Abe Hiroshi 阿部寛<3

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

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恋妻家宮本 – Koisaika Miyamoto

Devoted husband Miyamoto – Coming soon (2017)


Yohei (Hiroshi Abe) is a middle school teacher and married to Miyoko (Yuki Amami). For the first time in 25 years, they begin to live by themselves after their son marries and moves out. One day, Yohei finds divorce papers which Miyoko keeps hidden, but he doesn’t have the courage to ask her abut it and agonizes over the papers. His involvement with students and associate in a cooking class, allows Yohei to recognize the concept of an ideal family. He takes new first steps with Miyoko.

Plot looks intriguing, hoping that it will deliver. Recently, AH movies have been subpar, except for “After the Storm” most have been bordering on slowpoking convoluted stories.



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After the Storm

海よりもまだ深く (2016)


I have lost my interest with Japanese dramas and also became extremely busy with real life stuffs. Anyway, this movie is one of the best I have seen in a very long time. How timely as well, as it is about moving on and being at peace with your past.

From wiki:

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely meet ends and pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother Yoshiko (Kirin Kiki) seem to be moving on with her life with hobbies with the local elderly ladies. Ryota makes extra money by counter-offering his service with agency’s client targets. He gets a contract to aid in a manga series with an upcoming artist but his ambitions stymie him from it initially. He finds his sister Chinatsu is visiting their mother frequently and suspects she is trying sponge off her and as he believes she makes their mother to pay for her daughter’s figure skating lesson’s from her social pension. His sister suspects Ryota’s visits are for taking advantage of their mother. Ryota tries to renew contact with his beautiful ex-wife Kyoko (Yoko Make) and in a stormy summer night sheltered at his mother’s home with his family he attempts to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son Shingo (Taiyo Yoshizawa). His ex-wife says it is truly over with them and grownups cannot live only with love but planning is required and Ryota isn’t cut out to be family man, if he were he would have done so earlier. Ryota reaches an understanding on his family life and uses the chance to bond with his son and tries to make memorable experiences he had with his father as a child with his son before time and place for it passes over.


I like how realistic it is, the dialogues are taut, sincere and natural “If you are so interested in being a good father, why didn’t you try harder before?” minimal used of sound effects and the characters sport the no-make up look. Kirin Kiki did a superb job portraying the role of the grandma who is not shy to warn people of her impending death, the ex-wife prim, proper and stingy in showing emotions, and AH obviously fawning over her, stalking, investigating and trying hard to make any kind of connection.

Lastly, that sidekick, wasn’t he Shingai and Imotou from Mozu? Just weird cause I thought that was the son’s name.

Anyway, great movie, I am so pleased with the story and how sensible and incredibly satisfying it ended, even though it is not how romance god would have wanted. To some extent, introspection is necessary to appreciate the meaning of the moviem, but what I like is that it does not pretend to be an art film, nor something that would win an Oscars.






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Yonimo Kimyo Monogatari

(2015) 世にも奇妙な物語

ゴムゴムの男 – Rubber man

This genre isn’t really my cup of tea, slapstick suspendemy concoct with obviously cheap anime’ figures and effects. Yakuza dialogue surely didn’t help it get more endearing, just so unnatural and would hardy stir ones emotion. Was there a twist in the end?






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Ichiban Densha Ga Hashitta


To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, NHK brings this special drama starring Abe Hiroshi and Kuroshima Yuina. After watching the first episode @ http://www.dramacool.com/drama-detail/ichiban-densha-ga-hashitta-sp.html, this made me realised so many things about this devastating event. Of course, everyone has heard of the cliche’ that there are no winners in war. It is undeniable that Japan is at the wrong side of the history, but from the perspective of the ordinary people living in Japan,  they are also victims of the decisions that their leaders make. To this ordinary people, which could have easily been me or my family, I can just imagine what they have to go through seeing their cities reduced to rubble. The amazing thing is their resilient and the selflessness attitude that they display in the most grim times of their lives. Family, own health, hunger, all these are sacrificed for the country, for the sake of others.

The train or in this case the trolleys are the main symbol of Japan, and though it may seem absurd or illogical to fix the transportation system when an atomic bomb just wiped out the whole region, it was synonymous to this phrase, “Once the streetcar runs, Hiroshima will come to life again!”


Kudos to humanity! To the unwavering spirit and fervor!










P.S. The Americans who were in charged of the Little Boy and Fat Man operations are war criminals!

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Therma Romae ii

テルマエ・ロマエ ⅱ 2014

Like the first installment, be prepared to get confused with Italians speaking Japanese, and Abe Hiroshi thinking in Japanese, and speaking broken Latin. Well, this only happens whenever he is warped in modern Japan. Heaps of fun and ‘toilet’ humor, literally had me LMAO with that bidet scene.

I read that this is the 1st Japanese film to be shot in Bulgaria, with like 5000 foreigner extras, so give them lots of props for making Rome gladiator days come to life. Too bad, we are no longer living in Japan, as hubby, with his semi-Italian looks and Japanese fluency could play a part as a ‘major’ extra in this film.

Acting is a bit too forced with the cast, but the flat-faced tribe, aka Japanese in the public bath, were highly organic and just a breathe of fresh air. Story dragged a bit like TR1, but at least it wasn’t all for naught.

Enjoy the movie while you still can. Youtube is pulling down links when the video becomes popular.





P.S. Naked butt scene at the recreation facility. Obviously the people were more than amused seeing Mr. Abe’s precious tushy.