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Hajimemashite minna san....welcome to my site on my fave Japanese Pop Culture likes such as dramas, movies, magazine scans, promo events etc. Mainly concentrate on my faves...Erika Toda!... Yuko Oshima... Nogizaka46!.... C-ute.... Masami Nagasawa!.... if you're a fan at all of any of them then you've come to the right place(!) but many others are featured here besides them. Do mainly quick reviews on things I've watched, try to make the reviews brief, quick to read through with not too many spoilers, just whether they're good or bad and why I thought so plus whether you may find them enjoyable. Many, many screenshots are included from everything I've watched plus any video trailers if they're available. Hope you find something that interests you, don't hesitate to comment, arigato gozaimasu!

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sion Sono's The Room synopsis

 Sion Sono's second film, The Room, released in 1992 and even early in his career he started on his unique and strange journey. A murderer – an aged, experienced and hard-bitten yakuza – is looking for a room. With a young, attractive estate agent he treks from room to room through the big city. Very little is spoken between the pair, usually just the yakuza telling the agent what he's looking for- the perfect room- and how the rooms he's being shown just don't fit his wants, so little is spoken in the movie there isn't a line spoken until the 13 minute mark, after that it's still a fairly quiet film. We learn about the yakuza's past when he's sitting alone in a coffee shop and starts reflecting upon his past, though he was a murderer he also showed a 'soft side' during his last killing. A few minor characters pop up on occasion, but this film just revolves around the yakuza, played by Akaji Maro and Yoriko Doguchi, who played the real estate agent. Film was shot in B & W, which worked well in giving us a dreary look at the real urban Tokyo and the dreary life the yakuza was hoping to escape from(?). No trailer to show you, don't think there is one, but this comes highly recommended...film is very slow and quiet, the whole of the plot is just the two of them going around Tokyo looking for his perfect room, in spite of that it's a really addictive watch, was to me and it deserves a few more watches. From 1992, 75 minutes, check below for many screenshots from the film.

Sion Sono's The Room film screenshots

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Erika Toda in Miracle Zoo 2010

 From 2010 came the 4th installment of this popular TV movie, Miralce Zoo, the other films came out in 2006, 2007 and 2008. An enjoyable watch though a bit thin on the plot which really just focuses on a group of Zoo keepers working in Hokkaido, same scenario for all the films, the group has to overcome certain obstacles such as funding and feuding between them, plus there will always be at least one very sick animal who ends up dying, thus bringing the group closer each time it happens. Mainly enjoyable for Erika, though everything she's in is worth watching, not a high recommendation but it's watchable, more geared for family viewing.

Year: 2010 Running Time: 94 minutes
Cast: Yamaguchi Tomomitsu, Toda Erika, Koide Keisuke, Mizusawa Erena, Yoshida Eisaku, Ito Shiro, Tsugawa Masahiko

 Screenshots of Erika from the film