Category: SE ASIAN FILMS

Make a Bow & Kiss (Japanese Film)

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Film

  • Genre: Romance, Shoujo Manga, Archery, Teen, School
  • Date Released: 2017
  • Japanese

Cast

  • Elaiza Ikeda as An Kishimoto
  • Masaki Nakao as Yota Mikami
  • Takashi Matsuo as Naoyuki Yoshiki
  • Katsuhuri Suzuki as Arashi Kuwabara
  • Takahisa Maeyama as Katsum Iragashi
  • Minori Hagiwara as Riko Ando
  • Kusei Yuki as Shotaro Endo
  • Hidekazu Mashima as Kaname Mikamai

 

Make a Bow & Kiss (Japanese Film)

I would classify this drama as a mature teen drama because of two things.

Firstly because of the nature of the leads’  relationship and secondly, the story itself.

An Kishimoto devoted much of the last six years as a member, and currently being the president, of  the  archery club in her school.  She is a third year high school student.

She felt that she cannot give anymore of herself into archery, thus she decided to give up her presidency and retire completely from the club.

There was a second year student, Mikami, who was an up and coming archer.  Though he does not attend much of the training, he always win the archery gongs during contest.

An Kishimoto decided that Mikami should be the next president and therefore passed the honour to him.

Mikami had other ideas.  Though, he accepted the presidency, he would not accept her total retirement from the club.

He roughly seduced her with kisses.  The innocent An was quickly beguiled into staying.  After she agreed, Mikami behaved as if nothing had happened.

Poor An was captivated even more.

She was so enthralled with him that she became jealous of ever phone calls he received.  She followed him one day in a hospital.  She was so curious to know who he visits and found him with a boy, who was his adopted brother.

Mikami saw her skulking and asked her why she was following him.

She confessed to him that she liked him. Mikami then said that he likes her too and that she will be his girlfriend.

Despite their official relationship, Mikami would blow hot and cold and told her that they should break up.

Mikami has so much issues, including his adopted brother’s terminal illness.  He can’t accept it and feels disappointed and annoyed that his adopted father has now resigned to the fact.

He reconciled with An but he made her promised that she needs to stay by his side not only now, next year but for the rest of her life.

 

 

My Sunshine (Chinese Drama Vs Film) Review

My Sunshine

  • Date Released: January 2015
  • CDrama: 36 episodes (Reduced to 4 episodes as a Director’s Cut in Netflix)

Cast:

  • Wallace Chung as He Yichen
  • Tiffany Tang as Zhao Mosheng
  • Jian Renzi as He Yimei
  • Tan Kai as Ying Hui
  • Mi Lu as Xiao Xiao
  • Yang Le as Lu Yuanfeng

 


You Are My Sunshine

  • Date Released: April 2015
  • Film

Cast:

  • Huang Xiaoming as He Yichen
  • Yang Mi as Zhao Mosheng
  • Tong Dawei as Ying Hui
  • Angelababy as He Yimei
  • Evonne Hsieh as Hua Xianzi
  • Huang Zitao as William
  • Joan Chen as Pei Fangmei
  • Sui He as Xiao Xiao
  • Ma Su as Ms. Wen
  • Hua Shao as Teacher Zhou
  • Eric Tsang as Mr. Lin
  • Yao Anlian as Zhao Qing Yuan
  • Sun Yizhou as Supermarket Manager
  • Kong Lianshun as Supermarket Security officer
  • Shen Tai as Xiang Heng
  • Liu Tianzuo as Mr. Yuan (Lao Yuan)

I saw both of the long version drama and the film before and enjoyed them.  Both the film and drama were based on a novel called Silent Separation by Gu Man.

I saw the director’s cut version in Netflix today.

When I saw the film version after I have seen the drama first, I thought the drama of 36 episode was much better.  Obviously because it has more time to get the audience/viewer to engage more on the story.

It shows why the protagonist male has a love/hate relationship with the gorgeous lead female.

Today, I watched the drama version condensed into four episodes.  Though watchable, you end up not really caring what the story was about.  It cut out all the painful scenes.  Also the second male lead was rob of that feeling from the audience that the female should go for him.

Anyway the story was that, on the first day of Mosheng in the university, she saw a young man who was reading under tree.

She couldn’t help herself, so she took his photograph as he was really handsome.  When he noticed her taking liberties, she apologised immediately and asked him for his name as she will send him a copy of his photo.

The young man was Yichen and Mosheng had fallen for him at first sight.  She found out that he was a second year law student on full scholarship.  Mosheng stalked the poor guy!

Mosheng is lovely looking girl with a winsome personality.  Before you know it, they were in a relationship.

Suddenly there was another girl, Yimaei, who was hanging around Yuchen. They looked really close.  At the same time Yuchen became rather cold towards Mosheng, to the point that he told her that he doesn’t want to see her anymore, to get out of his face. 🙁

At that time, Mosheng was being forced by her parents to study abroad.  So thinking that Yuchen doesn’t love nor need her anymore, she disappeared abroad.

Seven years later…

Mosheng is back in China.  And now a professional photographer.

She was in the supermarket when she saw Yuchen, who was with Yimei.  Yuchen blanked her.

But one day, coming home from work, she was accosted by a drunk Yuchen.  He told her that he lost, she won. He then left.

They had a tentative reconciliation but Mosheng had a major confession to make.

She married someone three years ago while in America.

Yuchen was unsurprisingly very upset.  He told her that he was not going to be playing around with a married woman.  Him being a lawyer and all.   But he loves her too much.

Fortunately Mosheng said that she was actually a divorcee.

Yuchen was not waiting for anything.  He bundled Mosheng to a civil register officer to register their marriage.

Mosheng and Yuchen attended a function in their former university.  Who would they find in there but Mosheng ex-husband, who was not really quite an ex yet.  Musheng is a bigamist!

Her gorgeous  ex-husband is a self-made man, who does not want to let her go.  He wanted to reconcile.

But Mosheng had always belong to Yuchen.  With the help of Yuchen, they went to America to deal with the divorce.

The ex-husband really loves Mosheng and doesn’t want to give her a lot of grief, so he agreed to the divorce.

From this point on, it is happy sweet romance for the leads.

 

 

Genghis Khan (Chinese Film) Review

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  • Genre: Adventure, Loosely Biographical, CGI galore, Fantasy, Mystical, Romance
  • Date Released: 2018
  • Chinese: Film

Cast:

  • William Chan as Temüjin
  • Lin Yun as Börte
  • Hu Jun as Kuchuro
  • Ba Sen as
  • Zhao Lixin
  • Ni Dahong
  • Li Guangjie as Jamukha
  • Zhang Xinyi
  • Tu Men as Jamukha’s father
  • Li Shengda
  • Bayin
  • Yong Mei

Genghis Khan (Chinese Film)

 

This is a fantasy saga of  romance between Temujin and Borte as well as Kuchuro and Dodai.  This movie is reminiscent of the film Beowulf, King Arthur, 300 and Braveheart, amongst other Hollywood greats and some Chinese ones also.

Long time ago the light of the Grey Wolf met the White Deer, together they blessed the vast plain of grassland of Mongolia and soon enough a huge number of nomadic people began to live and breed in this land in relative peace, but not for long.

As always the light is always followed suit by the darkness, in the shape of the king of hell, who loves nothing but to spread chaos, strife. war and battle in view of unifying the three world and him being the master.

There was a hero called the Golden Warrior of Cina, who was a descendant of the Grey Wolf and White Deer.  He ensured that the king of hell do not get too out of control by banishing him back to the pit of the underworld.

He then planted his Soledin, the spiritual flag as a prayer for peace on top of the Burgein Mountain overlooking the grassland.

But the king of hell was a wily creature.  Before too long he targeted those who are most vulnerable to spread discontent.

He instigated wars between clans including those of Kuchuro and his everlasting love, Dodai.  Kuchuro ended up dead but he was brought back to life but without his Dodai by his side.

He made a pact with the king of hell to bring him out of the underworld, and in return he has to have Dodai back.

900 years later.

Temujin was born with a blood clot on his palm.  He was the new Golden Warrior of Cina.

He had a happy childhood with a loving mother and a hands-on father.  He had great friends, including a very pretty girl called Borte.  they had an idyllic childhood until a desperate news reached Temujin that his father had just been killed along with most of his clan by a rival clan.

Years later, Temujin went back to marry Borte because he never forgotten her as well as to continue his bloodline.

Before they can consummate the night of their wedding, Borte was abducted as a sacrifice to the king of hell, who needed blood from a beautiful and pure maiden.  Borte was the ‘it’ girl at that time, ergo the abduction.

The story follows on from this.

I must say, it is watchable and highly recommended to be watch in wide screen, preferably the cinema’s,.

If you are after a historical Genghis Khan, then this movie is not it.  As I have mentioned, this is pure fantasy with lots of amazing CGI.  The action is great as well and William Chan is gorgeously hunky.  Lin Yun is delicately pretty, with not much to do really.  It is a lovely film to watch with the family, just be careful with the much younger viewers.  But then again, children as young as five are used to playing computer games.  This film has that essence.  It is computer game comes alive because of the large amount of CGI.

Birds Without Names (Japanese Film)

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  • Genre: Romance, Violence, Psychological
  • Released Date: 2018
  • Japanese: Film based on the novel by

    Mahokaru Numata

Cast:

  • Yū Aoi as Towako Kitahara
  • Sadao Abe as Jinji Sano
  • Yutaka Takenouchi as Shunichi Kurosaki
  • Tori Matsuzaka as Makoto Mizushima
  • Eri Murakawa as Kayo Kunieda
  • Shu Nakajima as Kunieda

 

Birds Without Names (Japanese Film)

I am just about to watch this film.  Apparently this is a twisted kind of a love story of a beautiful girl and a slob. 🙂  Yeah that would happen.

It could actually because this girl, though gorgeous with her long hair and good skin, is a sloth.  She doesn’t do anything but sleep, eat and moan.  Who would put up with her?

This loving slob, who works all the hours to provide for Towako.


Actually this movie is very dark but very watchable film because of the excellent acting from the cast, especially the lead girl, Yu Aoi.  She is very versatile.  She shows feisty character and vulnerability in equal measures.  This film is a good vehicle for her talent.

Anyway Towako was once and innocent and deeply in love young woman with a gorgeous, masculine guy.  He was Kurosaki.

She tasted the good life with Kurosaki. .  They had idyllic romantic holidays together.

But one day, he asked her for a favour.  He said that he was in a lot of debt especially to a man called Kuneida.  Kuneida apparently saw her and had rather taken a fancy to her.  Kuneida was an old man but said that he was willing to write off Kurosaki’s debt if Towako sleeps with him.

Towako was absolutely mesmeried by Kurosaki and would do whatever he asked. Therefore, despite her better judgement, she slept with old Kuneida.

After a week or so, Kurosaki wanted to break-up because he was getting married to Kayo.  Kayo was old Kuneida’s daughter.

She was absolutely broken-hearted and very upset of being used.  They fought but she ended up bruised and battered from the slaps, punches, and kicking from Kurosaki.

Though still battered she started in a new job, where Jinji works.  He was uncouth, short, squat but has the stamina and persistence that can break down walls.

Jinji told her that he does not expect her to sleep with him but he really wanted them to be friends.

Towako started living with Jinji and settled in a one-sided love by Jinji,  He treated her like his princess, his better half but without much fringe benefits.  He does get lucky once in a while:)

After three years, Towako heard from Kurosaki.  He told her that in the last three years he had missed her every day that he can’t really relate with his wife and family.

They were loving every minute of their reunion until Kurosaki once again was up to his tricks.  He wanted the same favour.  Apparently he owned his now father-in-law, Kuneda, 10 million yen.  It would break his family and him, if he can’t repay the old guy.  Kuneida apparently will forget the loan if Towako would sleep with him once more and he had never forgotten her.

This did not end too well.  They parted ways for good.

But no matter what she do to forget him, she just can’t do it.

One day she got to meet Mishusima, who reminded him so much of Kurosaki.  Before you can blink they are on some gratuitous sex.

Actually forget the gratuitous, Tori Matsuzaka and Yu Aoi were sexy together.


There is a twist ending and it was poignant.

It is a love story of some sort which ends in tragedy like every great love story.

 

The Princess and the Matchmaker (South Korean Film Review)

Genre: Historical, Romance

Film:  South Korean

Genre: Historical, Romance

Date Released: February 2018

Cast:

  • Shim Eun-kyung as Princess Songhwa
  • Lee Seung-gi as Seo Do-yoon, the fortune teller
  • Yeon Woo-jin as Yoon Shi-kyung, fourth candidate as husband to the princess
  • Kang Min-hyuk as Kang Hwi, second candidate as husband to the princess
  • Choi Woo-shik as Nam Chi-ho, third candidate as husband to the princess

The Princess and the Matchmaker (South Korean Film Review)

It is a very interesting story with top notched leads in Shim Eun Kyung as Princess Songhwa and Lee Seung-gi as the fortune teller. Both excellent actors.  I have to say also that Yeon Woo-jin never fails to deliver an excellent performance as well as the anti-hero.  The rest of the cast are also brilliant.

The story started in a drought ridden kingdom.  The people and the royals are getting worried with the prolong drought that they called every diviner, sooth-sayer, fortune teller in the land to end the drought.

It was agreed that the only solution is for the king’s daughter be married at once.

The king agreed but he does love his daughter, though sired from a concubine.  The king held a series of contest to determine the most suitable husband for the princess.

The list was finally narrowed down to four.

The Princess was very upset and yet intrigued.  She overheard one of the candidates bouth-mouthing her.  In her distress and fury she ended up kissing the very surprised fortune teller/guard.

The Princess then decided to leave the palace and see for herself the candidates in their on turf.

While she was in her mission, the fortune teller met her again and accompanied her to meet the first candidate.

He was only 13 years old, too young, too immature.

The next candidate was was super handsome and knows it.  He was hedonistic and into orgies and she found out that after marriage he is not likely to give up his penchants for beauties.

The third candidate was a very cruel man.  He likes punishing anyone even for minor misdemeanour. She was lucky, she almost died in his hand if not for the protection of the fortune teller.

She decided to go back to the palace.

The fourth candidate is very cunning and very ambitious. He was  He forced the fortune teller, by threatening his blind relative, to write/fake a soji indicating that the fourth candidate, Yoon Shi-kyung, is the most suitable to marry the princess.

All was arranged, the princess was to marry Shi-kyung.  He even arranged for Seo Do Yoon to be tied up and locked and guarded so that the wedding can go ahead without any hindrance.

At the last moment, Seo Do Yoon appeared, having been help by his apprentice to escape.  He was that it would be wrong for the wedding to go ahead as he was forced by Shi-kyung to write the soji.

Seo Do yoon ended up being banished by the king while shi-kyung was arrested.

The princess begged the king to allow Do yoon to come back, she said she was willing to give up her status as a royal.

This only enraged the kill.  He said what is love.

To which the princess says:

If in a person’s life is without love, what else is there?

A few days later it rained and rained.

The king gave the princess a choice.  Go and be with Seo Do yoon but she can never return to the palace.  She will be stripped of her princess status and she will be removed in the royal records.

Awww, the ending almost like Julia Robert’s Nottinghill.

I am just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.

But she said was I am just a woman in front of your eyes.

To which he replied “in my eyes, there is no other woman but you.”

Awww and this scene was in the middle of a forest carpeted by white daisy flowers.

 

 

 

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (Japanese movie)

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Genre: Film, School, fantasy, Bizarre, Manga

Released Date: 2017

Cast:

 

  • Kento Yamazaki as Jōsuke Higashikata
  • Ryunosuke Kamiki as Kōichi Hirose
  • Nana Komatsu as Yukako Yamagishi
  • Masaki Okada as Keichō Nijimura
  • Mackenyu as Okuyasu Nijimura
  • Takayuki Yamada as Anjūrō Katagiri
  • Yusuke Iseya as Jōtarō Kūjō
  • Alisa Mizuki as Tomoko Higashikata
  • Jun Kunimura as Ryōhei Higashikata

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (Japanese movie)

I am really not into this kind of genre but surprisingly enough I really enjoyed the film, probably helped by the couple of glasses of red wine, I imbibed with my supper.

A little tipsy,  I found the whole film made sense. 🙂 🙂 🙂

I watched this movie because of Yamazaki Kento, Nana Kotmatsu, Mackenyu and the perennially gorgeous Masaki Okada.

Okey let me see, if I can now make sense of what the film was all about.

Kento played Josuke, who was a descendant of a family with superpowers.  He did not really know about this family as he grew up with his mother and his maternal grandfather, who was an exemplary police officer.

Josuke is quite popular at school, not only because of his strength and agility but also due to his good looks, especially with his retro goth (lucille ball’s donut hairstyle, see above photo) hairstyle. 🙂

No one was allowed to negatively comment on his hair or there will be hell to pay. 🙂

A new transfer student, Koichi, having been saved by Josuke from bullies, promptly attached himself to Josuke.  But by doing so he put his life in peril as Josuke was being hunted by the evil forces of their town.  These evil forces were lead by Keicho Nijimura and his brother, Okuyasu.

There is something common amongst Josuke, Keicho and Okuyasu.  They all have a ‘stand’, which is a spiritual guiding fighting element that they can exude, these stands are their luminous robot-like doubles who does their fighting for them.  CGI was quite good.

Only those with stands can see these spiritual beings.  That is why Josuke was popular with his classmates for his quickness in fighting, they don’t actually see his stand doing most of the fighting for him; they thought it was him.

Keicho has a bow and arrow that can make a ‘chosen one’ dead but come alive complete with a stand, who he then put under his  control.   This is all about gravity apparently, according to him.

A person that Keicho used his bow and arrow on was a crazed murderer.  The murderer and his stand ended up killing  Josuke’s grandfather, the kindly policeman.

Though Josuke has the power to heal anyone, his grandfather was a lost cause.

With vengeful wrath, Josuke vanquished the crazed killer.

He then went to have his final confrontation with the Nijamura brothers.  Koichi tagged along with him but got shot with an arrow by Keicho.

During the fight Josuke saved Okuyasu and in return Okuyasu helped Josuke to save Koichi.

Keicho’s stands were those toy soldiers and helicopters and tanks which came alive in their hundreds of miniatures.  The vast numbers of the toys soldiers had almost defeated Josuke and his stand but his stand has a power of unbreakable diamond.

The end was an atonement of Keicho to his younger brother Okuyasu.  He took a flying killing evil toy car that would have gone for Okuyasu.

The end was Josuke, Keicho and Okuyasu going back to school rather chummy.

The film feels like it would spore a sequel because the talented Nana was not use much.

I enjoyed the film though rather bizarre.

Death Note Movies (Review & Summary)

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Genre: Mystery, Vengeance, Fantasy, Thriller

 

Death Note is based on a manga, which is so popular that it borne out several movies under its belt.

 

Death Note Movies (Review & Summary)

 

Death Note (2006)

Light is a genius law student.  He hacked into the National Police network and found out that many murderers and criminals are getting away through lack of evidence.

He was so frustrated that he threw away his law book but at the same time found a black mysterious note book.

The note book has Death Note on its cover and it says that any human’s name entered into the note book will die.  There are provisos  of course to minimise mistake.

The writer must envisage the face of the person, before and while writing his name on the notebook.  This is to prevent other people bearing the same name ending up dead.

The cause of death must be written immediately, within 40 seconds; otherwise the death will default to heart attack.

The Death Note book is actually a property of Ryuk, the god of death, who dropped it.

Ryuk found Light, who asked if Ryuk wanted the notebook back.  Ryuk said that Light can pass it to anyone and Ryuk would then erase Light memory of the death note.

After Light was reassured that he will not have to surrender his soul to Ryuk, he decided to keep the Death Note but he was warned that he will suffer agony and fear from using the Death Note.

Light used the name Kira as the god of Justice.

The unexplained deaths of criminals have worried and intrigued the police.  They are looking into this worldwide death with the help of an anonymous person, who comes by the name of L.

It would now be a battle of wits between Kira and L.

Light/Kira was an immature idealistic young man.  He wanted to rid the world of criminals.  He had gone beyond killing criminals.  He had now started murdering those who thwart his vendettas against criminals.  He just killed 12 FBI agents.


Death Note The Last Name


 

 

L: Change the World


 

Death Note: New Generation


 

Death Note: Light Up the NEW World

Policeman & Me (P & JK) Japanese Movie Review

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Film

Genre: Romance, Family

Released Date: 2017

Cast:

  • Kazuya Kamenashi as Kota Sagano
  • Tao Tsuchiya as Kako Motoya
  • Mahiro Takasugi as Heisuke Okami
  • Tina Tamashiro as Mikado Yaguchi
  • Daigo Nishihata as Jiro Nagakura
  • Aya Omasa as Fumi Komori

 

Policeman & Me (P & JK) Japanese Movie Review

This is a cute but rather sedate on the romantic overtures between leads.   I say this because for a married couple they only had a quick kiss right at the very end of the film, just before the credits rolled in.

I supposed this is because of the nature of the story.  Kako is barely legal at 16 and just in first year in high school, while Kota Sagano is 26 years old policeman.

They first met when Kako and her best friend, Mikado, attended a group blind date to fill in for a couple of college students.

Kako and Mikado had to pretend that they were 22 years old.

Anyway Kako and Kota hit it off immediately after Kota drank the alcohol being offered the underage friends.

When it was time to go home, Kako and Kota decided to run for the last tram but just missed it.

Kota then offered Kako to escort her home via a cab.  They were chatting away when Kako inadvertently admitted that she was in fact only 16 years old.

Kota was annoyed and scolded Kako for her childish prank.  Kako was mortified with embarrassment that she run off.  Unfortunately the street she went into was crowded with a gang of youths.

She was of course accosted; one of the youths was her rather delinquent classmate, Okami.

Before she could be hurt, Kota turned up and fought off the gang single-handedly until the police back up arrived.

Okami was just about to strike Kota with a skateboard when Kako stood up and got hurt instead.

She ended up in the hospital.

They had a heart to heart at the hospital and out of the blue Kota asked Kako to marry him if she wanted to continue seeing him.

Kako was surprised at the proposal.  Kota told her that since she was only 16, there will be all sorts of gossips about him and especially about her.  To prevent this they had to get married and he will protect her forever.

Her parents were rather chill about this so they were married immediately but he promised his new father-in-law that he will not make Kako pregnant while still in high school.

Their married life is not a passionate one.  It is more like friends.  He doesn’t share any of his important memories with her and his work and she is busy with school work.  They hardly see one another.

But Kota does make an effort to meet up with her when he can.

There was an incident where Kako was about to be stabbed by a gang member but Kota covered her with his body and almost died in the process.

Kako realised then that she’s just too immature to deal with the kind of job Kota does.  She therefore went back to her parents and resumed being just an ordinary high school students.

But this is a love story, so in the end when local police, Kota included, gave a talk to the students at Kako’s school,  Kota explained that he no longer think of dying for those he loves but rather living with those he loves.  Awwww

They reconciled and promised to live together for a whole lifetime.

Kawaii! 🙂

Though lacking in cute overtly affectionate romance, there is a good chemistry between the leads.  They make a good couple.  And there is a heart to this story.

And the cinematography is fantastic.  Worth watching this film even for just the surrounding environ of the scenery.

Girls & Girls 2 (Chinese Taiwanese Movies)

Girls

Genre:  Friendship, Romance

Released Date: 2014

Cast:

  • Ivy Chen as Xiwen
  • Fiona Sit as Kimmy
  • Yang Zishan as Xiaomei
  • Shawn Yue as Qiao Li
  • Wallace Chung as Lin Jie
  • Vanness Wu as Jiu Tian

Girls (Chinese Taiwanese Movie)

This is a story of three beautiful best friends, who are in their late 20s and had remained thick as thieves over the years.  They have experienced many things together and individually.

Some incidents almost broke their friendship but in the end they realised that their relationship was better and stronger than with the opposite sex.  They are each other’s support.

They realised that a relationship with the opposite sex should not define any one of them.  Men will come and go, those who would stay should cherish them and never let them go.

But in the meantime, they will keep enjoying their youth.

In the first movie, Xiwen was getting excited to her imminent wedding but only to find out that her intended, Li Wei, was having an affair and had fallen out of love with her.

She was catatonic with shock that her two best friends, Kimmy and Xiaomei acted as her carer while she lived her life in a wheelchair in total and utter shock.

Kimmy, despite being the diva and the poshest of the group was a mother hen. When Xiaomei fell for Jiu Tian, Kimmy tried to break them off as she thought the playboy Jui Tian was not good enough for the rather serious Xiaomei.  She did everything including seducing Jui Tian.

Xiaomei in the end broke up with Jiu Tian because she did realise that they were not suited but in doing so she also broke out of the friendship until when she was in a party, she almost got assaulted and the first person she telephone for help was Kimmy, who dropped everything to help Xiaomei.

The friendship was mended once again.

As to Xiwen, she did come out of her dark place and met a kind and gentle man, Qiao Li.  He said he liked her.  She started thinking about liking him too.

 

Girls Vs Gangsters (2) 2018

Cast:

Girls 2 continues on from the above but Xiaomei is not in the film.  She was replaced by Janine Chang as another good friend of Xiwen.

Girls 2 is about a bachelorette party for Xiwen who was to marry Qiao Li.  The celebration arranged by Kimmy was in Vietnam.

At first Kimmy and Jialan are fighting to the Queen Bee position among the group.  Janine Chang and Fiona Sit were hilarious.

But their holiday in Vietnam did not go as planned as they have encountered some sort of a mafia gang.

After drinking until senseless, Xiwen, Kimmy and Jialan woke up butt in a beach.  Kimmy and Jialan were manacled on a fairly large heavy box.

The three naked ladies went to look for somewhere where they can beg for some clothes.

They were lucky they found a half Korean and half American, who was only too happy to help with their clothing needs, however he can only provide a selection of huge boxing shorts.

Jialan fell madly in love with the half American and half Korean, who reminded her of Song Joong Ki’s character in Descendant of the Sun.  This part is actually the most hilarious.

The film is full of funny adventures and I have to say all the three girls gave their all.

In the end Xiwen got married to Qiao Li, who can only bee seen in back view.

Piece of Cake (2015 Japanese Film)

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Film

  • Genre:  Romance, Mature
  • Released Date:  September 2015

Cast:

  • Mikako Tabe as Shino Umemiya
  • Gō Ayano as Kyoshiro Sugahara
  • Tori Matsuzaka as Ten chan
  • Fumino Kimura as Nanako
  • Kaoru Mitsumune as Akari
  • Tasuku Emoto as Masaki
  • Masaki Suda as Kawatani
  • Tomoya Nakamura as Tada
  • Tamae Andō as Toshiko Kurosawa
  • Ryū Morioka as Kinji
  • Kazunobu Mineta as Chiba

Piece of Cake (2015 Japanese Film)

Woah another Mikako Tabe film.

The film is a bit mature as it is about sexual relationship.

Mikako Tabe plays Shino Umamiya.

Shino was in a relationship with Masaki, who would often turn violent towards her due to jealousy.

He had a cause for jealousy, plenty of it.

Anyway. Shino is a girl who was initially very afraid of the idea of being alone and therefore, though she had a boyfriend, she would still sleep with anyone, who showed her a bit of interest.

One day, after another violent confrontation, Masaki said that they were through.

Shino moved somewhere else, got herself a new apartment and a new job.

She was pleasantly surprised to find out that her new boss is none other than her gorgeous new neighbour, Kyoshiro.  But he was already living with a rather mysterious girl called Akari.

Shino did feel guilty but she just can’t help herself so she ended up sleeping with the boss as well.

Kyoshiro said that he loves Shino and he had broken off with Akira.

All’s well.  Shino has also found another part time job doing costumes for dramatic group.

Kyoshiro had told Shino that he had a friend who recently met an accident and he would often  visit this friend  Tanaka.

Shino and Kyoshiro are now quite happy together.  They decided to get a few days away in a spa.  At some point during their break at the spa, Kyoshiro received a call which he refused to answer.  After dinner Kyoshiro went into the men’s hot tub leaving Shino with the phone.

At first she was contented being alone but the sight of the mobile phone on the table was taunting her.  She gave in with her curiosity and checked the last call.  It was Tanaka.  She returned the call and it was Akari who answered.

Shino was so upset that she went and beat up Kyoshino in the men spa.

They ended up breaking off.

A year and a half later, Shino met up with her friend, Nanako who had Akira’s new novel.  Nanako said that Shino must read it as it about the three of them, Akira, Kyoshiro and Shino.  Apparently Kyoshiro really loved Shino but he felt he had to look after Akira as well, as he was all she got in the world, or rather in Tokyo.

Shino said that she is not interested anymore as she had not heard from Kyoshino.  No calls, no texts; not even one.

Her drama group was entertaining in a bar/club when she noticed Kyoshiro.  She run away immediately as she doesn’t want anything to do with him after reading the new novel.

But Kyoshiro run after her and ended up hugging her and telling her how much he loves her.

He then confessed that he wronged her in the past.

This is where the title comes in I think.  Their three-way relationship:  Kyoshiro was having his cake and eating it  too. Apparently Kyoshiro was having a relationship with both Akira and Shino at the same time.

You can’t have it both ways.  It is either you have the cake and keep it or you eat it and it will be gone.  You can’t have it as well as eat it.

Anyway Kyoshiro said that he has absolutely no contact with Akari anymore and he loves only Shino.  To prove it, he took her to a  house, where he planted the garden with her favourite green leafy plants.  He had always been thinking about her.

Once again they are happy and joyous with each other’s company,.

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