Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru [2013]

The_Liar_and_His_LoverAlternative Title: The Liar and His Lover
Director: Norihiro Koizumi
Writer: Tomoko Yoshida, Norihiro Koizumi
Manga-ka: Kotomi Aoki
Release Date: December 14, 2013
Distributor: Toho

Takeru Sato as Ogasawara Aki
Sakurako Ohara    as Koeda Riko
Takashi Sorimachi as Takagi Soichiro
Shohei Miura as Shun Sakaguchi
Masataka Kubota as Shinohara Shinya
Kouki Mizuta as Ono Kaoru
Koudai Asaka as Yazaki Teppei

Plot (Asianwiki):

Set within music field, “Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru” depicts a love story between a 25-year-old sound engineer and 16-year-old high school student Riko, who possesses a gifted voice.
25-year-old sound engineer Aki (Takeru Sato) is a member of popular band “Crude Play,” but right after the band decides to make their major record debut Aki quits the band. But, Aki provides his music to Crude Play under the name of producer Soichiro. Aki begins to date Riko (Sakurako Ohara), whose father runs a fruit and vegetable shop. Riko doesn’t know about Aki’s background, but she likes to listen to him hum. Riko is in a band herself, with childhood friend Yuichi and Sota. One day she is scouted by producer Soichiro.


I say…

To be quite honest, I’ve had hesitations before watching this movie. I’m not so sure if it’s because I haven’t read the manga or I am afraid of disappointment since this is a movie in between Ruroken. But I have to watch. Definitely have to watch because it’s Sato-san 🙂 So I did. After that I think I am going to read the manga until the last chapter, and it didn’t bring about disappointment even though it’s not a Ruroken movie. You could just look up all the movies he did and notice one thing: manga adaptations. All of them came from different genres. For me this means Sato-san can easily step up or down and transform into any character you would want him to be.

Out of 5000 applicants it was Sakurako Ohara who got to play as Koeda Riko. Lucky girl indeed, as she got to kiss Sato Takeru thrice 🙂 Being the focus of the story, she didn’t act like a newbie at all. The sweet image suited everything well. I love her stage presence and all… as far as I know it was her real singing voice. I guess that became her “X Factor” to be chosen as Koeda Riko. My heart stopped for the scene Ogasawara Aki played for her and then she started to sing her own rendition of “Sotsugyo“. My focus on the movie started to intensify from here onwards. Maybe this is what they call “effective acting”. It made me want to read the manga right there and then.

Takashi Sorimachi was hateful enough and it made me laugh that this hateful guy used to be Onizuka-sensei (GTO, 1998). He will always remain Onizuka-sensei to me, though.

The music greatly influenced all moods and emotions of the movie. This movie came with a good soundtrack that you will surely search for right after. I just did, and it is currently playing as BGM, in writing. Being in my favorite scene, the acoustic version of Sotsugyo became the most “abused” song on the track list as it brings back all the “feels”.

I haven’t read a single negative review about the movie, and it made me think where all the hesitations [to watch the movie] came from. It was a good one. Make sure to hang on and finish the roll of credits. The best is yet to come. You’ll know why!


My Chinito Boss [2013]

Author: Tsina Cajayon
Publisher: Lifebooks
Year: 2013

AboutMy Chinito Boss:
She’s clumsy. He’s impatient.

She’s Ms. free-spirited hipster girl who doesn’t care about her looks. He’s Mr. Arrogant who always looks smart and awesome in a suit.

She believes in happily ever after. He doesn’t believe in true love.

She’s his secretary and he’s her new boss.

She loves him. He loves her…not.

Mabilis pa sa instant coffee ang pagkahulog ng puso ni Sam sa bagong boss kahit pa madalang pa sa patak ng ulan ang mga ngiti nito. Ngunit, hindi niya inakalang ang lalaking magiging laman ng kanyang mga panaginip at pangarap ay siya ring magiging simula ng kalbaryo ng buhay niya. Wala sa hinagap niya na ang tall, chinito and expensive Korean boss at pinaka-rigid na lalaking nakilala niya ay twin brother pala ni Hitler.

They went to Seoul, Korea for a business proposal and to find out about her descendant, her identity, ang free round trip ticket at ang tungkol sa demanding, arogante at masungit na si Jae-Sun Choi na isa palang miyembro ng Kkangpae (깡패) o Korean Mafia.

I Say…
It was so fast paced but still enjoyable. Did they edit too much? The chapters were cut too short, I think. From secretary to brand manager to becoming the heir… it happened way too fast. It would be great to know a bit more about Sam’s family and Jae Sun Choi. How exactly did Greg became connected with the Kkangpae who wished to kill Sam?

Sam sure is weird. If you receive trip tickets to Korea, would it be bad to grab the opportunity if it’s free? Well, she is a bit weird but very lovable. I am betting on her patience. Well, if I have that kind of boss, might as well! I just keep on imagining Lee Min Ho… even though his eyes are way too big to be ‘chinito‘.

The cover art may be a bit weird and not that attractive plus all the typo errors (yes even in native tongue there are plenty of typo errors) made me re-read sentences, but this little book is feel good and romantic as can be. You can’t really judge as book by its cover.

Campus Royalties [2013]

Campus RoyaltiesAuthor: Purpleyhan
Year: 2013
Publisher: PSICOM

About (goodreads):
Royalties? Princes and princesses in the 21st century? Tapos sa campus pa? Oo, maniwala man kayo o hindi. Kilalanin si Steff, isang “princess” kahit ayaw niya, at ang babaeng ipagpapalit ang lahat para sa pinakamamahal niyang strawberries at chocolates. Anong mangyayari kung may makilala siyang “prince” na sobrang charming pero walang ginawa kundi pagtripan ang buhay niya? Lalo niya bang isusumpa ang pagiging prinsesa o unti-unti niya itong magugustuhan? Well, this is not your typical prince and princess story. It is a story involving Kingdom University—ang school na may royalties.

I Say…
It’s not exactly the most beautiful book ever written, but the humor will get you hooked. It’s your typical romantic comedy and belongs to the easy read types, not too much conflict, Very light and entertaining.

I can’t imagine a campus so fan crazed! I am glad Kingdom University is fiction! Lol. All they did was stalk couples, play paparazzi and be in the scene through accessing the underground website. And seriously, is there only one girl worth looking at? Is she even human to be that perfect? Lol again. Campus Royalties gave me a good laugh and the “kilig” was there all throughout. You’re a monster if your heart won’t melt with a serenade or a special song sang on stage just for you!