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Adiantum Blue

アジアンタムブルー (2006)


Finally, the wait is OVER! This movie is now available on youtube. Although, I’m unsure if that was really worth the excitement I have shown when the video was on my reccommended to watch list. Abe Hiroshi and Matsushita Nao looked great together, nice romantic chemistry in spite of the age gap (that time, the former looked much younger and boyish), and the dialogues are crisp and natural. Not very impressed with how they just capitalise on the scenic views ofimage Nice, just to add appeal to the melancholic theme of one lover dying.

The Notebook-type-sap was not really my style recently, so I would rate this much lower.

But, one thing to watch out for is the kissing scene near the end. That’s definitely not fake. The sexual tension has been building up till that moment, obviously used heaps of subtle teasers, but still done in a very classy way. Hurray for the kiss!image


Link [http://youtu.be/3AtTMvRbqtE] here.







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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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Shinzanmono – Nemuri no Mori

Sleeping Forest

新参者ー眠りの森 (2014)


The 3rd special episode of the Kaga Kyoichiro series, since I have not updated this blog for almost a year now, I think I have to give this at least a B rating. Should have been higher except I am quite allergic to dancing ballerinas and classical music playing on the background. Well, it was a decent mystery plot, not so much griping/tense moments unlike “Akai Yubi,” but Kyoichiro delivered a top notch detective work, take note of the rain!

Not to mention heaps of lines spoken in ENGLISH 英語上手な。

ENJOY!Nemuri 1 Nemuri 0


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Yet another blockbuster team-up of Kimutaku and Abe Hiroshi. This politics-based drama is surprisingly more engaging that I could have imagined. The synopsis sounds cheesy: an elementary school teacher from a prominent political family became a member of the parliament then rose to being the Prime Minister of the 3rd biggest economy of the world. Had this been a soap from the Western world, then surely you’ll expect obscure and unknown actors in the cast. But hey, it’s Japan, where they have this unique and fascinating way of turning gibberish into something amusing.

I would say that Kimura Takuya has outdone himself playing the lead-role of the geeky, curly haired Asakura Keita, probably the best role he’s had ever since Long Vacation’s Sena. However, I am quite unsure if it was indeed necessary to have Abe Hiroshi throughout the entire drama. Being the election strategist would have worked in the beginning, but he never left Takuya’s side even until he became PM. Just seemed a bit forced and trivial. Plus, I wasn’t sure why he sounded like the bad-ass in Dragon Zakura, yup, ‘we are monolithic’ LOL.

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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.

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