whole cast of interesting characters though admittedly, if you're sensitive you might avoid it. I'm pretty sensitive to blood and gore as well, but I surprisingly didn't cringe too much watching this.


Acting/Cast: 10

Great job from everyone. Special thumbs up to Sometani Shota whom I discovered watching this. He's perfect in this role and his "forced friendship" with Migi is a delight to watch.

Music: 8

Fits well but nothing stuck to mind.

Rewatch Value: 7

... If you're in the mood for something dark and gritty for instance at Halloween.

Overall: 8.5

It made me want to read the manga... which I bought immediately after finishing this installment. I'm sure since it's 10 volumes, the themes are much more developed so if the aim was to promote the original material, well it's well done.
If you're a fan, well it's a must watch... I'm sure comparisons are inevitable and you'll be bound to criticize it since you can't squeeze 10 volumes into 2 movies without removing some elements ( 1 such example, and again I didn't read the manga, is that Shinichi is raised by his mother alone when the manga features both parents).
Highly recommended for someone looking for a live action that for once is not a shoujo adaptation.

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ReLIFE
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Overall 5.5
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 3.0
Personal Rate: 6
Overall rate based on the different criteria: 5.5

I'm not familiar with the manga nor the anime this live action is based on, so my review is solely based on what I've seen and what I thought it failed to convey.

Story: 5

Not much to say... My biggest complain would be that we are not explained why RElife in the first place: What is the purpose of the company and why Arata was specifically chosen.
This being said, I believe this movie doesn't originally target teenagers but 30ish (or older) people working and maybe dissatisfied with their current lives.
Now...
When it started, although I'm not unemployed, I could totally relate to the main character... Basically, he doesn't quite know how the hell he ending up having such a disappointing life and thinks from time to time of his childhood which has gone by so fast, he's painfully aware that by the time he realized he didn't live it fully, it was already gone...
That is a painful truth that many of us experience at some point and why so many movies about high-school are popular even among adults... There's some nostalgia there but there's also this high-school experience by proxy that you are trying to (re)live in a way.
Unfortunately, the movie failed to convey that nostalgia bit. We get that the character just want to have fun but there's not much links and parallels made between his 27-year-old life and his Relife 17 year-old one... which is a pity because that would have turned this into a nostalgic, bittersweet movie instead of this agreeable but utterly forgettable experience. It would have also have made the character's turnaround so much more than what we got although I felt the conclusion was in character with the man we watched.


Acting/Cast: 7

Not memorable but good performance over all.

Music: 7

Same as above. Fits the mood well but forgettable.

Rewatch Value: 3

Frankly nope, not interesting. Although given how popular the original manga is... It made me want to read it or at least watch the anime which I am relatively confident will give more feels than what I got there.

Overall: 5.5

RElife is a movie... that is bland for use of a better word. It's not bad, but it's not good either... Its main problem is that it doesn't really know what it's doing. It fails to convey a clear message to its audience. Are we watching a romance? No although there's some. In what ways did Arata changed based on his RElife? We're not shown enough of his former self nor enough insight - through monologues, a diary etc. you name it - into his inner psyche to know how exactly his past experiences turned him into such a disillusioned and bitter man. More importantly, Arata changed his classmates... but it is not shown how HE was changed from being a passive guy to this active friend who goes to great length to help others.
The transition is just terribly awkward. One day he's passive, the next he starts to help others... Which is interesting because basically we're missing the most important part: the one that shows how Arata changed. Instead we see him changing others, which is cool in a way, but not the most interesting thing in this movie.

Frankly, I would not recommend this movie to anyone unless you're a huge fan of these actors. I blame it on the directing though.

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Overall 2.0
Story 1.0
Acting/Cast 3.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
I don't think I've ever written a review in my life but I just had to for this movie. It's an utter hot mess. And I feel so strongly about how bad it is that I had to share it with everyone. It virtually has no actual plot except the bits of romance which had very poor development. The characters have absolutely no depth. So many elements of the story are very cliché. The acting is barely acceptable from the leads but the secondary characters are just terrible. Especially Elizabeth and the senpai dude from the 2nd half. It's great that some people found it enjoyable but as someone who has seen a lot of romcoms this is by far the undisputed worst one i have ever seen and probably will ever see.

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Hot Road
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2 days ago
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
I was skeptical about watching this because of the ages of the leads, but it was perfectly okay in how their relationship was. They both needed someone and they became irreplaceable existences to each other. The actors showed the character's love so well that I could feel exactly what they were feeling. The actors are worthy of awards, they were so good. The story was realistic and deep, diving into people who grow up in the tough world. The youth of the characters allow them to make mistakes and grow, but they stayed true to who they were in the beginning. This is now my favorite movie, the best I've ever seen. I never feel this much for a drama, but it was portrayed so well that it was undeniably perfect. Please watch this.

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Concerto of the Bully
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2 days ago
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
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I stumbled upon this by accident and was pleasantly surprised!
The feel of the movie and its premise was refreshing.
I can't say I've seen a lot of Hong Kong movies like this...

At first I was a bit sceptical about this, especially the plot and the characters age cap (Not that it's ever actually mentioned in the movie).
I was afraid this would simply end up as one of those stockholm syndrome movies but it didn't (not in my mind anyway).
The way it was filmed and the location was really beautiful and the story was in it's own way believable (except that they trained his voice that fast).
I loved how I couldn't predict Yung's train of thought or actions <3
After you've seen as many "dramas" as I have, everything ends up being quite predictable so you learn to appreciate those characters that are so normal and tender you don't know what to expect. You just zone out and watch.
I also liked the music in this and the weird scenes it brought with it.
I'm usually very sensitive to cringe worthy scenes but surprisingly I was okay with everything in this, even the weird dance thing...
The reason I gave this sort of high ratings is because I simply enjoyed this, I didn't skip or anything and I'll probably end up rewatching this again someday.

I really recommend watching this if you're bored and aren't in the mood for using your head.
I'm not calling this simple... but, yes, that's what this was...
A simple movie you can enjoy!

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Inuyashiki
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2 days ago
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Overall 8.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
I was surprised by this movie. It was a great action movie, with a sci fi basis. The best part of it was the creation of the evil character. We could see the premisses of his evilness, but the events that followed sealed the deal. The good guy was a surprise as well. He was an unexpected hero as he had a difficult life as well, but he choose the other path.
Other than that, the performances were really good and the CGI were decent enough, though sometimes they looked awkward. So, 8 out of 10.
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Last Winter, We Parted
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3 days ago
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Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 7.0
As is often the case in the Japanese mysteries, a revealing twist in the second half of the plot revolves around its axis, and the protagonists spend the remainder of the film revealing their motives in long expository monologues. An initially intriguing setup once again unfolds in a ridiculously implausible revenge plot that fails to gain an ounce of its supposed shock value or emotional catharsis. Director Tomoyuki Takimoto proves that these allegations are true by presenting a ridiculously ridiculous film adaptation that might have been fun if it had not been so dumbly dull.

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Till the End of the World
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
Watching this movie was a blessing for me. All elements of this movie were so perfectly in tune it made me feel as if I was amongst the actors in Antartica in their plight. It was like every lash of the wind and piercing glare of the sun were mutually experienced. It's rare to find a movie that makes you feel like you have lived and experienced the story. In a matter of 117 minutes, I traveled to Antartica, loved, lost and survived.

The music for this movie was so perfectly fused into the story that it harmonized with the emotions of the actor and helped to amplify the emotions felt in certain scenes. It was subtle yet effective. In fact upon reflection out of all the things I observed from this movie and noticed the music would be the last. And that is because it was so perfectly inserted and orchestrated into the movie. Graceful yet fierce at certain moments.

The actors were both equally pivotal to the progression and success of this movie. Both strong veteran actors who breathed life into the roles they played.
Mark's rendition of Wu Fu Chen was brilliantly portrayed. His character never ceased to bring humor after moments of utter despair and hopelessness. This kept me on an emotional rollercoaster of laughter, tears, and anticipation. To put it simply this man is a genius and I look forward to experiencing his future work.
Yang's Ru Yi was equally captivating. She was able to emotively showcase the breakdown of a strong, independent, intelligent woman as well as instill hope into the viewers and Fu Chen using her incredible inner strength and strong will. Both characters had amazingly strong wills to be able to fight and emerge victorious against nature herself.

It would be a shame to sleep on this movie. If your curious about what I just went through for the past 117 minutes then, by all means, dive into the story.

Consider it a gift from your dear drama addict friend Ghost Princess (GP)
Your welcome ^^

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Honey
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Overall 8.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
This is one of my new favorite Japanese movies. The plot was good, but the plot points weren't the greatest. I didn't like how they didn't show much of the side characters, which I really liked. I loved the male lead more than anything in the movie. He is a sweetheart and is the kindest, most gorgeous man that doesn't exist in real life. (sadly) A lot of the times, the female leads in these kinds of movies are unlikable, but I actually liked her for once. This was a really cute, innocent, and sincere type youth drama. I would really like to watch it again.
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