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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The Admiral: Roaring Currents

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12 Battleships against a fleet of 330. One man against all odds. Sounds too good to be true, right? But yes, this movie depicts from one of the greatest naval battles in Korea history which they stand last against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty.

The Admiral Yi Sun-sin was a Korean naval commander who was well-respected for his exemplary conduct on and off the battlefield. He’s one of few Admirals in world history who remained undefeated.  In this movie, you will see how he implored some actual strategy to win and how he takes the lead in difficult moments.

I know I was a little bit late to watch this movie, but I’m glad I was able to.  This film is perfection for human perseverance and bravery.  They have an excellent cast, astounding production, and a good tribute to the valiant Koreans.

Verdict: 10/10

 

WAR ZONE

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“If I die in a war zone,

Box me up and send me home,

Put my medal in my chest,

Tell my mom I did my best,

Tell my dad not to bow,

He wont get attention from me now,

Tell my brother to study  perfectly,

Key’s of my bike will be his permanently,

Tell my sister not to be upset,

Her brother will not rise after this sunset,

Tell my love not to cry,

because I AM A SOLDIER BORN TO DIE.

Let’s pray for our soldiers who has lived the war, who has seen its brutality and who has been blown up and torn apart.

credit to the owner of the photo & poem

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

Art of War

“If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him.

If he is in superior strength, evade him.

If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him.

Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.

If he is taking his ease, give him no rest.

If his forces are united, separate them.

If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them.

Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected .”

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General Luna

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“Set during the Philippine-American war (1898), Heneral Luna follows the life of one of Philippine history’s most brilliant military men, General Antonio Luna, as he tries to lead his countrymen against colonial masters new and old, and to rise above their own raging disputes to fulfill the promise of the Philippine Revolution.”

Clap! Clap! Clap!

The movie is based on the story of our National Hero Antonio Luna, a Filipino General who wasn’t afraid to fight for the sake of Inang Bayan’s real independence, set in the war between Americans & Filipinos.  The movie showed some common truths about the futility of politics too, that has been passed on from generation to generation. The rest, as the story goes, is history.

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“Business or Freedom?
Country or Self?
Choose!”

A question from General Luna when he tried to stop the greediness for leading a plan to prioritize the state of the nation rather than negotiating for better profit.

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“Brothers, we have an enemy bigger than the Americans: OURSELVES.”

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“That freedom cannot be won by protecting their love ones.”

Indeed, to protect your love ones, you must protect your country first.

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“General Luna was killed and suffered over 30 wounds from bolos, bayonets and bullets. A lesser man would have died instantly from half of his wounds, but the general was able to stagger out of the building, cursing his murderers, before falling lifeless on the church patio.”

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“Manila, June 13. [7.35 p.m.]— General Luna, lieutenant commander of the Filipino army, has been assassinated by order of Emilio Aguinaldo (Officially recognized as the First President of the Philippines.)

“Antonio Luna was ready to die for his country from the onset. He knew what was at stake. He gave up a life of comfort and complacency to fight for his country’s freedom. General Luna was a loving and loyal son to Inang Bayan and he expected that same love and dedication from each Filipino. Why? Because he knew that’s the only way for the Philippines to be free.” – Is it time to have another leader like Heneral Luna?

PRAY FOR MIRACLES

I have placed some “not so good information” that has been caught my attention for the past few days. It was all distressing, and you would really wish it will end.

 

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PORK BARREL SCAM – PHILIPPINES

The Department of Justice issued a lookout bulletin against Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the P10-billion pork barrel scam. P10-billion pork scam carried out by Napoles over the last 10 years using bogus NGOs to conduct ghost projects in connivance with unscrupulous senators, representatives, mayors and government officials.

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CHEMICAL WEAPON ATTACK – SYRIA

The slaughter – the worst atrocity of the nation’s brutal civil war. They were among more than 1,000 Syrian civilians, including men, women and children, massacred in a suspected chemical weapons attack.

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HOSNI MUBARAK RELEASE – EGYPT

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison last year for failing to prevent the killing of demonstrators.  But the court accepted his appeal and ordered a  transfer from prison to house arrest.  His release may cause chaos again.

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GANG RAPE – MUMBAI, INDIA

Five men gang-raped a woman photographer in India’s financial hub. The attack took place on Thursday evening (August 22) in an upmarket district of central Mumbai as the 23-year-old woman and a male colleague were taking photos of old buildings for a magazine. The man was then tied up with a belt while the woman was raped repeatedly.

Let’s not pretend that we don’t care what is happening now. The best way to help out is to PRAY for miracles. God bless us all!