Stepmother & Daughter’s Blues (Dorama Review & Summary)

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Stepmother & Daughter’s Blues (Dorama Review & Summary)

  • Genre: Family, Relationship, Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date: 2018
  • Origin: Japan; Based on a Manga,  “Gibo to Musume no Blues” by Rin Sakurazawa
  • Dorama: 10 Episodes

Cast:

  • Haruka Ayesa as Akiko Iwaki
  • Yutaka Takenouchi as Ryoichi Miyamoto
  • Takeru Satoh as Akira Mugita
  • Naho Yokomizo as Miyuki Miyamoto

Episode 1

I have waited to watch this drama after every episode has been subbed in English.  My wait has been rewarded because I was immediately blown away after watching just the first episode so far.

This drama has got a heart.  There is enough comedy to lighten up a rather emotive subject of a stepmother coming into a family of two.

I love, love, love it.  The characters are already fully developed from inception.

Akiko Iwaki is a career woman who has agreed to marry Ryoichi and be a mother to his daughter, Miyuki.

Unfortunately, Akiko is an all-out businesswoman, who presented her business card and resumé to the young Miyuki when they first met much to the confusion of the young girl.

She categorically told her father that she does not want the new lady to come into their family.  You can’t really blame the girl as Akiko was all businesslike and exudes little warmth.

Akiko is pragmatic though and devoted time to research about how to win a child’s approval.

Some of her strategies work, so much so that young Miyuki had a change of heart and sent Akiko a formal letter of acceptance.

Akiko was overwhelmed that she went directly to Miyuki ‘s nursery school to show her profound excitement and proceeded to reveal her bare tummy, which she had specially painted with a smiling clown face, which she thought would cheer Miyuki up.  But it was the opposite,  Miyuki  was absolutely appalled.

I have to say this scene was unexpected and rather excruciating embarrassing.  I really feel Miyuki’s pain.  🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Autumn is here!

Autumn leaf, photo by PH Morton

Autumn is here!

Yesterday was the last day of the summer. We have had a glorious one this year.

And today, it is the first day of autumn, which is heralded by a great pouring of cold rain, almost all day long.

As autumn progresses there will be a lot of falling leaves from various shades of orange, brown and red.

UK parks, gardens, roads, and open spaces will be garland with these beautiful leaves that would be gloriously aesthetic at first but would soon enough turn into a slippery sorry mess.

Autumn though has a charm of its own.  It is harvest time.  Time to bring in the harvest from the garden.

 

The Huntresses (South Korean Film Review & Summary)

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The Huntresses (South Korean Film Review & Summary)

 

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  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Adventure, Martial Arts, Action, Strong Females, Romance
  • Release Date: January 2014
  • Origin: Film, South Korea

Cast:

  • Ha Ji-won as Jin-ok
  • Kang Ye-won as Hong-dan
  • Son Ga-in as Ga-bi
  • Ko Chang-seok as Mu-myeong
  • Joo Sang-wook as Sa-hyeon
  • Song Sae-Byeok as Police Officer Song

 

I highly recommend this film as a lazy weekend treat.

It is enjoyable and fast paced.  There plenty of comic scenes and the girls are beautiful with different personalities, which you can choose your favourite from.  I have to say, I love the character of Ga-bi, she is feisty and does not carry much baggage, so she is just a gorgeous fighting machine.

Jin Ok, Hong Dan and Ga Bi are three beautiful women who all work as bounty hunters for Mu Myeong.

They take on jobs of hunting the most wanted and always get their men. The three women have their individual expertise.

Jin Ok is a sharpshooter and excellent with the yoyo as a weapon.  She is also a bit of an inventor and an engineer.

Hong Dan is a married lady but she is more comfortable throwing shuriken (Chinese stars) than doing household chores, which she leaves to her husband.

Ga-Bi is the youngest of the group.  She is upfront; what you see is what you get.  Her forte is in archery and explosives.

Their biggest mission was to retrieve a stauroscope before it lands into the hand of the Chinese.

While completing the mission, Jin Ok learned that her father was alive and the person, who had supposedly killed him was her childhood love, Sa Hyeon.  Though Sa Hyeon tried to kill/hurt her several times, in the end he saved her life and her father’s but died in doing so.

They did accomplish their mission and the grateful King rewarded them handsomely.

Really good film, never a boring moment.  Though I am not sure how Jin Ok survived after her father was ‘killed’ and her protector, Sa Hyeon, was taken by the evil Kim Ja Hun.

Terius Behind Me (Kdrama Review & Summary)

Drama: COMING SOON

Terius Behind Me (Kdrama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • Release Date: 27 September 2018
  • Origin: South Korea
  • KDrama: XX Episodes

Cast:

  • So Ji Sub as Kim Bon
  • Jung In Sun as Go Ae Rin
  • Son Ho-Jun as Jin Young-Tae
  • Im Se-Mi as Yoo Ji-Yeon

 

I am so looking forward to this drama.  The premise is so interesting with So Ji Sub in the lead who will play as a NIS agent, who will help his neighbour find the truth about the disappearance of her husband.

Can’t wait

 

 

Nai Leh Saneha (Thai Drama Review)

Drama

Nai Leh Saneha (Thai Drama Review)

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  • AKA: New Body, Same Heart
  • Genre: Romance, Drama, Revenge
  • Release Date: 2016
  • Lakorn: 16 Episodes

Cast:

  • Tui Teerapat Satjakul as Kawin
  • View Wannarot Sontichai as Naluntha
  • Jieb Sopitnapa Chumpanee as Pattinee
  • Tu Pobtorn Sunthornyarnkit as Pheesama

Episode 1

Kawin is married to Pattinee.  They are for the most part a happily married couple.  But Kawin has a history of womanising and Pattinee has a pathological fear of being two-timed due to her father leaving them for another woman.

Everythime Pat sees Kawin with a woman, she would fly off the handle.

Unfortunately, Pat’s PA has a hidden grudge against her and often incite Pat into a jealous rage.

A friend had advised Pat to seek some help from the Buddha temple, where she passed by another woman who was also looking for some peace and comfort.  For some reason, their spirits seemed to be connected.

They both got an identical fortune card which says that they had to die to live.

Naluntha is a naive woman, who is married to a man who was two-timing her.  He was after her fortune.

The PA arranged for Pat to catch Kawin in flagrante delicto with her friend.  (Kawin was innocent but he does make it easy for Pat to catch him as he was just too accommodating with women).

Pat was absolutely devastated by this time and drove off her car.  While this was going on, Naluntha received a package containing her husband’s Calvin Kein.  She also found out from the mistress where they are at that moment.

The thing with Naluntha is that she is not very well.  she has a very weak heart and waiting for a transplant.  She went to where her husband was supposed to be and found him in bed with a woman.

She collapsed at the same time as Pat is crashing her car into a truck.

Episode 2 – 16

Both Pat and Naluntha were brought to the same hospital where there seemed to be only one doctor/surgeon.  And that doctor was Naluntha’s father.

Pat and Naluntha were both gravely ill, the doctor had to make a choice who to see to.  Pat has a more serious case as she has had a brain hemorrhage and would likely to die soon.

The doctor stabilised Naluntha and had the heart of the newly dead Pat transplanted to her with Pat’s family’s permission.  The operation was a success.

When Naluntha woke up she was in a state of confusion especially after seeing her image in the mirror.

The woman looking at her was Naluntha but she was Pat.

The doctor immediately realised that something was not right and Pat convinced him that she is another woman in his daughter’s body.

The doctor convinced her to stay as his daughter for now as her own family would not believe her, because their Pat had died and her being in another’s body is not only impossible but utterly ridiculous.

 

 

Kids on the Slope (Japanese Movie Review & Summary)

Film

Kids on the Slope (Japanese Movie Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Music, Friendship, Youth, Family, Romance, Bromance, Live Action
  • Release Date: 2018
  • Origin: Japan, based on Manga, Sakamichi no Apollon

Cast:

  • Yuri Chinen as Kaoru Nishimi
  • Nana Komatsu as Ritsuko Mukae
  • Taishi Nakagawa as Sentaro Kawabuchi
  • Dean Fujioka as Junichi Katsuragi
  • Erina Mano as Yurika Fukahori

 

Synopsis & Review

I just watched this film and found it really interesting with lovely jazz music.  This film is a live-action film of a manga.

The three main actors, Komatsu, Chinen and Nakagawa gave a charismatic performance.

The story is being told by Kaoru Nishimi, who is now a doctor.

It all began in 1966.  He just transferred to a new school.  During the first day, a classmate was tasked to show him around and it was Ritsu.  He found her very pretty the first time he saw her but he started feeling claustrophobic and he needed a breath of fresh air.

He climbed into the rooftop but notice some hindrance to the entrance.  It was the prone body of Sentaro.

Kaoru was entranced at the handsome, rather battered face of Sentaro, a half-caste – half American, half Japanese boy with blond hair and very fair skin.

The first moment they met, they have clicked and became friends.

Sentaro took him to a music store, who Kaoru was excited to know was owned by Ritsu’s father.

The father had told them that they have someone special waiting in the studio below.  Sentaro was really excited as it was Jun, his idol, a student at Tokyo University who is proficient with the trumpet playing jazz music.

Jun on the trumpet and Sentaro playing the drums,  started to have a session.  Kaoru couldn’t help himself and started to play the piano as well.

The music bonded them all together including the sweet Ritsu.

After a church service, the three friends found themselves at the beach, where they saw a girl being harassed by boys.

Sentaro had just to rescue the girl as that is how he was.

When he saw the girl up close, he fell madly in love.  For days he was almost senseless in wonder.

They again met the girl in a club, where Kaoru noticed that she seemed familiar with Jun.

Anyway, Sentaro started being friendly with the girl, which Kaoru observed was making Ritsu rather upset.  She likes Sentaro herself even back from they were children.

One day while they were meeting for another session in the music room, Sentaro brought with him the girl, Yuri, which made everyone uneasy.  Ritsu couldn’t take it and run off, followed closely by Kaoru.

He found her crying.  He kissed her as he just couldn’t help himself.  Ritsu was so surprised she pushed him away and run off.

Poor Kaoru was also being made to feel unwanted at his current lodging with his auntie and family, who tells him to think about what he wants to do in university as they will be paying for his course as well as his lodging in Tokyo and would be a pretty penny.

He was so stressed that he went to Sentaro’s house.  He heard the happy commotion inside the house and a smiling Sentaro answered the door.

Karoru remarked that he envies Sentaro’s life.  He wishes he has somewhere to really belong to as well.

Sentaro took him aside and told him that his life is far from perfect.  He then recounted that he was ‘born’ in the Catholic church or at least his birth mother left him in the church steps when he was a baby.

He was later adopted by a childless couple but before long they had their own children and more or less does not have time for him.

He was also bullied by other children because he was different with his light coloured hair and half American features.  He did not know where he belongs.

Meanwhile Jun was packing his things when Yuri appeared.  She said that she was ready to go anywhere with him.

At that moment, Sentaro was on his way to Jun’s house.  He couldn’t believe it when he found Jun and Yuri all packed and going away together.

He was absolutely gutted.  He took out his frustration by fighting his schoolmates.

Kaoru stopped him.  He was asked by Sentaro if he knew about Jun and Yuri.  Kaoru was forced to admit to it.  Sentaro was now also upset with Kaoru for betraying their friendship.

The friendship was now fragmented.

Kaoru was playing cans in wires telephone with a girl in the neighbourhood.  The girl asked for advice about a boy who was always nasty to her and made her cry.

He said that he also made a girl he loves cry.  And then the voice at the other end was Ritsu.  She said that she was just surprised that is all.  It was her first kiss.  So they made up, friends again.

A singing concert at school mend their three friends fractured friendship.

They decided to take part in a church concert.  Sentaro and Ritsu are both religious and all excited about the event.  They decided to fetch Kaoru in their motorbike.

Ritsu confessed to Sentaro that her heart goes faster when she is with Kaoru… and then their motorbike was crashing into a car.

Ritsu was in a coma and Kaoru found Sentaro battered in a pew inside the church.  Sentaro was asking God why was he born?  Why does he bring misfortune to the people he knew.  He said that he should be taken rather than Ritsu.

Finally Kaoru was able to convince Sentaro to return to the hospital where Ritsu has woken up.  She said that she dreamt that she was with Sentaro who told her to get out of the dark.

When Kaoru went out to get Sentaro, he was no longer there but left his rosary by the door.

10 years later -1976?

Kaoru is a doctor in Tokyo.  One day two familiar faces came to see him.  Jun and a pregnant Yuri.  Yuri showed him a photo of a wedding of a friend.

Kaoru travelled back to the village and found that Ritsu is now a teacher.  He showed her the photo.  Now we see the photo.  Sentaro is now a priest.

Both Kaoru and Ritsu agreed to find Sentaro.

They found him easy enough because he was playing the piano for the children at the church.

He looks happy and at peace.  He asked Kaoru and Ritsu if they were there to get married.

It feels like all the years that had passed had vanished.

They ended up playing the piano and the drum.

It was quite a heartwarming film.  Loved it.

 

 

 

 

Lin Yun (Chinese Actress)

Actress

Lin Yun (Chinese Actress)

Lin Yun

BioData:

  • Birth Name: Fei Xia
  • AKA: Jelly Lin
  • DoB: 16 April 1996 (22)
  • PoB: Huzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Height: 1.69 m
  • Civil Status: Single
  • Education:  Beijing College
  • Occupation: Model, Actress

 

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