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!

Rurouni Kenshin [2012]

2335d43430dd91e887030ad0276774181340601122_fullAlternative Title: Samurai X
Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Original Release: 08/25/12 (Japan)
Runtime: 134 min

Takeru Sato as Kenshin Himura
Emi Takei as Kamiya Kaoru
Yu Aoi as Takani Megumi
Koji Kikkawa as Udo Jine
Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke Sagara     
Gou Ayano as Gein
Genki Sudo as Banjin Inui
Taketo Tanaka as Yahiko Myojin
Eiji Okuda as Aritomo Yamagata   
Yosuke Eguchi as Hajime Saito
Teruyuki Kagawa as Kanryu Takeda

Credits to: asianwiki

About (yesasia):
Battosai (Sato Takeru) was a proud samurai who decided to give up his way of life after fighting in the bloody battle of Toba-Fushima. Ten years later, samurais are now mercenaries working for merchants like Kanryu (Kagawa Teruyuki), who oppress the people for their own gain. When kendo instructor Kaoru tries to stand up to Kanryu, she is saved by Battosai, now a wanderer named Kenshin. After losing his samurai status, Kenshin has renounced killing and is committed to peace. However, in a world filled with opportunists and oppressors like Kanryu, Kenshin will have to learn how to fight back without breaking his vow.

I Say…

Of course, we can’t expect all 90+episodes and OAV’s to be seen in the movie, right? It focused more on the Megumi season, her story.. her opium making. A lot of the movie segments still remained faithful to the anime, as far as my memory is concerned. Although focused on the Megumi period, it didn’t mean less exposure for main heroine Kamiya Kaoru. She still played a vital part in the movie. And the actress, Emi Takei will surely be remembered for this film always.

The other actors were good  too, especially the villains, but my favorite villain for this movie would have to be Gou Ayano. He shared a moment with Takeru Sato in that sequence… it’s all for you to find out what it is!  Munetaka Aoki gave Sagara Sanosuke a different light… unlike the side kick we’ve known him for in the anime.


All the approbation goes to none other than Takeru Sato for bringing Himura Kenshin to life, putting the audience under nostalgic conditions, remembering the wandering samurai we’ve grown to love. I am certain he worked really hard to mimic Kenshin’s battle stance and the dialect as well! The Hitenmitsurugi-ryu form is as close to how it should be, as I recall… even the way he draws the sakabatou! If you are too familiar with Rurouni Kenshin, you can tell.

I have read from wikipedia that he claims “comedic timing” was the reason for the success of his debut role in Kamen Rider Den-O. Since it’s what he’s good at, he didn’t fail to charm the audience with the exact same thing in this movie. From the original series, Kenshin is a cheerful person when surrounded by the ones he love and wish to protect.

I can say now after watching Takeru Sato in Rurouni Kenshin, that he can adapt to any role he tries to play. I’m sure that more than half of the movie goers who were with me that night do not know him at all, but after this I am certain they’re going to start Google-ing the origin of this actor who just awed them. Soon enough, his “up-and-coming” title will be moving up the next level. Okay, so forgive me for being such a fan, but you can’t blame me if he gets better and better each stint!

Kenshin vs. Jin-e

Review: BECK (2010)


Movie: Beck
Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Writer: Harold Sakuishi (manga)
Producer: Suketsuku Noda, Shosaku Ohyama, Hiroyasu Murakami, Hiroyasu Asami, Naoki Kitagawa
Cinematographer: Satoru Karasawa
Release Date: September 4, 2010
Runtime: 145 min.
Studio: Shochiku
Distributor: Shochiku
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan



Hiro Mizushima as Ryusuke Minami

Takeru Sato as Yukio “Koyuki” Tanaka

Kenta Kiritani as Chiba

Shiori Kutsuna as Maho Minami

Osamu Mukai as Taira

Aoi Nakamura as Saku


Source: asianmediawiki


I Say…

Liked the movie better than the anime. More feet stomping and finger drumming music!

It gives me the creeps whenever there’s a scene of Koyuki  performing… Takeru Satoh mimicked the animated Koyuki and he is so damn good at it! (Fan girl mode)

Of course it can’t be helped that the movie turned out compressed. It’s been a long time since I’ve read the manga and watched the anime so I can’t recall every single detail, but I just knew there were lots of story parts (crucial ones) that didn’t made it to the live action. The wardrobe, Ray’s home and BECK’s “hideout” also gave me the creeps… it so looked like the original. I also noticed the iPod and laptop…modern touches they have made for the movie.

Unlike the anime which closely followed the manga, the movie didn’t really focused or gave a lot of emphasis on Maho & Koyuki’s romantic relationship. The focus was on the formation of the band and their success.

For BECK manga and music fans, this is a must-see. But then, it could’ve been better if Takeru Satoh can sing. I mean, it is a rock and roll thing, right? And what made Koyuki special was the voice… not just the way he stands there onstage. At first I thought they’re saving the best for last,for the actual Greatful Sound 2010 performance. But no Koyuki voice at all.     Thumbs down for that.

More praises for the actors and the people behind the hunt to cast them. I think even if Shioli Kutsuna didn’t look like [or even dress like] Minami Maho, she did her part well. My next favorite character to Koyuki is Taira. I think Osamu Mukai is hotter than ever! Whew! I want to see him in Paradise Kiss Live Action too!