Japanese movie, live action

鋼の錬金術師 (Fullmetal Alchemist)

It’s impossible to be an anime fan and not come across this series. Fullmetal Alchemist is a popular 2001 shonen manga written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. The first anime adaptation came out in 2003, the era of some of the greatest and most timeless animes, a big trigger for nostalgia. The story is set… Continue reading 鋼の錬金術師 (Fullmetal Alchemist)

Korean movie, webtoon

신과함께-죄와 벌 (Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds)

While Japan continues to adapt manga into live-action, South Korea also follows its current trend of making films and dramas out of webtoons. The latest and its most successful addition is the first installment of the two-part movie, Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds, based on Joo Ho Min's Sin gwa Hamkke - Joe wa… Continue reading 신과함께-죄와 벌 (Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds)

Japanese drama

トドメの接吻 (Todome no Kiss)

I’m welcoming the month of love with the smooch-filled drama Todome no Kiss starring Yamazaki Kento who is known for leading a number of shoujo projects. But this one is a totally different genre since the title translates to "A Kiss that Kills" and er..dying doesn’t sound like a romantic thing. The show starts with… Continue reading トドメの接吻 (Todome no Kiss)

Japanese movie

君の膵臓をたべたい (I Want To Eat Your Pancreas)

The 'gloomy boy meets genki girl with terminal illness' is quite a common formula for the good ol’ tearjerker. Despite being a recurrent trend, a movie’s ability to touch its audience is no mean feat. I Want To Eat Your Pancreas successfully grabs the viewers’ attention with its peculiar title and manages to surprise with… Continue reading 君の膵臓をたべたい (I Want To Eat Your Pancreas)

anime, Japanese movie

打ち上げ花火、下から見るか? 横から見るか? (Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?)

Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? (Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka?) is based on Shunji Iwai’s 1993 live-action movie of the same name. There are three reasons why I went to watch it on the big screen: 1. The film includes themes that are similar to… Continue reading 打ち上げ花火、下から見るか? 横から見るか? (Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?)

Thai movie

ฉลาดเกมส์โกง (Bad Genius)

Some of my Korean students are currently burning the midnight oil in preparation for the College Scholastic Ability Test. They call it Suneung, the nationwide exam that could determine their future and possibly even change their lives. On this day, offices adjust their usual clock in to minimize the number of morning commuters. Public transport services… Continue reading ฉลาดเกมส์โกง (Bad Genius)