BEAST OF NO NATION

Beasts of No Nation signifies a  ruthless tale of child soldiers in Africa.  When you have seen children fighting with weapons while their lives have broken by the trials of WAR, your heart will cry out for sympathy and anguish.

This film is an emotionally open-eye experience. There are some sensitive scenes that left my mouth open, literally. A solid piece of film which teams up with effective actors and blunts of political and moral issues that every country has experienced.

I hope every one of us understands through this film how really fortunate we are.  I don’t think this is all about being racist, porn violence or morbid, it’s just that somewhere out there, this cruelty happened to our young children, in any kind of “war” that corrupted their innocence and humanity.

Verdict: 8/10

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“If I am sun, I will be finding another place to be shining where people are not using my light to be doing terrible terrible thing.”

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Bajrangi Bhaijaan ( Indian-Movie-2015)

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A little mute girl from a Pakistan village gets lost on her return back from a trip to India. In Kurukshetra, she meets Pawan – a devout Hanuman Bakth – who is in the midst of a challenge posed by his lover’s father. In trying to discover her parents, he develops an unshakable bond with the kid. He tries to get into Pakistan through a path righteous to his conscience and later, with a smart Pakistani news reporter for a company and makes the search, a story that captures the imagination of the public in both countries.

This movie is totally comedic, sincere and warm. You will feel your heart gently melting like a marshmallow in the pan. This film promotes humanity and friendship where togetherness between the two nation and religion (India and Pakistan) were emphasized. There is really nothing wrong to help someone in need no matter what is your status in life.

Expected for an Indian movie, there is still dancing scenes with their colorful attires, but this time it wasn’t that long. The acting is quite decent, they managed to deliver on most effect. And this little Pakistani girl, every time I saw her face on the screen, I uttered words of admiration, she’s really pretty and she has gorgeous eyes.

For this movie, I give it 9/10.  The storyline is predictable in the middle, but it is a feel-good film to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUEL (K-drama 2017)

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"Duel is a thriller about a detective who gets tangled up in a shocking incident after meeting a clone. They will have to battle each other to survive."

I really enjoyed being a part of this hunting thriller, I was one of those who waited weekly just to watch this complex and dense story about human cloning and a sort of cure-for-all vaccine. Science always makes me feel awkward for a drama,  but not this one, it has a various flavor. The plot is decently engaging with obvious flaws, sensible fight scenes and sad moments that will capture your heart.

Hands down also for the amazing performance conveyed byYang Se Jong.It wasn’t easy to portray one face with two-opposite characters as a barely new actor. He definitely showcases his acting ability in here. Hugs forJung Jae-Young, who's been the best father in this show, no doubt about his diverse talent too.

Bittersweet I may say for the finale, I feel like my mission is done too. "Chasing" has ended with closure, villains went to hell and another new life will begin as human.

Verdict: 9/10

 

A SILENT VOICE (J-anime 2016)

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As a wild youth, elementary school student Shouya Ishida sought to beat boredom in the cruelest ways. When the deaf Shouko Nishimiya transfers into his class, Shouya and the rest of his class thoughtlessly bully her for fun. However, when her mother notifies the school, he is singled out and blamed for everything done to her. With Shouko transferring out of the school, Shouya is left at the mercy of his classmates. He is heartlessly ostracized all throughout elementary and middle school, while teachers turn a blind eye.

 

Bullying is an epidemic in our society, both for our children and adult.

This movie portrays the harsh reality that almost everyone is experienced, the truth of how much people wanted to be understood and accepted despite what is lacking on them. It shows the total root of this problem and the miserable effect on it to those who are treated unfairly.

The silent voice gave us the message of second chances to correct what was done wrongly, that there is nothing wrong to admit our faults, to ask forgiveness and move on. We should always be aware of how we are treating other people, to learn to communicate, to listen and encourage self-worth and acceptance.

I know it takes a lot of hard work to be genuine to others, we’ll surely stumble along the way, but I think it wouldn’t be difficult if we steer humanity.

Verdict: 8/10

 

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Back then, if we could have heard each other’s voices, anything would have been so much better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU ARE NEVER ALONE

“Don’t pull away from the rest of the world.
For those of you that are out there,
with no friends,
with no one to support you,
those who are being neglected.

You are never alone.

Somewhere on this earth,
there is ALWAYS someone who is there for you.

There is always someone that cares about you and feels your pain.
There is always someone that will understand your story.

Don’t be afraid to come out of your shell.
Don’t be afraid to interact with people.
Don’t be afraid to be who you are.”

 

TUNNEL (K-Movie)

After watching this movie, I wanted to avoid the tunnels if possible. I am over reacting, but just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I don’t want to be hopelessly trapped when a tunnel collapsed around me.  I hope it will never happen to anyone.

What I like about this movie is that it showed the power of humanity over the fight for survival and the genuine determination to save someone’s life even though greediness and damn politics joggled along the way.

The movie has a simple premise, but it was executed flawlessly. It was well made with a sum amount of suspense and a formula of a little twist. The acting was decent, enough for you to focus on the character, and of course, the visual effects are impressive.

Verdict. 8/10

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“Lee Jung-Soo drives home for his daughter’s birthday. While driving through a tunnel that crosses through a mountain, the unthinkable happens. The tunnel collapses. When Lee Jung-Soo regains consciousness, he finds himself trapped inside his car. The car itself is buried under thousands of tons of concrete and debris. All he has inside the car are his cellphone, two bottles of water and his daughter’s birthday cake.”

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THE KING OF PIGS (K-Animation Film-2011)

King of Pigs is absolutely not an animated feature for kids because it’s shows the depressing violent side of our society where the weak known as PIGS and the bullies are the DOGS.

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The King of Pigs is shown, the real victims of systematic bullying. It shows the truth that many childhood has been slowly destroyed because of this brutal ongoing pressure from peers and society. For those who weren’t able to escape it, their traumas remain a lifelong effect in their lives and are suppressed to deal with them; the full of hate, no self-confidence, reckless and vicious reaction or expression when things never got on their way.

This movie allows us Adults to think.

Are we aware of what is happening to our kids?

What if my kids are victims of bullying, how can I help them?

What if they are the ones who bullied, how can I deal with it as a parent? How can I teach them not to?

Are we sure enough that the school they are in having certain rules and designed preventive measures for bullying issues?

As a parent, it is our responsibility to check and to know how our kids doing outside our home, by then we can seek help if badly needed.

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I’d definitely recommend this film even though the story is dark, very straightforward and there’s no truly sympathetic characters. I know, we could learn something out of this movie, but I’m sure I’d never watch it again.

Verdict: 7/10

 

Beautiful Mind (K-drama 2016)

Beautiful Mind. Beautiful story. Beautiful ending.

 

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I don’t know why this drama suffered from low ratings. I would say, it’s a hidden gem to be understood. Though they cut down the two episodes from 16 to 14 roughly, I didn’t expect it would wrap up well and timed. The finale was the full hit of bumpy rides with tears, laughter, hopes, forgiveness, retreat and reconciliation. Beautiful mind gave a sense of HUMANITY to appreciate life, MORALS, to believe what you can do for others and Norm ACCEPTANCE between what is unusual and not, for what you are and of becoming you to be.

I highly appreciated the amazing performance of our main protagonist Jang Hyuk, a genius neurosurgeon with zero sympathy or devour with social disorder.  You can see how he struggled his life to become one of us and to become a good doctor, despite how people treated him as a psychopath.

So, don’t be deceived by the ratings, the story is more original and captivating. It wouldn’t be perfect, but they have ended it with what truly mattered – the importance of humanity.

Verdict: 8/10

GRAVE of the FIREFLIES (J-Animation Movie)

“Grave of the Fireflies” (1988) is an animated film telling the story of two children from the port city of Kobe, made homeless by the bombs. Seita is a young teenager, and his sister Setsuko is about 5. Their father is serving in the Japanese navy, and their mother is a bomb victim; Seita kneels beside her body, covered with burns, in an emergency hospital. Their home, neighbors, schools are all gone. For a time an aunt takes them in, but she’s cruel about the need to feed them, and eventually Seita finds a hillside cave where they can live. He does what he can to find food, and to answer Setsuko’s questions about their parents. The first shot of the film shows Seita dead in a subway station, and so wecan guess Setsuko’s fate; we are accompanied through flashbacks by the boy’s spirit.”

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“September 21st, 1945… That was the night I died.” – Seita

A great movie that would tear your heart in sympathy and compassion.

The story simply tells us about the survival of siblings from waning days of World War II where American aircraft dropped bombs on Japanese cities. The film features an outstanding direction in portraying the impact of war, the state of survival and of course with a captivating animation and voice performance.

Grave of the Fireflies message is relevant to what is happening in our world right now, how the horrors of war condemned us and demoralizing humanity. On the other side, it proves that even if you have nothing else left, you can always find ways to be happy as long as you are with the right people.

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Verdict: 10/10

EXTRA MILE

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I couldn’t stop looking at him. He walks faster with his broken or deform leg or knee. I shame myself for complaining every time I walked with an extra mile with my perfect two feet. How could I? how could you?

Today, as I walk steady on my feet, I am grateful  for being healthy.

Kuya

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This is Kuya. He believes that Filipinos are hardworking and responsible. He secretly told me to deduct one day salary to our receptionist (other nationality) because she was always late and he didn’t like it. He said he wanted to replace her with a Filipino because they (we) are good and pleasant.

Today, Kuya is absent because he is sick. Without him, the kitchen is messy. Everybody is going to the pantry to make their own coffee and washing their own cups. I made one too early this morning, and it never tastes as refined as Kuya made it.

When he is absent, no one dare to be furious about it. He might be feeling drained at times because every day he woke up at 4am and take off by 11pm. Sometimes, I caught him drifting to sleep in the kitchen, I told him just to continue, really I don’t mind.

He’s been working in our company for long years as a tea boy and sometimes a bank messenger.  I never heard him complaining about his work so far and he never failed to do his own too.

I think he is more hardworking than us, I couldn’t even stand waking up every day at 4.

 

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

 

 

 

D – DISAPPEARED

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For almost every day in five months, I have always seen this old lady carrying her suitcase with plastic bags and some stuff. She constantly stopped by and spread some grains on that wall. First, I didn’t notice what she was up to until I saw around more than twenty of doves hovering towards her and landed to eat the grains. It was a splendid scenery!

I haven’t seen anyone cared so much to do this thing in the morning aside from hastening and bustling to work, that includes myself. I tried to greet her several times or just give her a smile, but it seems she has her own world.

She never looked at me at all. Instead, I found her chattering alone and smiling in the air. I don’t remember she changed her clothes either because she’s always wearing that gray long sleeves and sweatpants, a little dirty.

One day, one week, one month, I didn’t see her any longer. There were no doves anymore. She just disappeared along with my morning little joy.

I wonder what happened to her. I just hope and pray that she is just fine.