A Story of Yonosuke (2013) Review

A tale of 18-year-old Yokomichi Yonosuke, who moves from his rural home in Nagasaki prefecture to attend college in Tokyo, where he befriends a high-class call girl and the daughter of a rich industrialist

A two, almost three hours long movie, a long but unique film i will say, but i never got bored through the movie. A movie that keep you smiling, this movie has the magical power dragging you with various emotions. A normal story, very normal and plain i will say. Just a story of a guy and his friends, no superpower, no messy relationship, no coke, no sexy chicks, no boobs, no handsome guys. A story set in 80’s, the fashion, people, cars and the whole sets have nostalgia to it and the cinematography is brilliant. You can experience the true 80’s Japan.

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Yonosuke Yokomichi

Yonosuke Yokomichi

Yonosuke, a funny, sincere, loyal and innocent man. He has the ability to make the people around him smile. 🙂 From Nagasaki to Tokyo, he study in the college, make friends, join clubs, do part-time, help around. Well, that is basically the whole movie about. He is a ordinary boy but he is warm, just like the candle light in the dark and raining night.
Samba

Samba

The samba club! Yonosuke and his new friends, Ippei Kuramochi and Yui Akutsu joined the Samba club. How i wish my school was that fun in my time.
Yusuke Kato

Yusuke Kato

Yusuke Kato, the typical cool guy in the gangs. Always act mysterious, have some dark secrets, clever, popular type of guy. He is a gay, and living in a high class apartment. Yonosuke always go to his place for aircond. He admits he is a gay in the park and expected Yonosuke will stay away from him. However, Yonosuke don’t seen it like a big deal and befriend with him like normal.
Yonosuke dead

Yonosuke dead

He mets his first love? A modern, pretty big sister. She was a social butterfly, party babe and earn living from man. She knows how to treat the guys and clever enough to make them go away when she had enough from them. She then became a deejay and reports a news regarding the dead of Yonosuke in radio station. Erm, yea, Yonosuke is dead.(This movie did not follow timeline but mix with the past and presents. )
Of course, a babe like her will not accept the poor Yonosuke. So, the normal Yonosuke continue his normal school life, until he met Shoko chan, the super cute girl.
Shoko Yosano

Shoko Yosano

OMG! This girl is darn cute!The character of the girl could easily be annoying but Yoriko Yoshitaka manages to take the role perfectly. She is so cute and innocent in the movie. Her smile makes me smile, her laugh makes me laugh, her loves for Yonosuke is innocent and sincere. You just can’t hate this girl.
shoko hides behind the curtain

shoko hides behind the curtain

She hides behind the curtain when she confess her loves for Yonosuke.
Shoko Chan Kissu

Shoko Chan Kissu

They celebrates their first Christmas. Under the snow, Shoko wants Yonosuke to kiss her.
Shoko Chan

Shoko Chan

Shoko hurts her legs and needed to stay in hospital. Yonosuke takes her our from wards and send her home.Their love story is not perfect. They broke up and pursue their path separately.

Erm, this movie is interesting and heart warming even thought the main character, Yonosuke was dead. It will make you think back your school life, your friends and the old time of you. Those wonderful time in school, happy memories with friends, crazy stuff you ever did with your friends. Do you still remember the silly promises with your friends? Friendship forever? and stuff like that? Do you still keep in touch with those friends now? I am lucky i still keep in touch with the my primary school friends. After the movie, i make a small gathering with them for no reason. 🙂 Maybe i just want to make the promise come true, friendship forever.

My ratings: 8/10
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Now You See Me (2013) Review

I went to cinema to watch this movie because of Alfred and Fox. I always have faith in their movie.

The poster is very much look likes Ocean Twelve and the movie is also about a catch and run between a group of modern Robin-hood thieves and FBI agents, except they were a group of young magician.

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4 horsemen

4 horsemen

The trailer is interesting, the casting is promising. I did enjoyed the movie. The theme is fresh and the magic from the start is exciting. Everyone love magic show, and will love even more if the magician is good looking. But, the whole story is lack of logical plots, characters development and substance. This movie is an amateur junior compares with Ocean Eleven. But, it is enjoyable, a popcorn movie suitable for Friday night after a long and tiring week.

The starting of the movie is pretty cool but since the FBI and Interpol couple came in, the whole story became lame and stupid.

FBI & Interpol couple

FBI & Interpol couple

The magics they performed were improbable and lame after the explanation from Morgan Freeman. A extremely suspicious Interpol agent, obsessed with magic for no reason and no determination on catching the thieves.
Alma Dray

Alma Dray

The teleportation, the rebuild of the bank’s vault, the hijacking of the bank truck, the hypnotism, the real time robbing of a billionaire, the giant bubble, the highway chasing, the giant mirror trick in the vault and etc. Come on man, do not make your audience angry, you are making the audience feeling stupid for watching the movie. Do not push all the unlogical, ridiculous plot as magic. The twist at the end, so the hulk was a great magician who managed to enter the top of the magicians circle yet at the same time a busy FBI and also a revenger?

Overall, the movie is still enjoyable, just do not try hard and be Homer! Grab your popcorn, rest your brain and watch with your family or friends.

My rating: 5.5/10
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Pain & Gain 2013 Review

Big boys, Big Dreams, Big ambitions. Wrong moves, Wrong paths, Wrong decisions.

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Pain and Gain

The trio

3 not so smart boys decided to take a short cut by kidnapping and robbing other’s belongings. Violence, robbing, kidnapping, cocaine, hitting, torturing, decomposing body, alcohol, strippers, sexing. All the negative elements are all in one movie. This movie is bad because the director makes the criminals feel like not guilty at all. He make them feel like, totally worth it. Well, this is no good, not cool and not encouraging.

This is a comedy, well, it does serve as a comedy movie. But the laughing points are somehow shallow, you laugh in the movie but once you finish the movie, you totally forgot why you laugh at it. The first half of the movie was fun, till they started to do the stupid things.

Outdoor Hand Grilling

Outdoor Hand Grilling

It is kinda hard to believe the movie was based on a true story. Grilling hands outdoor, purchasing large quantity of suspicious items in once, suspicious people move in in your rich neighborhood without any background and no one is curious about it?

Hospital

Hospital

Doc: Why are you dressed for surgery in our hospital?
Lugo: Well, I like to be prepared for anything.

Perfect execution. Seriously?!?!

victim's dog

victim’s dog

Well, basically, the dogs in the movie are the real hero. Dog is really a man’s best friend!

In the end, two of them (Lugo and Adrian) were sentenced to death, while the rock, the cokehead was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Overall, this movie is a bad movie. I find it hard to believe it was based on a true story, if these 3 idiots can actually robbed and did enjoy the wealth which belongs to someone else. Do you really think this movie will not influence other dumb heads? Now, you might want to say this to me.

Adrian-and-Lugo

Adrian-and-Lugo

But, hey, there are someone out there willing to sell one of his kidney for an iphone4, there are a bunch of Justin Bieber’s fans. Now, tell me again, am i too exaggerated?

My rating: 4/10
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47 Ronin 2013 Review

Keanu Reeves, Samurai, Bushido, Japanese mythology, Japanese Culture, Stunning posters, Interesting trailer, Realistic CGI, Zombie boy. How can i miss this one! So, i went to watch this movie in IMAX for Rm18.

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After 10 minutes the movie start, i was drowned in the beautiful visual effect of the mountain and castle. After 20 minutes, i was hoping to have a fast forward key. I am not very familiar with the story of 47 Ronin but I’ve watched the old 47 Ronin done by Japanese before. I was very impressed with their samurai spirit in the old movie. But, i cannot really feel the bonds and samurai spirit between the 47 samurais in this movie. Maybe, because this movie is more focus on the love story of Kai and Mika. I think the element of witch and mystic creatures in the movie is exaggerated.

47 Ronin Tengu

47 Ronin Tengu

I am not ok with the lizard look-alike Tengu. Tengu is a mystic creature found in many Japanese folks. The original Tengu might be found in many forms, long nose, kite-like monster or crow, but not lizard. If you want to capture the japanese culture, please do follow it exactly.

47 Ronin Evil Samurai

47 Ronin Evil Samurai

I was expecting some serious fighting scenes of Kai or any other samurais with the giant evil samurai, but i was so disappointed when it dies so easy.

ZombieBoy

ZombieBoy

He has a very good position in the main poster, individual posters, interesting appearance in the trailer. I thought he will be a friend of Keanu Reeves in the movie and he is a character to assist the 47 Samurais to attack Lord Kira’ castle. BUT! you might just miss his appearance in the movie if you don’t watch carefully! He was there for few seconds as a totally unwanted character.

47 Ronin- Mika & Witch

47 Ronin- Mika & Witch

47 Ronin- Mika & Witch

47 Ronin- Mika & Witch

These two ladies are absolutely stunning in the movie. Mika was tought and elegant and witch is so witch. Both of them are eyes pleasure.

47 Ronin Samurai

47 Ronin Samurai

Beautiful set, authentic japanese style costume, no over make up or effects.

47 Ronin Seppuku

47 Ronin Seppuku

I always wonder if all the samurai had attended a class on how to do seppuku.

Overall, this is not a very bad movie but not so good neither. But i will give applause to the editor who did the trailer, a very successful trailer and manage to attract audience to watch the movie.

My rating: 6/10
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