Skip Beat Kyoko Tribute

A quick AMV about Mogami Kyoko's life.
The computer with all the good quality raw files crashed, therefore I had to use the bad quality videos I had >.<
Please watch and enjoy!

Singer: Evan Yo
Song: 没有人要的小孩 (A child no one wants)
Language: Chinese (;P)

If you were wondering, in the AMV, Kyoko said along the lines of: I lost a human trait

EDIT: I got round to making a better version after files were recovered XD

Kyoko Smiling

[KDrama] Hana Yori Dango

The time has finally come for Hana Yori Dango [Korean Version]!!! It's to be aired on the 23rd 22nd of December I believe! There have been leaks of photographs which makes it more exciting plus it looks promising.

^ Cute school uniform

^ Haha, look at his hair! Domyoji, right?

^ Pretty! ^_^

^ If I'm not mistaken, this must be Shizuka!

Recently watched the Japanese version + the movie, thinking it could be better. Hopefully the K-Version will be loads good (added with the goodness of angst and drama common in KDramas!)
Devil Shoutaro

[TWDrama] Skip Beat! Confirmed

Yes, it's confirmed! A drama for the popular manga series Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura.
The rumored main leads Ariel Lin (Kyoko) and Jerry Yan (Ren) are confirmed. They held a press conference on the 17th of November in Japan!

I'm kind of excited to see the storyline. Not to confident about the roles but I heard Jerry Yan wants to shake off his 'hard to please' image and show his 'professional' and 'hard-working side'. A bit like Ren's personality of taking his career seriously, eh? And Ariel seems to have already dyed her hair orange! (not shown in the above picture though xP)

[Upcoming Anime 2009] Winter Sonata

Winter Sonata is a hit Korean drama that will be turned into an anime with 26 episodes!
Plus the seiyuus will be the people from the actual drama!

ANN: The drama follows two childhood friends — a boy and a girl — and the tragedy and angst that befalls them and those around them in the years between high school and young adulthood.

(Drama, Romance, Angst, Tears: Definitely my kind of anime!)

^Credit to rukaruka87@youtube

OMG the character looks like Bae Yong Jun (doh!) It's awesome! I wonder whether it's going to be in Japanese? Maybe Korean language with Japanese subtitles? Nevertheless, I'm excited to watch this!

Tokyo Shounen [2008 J-Movie]

After half a year of waiting! and I was able to watch it yesterday. Was a bit disappointed.

The story is that of a girl Minato who has a double sided personality (her other half being Night). Maki did a very good job. When she is Night, you can see a dramatic change in her eyes and posture so it's a bit freaky as well as funny.
Minato falls in love with a fellow called Shou who always buys from the convenient store she works at. Shou is played by Takuya Ishida. His character was pretty boring to say the least...

Secondly, You can't escape the dead silences in J-Movies. The ones in Tokyo Shounen weren't so bad but I can guarantee at least 1/4 of it was painful silence.

The movie is broken up into 3 different perspectives - Minato's, Shou's and Night's. This meant that scenes were repeated (at different angles). This way of storytelling was very clever and leaves you figuring out what happened.

Kookiemonstar's Rating: 7/10

Project Makeover/Go go Sister [2006 K-Movie]

At thirty and age coming on her, Jung-joo despises how her life has turned up. Degraded into doing simple chores for a designer, she believes that the turning point of her life was failing in becoming the girlfriend of then school poster-boy Ha-ni. What’s more, Ha-ni has now become a top star, and that irritates Jung-joo more than anything. When a chance to go back to the past for a week is given to her, she meets her younger self, and is determined to change the course of life that has eluded her for so long. But such a task seems much harder than it had first appeared to be, and she becomes more desperate than ever.
^ Summary from crunchyroll

I had this movie in my ipod and finally decided to watch it after about half a year =O. It's a really nice movie about a girl who was given a chance using a computer to go back and change the course of her life. Although how this happened was not explained and illogical, it allowed the story to be entertaining. It is mostly a romantic-comedy but does share moments of sadness and does it well. It was a really cute film and not predictable at all.

Kookiemonstar's rating: 9.5/10 xD

Kung Fu Panda [2008]

Kung Fu Panda is a fun and entertaining movie, though a bit short in my opinion. I don't think the character names were mentioned at all... or maybe they were just called their respective animal names.
Celebrities lent their voices for the movie but it seemed like Dustin Hoffman got most of the dialogue. He did a good job as ShiFu whether in hilarious or serious sitationg.
I don't think I heard Jackie Chan say a line longer than 5 words which was a bit disappointing. Angelina Jolie received a bit extra but I don't think she had many lines either. Jack Black did an great job. I think my ears was filled with awesomeness XD. The only voice I had problem with was the one who did Tai Lung. Seriously, the voice was so out of place; It was nowhere near evil and didn't fit with the appearance. There was little dialogue for him but whenever he spoke, it was terrible!!!
The movie could've went on for longer to develop the characters because we don't know much about them (the furious five). The only character who seemed to develop by the end is Po, the panda. His change was a bit too fast in the 1hr and 20 minutes but in the end he still retains stupidity XD.
Now about the Kung fu: All the kung fu scenes were well drawn and animated and very fun to watch. Music: Hard to miss the chinese elements in the background music. It reminded me vaguely of The Forbbiden Kingdom movie because that consisted of many chinese elements too.

Although the movie was short, it was full of hilarious jokes and puns! I wouldn't say there was any lesson that could be learnt from it but 'There is no secret to being good at something, you find out when you believe.'

Kookiemonstar's Rating: B+

Koizora [2007 J-Movie]

Koizora is a mobile story based on the true experiences of the author Mika.
Tahara Mika (Aragaki Yui) and Sakurai “Hiro” Hiroki (Miura Haruma) are high schoolers who fall in love and go through ups and downs in their relationship. The events were quite predicatable but this is okay considering it is based on real-life.

Yui and Haruma play really likeable characters. Yui plays Mika who is a first year, innocent and hasn't fallen in love until she meets Hiro. Yui plays her character really well because you can see the emotion in her eyes.
Hiro is a 'bad boy' with the standout blondish-white messy hair. I thought Haruma was nothing but a pretty face but was proved wrong when he had to do a crying scene! Koide Kesuke, who plays Fukuhara Yu rival lover to Hiro, is also likable. Probably the first rival I've ever seen in a movie that makes me want the female lead to be with (though I haven't watched many). He's equally good looking too, XD.

There is good cinematography such as the nice blue skies and Hiro's favourite place which is grassy plains :). After reading some blogs I found out the school the characters go to is in the countryside, which surprised me a bit because it seemed like the city.

Koizora is a good movie for girls to watch XD It's a bit sad and a tad heartwrenching but I don't think its to the point of crying (probably because they didn't develop the sad situation long enough).

Kookiemonstar's rating: 8.5/10

Last Friends [JDrama 2008]

Genre: Friendship, Human Drama

Last Friends tackles issues that afflict the current generation. Michiru's mother has brought a man back to their home and she is bullied at her workplace where she works as a beauty parlour assistant. She starts cohabiting with her boyfriend, a good young man who works at the Child Welfare Division and the only person who can give her emotional support, but ends up the victim of domestic violence and becomes fearful of love. The boyishly charming Ruka was a classmate of Michiru's in junior high school. She has performed brilliantly as a motocross racer and aims to win the national championship, but as the story progresses, a deep worry that she can neither confide in her parents or close friends grows evident. Takeru is a hair and makeup artist acquainted with Ruka. He is a good confidant to females due to his kindness and perceptiveness, and finds himself attracted to Ruka but has a phobia of sex as a result of a past trauma. The three of them become house mates and through their associations with others, gain the capacity to be positive about life.
^Credits to jade_frost@wikipedia

I never thought I'd be insterested in this sort of drama. At the time I was excited for Zettai Kareshi. About 5 episodes of that and it got boring! I can never forget the feeling I had when I watched the first two episodes of Last Friends. It's like an all star cast with Ryo Nishikido from NewS, Juri Ueno, Asami Mizukawa & Eita from Nodame Cantabile and Masami Nagasawa from Proposal Daisakusen! The buildup in the first episode was good. It established how everyone met. The second episode was really emotional, and the actors did an excellent job. Especially Ryo who acted as the DV guy and Masami who was the victim.

Next few episodes Masami's character Michiru moves into a sharehouse with everyone in it except Ryo (lol) and we can see friendships building up and comforting in helpless times. The storyline is still going strong and doesn't have a downfall like Zettai Kareshi. There's is not a single boring moment (I'm currently up to episode 9). I guess that's because in the beginning of the story there is Masami's character, Michiru, reflecting back on a death (I think), with someone's baby in her tummy and this won't be revealed until the last episode.

I can't wait to hear Utada's Prisoner of Love piano instrumental which keeps playing in the background. I must admit they use the song too much but it NEVER gets old and boring! According to my research The Last Friends OST is confirmed for 11/06/2008 with 21 tracks! Looking forward to hearing it!!!
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