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24 November 2011 @ 11:29 pm
Hi Livejournal. I neglected you for a long time, I'm so sorry.

I'm going to Korea next year to study at Yonsei University for 12 months, I've got a new blog to keep track of everything that happens.

Check it out

17 May 2009 @ 05:38 pm
I just finished watching the movie Ikigami. I haven't kept up with Japanese media in awhile. The movies coming out of Japan just seemed to fizzle and die out for awhile. The tone is always similar; the cinematography always drained of colour and bland, so I just stoped caring for a year or more.

Downloaded this one on a whim and it's interesting. It reminds me of books like Orwell's 1984 with the whole controlled society idea. This is drilled in throughout the whole movie with terms like "Thought Crimes" whereby people can be arrested for their ideals, or even just the subtle camera watching everyone's movements throughout the city. But of course, the main focus of the movie is the Ikigami. This is the term used for a notice of death that is delivered by Government workers to people between the ages of 18 and 24 at (Sort of) random.

Upon their entrance to Junior School everyone is injected at the same time. One in every thousand of these injections contains a small capsule that bursts at a pre-determined time killing the host. Apparently this law has been set in place to make people realise the beauty of life and cherish their time more - while at the same time helping the Government by lowering suicide rates, crime rates and creating a more efficient and hard working population.

The story basically follows one of the workers who delivers these notices (Played by Shota Matsuda, who many will recognise from Hana Yori Dango's F4 fame) and the people he visits; showing his change of heart and how he deals with the job he's been given. The stories of the people he visits range from heartwarming to depressing but the problem is they almost always end in cliche. Without giving too much away, the main story from the latter half of the film was well done - and truly depressing... but as soon as it begun I had already guessed the ending.

It suffers from the usual complaints I have with Japanese film. Cinematography that looks like it was shot for TV and bland, monochrome like colour choices... but where it shines I suppose is the performances of its cast, which are all pretty outstanding.

I'd probably recommend it for anyone that really likes Japanese film, but while it was heartfelt and presented an interesting idea it just wasn't original or provoking enough to get past that initial idea; which to be honest saw it stagnating towards the final portion, despite the great cast's performances.
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15 June 2008 @ 08:56 pm
The Lost Season 4 finale was amazing.

That's all, really. I've been working every day recently, so I've been really busy and couldn't watch it until now.
29 January 2007 @ 08:57 pm
I have started a new blog dealing specifically with my trip to Japan this year, that is where I'll be posting most of the stuff in relation to that; including the lead up, photos and stories during the 12 months I spend there. This livejournal will probably be kept separate for more personal musings.

Anyway, check it out.

26 October 2006 @ 08:03 am

That's right, I'm going on hiatus again. I haven't been updating at all lately, or commenting for that matter. I have been reading my friends page every day but I just can't find myself becoming active right now. I'll probably come back again after my graduation ceremony, which takes place on the 10th of November. Until then I'll be kept busy with exams and every day life. If any of you feel the need to remove me then now is probably as good a chance as any, heh. I'm sorry I haven't been active lately though, and of course I'd rather not be cut :]. Hopefully I can return sooner rather than later!