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: 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*

 

Just Watched: The Black Devil and The White Prince, One Smile Is Very Alluring, and So I Married An Anti-Fan

Hello! I’m back with yet another three movies I saw in a span of one week. That’s not bad, right? Again, I’m dumbfounded by how I don’t mind watching movies lately. Is this midlife crisis? *laughs* Anyway, here are my quick two cents on the movies! I hope it helps with your watch decision!

The Black Devil and The White Prince

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Geez, the title scared the hoot out of me! The poster seems so friendly but with a girl and two boys? I smell traaaaaable! Sure enough, it is a trouble. Yu moved into a dormitory and was stoked to live with Takumi aka the White Prince. But, at the same time, Haruto aka the Black Devil is also living in the same dormitory. Most girls avoid Haruto but always fall for the charming White Prince. Which of course include Yu. But Haruto has a different agenda. He kissed Yu instead as a punishment for defying him. Yeah, out of blue! Yu was startled by him but because of his threaten, she can’t help but obey him. Takumi, on the other hand, pretends to like Yu because he simply wants to annoy Haruto. Gosh, these boys are something else! I gave this movie a 6.5/10 but after tonight, I found out that there is a prequel drama to this movie. That explains it all. I was lost when I saw the movie so now Bel will hunt for the drama. If you decide to watch the movie, make sure you watch the drama first. The ending was unreal. I didn’t expect Yu to go with Haruto despite his aggressive treatment towards her. But you know… Some of us do prefer bad boys, right? *wink*

One Smile Is Very Alluring

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If you are watching Love O2O the drama, I’m sure you want to watch the movie version, too. Of course, the drama is too detail whereas the movie isn’t. The story remains the same but the movie was rushed. Well, what is new, right? What I like about the movie is Angelababy as Wei Wei. Compares to Zheng Shuang, Angelababy is more oomph and a better Wei Wei. Gu Man, the writer, portrayed Wei Wei as less girly but more spunk and daring. So I’m surprised when I see Angelababy and she was helluva good. One thing for certain is that Angelababy and Jing Boran are perfect together and so are Zheng Shuang and Yang Yang (but we know Zheng Shuang can’t kiss as good as Angelababy). Overall, I don’t mind watching the movie but since I’m infatuated with Yang Yang, the drama is a better. Also, story development wise, drama is a thumb’s up from me. Every character gets its own scene. The love is more on Love O2O *beams*. But if you ask me who is better, I wish I could cross Angelababy with Yang Yang! Perfect cast!

So I Married An Anti-Fan

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This recently aired movie is finally able for us to stream! I was so happy when Bel told me it is up. The movie was so funny. It feels so refreshing to watch it even though I sort of knew how the story will go. Miao Miao is a magazine journalist and was fired from her job. She got fired because she took a photo of a famous Korean superstar in a night club by accident. Hoo Jun forced her employer to fire her. Miao Miao is then determined to ruin his life. This is a cute and lighthearted movie especially if you’re an anti-fan suddenly find yourself falling for a superstar. As an idol, I thought Chan Yeol did a great job for his first movie work. I can definitely see him as a drama chaebol some day. I highly recommend this rom-com movie. If you decide to watch, the handcuff scene is my favorite one! So funny!

Just Dropped: Gassoh & My Wife is a Superstar

Yeah, I saw these two movies and quit half way through. They were too boring for me!

Gassoh

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Urgh I don’t know where to begin. It was so slow. I keep hoping for the fun part. The action part. Nothing. Nada. In the end, it is on my chopping block! Bye bye Gassoh, you’ve wasted 45 minutes of my air time!

My Wife is a Superstar

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I decided to give this Cantonese movie a watch. I got turn off immediately. No offense to those who have seen and loved it, I just can’t continue after 15 minutes into the movie. To save my sanity, I immediately quit. Don’t waste your time either on this movie!