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6Mar/070

Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)

Big Bang Love, Juvenile A

Japanese Title: 46億年の恋 (46-Okunen no Koi, 4.6 Billion Year Love)
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Surreal, Homosexual
Starring: Ando Masanobu, Matsuda Ryuhei
Screenwriters: Ikki Kajiwara and Hisao Maki
Director: Takashi Miike
MPAA: R

Synopsis
Tension grows strong in an all-boys juvenile detention facility at the admittance of two men prosecuted for murder. The strong and aggresive, Kazuki Shiro (Ando Masanobu), and the pretty and passive, Ariyoshi Jun (Matsuda Ryuhei). The quiet and passive Jun is attracted to the aggressive Shiro who has tattoos all over his body. However, Shiro is found lying dead in the shower one day. On top of Shiro's body sits Ariyoshi Jun strangling on Shiro's neck and then letting go. Three words escape Jun's mouth: "I...dit it."
Source: Eversky.org

Rating: A+ (Masterpiece)
Rewatch Factor: High
Comment: First, I have no clue why some fans of the famous director, Takashi Miike, said that this movie is garbage out of the other movies he has directed. Now, I may not watch Takashi's other movies but this movie is definitely not garbage. It takes time and patience to digest this movie, which means rewatching it. When I watched this movie, I was fascinated by the beautiful visuals and the tension-wrenching plot. Garbage? Far from it. Every scene is itself a symbol, and if a person doesn't notice those scenes, the movie will seem a bit confusing. The movie shows a great contrast between Shiro and Jun, the aggressive force and the passive force. The contrast is wonderfully presented in the movie using symbols such as the space shuttle and the pyramid. The only thing I could actually see wrong with this movie is the fact that it is not chronologically in order, but I believe Takashi intended to be that way so that everything ties in the end. Because the movie jumps back and forth between past and present, people might feel a bit frustrated because they won't know if what they are seeing is the past and present. I experienced this as well but patience is key. I actually like the fact that it's not in order because it fits so well with the nature of this movie, and it just goes to show that reality isn't orderly like we think it is. It is a state of disorder. Obviously, this movie far from being orderly. People just need to look beyond the pretty visuals and see the meaning behind them. I doubt Takashi put those scenes there because they are eye-catching. This movie is a masterpiece whether people will believe it or not. Don't just watch this movie; understand it, feel it.

1Jan/070

Daisy (2006)

Daisy

Korean Title: 데이지 (Deiji)
Vietnamese Title: Hoa Cuc Dai
Genre: Romance, Action, Crime, Suspense
Starring: Jeon Ji-Hyeon, Jeong Woo-Seong, Lee Seong-Jae
Screenwriter: Jae-Young Kwak
Director: Wai Keung Lau (Andrew Lau)
MPAA: PG-13

Synopsis
An elite Interpol agent Jeong-woo and a ruthless hitman Park-yi, both stationed in Amsterdam and are in love with the same young woman, Hye-young. Hye-Young is a simple sidewalk artist, with dreams of one day holding a real exhibition in a real gallery. Her pure love will draw these deadly men into a spectacular showdown in the process, revealing Hye-Young's hidden past.
Source: Korean Film Council

Rating: A- (Great)
Rewatch Factor: Medium
Comment: Directed by one of Hong Kong most sought after director, Andrew Lau, who most famous works include the Infernal Affairs trilogy. "Daisy" have beautiful cinematography and haunting music that further add to the appeal of this movie. The music in particular is one of the driving forces that lead to the success of this movie. In "silent" scenes it is the music that help sustain the suspense and drama of the movie. The cinematography on the other hand keeps the viewer's eyes fixed on the movie. Every frame is well choreographed and no scene seems wasted. The plot of "Daisy" isn't new or complicated, but because this movie was directed by Andrew Lau everything about the movie seems daring and refreshing. In sum, this is an artful movie that offers another glimpse into three-way love and all the chaos that it can bring.