Reverberating the idyllic fantasy romance of Your Name that transcends time and space, Makoto Shinkai crafts another coming-of-age romance. If Your Name serves as the spiritual answer to 5 Centimeters per Second; his new animation, Weathering with You a.k.a. Tenki no Ko is undoubtedly the spiritual answer to his rain-soaking The Garden of Words. The parallels to Shinkai's works in this weather-bending romance are crystal clear.
Weathering with You, strange as the title sounds, plays out with another Shinkai's wildest dream. The narrative dances in the rain from the very beginning making such a cold welcome to its protagonist. It follows a runaway, Hodaka (Kotaro Daigo), fleeing his island to neon-bathing Tokyo that has rained for days on end. Despair for living, he's sheltered and hire...
Review: In its 130-min duration, Koe no Katachi a.k.a. A Silent Voice tackles a complex coming-of-age drama of consequences, self-alienation and reconciliation. Sometimes it staggers, sometimes it falls into melodrama; but, in the end, it passes a meandering way with subtlety and grounded intricacy.
Naoko Yamada’s first feature is adapted from a manga series by Yoshitoki Oima. The story orbits on a bittersweet connection between Shoya Ishida (voiced by Miyu Irino) and Shoko Nishimiya (Saori Hayami). As a kid, Shoya, not knowing the consequences of his deeds, bullies and abuses hearing-impaired Shoko. When consequences finally catch him up, all he has done to Shoko return to haunt him – excommunication, persecution, and all. Since then, he decides to prefer solitary, avoid contacts with peo...
Review: The "Makoto Shinkai is the new Hayao Miyazaki" buzz embarks again when his latest feature, Kimi no na wa, or as known as Your Name storms Japanese box office recently. Shinkai (5 Centimeters per Second, Children who Chase Lost Voices, The Garden of Words) is always known for his penchant in crafting picturesque, hyperrealistic 2D animation with a heart-wrenching story and viable imagination, which transcends in his natural approach.
Shinkai's works often radiate idyll from the inside, simultaneously emanate visceral, candid narrative. Kimi no na wa /Your Name is no different; only you might bet that it comes from Shinkai's wildest dream, rather than from his sober contemplation. It might initially look like a usual gender-swapping drama, but as it goe...
Review: Sweet Bean observes a sweet, subtle chemistry between a desperate man with an elderly woman through the making of sweet bean paste for Japanese-classic pancake, dorayaki. Here, sweet bean paste becomes a symbolic connection of present and paste in a frame of troubled people, living in alienation and barely having life. (more…)
"The world is cruel..." --- Mikasa
I realize that adapting a popular manga/anime into a live action is like a mission impossible yet doable. Determining an appropriate act is one thing, attempting not to modifying characters' appearance, motivation or, most importantly, fate is the direst challenge.
However, as a purist to Shingeki no Kyojin manga along with the anime (source materials from which this live action is adapted), I cannot hide rooting disappointment over this.
To boldly highlight: this live action, seemingly, only borrows the source materials' enticing premise as well as some most important characters to create a completely different self-proclaimed live action (which I prefer calling this a fanfiction). (more…)
Since their directorial debut Dara (2008), which precedes the extended length Rumah Dara a.k.a Macabre (2009), The Mo Brothers--Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto--never stop spilling blood. While making their gory trademarks with chainsaw and antlers, Timo has expanded their gory universe through Libido, a segment in The ABCs of Death (2012) and Safe Haven in V/H/S 2 marking his collaboration with The Raid's Gareth Evans. Well, set your thoughts of The Mo Bros' filmography aside before watching Killers, since this movie is completely in different league from its predecessors. Yet, being different doesn't then imply that Killers is a subtle one... 'cause it's not. More killers here!
"I strongly felt that if I looked back now, she would look back as well...," said Takaki.
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Andai Terrence Malick membuat anime, pastilah hasilnya akan seperti 5 Centimeters Per Seconds, walaupun ia tak akan mampu menandingi tingkat emosi yang dimunculkan film karya Makoto Shinkai lewat Comix Wave Inc ini. Perpaduan gambar-gambar indah nan lembut serta detail, transisi yang 'seenak sendiri', pencahayaan yang soothing, sinematografi yang rapi, ditambah cerita yang kuat dan scoring yang emosional dari Tenmon menjadikan 5 Centimeters Per Seconds anime terbaik yang tidak ditujukan bagi anak-anak.
Toono, the protagonist of 5 Centimeters per Second during the movie's climactic scene.
5 Centimeters Per Seconds: A chain of short stories abou...