Handsome Suit


Comedy, Japan, 2008
Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa
Muga Tsukaji ... Takuro Ohki
Keiko Kitagawa
Shosuke Tanihara

Story line:
A kind-hearted but ugly looking and almost revolting man who owns a small noodle shop, he was selected by the suit company owner to try out his latest invention - The "handsome suit", once you wear it, you become handsome instantly. So he was taking advantage of his new look to pursue dreams that would not have been possible otherwise. At the same time, he is still trying to find his true love, would he succeed? What would he learn from this?

My review:
Very cheesy story, but never mind, have a good laugh watching it anyway. And yes the movie is trying to make a point, don't judge someone by his/her look, again a bit clich?, again never mind still a enjoyable film

Butterfly Effect 3: Revelation


SciFi, Thriller, USA, 2009
Chris Carmack ... Sam Reide
Rachel Miner ... Jenna Reide
Melissa Jones ... Vicki
Kevin Yon ... Harry Goldburg

Story line:
Sam has the ability to time travel and he can alter the course of events. While trying to solve the mystery of his girlfriend's death, he messed up, the more he tried to find out the more women became victims. Would he ever find the truth?

My review:
This is the 3rd of the butterfly effect series, I must say I still like the 1st one most, this one is pretty good also. The story is full of twists and turns and always keep you guessing...

Suspect X 嫌疑犯X的獻身

Japan 2008
Director : Hiroshi Nishitani
Masaharu Fukuyama ... Manabu Yukawa
Kou Shibasaki ... Kaoru Utsumi
Kazuki Kitamura ... Shumpei Kusanagi
Yasuko Matsuyuki ... Yasuko Hanaoka
Shin'ichi Tsutsumi ... Tetsuya Ishigami

A murder case that becomes a mind game between two genuises, one tries to cover up for the real murderer and the other tries to find the truth. The two genuises are actually classmates 17 years ago and respect each other. Will the truth ever be revealed? Why does a top genius go to such length to protect a murderer?

This is not a story of suspense because the truth was already laid out in front of the audience, this is a story of human relationship that will drive people to do the extreme to protect each other. An entertaining and interesting story that also has a twist.

Cyborg She, 僕の彼女はサイボーグ

我的機械人女友 / Boku no kanojo wa saib?gu
http://cyborg.gyao.jp/

Japan 2008
Director Jae-young Kwak
Haruka Ayase ... Cyborg
Keisuke Koide ... Jiro Kitamura
A sci-fi romantic comedy, of a man in his old age and close to his dying years made a human-like robot in the form of a beautiful young girl and send her back in time to meet his younger self, to save him from a series of fatal disaster and to save innocent people from crime and accidents. He fell in love with the robot but does the robot love him back? What sort of disasters await him? Will she be able to save him every time?

I like this movie a lot, it is a fun comedy. Haruka Ayase played a very cute robot. The story is also touching and there was an interesting twist in the end. But I won't spoil it for you.

5 centimetres per second

Japan 2007
A 3-episode romantic cartoon about a boy an a girl in their teens who were best friends and went to the same school got separated when the girl moved to a new school. Their love for each other suvive the long distance and they were long to see each other. Their brief reunion made their love grew stronger but is it enough to last?

A very high quality cartoon with beautiful graphics and a lovely story.

Zeitgeist


Documentary 2007 & 2008
I highly recommend this documentary (2 x 2 hours), you can even watch it online for free. http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com

We live in a society that we inherited from the generation before and they inherited it from the generation before them and so on, we accept many (perhaps too many) things without questions or doubt, we simply take it for granted, we follow the systems whatever they are, monetary, capitalism, moral and religious. Most of us go to school, get a job, work for the system in exchange for a salary to support our living expenses, we incur more expenses by taking out loans and in turns paying interests to the system and accept this as the norm of life without ever challenging the system. We are exposed to established religious without really understanding the root of their origin.

How is money created? Who controls it? How did Federal Reserved come into existence? Who fought against it and perished? What's the similarity between Jesus and the Egyptian Sun God? Is it a pure coincidence? Why did the World Trade towers collapse? Can the immense heat from a jumbo jet fuel alone do the job? Was the Pentagon struck by a plane? What happened to the remains of the plane? Why were Iraq and Afghanistan invaded? Who benefited from the wars? Why do so many financially poor resource rich small countries took on major infrastructure projects? What's the role of IMF and World Bank in these projects? Who exploited these small countries? Why is capitalism failing us? Is there an alternative? Why don't you hear about these before? Who's controlling what you watch and hear? How do people behind the scene manipulate public reaction?

Zeitgeist will give you a version of the answers to the above questions, it is up to you to interpret these answers and judge their credibility. The truth will shock you.

Perhaps the most important question that we should ask is "What should I do?"

If you don't want to know about the truth or would rather stay blind to what's going on around the world that affects everyone, then this movie is not for you. It requires patient to watch through 2 x 2 hours, the reward is well worth it.

L Change the World

Horror, Thriller, Japan 2008
Director: Hideo Nakata

Cast
Kenichi Matsuyama - L
Shunji Fujimura - Watari
Mayuko Fukuda - Maki
Sei Hiraizumi - Dr. Koichi Matsudo
Renji Ishibashi - Shin Kagami
Yuta Kanai - Tamotsu Yoshizawa
Youki Kudoh - Dr. Kujo
Bokuzo Masana - Asao Konishi
Kiyotaka Nanbara
Megumi Sato - Hatsune Misawa
Masanobu Takashima

L saves the world again on a separate mission...

Building on the Character "L" from Death Note, this is a story about the last 23 days of L since he signed his own death warrant by writing his name into the "Death note".

The Machine Girl (Kataude mashin g?ru)

Action, Horror, Japan (2008)
Director: Noboru Iguchi
Asami ... Ami Hyuga
Honoka
Y?ya Ishikawa
Ry?suke Kawamura ... Yu Hyuga

Story:
When Ami's brother was bullied to death by a gangster group, she is determined to get her revenge at all cost, even costing her arm and beyond. With the help of a couple, Ami fitted a machine gun to her amputee arm and continued to take on the bad guys

My Review:
Japanese style of violent cartoon, except this is played by real actors. The whole movie is so violent and graphical that it is seriously not for people with a weak stomach. It is so exaggerated that it is almost funny.

Ensemble, C'est Tout (Hunting and gathering)


Drama, French, 2007
Director: Claude Berri
Actors and Actresses
Audrey Tautou ... Camille Fauque
Guillaume Canet ... Franck
Laurent Stocker ... Philibert Marquet de la Tubeli?re
Fran?oise Bertin ... Paulette

Review:
A simple movie about ordinary people like you and me. People quarrel, people die, people fall in love, people work. 3 such people live together under the same roof. I like French movies because they describe simple life, not so dramatic but they reflect quietly.

Rabbit Proof Fence

Image from Amazon
RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (buy from Amazon)
by Doris Pilkington
Drama, Australia, 2002
Director: Phillip Noyce
Everlyn Sampi ... Molly Craig
Tianna Sansbury ... Daisy Kadibill
Laura Monaghan ... Gracie Fields
David Gulpilil ... Moodoo

Story:
Based on a true story, this film tells the historical event of the white Australia government in the early decades of the 20th century kidnapped aboriginal children, took them thousands of miles away from their parents and forced them to speak English and trained them to be domestic servant

Review:
It was not until 2008, the Australian government formally apologized for their terrible act against humanity. I would recommend everyone to watch this movie and let this horror will never be repeated

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