Abe Hiroshi 阿部寛<3

Abe Hiroshi Film and Drama Reviews Plus CMs. Best viewed using IPAD


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I Love You & I Need You Fukushima

This is a nice video tribute to the 3-11 disaster in Japan. Never mind whatever agenda there is, this is for sheer solidarity and humanitarian compassion.

Abe Hiroshi from 1:52 – 2:02 mark – a bit off timing at first but eventually caught up perfectly. In this video, he really looked a lot like my hubby ❤

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Currently Watching: Trick 2

2002

I wasn’t particularly impressed with the first season so I was also not that much enthusiastic to start Trick 2. But since I felt that Hero dragged on a bit and I don’t want to start on a new series (other choices left would have been “At Home Dad”, “Change”, and an array of very old dramas), I bit the bullet continued with the adventures of Ueda Jiro and Yamada Naoko hoping that there’ll be fun mysteries to solve and a tinge of romance as side dish.

Unfortunately, I was out of luck as the stream links of Trick 2 doesn’t have any subtitles. Normally, I have a fair grasp of the Japanese language and I can watch dramas and movies without any difficulty. But boy oh boy, this series is extremely “Tricky” (pardon the pun). The dialogues have heaps of nuances on language and popular culture, for instance first episode dealt with all honorific expressions, and the second one about the box was also kinda confusing. Moreover, they also used technical terms about paranormal activity which are quite unfamiliar to me.

Anyway, I’m still on episode 7 and I will update this as soon as finished the entire series. Romance between the two characters seemed to have vanished in thin air 😦

Btw, I searched Amazon.jp and apparently there are actual books authored by the fictional character of Ueda Jirou. What a clever marketing idea!

I’m sorry that this review may not give justice to this series because of my poor language ability.

 


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Chocolate (Thai Movie)

Thai: ช็อคโกแลต (2008)

Japanese: チョコレート・ファイター

Since I don’t understand a single word of Thai, I thought that I will just scroll through the scenes of Abe Hiroshi especially the sizzling bed takes (albeit fake). Well, even after the much-anticipated yet unnecessary full back nudity, I was engaged enough with the film to continue watching till the very end. Newcomer actress Jeeja Vismitananda was perfect for her autistic martial artist role as “Zen” and very reminiscent of the “Dragon” Bruce Lee.  Though unrealistic, it was fun to see her take an entire battalion of goons single-handedly and I found myself saying “Suge!!”(great) heaps of times. Plus it was exciting to see her pitted against the other autistic boy and eventually beat him. I also love the storyline since I have mild ADHD as well and the movie shows a different perspective on mental disabilities.

Just before the ending credits, the film showed actual injuries on the actors including Jeeja herself while doing those difficult stunts. It was kinda scary seeing those poor extras getting seriously injured on the dangerous maneuvers that they did. No wonder the fight scenes were very convincing since they were actually hurting each other.

LOL moment when Abe Hiroshi spoke in English during the fight scene. Can anyone explain what the hell is “Awaits berry?” 


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Bubble Go

Japanese: バブルへGO!! タイムマシンはドラム式 (2007)

English: Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust

Sometimes there are actors/actresses whose roles are just so ‘sticky’ you would refer to them by the name of the characters they played rather than their real names. Of course, you have the main protagonists, but I guess it’s more impressive when you remember minor characters. Take for instance, “Kikuchi” in GTO, “Morita” in Honey and Clover, and “Qing He” in Meteor Garden. And then there’s the tomboyish girl who likes Sharan Q in Long Vacation. For some reason, the simple yet poignant scene when Sena (played by Kimura Takuya) gave her a lift on the bike is forever engraved in my memory. So, what a surprised it is to find “Sharan Q” (Hirosue Ryouko in real life) all grown up, sexy and time-travelling back to the past to save Japan from its 800 trillion yen debt.

Bubble Go has all the elements of a top-class comedy. It has very strong casting and acting: Abe Hiroshi and “Sharan Q” are perfect for their roles as Shimokawaji Isao and Tanaka Mayumi, respectively. Any other actor/actress would have doomed the washing/time machine scene extremely cheesy.

(SPOILER ALERT:) Before it was revealed that they were actually father and daughter, you can actually feel the hormone exchange between them and somehow Isao’s charm and advances or ‘nampa’ on Mayumi might really developed into something. So, can you just imagine the ick factor when she finally loosens up to him and allows him to kiss her? Time machine factor aside, it’s kinda gross. So I guess, that’s what transformed Isao from being a gigolo who sleeps around to a super serious, gloomy, and Japanese politician-type 17 years after.

Another nice thing about the movie are the fashion, music, gadgets, language and overall Tokyo atmosphere in year 1990. Japanese people lived frivolous lifestyle, spends cash like madmen and the arrogant hubris on banks and the economy. It seems like such a huge task for Mayumi, a hostess at a kabakura (bar) to convince people of the impending bubble collapse in the future. Which is where Shimokawaji comes into play to save Japan’s future, yup geisha-style! (dat team!)

A must-see film for everyone who wants a real comedic treat. Just don’t over-analyse the mechanics of time-travel, the engineering of the washing machine, the chemicals of the detergent (apparently it was needed for the machine to work) and the Japanese economy. Sit back and enjoy the movie just the way it was meant to be.


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The Triumphant Return of General Rouge

Japanese: ジネラル・ルージの凱旋(2009)

This is handsdown the WORST Abe Hiroshi film and maybe one of the worst ever Japanese movies I have seen. Well, not really (calling Gantz, like OMG KMN!). Anyway, ‘General Rouge’ is just so boring that I decided not to finish the last 15 minutes of the movie. Instead, I’m writing this review to warn Abe Hiroshi fans (because I can’t imagine anyone else watching this beside family members of the cast) to steer clear away from this film. Why is it that the Japs can’t make any decent medical drama/film? This is the 3rd one I have watched which I would rate lower than “Shortland Street” (as in, that Shortland Street of Kiwis, makes me cringe).

Shortland Street >> Team Batista >>37 sai de isha >> General Rouge

Anyway, regarding the movie, the only time I laughed is when I saw this Japanese version of Spock (which was of course unintentional ww) DAT DOC!   Finally, Abe Hiroshi on wheelchair – yeah this movie is as pathetic as Philippines politics.