I am sorry to announce that I have made a decision to officially close Cypsis' Blog.

All the reviews stay up as they are, but I will not write more reviews. Cypsis' Blog had many ups-and-downs during those 7 years and I have tried to give the best I could, but unfortunately my life has moved on so much that finding time for reviewing has become more and more difficult. Closing the blog is breaking my heart, but I have thought a lot about it and understood that it is for the best. I am very thankful to everybody who have enjoyed reading my reviews.
(PS. I am still continuing to watch Asian dramas and you can always find me on

Thank you for all these 7 years. I hope that those 240 reviews made you happy. I truly had unforgettable time writing them!

Sincerely, Cypsis

Friday, November 21, 2014

My name is Love (2012)

Country: Thai
Format: movie
Genre: love, youth, romance
Cast: Arak Amornsupasiri, Bo Tunyasupong, Fay Jirapapra Marayat, Jazz Chuancheun, Khom Chuan Chuen, Thunyasupan Jirapreechanon, Peerawat Herabat, Pongpitch Preechaborisuthikul,
Synopsis: When Q was teenager he was the most popular guy in the school, his beauty was outrageous and everybody just loved him, but his narcissistic view made him also rude to others and so years later he finds himself working under the guy he humiliated in front of all school and in love with his neighbor whose heart he once broke.  
Rating: 4/5
This movie explains a lot why some couples that should happen never find each other as so many people seem to be with wrong partners. It is all cupids messing up!! and it teaches a lot also about karma - be kind to others or in years you will have everything done back in double.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hormones ~The second season~ (2014)

Country: Thai
Format: 2nd season 13 episodes
Genre: school, youth
Cast: Pachara Chirathirat (Peach as Win), Ungsumalynn Sirapatsakmetha (Pattie as Kwan), Sutatta Uudomsilp (Punpun as Toei), Juthawut Pattarakhumphol (March as Phu), Sirachuch Shuenthaworn (Micheal as Mhog), Gun Chunhawat (Gun as Tar), Sananthachat Thanapatpisal (Fon as Dao), Thanapob Leeratanakojorn (Tor as Phai), Supassara Thanachart (Gao as Sprite), Sedthawut Anusit (as Thee), Napat Chokejindachai (as Pop), Kemisara Paladesh (Belle as Koi), Thiti Mahayotaruk (as Non), Pearwah N.Chatchaipholrat ( as Pang), Narikunn Ketprapakorn (as Oil), Thanaerng Kanyawee Songmuang (as Jane), Teeradon Supapunpinyo (James as Sun)
Synopsis: It is new school year which brings some new faces into school with new problems, but for older students it is a new year with some continuing obstacles. 
Rating: 4/5
First season review here
Another shocking year for everybody! This year, this was definitely the most waited drama for me, because I just thought of the solution of the drama every week since the first season ended. I already say I am sorry if this review contains spoilers, because it is impossible to write review without

spoiling anything. This season involves a lot of more problems as drugs, sexual assault, sexuality crises, grief, teenage pregnancy, online identity theft etc.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hidamari no kanojo (2013)

Country: Japan
Format: movie
Genre: romance, supernatural
Cast: Matsumoto Jun, Ueno Juri, Tamayama Tetsuji, Suda Masaki, Ookura Koji, Tanimura Mitsuki, Kitamura Takumi, Aoi Wakana, Koyabu, Kazutoyo, Nishida Naomi, Kiuchi Midori, Shiomi Sansei, Toyota Maho, Natsuki Mari, Ishibashi Anna, Nomaguchi Toru,
Synopsis: One day at work Okuda Kosuke meets with school friend Watarai Mao who he has not seen for 10 years after he had transferred to another city. They fall in love and decide to marry, but there are some mysteries around Mao and her past. Sometimes true love grants wishes of fairy tales.
Rating: 5/5
Definitely one surprise movie that I had no idea what to expect. I thought it is going to be just another sweet love-story that is nothing special, but they sure were able to surprise me.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hanayome no chichi (2012)

Also known as:  The father of the bride
Country: Japan
Format: movie
Genre: family, real life
Cast: Yangiba Toshiro, Kanjiya Shiori, Mukai Osamu, Hashizume Isao, Yo Kimiko
Synopsis: Mio is born mute&deaf and only has his father and grandfather bringing her up. His father gave up on becoming a mangaka and now grows bulls in order to take part of traditional bullfighting tournaments. Mio is getting ready to get married to one local man, when he suddenly decides to break up. Mio's real reason to get married was to get out of the house and cause less concerns to her father decides to spend one day in Tokyo. All things happen for a reason and so getting her phone stolen brings her together with Maru.
Rating: 5/5
This movie is really quiet as there is not so much talking. It has really beautiful scenery as movie is set in Yamakoshi, Niigata, that is famous for bullfighting - who said they do it only in Spain?? In addition they have added some more traditions into movie like Yamakoshi's fire festival.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Love at first flood (2012)

Country: Thai
Format: movie
Genre: romance, real life
Cast: Ratchaphoom Tokongsup, Butsarin Yokpraipan, Benjarat Wisitkitchakarn, Uttapong Uttakitkul,
Synopsis: During the big Bangkok floods a beautiful love-story takes place.. nor not. Thoong and Mei Sui meet after both being volunteers and helping with the damages of the flood. Of course Mei Sui is not flattered by Thoong's actions and finds him pretty weird, while Thoong is upset with Mei Sui's rudeness. But as they say, sometimes acted hatred is just to cover up the true feelings? 
Rating: 4/5
I remember seeing the posters of the movie online  when it came out and it has always been as a notice that I will watch it someday. Well, that "someday" finally happened.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Resident ~ 5nin no kenshui~ (2012)

Country: Japan
Format: drama in 10 episodes
Genre: medical, drama
Cast: Naka Risa, Masuda Takahisa, Hayashi Kento, Oomasa Aya, Ishibashi Anna, Sudo Risa, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Minakawa Sarutoki, Terajima Susumu, Furuta Arata, Ozama Yukiyoshi, Chiba Yudai,
Synopsis: Five interns become part of a medical team to but their skills into practice. They do not have to save only lives of their patients, but their mind must grow as doctors to be able to continue saving lives in future. Each of them faces the challenge of their past that keeps interfering their work.
Rating: 3/5
Seriously, I have never waited after subtitles for so long as for "Resident", but I am so grateful that they still decided to finish it even if it took around 1,5 years.

Mitsuko Delivers (2011)

Country: Japan
Format: movie
Genre: absurd, comedy
Cast: Naka Riisa, Nakamura Aoi, Ishibashi Ryo, Inagawa Miyoko, Namiki Shiori, Takeuchi Miyako, Oona Momoka, Kondo Yoshimasa, Hotaru Yukijiro, Saito Keiko
Synopsis: Mitsuko is in her last month of pregnancy, but her life is a big mess. Her parents believe that she is happily living in California, but in reality she went back to Tokyo after her African-American boyfriend dumps her when hearing about the child. In addition, she is out of money and has no place to stay, but still she believes that everything is going to be just fine.
Rating: 2/5
We all have some movies that after watching them make us think "WHAT THE RAMEN I WAS WATCHING NOW??!" and this is just like this to me. This is now officially one of the weirdest movies I have seen, but on the other hand it works! For me it was so weird to understand that it was amusing and actually made me want to see other Yuya Ishii works.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rockin' on heaven's door (2013)

Format: movie
Genre: life&death, music
Cast: Lee Hong Ki, Baek Jin Hee, Ma Dong Seok, Lim Woo Hee, Jeon Min Seo, Lee Min Ah, Kwak Ja Hyoung, Yoo Jae Myung, Kim Hyeon Ah,
Synopsis: Chong Ui is young idol whose temper gets him on the wrong side with law, for punishment he is made to work as an volunteer at hospital, where all patients are terminally ill. With ups and downs he starts to understand how to cope with life, death, grief and fulfilling everyone's dreams.
Rating: 4/5
If you want to cry then this is the movie. You better buy a lot of tissues before watching it. I waited this movie to finally have subs for so long that I felt that I go insane, but the wait was worth it. This is definitely one of the most heartwarming movie about life and death.. and I start to cry again..

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sotsu Uta ~ Best friend~ (2010)

Country: Japan
Format: part of Sotsu Uta series
Genre: friendship, life
Cast: Shida Mirai, Kutsuna Shiori, Irie Jingi, Sometani Shota, Muro Tsuyoshi, Nagasawa Masami,
Synopsis: Ayumi and Mami are best friends at school. While Ayumi falls in and out of love really fast, then Mami never talks about her feelings. But no matter what Mami always stands behind Ayumi supporting her in everything.
Rating: 1/5
It is difficult to write a review about it, because first of all it is really short and secondly they concentrate on one storyline, so forgive me if this review is also short.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bride of the century (2014)

Format: drama in 16 episodes
Genre: romance, supernatural
Cast: Lee Hong Ki,Yang Jin Sung, Sung Hyuk, Shin Eun Jung, Kim Ah Young, Nam Jeong Hee, Park Jin Joo, Choi Il Hwa, Kim Seo Ra, Jung Hae In, Jang Ah Young, Kang Tae Hwan, Kim Yoo Jung, Lim Byung Ki, Kwon Eun Ah,
Synopsis:The Taeyang corporation is the biggest conglomerate in South-Korea, but behind the success lies dark rumors about the owner family. It is said that the family is cursed and in every generation the first wife of the oldest son will die after marrying into the family. After 100 years of curse, there are people who try to outsmart death by exchanging bride to someone else, but one cannot change the destiny that is set for them.
Rating: 4/5
One of great dramas I have seen! What else can I want than a great male lead as Lee Hong Ki, surprising female lead and supernatural theme in romantic family drama.

Friday, May 30, 2014

100 days with Mr. Arrogant (2004)

Country: South-Korea
Format: movie
Genre: comedy, romance
Cast: Ha Ji Won, Kim Jae Won, Jin Tae Hyun, Han Min, Yong Seon Hee, Hong Ji Young, Han Seok Sik, Lee Eun Kyung, Kim Chang Wan, Kim Yong Geon,
Synopsis: After being dumped by boyfriend on their 100th day anniversary, Ha Young is really depressed and by accident meets with Hyung Joon - handsome college guy. As Ha Young damaged his Lexus, but has no money to pay for the damage, Hyung Joon makes her sign the enslavement agreement for 100 days, making her into his personal slave who cleans his apartment and runs his errands. As soon as she learns that she was tricked by him, she decides to take a revenge, but he still keeps intervening her life and soon she finds herself in love. 
Rating: 2/5
To tell you the truth I was never really interested in this movie, even though people said it is a great one. But I admit that it has some great points and even similar things have been used later – like the beginning fantasy part  in “Playful Kiss” and same 100 day contract in “Marry me, Mary”.
But as Yanne told me "This movie is only good when you are a newbie to Asian dramas and movies".

Friday, April 25, 2014

Kindaichi Kosuke vs Akechi Kogoro SP (2013)

Country: Japan
Format: movie special
Genre: historical, detective
Cast: Yamashita Tomohisa, Takei Emi, Ito Hideaki, Endo Kaname, Asaka Mayumi, Emoto Tokio, Oshinari Shugo, Kusamura Reiko, Magy, Haniuda Amu, Masuoka Toru
Synopsis: Kindaichi Kosuke is a rookie detective who got fast fame by discovering few crimes, but being so young, he does not get a lot of job offers. One day he is called to investigate a missing person case of two pharmacy families who have been on the foot of war for years already. The more he investigates the deeper into the secret he falls. At the same time, old detective Akechi Kogoro takes interest in Kindaichi Kosuke and decides to keep a eye on him to see him working. 
Rating: 3/5
To tell you the truth, then I have not been impressed or interested in “Kindaichi Kosuke vs Akechi Kogoro” for a single time and it continues even after watching it. Only difference for me is that now I see it as SP of “MONSTERS” with time travel to past. 


Country: Japan
Format: drama in 8 episodes
Genre: suspense, comedy
Cast: Katori Shigo, Yamashita Tomohisa, Kenichi Endo, Yanagihara Kanako,Waranibo Tomoya, Kikuta Daisuke, Hino Tatsuya, Shiroishi Tomoya, Hinaka Yasukage, Otake Makoto,
Synopsis: Saionji Kosuke is a rookie detective whose first job is to find out his partner Hiratsuka Heihachi's  secrets behind quickly solving cases, for possible connection to the under-world. But the thing is that Hiratsuka is not like others - he is odd, mysterious, sometimes rude and most of the time very annoying. 
Rating: 4/5
I remember when “MONSTERS” first aired and how Yanne watched the whole first episode via KeyHole – for you to know first episode is 90 minutes long. While airing this drama did not get great viewer-ratings and people started to talk how Johnny’s cannot bring ratings anymore, but I just think that it is really underrated drama.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Came to me and became a star (2013)

Country: South-Korea
Format: Special
Genre: romance
Cast: Kim Ji Suk, Jung So Min, Lee Byung Joon, Yoo So Young, Nam Kyung Min, Kim Dong Hee,
Synopsis: Story of two people who both suffer from lack of money. Kang Suk has a well paying job, but he has to pay back the loans and for his mother's medical bills, because she is in coma. Ha Jin is working in a company that has many financial difficulties, that make her unable to pay all the rent. They both move into goshiwon - cheap small one-room-apartment complex. Due to different circumstances they meet at blind-date event and find out that their compatibility is 98%, but will their love blossom with all the lies hiding their troubles with life? 
KBS World SPEICAL, which is shown on their official Youtube channel with English subtitles – Why not watch? But with these kinds of things, if you do not research before what it is about, then you might regret watching it later. Okey, even if I had read synopsis before I would have wanted to see it. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

King 2 Hearts (2012)

: South-Korea
Format: drama in 20 episodes
Genre: action, romance, political, drama
Cast: Lee Seung Gi, Ha Ji Won,Jo Jung Suk, Yoon Je Moon, Lee Yoon Ji, Lee Sung Min, Jung Man Shik, Kwon Hyun Sang, Choi Kwon, Lee Do Kyong, Samantha Daniel, Fabien Yoon,
Synopsis: Lee Jae Ha is crown  prince of South-Korea. Fresh out of military service he cannot wait to go back to enjoying his great life. Only then he finds out that his brother, the king, has put him into South-Korean team of South- and North-Korean military training sessions in order to take part as an united team in World Officer Contest. Lee Jae Ha meets Kim Hang Ah - the leader of the north team - and has no idea how meeting her will change the lives of everybody in those two countries.
Rating: 5/5
This became fast one of my favorite dramas I have seen and I think that it is a bit underrated for its awesomeness. This drama gives you all the emotions you need and more.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Ikebukuro west gate park (2000)

Country: Japan
Format: drama in 11 episodes and Sp
Genre: comedy, suspense
Cast: Nagase Tomoya, Kato Ai, Kubozuka Yosuke, Sato Ryuta, Yamashita Tomohisa, Morishita Aiko, Nishijima Kazuhiro, Sakaguchi Kenji, Yazawa Shin, Koyuki, Kitaro, Watanabe Ken, Tsumabuki Satoshi, Sugita Kaoru, Sakai Wakana, Watanabe Tetsu, Yusef Lotfi, Ikezu Shoko, Waki Tomohiro, Kawasaki Mayo
Synopsis: Majima Makoto is an usual guy from Ikebukuro, an area which is known for gangs and delinquents. His is best friends with G-boys gang leader Takashi, without being in the gang himself. After Makoto's friend Rika gets murdered he starts to find the murderer, because nobody believes in police. Soon Makoto discovers that he is helping the whole Ikebukuro to investigate many problems and mysteries. 
Rating: 4/5
I was impressed by this drama. On 25th Television Drama Academy Awards it won 7 categories of 13th and was the best drama of this season. "Ikebukuro West Gate Park" is based on same-named manga by Ishida Ira.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Cyborg She (2008)

Country: Japan
Format: movie
Genre: time-travel, romance, sci-fi
Cast: Koide Keisuke, Ayase Haruka, Kiritani Kenta, Ai Risa, Ebisu Yoshikazu,Tanaka Kei, Endo Kenichi, Ibu Masato, Yoshitaka Yuriko, Yoshiyuki Kazuko, Taguchi Hiromasa, Takenata Naoto,   
Synopsis: Jiro has always celebrated his birthday alone, eating spaghetti's in a restaurant and buying himself a present. It's all until he meets one of a kind girl who wakes him from his boring life, but as soon as she came, she also leaves. One year later she comes to him again, but only now he gets to know that she is actually a cyborg sent to him by his future self in order to keep him alive.
Rating: 2/5
"Cyborg She" is counted as one of the best movies in Japan, so I had really big hopes for it, but in reality I only got disappointed a bit. "Cyborg She" is the last movie of "Sassy Girl trilogy".

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sore wa, totsuzen, arashi no you ni (2004)

Country: Japan
Format: drama in 10 episodes
Genre: romance,
Cast: Esumi Makiko, Yamashita Tomohisa,Yanagiba Toshiro, Miyaji Mao, Kimura Tae, Kohashi Kenji, Kato Takako, Katsuji Ryo, Yamada Yu, Ayase Haruka, Hamada Mari,
Synopsis: Ogawa Kozue has been married to her husband Hideo for 7 years already, but their relationship has become dull and silent. One day she meets with high school guy Takuma who attracts her attention. As it it is raining they end up going to Takuma's work place - dance studio, where he is dance instructor. After meeting young and bold Takuma, Kozue begins to think about her own life.
Rating: 2/5
To tell you the truth, I expected much more from this drama. I think this drama can be explained with
Kozue having pre-middle-aged crisis, where she discovers that her life has not gone as she wanted and there is no flame in her marriage. Of course then she meets 18-year-old guy, who shows her all new and different things in life, not to mention the powerful passion that is missing in Kozue and Hideo's relationship.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Yukan Club (2007)

Country: Japan
Format: drama in 10 episodes
Genre: school, comedy
Cast: Akanishi Jin,Yokoyama You, Taguchi Junnosuke, Minami, Kashii Yu, Suzuki Emi, Kaga Takeshi, Kataoka Tsurutaro, Kato Kazuko, Shirakawa Yumi, Hasegawa Hatsunori, Guests: Iwata Sayuri, Matsuzawa Ren, Chinen Yuri, Fuse Hiroshi, Iriyama Noriko, Oshinari Shugo, Koyama Keiichiro, Waki Tomohiro, Mike He, David Ito,
Synopsis: Minoru, Seishiro, Bido, Yuri, Noriko and Karen are six best friends. They are rich and famous which gives them the privilege to have their own room and act as student council. But actually most of their time they get messed into difficult cases just because they have too much free time in their hands and nothing better to do.
Rating: 4/5
"Yukan Club" is another very popular school drama. It is based on same-named manga by Ichijo Yukari.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Tokyo Bandwagon (2013)

Country: Japan
Format: drama in 10 episodes
Genre: romance, slice of life
Cast: Kamenashi Kazuya, Tabe Mikako, Mimura, Kaneko Nobuaki, Taira Airi, Ozowa Runa, Kimino Yuma, Jonathan Sherr, Inohara Yoshihiko, Katagiri Hairi, Bengal, Mitsuishi Ken, Tamaki Koji, Kaga Mariko
Synopsis: Tokyo Bandwagon is old second-hand bookstore, where 4 generations of Hotta family members live together. They might me located on a small area, but there is a lot happening. Especially after Ao, grandson of the head of the store, meets with sweet innocent Suzumi who has several tricks to play.
Rating: 5/5
It officially became one of my favorite Japanese dramas! I have heard a lot of opinions about it, but I must say that I simply enjoyed and still adore it.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ore wa, kimi no tame ni koso shini ni iku (2007)

Also known as: For those we love; Assault on the Pacific ~Kamikaze~
Country: Japan
Format: movie
Cast: Tokushige Satoshi, Kobozuka Yosuke, Tsutsui Michitaka, Kishi Keiko, Tabe Mikako, Maekawa Yasuyuki, Nakamura Tomoya, Watanabe Dai, Hulk Ren, Nakagoshi Noriko, Sakurai Sachiko, Toda Naho, Miyasaki Yoshiko, Endo Kenichi, Terada Minori, Nakahara Takeo, Emori Toru, Nagato Hirouki, Ishibashi Renji, Katsuno Hiroshi, Matoba Koji, Ibu Masato, Suzunosuke Tanaka, Inoue Takashi, Hashimoto Ichiro, Matsuo Satoru,
Synopsis: It is the final months of 1945 and war drew a close. Allied naval forces expanded in the South Pacific and Japanese military headquarter decides to form special attack corps which the world now knows as Kamikaze pilots. Tomihara Tome is keeping a restaurant in Kyushu and witnesses their last days and cherishes their memory. 
Rating: 5/5
I was afraid to watch it, because I am not good with watching war movies. I am pacifist, there is no justified reason for war - it is just people killing people just because some "important leaders of the country" want more or have speaking disability. I understand when in the start of the ages, people
fought to survive, but to gain more land, wealth, resources (that is not FOOD) does not make sense to me. Of course it is different with home wars, but actually this is not the place or time to talk about my views on these things, so let's move on to the review.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Ikiteru dake de nankurunaisa SP (2011)

Country: Japan
Format: movie, 24 Hour TV special
Genre: life & death, drama
Cast: Murakami Shingo, Tanaka Rena, Namase Katsuhisa, Takahata Atsuko, Yoshida Taeko, Shibutani Subaru, Imouto Ayako, cameos: Nishikido Ryo, Yasuda Shota, Okura Tadayoshi, Yokoyama You, Maruyama Ryuuhei,
Synopsis: One day Eisaku's coughing gets worse and when he finally starts to cough blood he knows that something is not right. But what he does not know is that it is only the start of a years long fight for his life with different diseases. Thanks to his long term girlfriend/ wife Mika, he is able to face the future.
Rating: 5/5
I cried my eyes out due to that movie. 24 Hour TV always makes me cry, because they always bring the true-life events on the screen. This time it is based on Tamamoto Eisaku's essay about his fight with multiple serious diseases.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lunch Box (2010)

Country: Korean
Format: movie, one episode of MBC Best Theater series
Genre: romance, drama
Cast: Lee Min Jung, Im Seul Ong, Bae Han Sung, Cha Hwa Yun, Oh Dae Hwan,  Park Hye Jin
Synopsis: Movie tells a story of different people who are connected to each other. Ones are looking towards the future, but others are unable to walk away from the past.
Rating: - /5
Well, this was one really weird movie. Even now I do not have clear thoughts about it. It never shows what exactly happened in the past and it does not exactly show the future, it is just a point in life where after over 20 years four people, who are connected to each other with sad memories, meet again and try to put an end to the grief and I almost forgot four other people who just must witness everything.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Byakkotai (2007)

Country: Japan
Format: movie in 2 episodes
Genre: historical
Cast: Yamashita Tomohisa, Tanaka Koki, Fujigaya Taisuke, Kuroki Meisa, Higashiyama Noriyuki, Kobayashi Nenji, Yakushimaru Hiroko, Nogiwa Yoko, Takashima Masanobu, Ito Shiro, Ito Kazue, Matsuo Toshinobu, Takuma Takayuki, Nishihara Aki, Ishiguro Hideo, Saito Shota, Sakimoto Hiromi, Tomita Sho, Hashizume Ryo, Matsushige Yutaka, Masu Takeshi, Kikawada Masaya, Tsutsui Mariko, Iida Kisuke, Yamada Meikyo, Hirooka Yuriko, Kanno Rio, Matoba Koji, Nakagoshi Noriko, Ida Kunihiko, Namiki Shiro, Okayama Hajime, Sakai Toshiya, Ishimaru Kenjiro, Bengal, Asano Yuko, Musaka Naomasa, Watanabe Ikkei, Kataoka Tsurutaro, Wakamura Mayumi, Wakui Emi,
Synopsis: Sakai Shintaro and Shinoda Yusuke are descendants of Byakkotai samurais. In order to escape from Shintaro's grandmother, they go to Aizu where grandfather sends them into Byakkotai Memorial Hall. In their mind they travel back to years 1868 to 1869 when Japan had Boshin war - war were special force of 340 boys of 16-17 years old fought for their lives.
Rating: 3/5
It is a re-make of 1986 movie - so I think it looks exactly the same. Most of the things that happen in the movie are based on true life events.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Kemarishi (2006)

Country: Japan
Format: movie in 40 minutes;
Genre: supernatural, third movie of KanjaniWinter drama special 2006
Cast: Yokoyama You, Okura Tadayoshi, Nishikido Ryo, Sato Megumi, Sagawa Mitsuo, Owada Shinya,
Synopsis: There is a old legend of "kemarishi",  a special superhuman power to use kemari (Old traditional Japanese non-competitive sport where you must keep the ball in air as long as you can) to fight with others. It was believed that all successors of legendary clans have died, but little did they know that there is still someone left.
Rating: 1/5
Well, it is one of Kanjani movies, what else to say - Just laugh hard and joke a lot.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bel Ami (2013)

Also known as: Pretty Man
Country: South-Korea
Format: drama in 16 episodes
Genre: romance, comedy
Cast: Jang Geun Suk, UI, Lee Jang Woo, Han Chae Young, Kim Bo Yun, Dok Go Young Jae, Kim Young Jae, So Yoo Jin, Kim Ye Won, Cha Hyun Jung, Park Ji Yoon, Kim Bo Ra, Jung Sun Kyung, Kim Min Joo, Lee Min Young, Yeo Hoon Min, Yang Mi Kyung,
Synopsis: Dok Go Ma Te is born with very beautiful face and he has made into his trademark in to get what he wants. After his mother dies he gets closer to the mystery behind his father's identity. In order to be accept by his father he must unlock the password that her mother made up. Dok Go Ma Te starts his mission with his old neighborhood girl Bo Tong, who has been in love with him for all those years.
Rating: 4/5
I was so happy when they changed the title into "Bel Ami" because it sounds much better than "Pretty Man". I am not even going to write down all the fears I had before watching it, because there were a lot of them. It is based on manhwa by Chun Gye Young.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

47 Ronin (2013)

USA with Japanese actors 
Format: movie
Genre: legends, adventure, fantasy
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Sanada Hiroyuki, Shibasaki Kou, Asano Tadanobu, Kikuchi Rinko, Akanishi Jin, Tanaka Min, Haneda Masayoshi, Sogabe Hiroshi, Neil Fingleton, Yonemoto Takato, Yamada Hiroshi, Nakajima Shu, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Yorick van Wageningen, Rick Genest,
Synopsis: Based on the true story of 47 samurais who avenged the murder of their lord in 1703.  Kai, a half-Japanese who is an outcast, is accepted by lord Asano to live in his domain - while growing up he develops feelings towards Asano's daughter Mika. After lord Kira has murdered lord Asano, Mika is taken into hostage and Asano's men are disbanded. A year later the ronin reunite in order to avenge their lord and save Mika. And now add Japanese magical mythology!
Rating: 3/5
The first review of 2014! and the first thing I have literally watched this year! I know it is USA movie, but at the same time I think you understand why I decided to make this review too. I was afraid that it is extremely Hollywood-ish and I was ready to be veery disappointed, but I had to see it, because I had to see my baby's, Akanishi Jin's, Hollywood debut - and we are back to love-hate relationship - at the moment "all about love!".