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Ichiban Densha Ga Hashitta

2015

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!

 

 

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http://www.nhk.or.jp/hiroshima/ichiban/

 

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

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Abe Hiroshi loves Ding Tai Fung

It’s one my favorite restaurants while I was in Shanghai. The Xiaolongbao were to die for. Last September, I visited Sydney and checked out that Ding Tai Fung branch near China town. It was totally a rip-off, like a factory styled outlet with workers on masks. Very much unlike the Shanghai branches. Now, I haven’t been to Taiwan where this brand originated.

So, here’s a video of Abe Hiroshi with Aya Ueto talking about their experience in the Taiwan restaurant and hot spring. They are promoting the new movie 不思議な岬の物語.

 

 

How I wish I could do this job as a translator from Chinese-Japanese and vice versa. Unfortunately,  I’m not a native speaker of either language.


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Tsuya no Yoru

つやのよる ー ある愛に関わった、女達の物語 (2013)

One of the most ambitious films that just fails to deliver. The plot is too convoluted, there are too many characters and tries too hard to be artistic but ends up like mashed up of erotic and then bicycle scenes and subtle music without a central theme. Ok, the central theme is ‘Tsuya” and mostly the women of the men she’s had connections with. There’s the cousin who took his virginity, the ex-husband, a stalker, and a lover, plus Tsuya’s husband’s ex-wife. Now that Tsuya is on her death bed, we are introduced to the lives of these people. This may sound like a cliche at first except that instead of using flashbacks to tell their connections with Tsuya, the plot just moves forward and expects the viewer to deduce each storyline. However, don’t be fooled that active viewership is equivalent to masterpiece-ala-Cannes because in the case of “Tsuya,” it’s more of a headache than anything else.

Abe Hiroshi-wise, he looks frail and sickly. Read that he has to shed several kilos for this role. Amazing job but not enough to warrant this film another star in the ratings.

Tsuya no Yoru 1

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Tsuya no Yoru 3

 


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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.


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Going My Home Was A Flop (?)

To say that the mediocre 6% ratings for Yamaguchi Tomoko’s much-anticipated comeback after 16 years of hiatus, not to mention teaming up with Japan’s hottest talents in Abe Hiroshi and Miyazaki Aoi, is a disappointment is quite an understatement (Source: Yule XinWen). When I saw that it was completed at 10 episodes, I knew that it was a flop.

Actually, my initial review of ‘Going my home’ is rather positive. Click here. However, after a couple of episodes I know that the storyline is rather weak and not as engaging as what I would expect. As I said, this is like a mix of ‘Aruitemo Aruitemo’ (note the similar names [Ryota] of Abe’s character) and ‘At Home Dad’ topped up with a heart-warming style of ‘Kita no Kuni kara.’ However, since the plot revolves around mystical creatures, put this in a convoluted genre of chicken-soup and miso.

I will still watch this till the end but it’s not really something which I would do a drama-marathon of. I hope that Abe Hiroshi’s next project will fare much better.

Going My Home