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English: I wish (2011)


I know this award-winning movie is about the pureness and innocence of childhood, but when I read the plot, the only thing that comes to my mind is that “DIVORCE IS EVIL!” Nothing in this world can ever justify divorce, happiness is overrated, being more responsible for your actions and thinking of the consequences should be prioritised. Plus, couples separation is one thing, siblings being torn apart, is another story.

Abe Hiroshi is a teacher once again, just like the film I’ve recently watched “Build a School in Cambodia.” For some reason, I feel more infatuated with him having teacher-roles. But the best thing about his acting is there is a real distinction between the depiction of his characters, so it adds another dimension to watching the film. Mark of a great actor!

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We Can’t Change the World, But We Wanna Build a School in Cambodia

僕たちは世界を変えることができない But, We Wanna Build a School in Cambodia (2011)

One of the most poignant films I have ever seen in a long time, makes me wonder how come movies from Japan really capture my heart like no other country can do. This is a MUST-see feel-good movie especially if you are up against insurmountable odds and feel despondent. A word of warning though on the gruesome scenes and images from the Polpot era museum/torture prisons which makes even the current Iranian regime a beacon of freedom and benevolence.

Great acting from the lead guy Osamu Mukai playing the role ‘Kota Tanaka’, a medical student who was living the normal, average life, having fun with his friends, going to clubs at night, but always felt that something is missing. One day, he chanced upon a pamphlet with the picture of a Southeast Asian boy smiling. It is asking for voluntary donations to build a school in Cambodia. On that instant, his life changed. With the help of his friends, he launched a massive campaign to ask for donations and find ways to raise money. The movie is particularly touching as Kota lacks the skills of public speaking. In the clubs, he has to make a speech to disseminate information about his Cambodia project, but he stammered and in general was painfully awkward. In one of the scenes, he removed all his clothes and spoke on his underwear to get his message across.

Kota Speaking


Another fascinating aspect of this movie is how natural and realistic the characters are. Kota felt betrayed when he found out his friend Misturu (played by Tori Matsuzaka) is now dating the girl he likes. He got depressed and wasn’t keen to continue with his Cambodia-school project, he he even hired a prostitute to cheer him up but when he glanced at the picture and letter that was sent by his translator, it got so awkward and was apologising to the girl. In the end, he and his friend Mitsuru reconciled and push on with building the school.

Boku Seka


With regards to Abe Hiroshi, he has like 4 lines in the script as Prof Kondo (in Medical school), so kinda reminiscent of Team Batista. Nice delivery and overall suave acting.

Abe Hiroshi in Boku Seka

Here is the link to the full movie.




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Tsuya no Yoru

English – Before the Vigil/ Tsuya’s Night (Literal) 2013

つやのよる ある愛に関わった、女たちの物語

Very interesting twist of plot, slutty wife sleeps around and now in comatose, and husband (Abe) uses this chance to contact these men. This seems like something to look forward to in dramacrazy.net. Abe Hiroshi looks so thin, I read in one article that he has to lose several kilos for this movie in order to match the desired appearance for his character. Tsuya no yoru was also almost simultaneously filmed with Abe’s other movie ‘Karasu no Oyayubi.’ Abe Hiroshi seems like a very busy man, no wonder he was named as Japan’s #1 most famous actor by Video Research this March 2013.