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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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CHANGE

(2007)

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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Saga of the Phoenix

阿修罗 (1990)

Cantonese Movie

This is probably my first post in more than half a year. Been busy with RL (real life) and also it’s getting tough to get free quality content in the internet nowadays. I used to be in China and there were heaps of sites that stream the movies and dramas for free. Now, I have to rely on youtube and torrents once in a while.

Anyway, I found this movie in Youtube (link) and I would say it’s refreshing to watch something from the bygone eras of the late 80s. The plot is indeed very archaic and comical in today’s standards. Since ‘Saga of the Phoenix’ is of the ‘Fantasy’ genre, it’s not hard to imagine what kind of visual and sound effects it presents. There’s magic, martial arts and the crudest concoction of both.

It’s about a girl named Ashura who holds the key to the gates of hell and caused mischief on earth. As a punishment, she was given 7 days to live on earth and after which she will be forever banished to the darkness (which she hates as she always talks about the sun). Ashura is a carefree damsel who loves her little monster-like puppet named Genie who always gets into trouble for gluttony. Peacock and Lucky Fruit (played by Abe Hiroshi) were tasked to look after Ashura. One time Peacock was trying to save Genie and got himself frozen in an ice prison by the Hell King’s Concubine. On the other hand, Genie was locked in a stone statue which was picked up by an earth scientist named ‘Tan’. Eventually Ashura and Lucky Fruit tracked down Genie and got themselves acquainted with Tan and his sister, who was developing to be Lucky Fruit’s love interest. The Concubine is still on a mission to suck the life out of Ashura which is running out fast.

What can I say? I watched the film till the end and hardly got bored. Obviously, Abe Hiroshi does not speak Cantonese so they dubbed his lines while he probably speaks in Japanese. He’s probably on his early 20s during the filming of this movie so it’s really refreshing to watch him do the combat scenes. Yes, he did the ‘Haduken’ several times and some flying kicks. Compared to the Thai movie Chocolate, the ‘Saga’ offers more chance to see Abe-chan doing martial arts. For some reason, even during his younger days, his characters are tensed, controlled and quite serious.

Here are some screen shots:

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