Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Film Review: Hello World [ハロー・ワールド] (2019) | Directed by Tomohiko Itō / Produced by Graphinica

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Hello World (2019) Movie Poster
Title: Hello World [ Japanese: ハロー・ワールド ]
Directed by: Tomohiko Itō
Produced by: Katsuhiro Takei
Cinematography: Yoshiki Obata
Edited by: Shigeru Nishiyama
Production company: Graphinica
Distributed by: Toho
Release date:

Characters - Voice Cast:
Naomi Katagaki (堅書直実) - Takumi Kitamura
Future Naomi Katagaki (カタガキナオミ) - Tôri Matsuzaka
Ruri Ichigyō (一行瑠璃) - Minami Hamabe
Tsunehisa Senko (千古恒久) - Takehito Koyasu
Ii Shizuka (徐依依) - Minako Kotobuki
Mirei Kadenokōji (勘解由小路三鈴) - Haruka Fukuhara
Karasu (カラス) - Rie Kugimiya

Country: Japan / Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-fi, Science Fiction

*spoiler alert

Set in a futuristic Japan, the Government has an advanced technology called "AllTale" which can realistically record the past to preserve the country's history and culture.

Then one day, Naomi Katagaki, the leading character notices an unusual aurora borealis in the sky. An odd crow flew over and snatched his notebook. He follows the crow leading him to a shrine. There he met another Naomi Katagaki and from there his adventure starts.

I'm expecting more drama romance in this film, something like it will give you a tearjerker. There's a tearjerker scene but not enough for my tears to drop, It never came. The story lacks impact. But no doubt the animation itself gives an impact - It's impressive!

Plus in the story, I find it unrealistic and not feasible for technology like "AllTale" to become true in the future (in our real world); on the point where it can record human intelligence too as the past-Katagaki is sentient in "AllTale" world. I find copying human intelligence invasive and susceptible to privacy abuse. It's unethical. And who knows, It could be copying the soul of a human too. I have so many questions about "AllTale" but I guess, I'll leave it as an entertainment-only subject and no chance Tomohiko Itō will give an in-depth explanation about the AllTale. I also guess he got the idea of AllTale because he got the inspiration from directing Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online into anime.

I'll just leave it at that - a drama romance flick animation. I will not think much anymore on the tech side.

The story is okay, I'll gauge further the rating to a 'very okay' film since I really like the cinematography. The HD-ish plus CGI-ish quality animation.

My rating will be in the middle: 5.0 / 10.0

Another World

another world spin off to hello world 2019 poster
This three-episode spin-off was released before the main film. A reference for viewers to understand further the story background. It's a 10-minutes long per episode. Watching this is actually more appealing than watching the main film. You can feel the hardship of Naomi Katagaki of the real world (not the recorded Naomi Katagaki), he did everything for the sake of love.

If you skip this spin-off, you might find the real-world Katagaki arrogant, and selfish which is partly true but there's a reason behind those and you'll find that out with this spin-off episodes.

Poster source: 

  • Tomohiko Itō also directed the first two seasons of Sword Art Online Anime. Sword Art Online, a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara (where Tomohiko Itō directed the anime version) also takes place in a futuristic world where people can play a role-playing game with a cerebral device.



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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Movie Review: The Invisible Man (2020), directed by Leigh Whannell

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The Invisible Man (2020) Movie Poster
Movie Title: The Invisible Man
Directed by: Leigh Whannell
Produced by: Jason Blum, Kylie du Fresne
Written by: Leigh Whannell (based on "The Invisible Man" book by H. G. Wells)

  • Elisabeth Moss
  • Aldis Hodge
  • Storm Reid
  • Harriet Dyer
  • Michael Dorman
  • Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Production company:
  • Universal Pictures
  • Blumhouse Productions
  • Nervous Tick
  • Goalpost Pictures
Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Release date:
  • February 27, 2020 (Australia)
  • (United States)
Language: English

There are several Invisible Man films and TV series, and one popular I know of, Is the "Hollow Man" from the year 2000. That's the only Invisible Man film I watched which is based on H. G. Wells' novel of the same name.

With this new 2020 Invisible Man film, they applied technological modernity as expected, set in our modern world but of course, the groundbreaking technology of optics is fictionalized. I haven't read the H. G. Wells' book so I'm not sure if the story is faithful to the book and whatsoever with the optics technology.

This film was supposed to be cast by Johnny Depp and supposed to be part of Universal Pictures' Universal Monsters but there's a change of plan and made this an individual story. But they're going to make the film titled Invisible Woman in the future and say it will be part of the Universal Monsters though we're not sure if it will be connected to the events of Invisible Man 2020 film.

I enjoyed this film. Not much of a horror, no jumpscare. It's more of an action, thriller, and suspense.

I'm rating this: 5.0 / 10.0




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Also, buy the H. G. Well book set which includes "The Invisible Man" book. ^

Friday, March 20, 2020

Film Review: Bliss, a 2017 Philippine Psychological Thriller Film by Jerrold Tarog

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Bliss, a Film by Jerrold Tarog Movie Poster
Source: Wikipedia
Title: Bliss
Directed by: Jerrold Tarog
Produced by: Darlene Malimas
Written by: Jerrold Tarog

  • Iza Calzado as Jane Ciego
  • Ian Veneracion as Joshua
  • TJ Trinidad as Carlo
  • Adrienne Vergara as Lilibeth
  • Shamaine Buencamino as Jillian
  • Audie Gemora as Lexter Palao
  • Stephanie Sol
  • Michael de Mesa
  • Star Orjaliza
Music by: Jerrold Tarog
Cinematography: Mackie Galvez

Production companies:
  • TBA Studios
  • Artikulo Uno Productions
  • Quantum Films
Release date: March 5, 2017 (Japan) / (Philippines)
Running time: 100 minutes
Country: Philippines
Language: Filipino

In this ongoing crisis from COVID-19, a virus from originally from China, now a pandemic (already spread globally), the Philippine Government has announced an "Enhanced Community Quarantine" of the whole Luzon last March 17, 2020 ( read: ). The Government advised all civilians to stay inside their homes while they combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Given the situation, TBA Studios is offering the Bliss film by Jerrold Tarog free to watch on YouTube so we abiding citizens can watch and enjoy it at our home.

You can watch Bliss film for free below uploaded on YouTube by TBA Studios:

Bliss Film Review:

I find this movie dark, not very dark, just right. The story is okay. It reflects the reality of celebrity showbusiness, mental health, adultery, and matriarchy. It's kind of like Inception film.

I feel it lacks something about this film. It generally falls under a thriller film and that's what it lacks. They're too safe with Iza Calzado (Jane Ciego in the film, the main character). What I mean "safe", they can do a lot of thrilling acts with the character but it's just so limited. The direction is so lite in this film. I expected Jerrold Tarog can do more with Bliss because of his magnificent Heneral Luna film. I was hoping he can apply the kind of great production from Heneral Luna to this film but Bliss is just not that good. The story is good but the production is not impressive. I don't know maybe the actress is rejecting a scene, they're experimenting, or is it because they have a limited budget?

I'm rating this: 4.0 / 10.0

Also, read my film review for Heneral Luna, another film by Jerrold Tarog:




Saturday, November 10, 2018

Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody | 2018 Biopic Film of the British Rock Band Queen

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Credit: Bohemian Rhapsody (film) wiki
Title: Bohemian Rhapsody
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Produced by: Graham King, Jim Beach
Actors: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara), Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon, Aidan Gillen as John Reid, Tom Hollander as Jim Beach
Screenplay by: Anthony McCarten
Story by: Anthony McCarten, Peter Morgan
Release date: October 23, 2018 (SSE Arena) / October 24, 2018 (United Kingdom) / (United States)
Language: English
Genre: Biopic

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians | Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Director: Jon M. Chu
Producers: Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, John Penotti
Actors: Constance Wu as Rachel Chu, Henry Golding as Nick Young, Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Sung-Young, Gemma Chan as Astrid Leong-Teo, Lisa Lu as Shang Su Yi, Awkwafina as Goh Peik Lin ...
Language: English
Release date: August 7, 2018 (TCL Chinese Theatre) / (US)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Asian

Official Movie Poster / Credit:

It's been a long time since I posted on this blog. I just can't miss reviewing this film based on a book of the same title written by Kevin Kwan. I wish I read the book first before watching the film version as I used to do. Nevertheless, I'm solved with the film.

Crazy Rich Asians are literally about crazy rich Asians. The film isn't just about portraying the characteristics of rich Asians but also weighing the views of characters on their life and family. Would you prioritize your passion for your career and ambition? Or the old family tradition and maintaining their grandiose position in the society?

Supporting casts are also effective on bringing comedy to the film. I didn't expect Ken Jeong will be in this film too (sorry I didn't pre-read anything about this film).

The film is not just about drama and comedy, It also showcases the wonderful places of Singapore. Surely, this film will boost the tourism of Singapore.

I'm rating this film: 7.0 / 10.0


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