September 2017 : Japanese Movie Highlight

September 2017 : Japanese Movie Highlight

 1.  I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai) 


One day, I (Takumi Kitamura) – a high schooler – found a paperback book in the hospital. “The Disease Coexistence Journal” was it’s title.
It was a diary that my classmate, Sakura Yamauchi (Minami Hamabe), had written in secret. Inside, it was written that due to her pancreatic disease, her days were numbered. And thus, I, coincidentally went from Just-a-Classmate to a Secret-Knowing-Classmate. 

It was as if I was being drawn to her, who was my polar opposite. However, little did I know, the world presented a girl that was already suffering from an illness with an equally cruel reality.


Yes, I was as baffled as the person next to me when I read the title of this movie. And yes, I admit that after reading the title, I started imagining some gore movie of a guy eating someone’s pancreas in the hospital in front of everyone else. But (even though I totally would want to watch that movie), obviously, I was wrong. 
I have already scratched this out of my to-watch-list when I read the title. But I changed my mind when one of my friends practically told me that this movie was hands down one of his favorite movie ever. I once again did a little research on the movie and after reading what it was all about, I must admit it definitely piqued my interest. 
Surprisingly, this movie was actually really well liked and received a lot of good reviews and high ratings. Though it was kind of implied that this was going to be a tear-jerker. So if you plan on watching this movie, definitely keep a tissue around. 
September 2017 : Japanese Movie Highlight

2. Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or The Bottom? (Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miruka? Yoko Kara Miruka?)


On the day when a firework display was planned, Norimichi, Yusuke and their friends at school in a Japanese seaside town cannot agree whether or not fireworks were “flat” or “round” when they exploded in the sky.

 And while the gang from school concluded that the best way to figure out the shape of fireworks was to view them from the side. With that decision in mind, they set out for a lighthouse above the beach from which the fireworks display would be fired. 

 Meanwhile one of their classmates, Nazuna, with her parents divorcing, had more serious matters on her mind. Although unknown to the others, Nazuna’s mother intended to take her away after the summer break. And when Norimichi and Yusuke raced in the 50 meters swimming pool, Nazuna secretly decided that she would choose the winner to run away with her. 




This film was actually a remake from the 1993’s life action movie with the same title. And ever since I saw the movie poster, I have been dying to watch this movie. 
Some, who had watched this movie, said that “Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or The Bottom?” might just be the “Your Name” of 2017, as Your Name was so famously booming in 2016 when it came out and people go crazy about it. 
In other words, I cannot wait to be able to get my hands on this movie soon and give my thoughts about it.


September 2017 : Japanese Movie Highlight

3. Tokyo Ghoul (Live Action) 


Tokyo Ghoul was set in an alternate reality where ghouls are individuals who could only survive by eating human flesh. They live among the normal humans in secret, hiding their true nature to evade pursuit from the authorities.

Ken Kaneki (Masataka Kubota), a normal college student who, after being taken to a hospital, discovered that he underwent a surgery that transformed him into a half-ghoul after being attacked by his date, Rize Kamishiro (Yu Aoi) who revealed herself to be a ghoul. This was accomplished by transferring Rize’s organs into his body. Now, like normal ghouls, he must consume human flesh to survive. Struggling with his new life as a half-ghoul, he must now adapt into the ghoul society. As well as keeping his identity hidden from his human companions.




This live action movie is a based on the manga version of Tokyo Ghoul. There were a lot of movie and anime adaptions of Tokyo Ghoul out there though I do not really follow the story. When I was browsing the internet one, the trailer to this movie popped out and I was instantly captivated by it. When I realized what it is about, I knew right at that moment that I was sold. 
If you have never heard of Tokyo Ghoul and love a good gore movie, then I definitely recommend that you try and give this movie a whirl because it will definitely blow your mind away.

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