Saturday, March 31, 2018

5 reasons not to watch Creepy 2016 movie

1. Nishijima Hidetoshi's very wooden portrayal of the ex cop with an obsession with serial killers. I know he's supposed to be a detached character but Nishijima's acting felt so fake.

2. Kawaguchi Haruna's character who seemed like such an important character until she is forgotten in the middle. Did her agency contribute 50% of the funds for the movie or something?

3. The movie is way to long and the pacing is too slow. Should be 1hr 40 instead of 2 hours. The Kawaguchi Haruna parts could have easily been excised.

4. Too many things that the bad guy managed to do are unexplained. I know movies can't explain every little thing but this show is very much about the killer's motus operandi and some thing of the things he pulls made me scratch my head thinking, "The method he did this can't be so simple, can it?"

5. The final twist that does not make any sense. All I could think of was since when? Ultimately, its the final twist that kills Creepy for me. It feels like someone realising a twist is required despite the fact that it does not make sense.

SUMMARY

Kurosawa Kiyoshi is a good director but when a story is full of holes, bland execution cannot save this. Disappointing. I feel like rewatching Gukoroku or Destruction Babies if get rid of the bad stench of Creepy. Avoid. I'm just pissed off watching two crappy movies in a row with Creepy and Museum and both having so much talent.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Museum jmovie review

Museum is a Se7en-ish crime thriller/gore fest about Oguri Shun playing a cop who trying to find the identity of this serial killer who runs around in a frog mask. Ono Machiko plays Oguri's wife who had just walked out on him and her main job is to say although he's a good cop, he's a horrible father.

A bit of a side bar, the spouse who is never at home reason for leaving does not work unless there is alcohol, drugs, affairs or gambling involved. The reason is without time for the audience to gain empathy, showing Ono Machiko leaving just cause Oguri Shun forgot birthdays just makes me not care for her character.

I think Museum just fails at making the little details necessary to make thrillers work. For example, when the big reveal that Oguri's wife was a potential target happened what followed was not the other police officers asking when did you last see her, has she used her credit card or withdrawn money from the bank, or have you checked with relatives and friends but rather policemen running around finding dead bodies and Oguri Shun acting angry until someone FINALLY asks him if he remembered what they last wore.


Before the movie went around showing the dead bodies, the first thing should have been police officers extracting information from Oguri Shun cause the 'I don't know where they are' is unsufficient.

Forgot the mention the car chase seen early in the movie was pretty bad. If you don't have the proper budget to do a proper car chase seen, just do a foot chase.

A lot of things just feel contrived like the identity of the doctor or the twist of the final plan which sort of makes sense but then where's the 'art' in it? Its just the more exciting they try to make it, the more lame and boring the movie became. Maybe if they made Museum a drama series it would be better because they could have given more time to the punishments. If you want a good Japanese serial killer story, Yami no Bansosha is must better. Avoid.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hamsapsukebe Jdorama Awards 2017

It is time for this small blog read by 5 people to honour the best that Jdoramas had to offer in 2017. The year started with the incredible Quartet and the whole year has been about whether anything would get close to being as good.

I just want to mention when taking screencaps for Quartet, I realised to my horror that I was missing the final episode of Quartet on both my backup hdds. Always triple check everything before deleting. While jdramacity is no more, through the powers of google I was able to find a working torrent somewhere with the 480 versions. Hhm, maybe I should get this in 720 format since its that good...

If you are new to this, the awards are decided by a one man panel of myself having watched as many jdoramas as I could from 2017. I avoid most if not all johnny and Fukada Kyoko jdoramas so that means no Code Blue and whatever that Kimutaku show is. Its pretty much scientifically guaranteed that those two shows are crap.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


OHSUGI REN FINAL FANTASY DADDY OF LIGHT

Has there been an actor as good at portraying the stubborn dad with a heart of gold? He is dearly missed.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

MITSUSHIMA HIKARI QUARTET

She is almost in a statosphere of her own.

BEST ACTOR

NAKAYAMA YUMA HOKUTO

I never thought the day would come when I would give the award to an aidoru but there you go.

BEST ACTRESS

MATSU TAKAKO QUARTET

I hardly ever get to see her in shows anymore but she shows in Quartet that she is right up there with Mitsushima Hikari.

HONORABLE MENTIONS OF 2017

RAKUEN

PAPAKATSU

MILLION YEN WOMEN

FINAL FANTASY DADDY OF LIGHT

KAHOGO NO KAHOKO

MEISHI GAME 

CHINMOKU HOTEI 

OKAASAN, MUSUME WO YAMETE II DESU KA?


TOP 4 BEST JDORAMAS OF 2017

4) HANZAI SHOKUGUN

3) BYPLAYERS
 

2) HOKUTO

1) QUARTET

SUMMARY

While the year started off with a bang, it sort of fizzled out in that the quality was not as strong as in previous years. One could argue that the only true must watch jdorama released in 2017 as Hokuto and Quartet.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hokuto ga Gotoku review



Ryu ga Gotoku Studio's latest game after the disappointing Kiwami 2 is Hokuto ga Gotoku, a mashup of Fist of the North Star and Yakuza series of games. The Yakuza series is no stranger to spin offs set in someone else's story such as Kenzan! which was about the Miyamoto Musashi story and Ishin! which was about Sakamoto Ryoma and the Shinsengumi.

Both Kenzan! and Ishin! featured Yakuza characters as historical characters and it was fun figuring out who was going to play which famous character. Hokuto ga Gotoku has the Yakuza voice actors portraying the famous anime characters without changing their appearance.

Alas Hokuto ga Gotoku happens to be the worst spin off Yakuza game ever, not counting Kurohyou 2 on the PSP. 


THINGS I LIKED
+ Kiryu kills people or rather we have a RGG game where the main character kills.
+ The Bounty Hunter Reaper story.
+ Kenshiro's exploding moves look nice.
+ Befriending the shopkeepers by pouring them drinks though the storylines feel half assed.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE
- The most grindy RGG game ever. There isn't that much content and budget so they made it this super grindy look for parts and bolts festival.
- They've turned the fun cabaret club management sim from Yakuza 0 into a boring grind fest.
- They made it very hard to get skill points which are essential to unlocking moves or rather its not very balanced such as needing to perform poorly during the music game in order to attain them.
- Inability to skip exploding scenes with a button.
- The city of Eden does not feel very alive.
- Stupid ending with twists and turns that defy any logical explanation. If you thought Crystal Skull was bad....

SUMMARY

Disappointing game. I think Nagoshi said they went with the old Yakuza engine cause it was easier and the team was younger but this plays like a game made with no vision that was hastily slapped together. Stay away.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Anone Episodes 1~4

There were quite a few comments about Anone and I was supposed to do the Hamsapsukebe 2017 awards but I could not wait to see what the fuss regarding Sakamoto Yuji's new jdorama was about. It starts off with two characters looking for a place to die and turns into a sort of comedy about fake money.

THINGS I LIKED ABOUT ANONE
+ The twist regarding Hazure's past is really cool. I feel like Sakamoto Yuji could have milked it even more and turned it to more of a horror show.
+ Any scene between Anone and Hazure.
+ The ghost daughter story.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE ABOUT ANONE
- The kid in the hospital, Kanon. I know he gives Hazure impetus to do things but I don't give a shit about him. Maybe he'll end up not being the person she's been looking at.
- Abe Sadao's character being such a pussy he lets people trample all over him.
- Still haven't figured out where the lawyer guy fits into this.

SUMMARY

Anone still hasn't hooked me yet. I kind of still don't get what this show is about except that its about a bunch of people with problems. Its got the acting and writing pedigree but I can't see the whole picture. I'll keep watching just because its Sakamoto. I've been really busy with Hokuto ga Gotoku so its going to be a while before I get to the awards.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Ishitsubute

Ishitsubute is yet another WOWOW corruption dorama, this time Kitamira Kazuki as the employee from the Ministry of Foreign affairs who is involved in a very interesting corruption case with Sato Koichi and Eguchi Yusuke as the police investigators from the second division.

If you've seen a WOWOW corruption show, you've seen Ishitsubute; the two main investigators who can't get along, the usual Japanese office politics of people applying political pressure and the slight overacting in showing anger when characters get bad news delivered to them.

Ishitsubute was still fun for me because its still an underdog story about investigators trying to go after some very big fish. The step by step investigation into how the corruption was carried out was interesting and how the investigators slowly built their case.

Ishitsubute was really hard for me to watch and was going to drop it until someone suggested I try to look for Japanese subs and to my surprise jpsubbers had the subs! Before this, I could never get Japanese subs for WOWOW shows and its got my wondering what other WOWOW subs I could find. If I can find Japanese subs for Mosaic Japan, I might be tempted to sub it cause I love that show so much.

Anyway, I just want to say Ishitsubete is a pretty standard WOWOW show that doesn't suck but doesn't do anything good either. I had fun learning all the political jargon, most of which I have forgotten.