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I have confessions to “watch” (not to make)

4 May

Hi everyone,

It’s Friday and a bank holiday weekend!!! Yay!
Have you got any plans? Going away? or staying in?

If you opted for staying in, I have a Japanese film to recommend!

Oh I love those lazy days, staying in, grabbing crisps and chocolate, under a blanket and watching dozens of films!!

I’ve written about one of my most favourite Japanese films before. Today, it’s a second film to write about.

The film is known much better in the UK than the last film, Hana and Alice. But still not like a main stream kind of film.

The film is called “Confessions”.

“image from IMDb”

A brief storyline is,

“A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter’s death.”
(from IMDB, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1590089/)

This film was big in Japan. When I went back to Japan in 2010, everyone was talking about it. My mum had the book, I read it and got hooked so quickly!!! The book was so original and fantastic.

On the other hand, when I like an original novel, its films could never be as good as the book in my experience. That’s why I wasn’t expecting anything when I went to see the film in a cinema. How wrong I was!
I wouldn’t say the film was better than the book. But it was equally good and I can’t think of a film which achived that in my opinion before.

When the film came over to the UK, I had to bring my husband to a cinema. He loved it! He actually loves it more than I do now.

Once you start watching this film, you just can’t resist.

Does it sound like ones you might like? You can buy a copy of the film relatively easily.

Wow, I just checked  Amazon, it’s only £5.99 now. (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Confessions-DVD-Takako-Matsu/dp/B004KISO60)

I have to get it soon!

Let me hear your opinion 🙂

Have a lovely weekend everyone!! Hope the weather is not as gray as the past few weeks…


Hana and Alice

23 Apr

Let’s talk about Japanese films today!

Do you like films? I love films.

How much? Hmm, I might be able to live without music if I had to but not films.

I watch both Japanese and non-Japanese films but I am going to write about Japanese films here. I am sure you don’t need me to tell you what American films are good, right?

I know it’s me who chose this topic but it is a very  tough one. The most difficult question that someone could possibly ask me is “what’s your favourite film?”. You know what I mean? I can not choose one!!

However there are a lot of films which don’t seem that many people know about and I want to introduce them here.

I picked up one of my favourite films today.

Hana and Alice

(Wikipedia, IMDb)

I don’t think this is well known film in this country and I personally think this film has been underrated.

I love looking around in Fopp (DVD/CD shop) in Covent Garden. They have lots of good but minor foreign films with good deals. I don’t think they even have copies of the film. In fact I have never seen a copy of this in any shops in London. You can buy it online though.

Anyway the film is beautiful visually and emotionally. It is a cute teenage girl’s film but not only cute but also little bitter in a way.

The director is Shunji Iwai, from  “All about Lily Chou-chou”. I think he is a master of colours on a screen. I can’t describe it well (even in Japanese) but the colour and atmosphere are just very beautiful and makes you a little bit sad. In this way Hana and Alice is a bit similar to “The Virgin Suicides“.

I love this film too!!

Some might say it’s a bit slow film but it can be funny sometime. Maybe a bit surreal which I always like!

I don’t know if this film is one of the films that only Japanese people find good or it’s just because not a single company tried to promote this film in this country. I love this film so much I have a copy of it. I know it doesn’t mean much here but in Japan DVDs are very expensive. I must have paid more than £35 for this!!!

This is my copy. The left one is All about Lily Chou-Chou. Was only £5 here in London.

I would really love to hear your opinion if you have ever watched it!

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