Just Watched: Crisis: Kouan Kidou Sousatai Tokusou-Han

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I finally finished marathoning Crisis! Oh em gee… the feelzzzzz! I really had this massive withdrawal and denial. The show ended on a high note and one major cliff! I had to sound the alarm and alerted my girls, Bel, Panda and Trotwood, when I completed it this evening. I was shocked by how it ended. I simply could not believe it… the team was created just to get Akira? I just can’t accept it! They went this far just to lure him? Ridiculous!

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Just Watched: Our Times, Nobunaga Concerto and Mood of the Day

I traveled through time zones (from Washington DC, USA, to Colombo, Sri Lanka) and saw three movies that took place in three different times as well. Time is an essence in these movies. Here are my quick opinions on them!

Our Times

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Recommended by kfangurl (click here for her review), this is a Taiwanese movie that was aired last year. I was so looking forward to it but never had the opportunity to watch it. Finally, the moment has arrived and I’m glad I waited. Our Times is so precious! What a memorable movie! It was set in the 80s. Watching it is like you’re reminiscing your 80s life even though I was only a child back then. What I love this movie was the stunning performance by the lead. The music was awesomesauce! This movie is a story of Truly aka Lin Zhen Xin and her life told in under 2 hours and 14 minutes long. Her life was changed after she received a chain letter! You just have to watch it now! *laughs* Wait, did I mention I saw the movie three times? Yeap, the quality of this movie speaks volume! It was THAT fabulous!

Nobunaga Concerto: The Movie

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Yeap, the movie! I loved Nobunaga Concerto, the drama so much! The movie? This is another movie I saw three times! Excellent movie to be honest. The story continues from where the drama left off. We again follow the life of Saburo transported through times and met his doppelganger Lord Nobunaga. Saburo stepped in for Lord Nobunaga place and ruled with compassion. The real Lord Nobunaga who is now known as Lord Oda eventually got jealous and he was then driven by Tahara’s vengeance to put Saburo on the chopping block or sacrifice his life. This movie is a must watch! It is quite funny and entertaining! The background music was so awesome. Once again, Shun Oguri shines! He’s truly a star!

Mood of the Day

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This movie reminds me of One Fine Day! It all happens on the day they met. The universe was telling them that they are meant for each other. But surely, she is attached and in on the cross line between moving forward with her fiance or take a leap of faith. And Soo Jung answer was ahead of her. She met handsome Jae Hyun on the train and her life was immediately stirred by him. He is such a flirty man from the start. She didn’t know how to react. But by the end of the day, she was convinced that there was something more with Jae Hyun than she was bargaining for. Compares to the first two movies I saw, Mood of the Day is quite refreshing since it took place in today’s world. I like it but not enough to watch it again. Bel fell asleep watching it! Eeeep!

 

 

Currently Watching: Ouroboros

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Well, didn’t I tell you that I will be watching a lot more Japanese drama this year? See… I told you so *sticks her tongue out*. I’m loving this resolution of mine and I’m pretty successful at doing this so far… Except for the sageuk drama. Heh, that’s another story and time. Let’s focus on Ouroboros. My love infatuation with Oguri Shun continues. I don’t find him attractive but somehow they way he carries himself, as if I can feel his presence, really intrigues me. And all the while, I saw him as a good hearty man or the man you want to fall in love with. That’s the usual male lead character, right? But in Ouroboros, he is such a badass yakuza! This is the side of him I have never seen before. Sure, I have not seen a lot of his dramas so I’m never exposed to him playing a baddie. But in Ouroboros,  a baddie character that wants to do justice is completely unexpected. Wow! Yes, you heard me. Wow! *thumbs up*

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Ouroboros just wrapped up the series like two days ago so now I’m playing catch up. This 10-episode drama unites Oguri Shun and Ikuta Toma once again. I have never seen Hana Kimi before (but I have seen the kdrama version) but it would be interesting to see how they were in their younger roles. I’ll definitely add it to my watch list this year. The chemistry between the boys in this drama are quite good although you can sometime feel their tension even though they grew up as an orphan together. So yeah, that’s how they met. Danno (Shun) and Ryu (Toma) grew up in the same orphanage since they were in an elementary school. But as an adult, though they are like brothers, they both have their own separate lives. Danno became a very well-known yakuza. And this how I was surprised to see Shun in such a compelling badazz role. He is good at it! Ryu, on the other hand, went on an opposite path. He is a detective that is also badazz in a quirky way. He looks very rookie and inexperience but very skillful in solving crimes. So what makes these two still in touch together considering their circumstances? Hmmmmm *rubs chin*

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They both vowed to find the man with the golden watch. He is somewhere hidden either in yakuza or police world. Right now, we don’t know. But why are they looking for this man? Their caretakers were murdered and their statements to the police weren’t taken very seriously. The case was left cold and eventually unsolved. So Danno and Ryu decided to take the matter in their own hand as adults. They wanted to know who murdered her. In the event of searching the man with the golden watch, they faces many obstacles along the way. Will these obstacles lead them the way to the man with the golden watch? I don’t know and I, sometimes, feel a bit confused too. I don’t know if the cases are related but I sure enjoy the action. Winner!

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I’m not quite sure what Ouroboros means even though I’ve heard it several times through the first two episode. *rolling eyes* I should take notes next time I watch… *sigh*. But the symbol looks like eternity and the meaning itself, from Wiki, symbolizes circle of life or some sort that will bring you to a wholeness. Urgh, whatever… I hope you get it. As for the drama itself, the plots are very interesting and intriguing. It is moderately intense but it certainly brings a lot of tension. A good tension, of course! I love Ouroboros. Every episode I saw was intense. Right now, I’m dying to watch the next 5 episodes. I love how fierce Danno and how cool Ryu are, and together they made a very amazing team! I hope they catch the man with the golden watch! Don’t you wanna know too? *wiggles brows* Watch it! This dark justice drama is highly worth your time!

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Currently Watching: Rich Man, Poor Woman

Rich_Man,_Poor_Woman-p1Heh, I seem to be falling for a jerk ass male lead all of a sudden. I don’t know *shrugs*, it is more interesting I guess. I mean, the development from being a jerk ass to all of a sudden to being a mister nice guy… Really, a character that WE all love to see and witness! If you realized it, they almost always create a jerk ass male lead as one helluva, awesome cool guy! Mr. Alpha it is! And who does it best by none other than Oguri Shun. Really, I’ve been watching him lately. This actor is a chameleon. I saw him Hana Yori Dango, Nobunaga Concerto, Ouroboros (currently watching and review to come soon) and now Rich Man, Poor Woman. The man has talent! I can’t deny that. One minute you falls for him and another minute you hates his guts. *bows* Oguri Shun, you’re good!

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I have been meaning to start this drama for the longest time but my interest keep pushing me away and now that I’m running of things to watch since most of my dramas are currently airing, so I decided to finally give it a watch. Well, I’m happy to say I am enjoying it big time. I love it so much that I’m running out of time to blog it. As I’m typing this, I have seen 8 episodes and I’m 3 episodes to go. Scratch that. 2 episodes to go. I just started episode 9. Will I stop? Hell no. Rich Man Poor Woman is very inspiring drama. As I am patiently waiting for the romance to start, I realized watching the OTP working together is enough for now. They are quite an oddball so to speak.

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Oguri Shun plays a self-made billionaire Toru Hyuga. He owns an IT company and hired genius people all over Japan. Hyuga-kun has a problem. He doesn’t like to socialize with people so anything that doesn’t concern him, he simply don’t care. *shakes head* He’s terrible. Period. One day, he was giving speech during the recruitment for his office and confronted Natsui Makoto. He asked her the number of job offers has she received. Makoto, along with other applicants with no job offers, was told to leave. She got angry and started to recite the history of the company. Hyuga was impressed but not impressed (kinda like sorry but not sorry?) with her talent but admired her talent. When he asked for her name, she instead replied as Sawaki Chihiro! *dun dun dun* That name has been stuck in Hyuga for awhile and he hired her because of that name! So what is his obsession with that name?

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Well, you just have to watch it now. At this time, I’m on my last episode already. I like this drama. It’s only 11 episode long with each episode around 38 to 48 minutes long. I tried to look around for this show on my paid websites but sadly I couldn’t find it. If you decide to watch this 2012 drama, head over to YouTube. Rich Man, Poor Woman is very entertaining and fast moving drama you wouldn’t realize you can finish it in a day! Like someone I know…. errrr, that’s me! *laughs*

Currently Watching: Nobunaga Concerto

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Wow, can I count this drama as my fifth sageuk? I mean it is a historical drama *shrugs* except that it is a Japanese historical drama. Anyone objecting my decision? Wait, wait… My own self is objecting it. Drat. My resolution was made solely for kdrama so I really can’t amend my own decision. *heads down* I am my own enemy. But, on the bright side, *perks up* this is my first Japanese historical drama in a very loooong time. I don’t recall my last jdrama of this genre, I just knew I haven’t seen it in years.

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Nobunaga Concerto was never on my radar list to watch. If not because of Bel, which I can’t thank her enough, I don’t even know its existence. And if I’m not mistaken, Nobunaga Concerto is my fourth currently airing Japanese drama I’m watching this year. *pats shoulder* I’m quite impressed with myself, maybe I should include this for my 2015 drama resolution. Hmmmmm… *rubs chin*

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Nobunaga Concerto is a unique adaptation from manga series of the same title. You won’t see any slapstick humor at all. The humor is in the script and I find it hilarious just reading the subs. If you decided to watch it, you better pay attention to what they say. Some are direct humor, some are so indirect you’ll only gets it once the episode is over. In my case, hours later after I finished that particular episode. Yeah, I need time to digest it. I’m a bit…. Slow *sticks her tongue out*. According to Wiki, Nobunaga Concerto, the manga, is still ongoing. Wahhhhh this tells me there will be sequel once this series ends. And we only have 11 episodes, 45 minutes long. If there will be sequel, I want it soooooooon!

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As a I said earlier, Nobunaga Concerto is VERY unique. The story is centered around Saburo, a high school teenage kid who suddenly transported back to Japan’s Sengoku era. And it turns out, he met a spitting image of himself in this era and he is Nobunaga-sama. Nobunaga was surprised but took this opportunity to make Saburo as him and he left disguising himself as Saburo’s helper, Mitsuhide. Saburo led the Oda clan, after Mitsuhide’s father passed away, and he vowed to be the most humble and caring war lord in the country. Reliving the history is pretty surreal for Saburo and along his journey, he met a couple of time travelers like him too. However, his history textbook became a problem. More people want to get hold of it to know what the future lies for them. As the episode progressed, you’ll meet with Hisahide (name could be wrong). He found out Mitsuhide’s identity and took this chance to stir things up and caused ruckus to Saburo.

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So how will Nobunaga Concerto ends? I hope on a higher note! I’m currently watching the last episode and I must say, I’m very impressed with this show. I doubted Shun Oguri as the main lead in the beginning. He’s too old to play a high schooler but he did it! This live action drama is one of the best dramas I’ve seen this year. This is a must watch 2014 drama. I highly recommend it, peeps!