dorama 'Keishichou Ikimono-gakari'
tayang di Jepang: 9:00 pm, Sundays, 09 July 2017
A detective Sudo Tomozo (Watabe Atsuro) gets taken off the investigation section team after injuring himself in an incident. He gets sent to the window seat for the general affairs division of the police department. Also known as ‘MPD: Animal Unit,’ a police department which looks after animals and plants.
There, he meets Usuki Keiko (Hashimoto Kanna), a female animal geek who has veterinary qualifications. She loves animals more than people, and Tomozo is not happy about the way in which Keiko is going about her own way. However, Keiko uses the assistance of pets left at different crime scenes, to solve criminal mysteries one after another, through her vast knowledge and sharp observation skills.
However, when we say “pets,” it doesn’t necessarily mean the popular kinds such as cats and dogs. Rather, those such as snakes, tortoises, owls and even penguins!?
Keiko, who never fails to show affection for any kinds of creatures, somehow helps her lead on to solving criminal mysteries. While being in directly controlled by Keiko, Tomozo gradually gains respect for her and their combination eventually becomes effective. From forensic medicine, brain science to psychology, there are various ways of solving criminal mysteries. However, will this be the first time we find out that zoological science can help solve criminal incidences!? #asiangirl#cutegirl#actress#kawai#sukidorama#dramajepang#jdrama#doramajepang#doramalover#animelover#moviejapan#jfest#WatabeAtsuro#HashimotoKanna#ShoheiMiura#AtsukoAsano#ShoKiyohara#SusumuTerajima
№ 97: "Steamboy"
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
Screenplay: Sadayuki Murai, Katsuhiro Otomo
I wanted to watch this film prior to it's release 12 years ago. I have to say, I'm left a bit underwhelmed for a film that supposedly took 10 years to complete. I liked the film, don't get me wrong, I just have a few nitpicks.
The animations in this film is phenomenal. From what I've read, Otomo had some of the sequences done in CG and then redrawn using the CG as reference to blend with the hand-drawn animation. Regardless of method, the end result is stunning. In a film featuring such small detail like moving steam engines and devices, it never ceases to deliver. I love the designs of all the steam-related devices. I've always found technology from the early industrial revolution to be interesting.
The plot of the film, however, left a bit to be desired. I feel the pacing of the film to be too slow in parts, even during action sequences. The biggest complaint is that there isn't much character development with our main characters, Ray and Scarlett. I would have liked the final sequence of the film to be about a third of it's length and the scenes depicted during the credits be shown in it's place. There was more character/plot development during the credits than the film itself, I feel. Scarlett is pretty intolerable for the majority of the film, and I wish she would have had a redemption toward the end of the film after seeing the horrors committed by her foundation for money, but that is reserved for stills during the credits, unfortunately.
It almost feels like the ending of the film was a setup for a sequel that never came. It's a shame because I am interested in the world and where these characters will go following the events of the film.
Overall, the film is worth a watch. The animation is fantastic and the story entertaining enough. I just wish more focus was given to the events after Steam Tower's demise.
Saw Sonatine last night as part of the Littleton Drafthouse's Takeshi Kitano series. I've read it before that this is the first Kitano movie since his crew is finally assembled by this film: Hisaishi doing the score, Mori producing, Yanagishima doing the cinematography, and Terajima and Osugi in key supporting roles. I would argue his previous film also fits the "first true Kitano film" description as he is now directing, writing, and editing.
Still this film has the fantastic middle section, the hang out portion of the film that would later be expanded in the last third of Kikujiro. Kitano finds beauty and sorrow in the life of a criminal. The bursts of light from a machine gun reflected on the tops of three cars evokes Ozu but what has become so very Kitano. A long distant shot of him alone on the beach throwing a Frisbee against the wind speaks just as much to his character as to Kitano on himself. This type of self reflection is where the title comes from.
As far as his work that focuses on crime goes, which has proven to be his most popular endeavors, Sonatine is a true high point. Hopefully if the Drafthouse does a round 2 of this series work like A Scene at the Sea, Getting Any? (which Midnight Eye declared his most personal film), Dolls, Kids Return, and Achilles and the Tortoise are included. Works that help us understand the man.
REGIA: Takeshi Kitano
CONSIGLIATO: Sì - Dopo un bel pò di tempo ritorno con Kitano e con uno dei suoi film più celebri che gli diede rinomanza internazionale, vinse poi il leone d'oro al Festival di Venezia. Questo Hana-bi (Fiori di fuoco) credo che incarni lo stile di Kitano al meglio, anche se di lui ho visto ben poco, scene intense che si alternano tra la violenza fredda e la delicatezza di dipinti e paesaggi, personaggi singolari e una colonna sonora molto bella. In questo film la violenza viene rappresentata come fine a sè stessa e non per mandare un messaggio morale, la violenza che colpisce sia i giusti che gli ingiusti, ed Hana-bi è una storia di rinascita, riscatto e di una nuova vita che nasce dalla morte, ognuno per la propria strada. Kitano straordinario nella parte, regista e attore indubbiamente di un certo spessore. Alla fine bello, il mio voto qui non prendetelo molto in considerazione poichè è prettamente soggettivo, non era proprio quello che mi aspettavo e non rientra forse molto nei miei gusti ma alla fine mi è piaciuto, e c'è da considerare che comunque a volte la prima visione inganna, meriterebbe secondo me anche una seconda visione. Ringrazio @ildisoccupatoillustre per avermelo consigliato!