Just Watched: If Cats Disappeared from the World & My Korean Teacher.

If Cats Disappeared from the World

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*coughs* to be honest, I did not watch this movie recently. I completely have forgotten to blog it due to my work travel. But for sure, I saw If Cats Disappeared from the World in one of my long flights. This movie was done well. Another slice of life drama directed and acted so perfectly. If you decide to watch it after reading this post, please get your tissue handy. This movie has a tragic ending. After months of suffering from headaches, Mr. Postman finally went to see a doctor. He was diagnosed with a brain cancer and has little time left. He was shocked by it and do not know what to do. A devil in a form of himself appeared before him. He told Mr. Postman that he could extend his life if only he gives up his precious belongings. The offer was tempting but giving up means losing certain memories with it. For example giving up on his cell phone. By doing so, all his memories with his ex-girlfriend will disappear as well. The story began interesting the minute he gave up his phone, his watch, and so forth. His decision affects everything. His relationships with his ex-girlfriend, his father, his mom, and his friend.

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Just Watched: Your Lie in April 

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It took me forever to finish it. For some reason, I was not keen on watching it in the beginning even though I’m a huge Kento fan. I don’t know. My mood was all over the place with this one. Part of me wants a mature romance Japanese movie and Your Lie is circa high school students. I was expecting cheesy romance.

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Just Watched: Death Note: Light Up the New World

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I have heard of Death Note the series many times. But this is my first time watching it because it has piqued my interest while I was extremely bored on the plane. I mean… why not, I have nothing to lose. I was worried though whether I would be able to pick up the show without having knowledge of the series. Thankfully they made Death Note easily to understand with the narration and slight flashbacks. It was great!

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Just Watched: Midnight Diner 2

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You know what’s funny? I did not finish Midnight Diner, the first movie. I think it is still on my Netflix queue. I found it plain Jane and that’s why I didn’t finish it immediately. No worries, one day I will. But how was I able to finish Diner 2? The answer is simple. I was trapped on the plane and I have no choice but to finish it.

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Just Watched: Your Name

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Mari saw it and urged all of us to see it. My good friend, Maki, told me I should not delay my watch. I was dying to understand what the hell are they talking about. So many people recommended Your Name. Me? Though curious, I did not make it a priority watch. I’m not an anime fan. Be it in dramas or movies. I am just not. Hence I dragged my feet watching this movie. When I started it, I mentally reminded myself whatever happened I should focus on the story. Kinda like how I pep talk myself with Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms and the CGI deal.

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Just Watched: Evergreen Love

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I need a pick-me-up after watching Never Let Me Go the movie. I saw the Japanese drama and got curious how the adapted novel is portrayed in the movie. It turns out the ending was still as bad as I remembered and the movie added further somber to this gloomy day. When I saw Evergreen Love in my Plex library, I can’t help but watch it. The movie poster looks sweet and romance is always my preferred choice.

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In the beginning, I was confused by Sayaka, our lead. She has a typical office worker life. She has a 9-5 job and if she does not have a regular outing with colleagues, she will dine off of convenience store prepared bento, onigiri or ramen. And beers. Beers are a must. One night, she realized she needed more beer so she headed out to stock. On her way home, she heard a thud sound. She looked at the bicycle park garage and saw a handsome man collapsed. In the beginning, she was afraid. Later, she then forced herself to wake the person up. He got up and she got startled.

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The rest is history. He asked for a food, she served her ramen and then the next day she invited him to stay after he prepared breakfast. I guess it was an instantaneous attraction from her. He told her he will stay for 6 months. It was February 16 and he will leave on August 16, right after her birthday. Their relationship blossomed from being a housemate to a couple. Strangely, Sayaka felt that their relationship is strong enough that it will surpass August 16. Sadly, he left. He really did. With no trace.

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But then he showed up a year later. He sent her a book by him with photographed of plants. So why did he disappear? One thing that made it harder for her to search for him was because he never tells his family name. He never told her his address, too. This is why the movie was so interesting. And lovey dovey. Seriously mindless yet addictive. I highly recommend Everlasting Love.

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Just Watched: Erased, Seondal & Never Said Goodbye

Yeap, I’m on movie marathon again. Seriously, if not for Bel, I wouldn’t be watching these many movies. I have another movie to watch but currently, my son and I are too absorbed into Indiana Jones series. It will come later… But for now, here are my quick thoughts on the movie I just saw this week.

Erased

w3rprqm1_68a104_fErased feels like a time-traveled movie. This 2-hour show tells a story of Satoru, a manga artist by day with a part-time job as a pizza delivery guy. Satoru has this magnificent ability that I wish I have. He’s able to see what is going to happen and turn back the clock to prevent the incident from happening. Literally. Within seconds. But one day, he came home and found his mom was stabbed. He went back 18 years back to figure out who the killer that kills children in which one of the victims, Kayo, was his friend. When he thought he saved Kayo, he realized Kayo remains dead in the present life. He then went back again to figure out what happened. Would his second attempt of saving Kayo eventually saved his mom? This thriller movie is not suspenseful enough but brilliantly acted by Fujiwara Tatsuya, to my opinion. The children scenes were the best part of all. I wish I have the time to read the manga because I am sure not all of the stories get adapted to the movie. I’m a bit hesitant to recommend this drama, to be honest.

Seondal

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I can’t believe what I saw. This movie was hilarious from start to finish! Kudos to the person who wrote the novel that sparks the making of Seondal. I truly enjoyed it! My son and I laughed so hard this morning. This movie is about Seondal – Kim Seon Dal, that is. He cheated life once. With his good looks and partnered with few friends, he became the infamous swindler in the country. He’s able to steal many things and disguise himself as a eunuch, a king, a monk and even as a woman! Trust me, Seung Ho was beautiful as a woman! One day, he and his team decided to steal tobacco from a powerful and notorious merchant, Sung Dae Ryeon. This gets dirtier when on top of that, Chinese is involved in this corrupted trade. Seondal is no hero but being caught in between Dae Ryeon and the Chinese, he indirectly saved his country. The movie was predictable yet enjoyable. I highly recommend this movie!

Never Said Goodbye

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Lee Joon Gi in a Chinese movie? Sign me up! And he sounds good in Chinese! I could understand what he said, and not just mumbling the words. Never Said Goodbye was never on my radar until Bel put it up for me to watch. I did not know that Joon Gi would do Chinese movie. Since he’s currently famous as Scarface in Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, I don’t mind watching him in a different setting. And truly, Never Said Goodbye is different. Unlike the first two movies I saw, this love story is somewhat confusing. I’m not a fan of a flashback-style movie. The movie is about a Korean exchange student played by Joon Gi, who fell in love with Xiao You, a Shanghainese. The story started with how deeply in love they are but then something happened that prompted them to break up. It was his decision to do so and she could not understand why and her life went spiraling down since he left. And then the movie started to tell us the story of how they met, his life before her, her life before him, and also answered to why he wanted this breakup. It’s hard for me to recommend it since I’m not a fan of back-and-forth plots. Another odd thing is in the beginning, Joon Gi was speaking in Chinese. Later on, he speaks in Korean and the actress in Chinese. It reminds me of Love Me If You Dare. That’s a no-no for me… *sigh*