Rough (Japanese) – Movie Review

Hey guys! It’s been a month since I last posted a movie review here. I’m really sorry. Hope you can forgive me. So I watched Rough (Japanese movie) recently and I’m going to give you my review. The movie is based on the 1980s manga by Mitsuru Adachi and adapted to the big screen by NANA director, Kentaro Otani.

STORYLINE:
Rough may sound like an odd name for a film focusing on the budding romance between a swimmer and a high diver, but this seemingly peculiar title choice does come to make more sense as the story unfolds, most significantly when a supporting character announces, “All great art begins with a rough sketch.” Although this metaphor is meant to describe the various athletes staying together at a coed dormitory for the summer, it comes to have greater meaning for the film’s two lead characters, swimmer Keisuke Yamato (Hayami Mokomichi) and high diver, Ami Ninomiya (Masami Nagasawa). The lanky, handsome, but comically awkward Yamato has great talent, but it still a bit rough around the edges when it comes to actual technique or effort. Ami’s “roughness” is a bit harder to define, as it is much more internal – something that cannot be solved by cutting to a rousing training montage. (Calvin McMillin)

REVIEW:
Rough showcases a coming of age romance that begins strongly enough; the film is full of visual gags, captioned freeze frames, and inventive usage of flashbacks. Having a shaky start like Ami calling Yamato a murderer, Yamato as well as the viewers were taken aback by how straightforward Ami was. As it turns out, the two have a history (one that I won’t spoil here) that accounts for Ami’s seeming hatred for Yamato. I’m kind of puzzled why the title of the movie is Rough when in fact they could’ve used another title for the film. But after hearing a supporting character say “All great art begins with a rough sketch.” That’s when I realized that the creator of the manga might have a reason as to why he chose Rough as the title for his work.

Two characters who seem to get the short exposure are Hiroki Nakanishi (Tsuyoshi Abe) and Kaori Koyonagi (Yui Ichikawa).I think the performances of the actors as well as the film’s strong first half make it worth recommending. Also, there’s a nice little revelation that occurs in the film’s second half that might enhance one’s enjoyment of Rough’s already amusing first half. I admit that I hope they could’ve thought of a better ending for the movie but I think it’s up to us to interpret it. I’ll give this movie a rating of 7 out of 10.

 

Nobody Knows-Movie Review

Can you imagine your own mother leaving you in charge of your little brothers and sisters in search for her own happiness? I think not.

We watched a movie in our Humanities class entitled Nobody Knows.  It was screened in the Cannes Film Festival last 2004 and the lead actor bagged the Best Actor Award.  The story revolves around Akira Fukushima and his siblings.

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Here is the storyline for you to be able to get a glimpse of the story.

Storyline:

In Tokyo, the reckless single mother Keiko moves to a small apartment with her twelve years old son Akira Fukushima and hidden in the luggage, his siblings Kyoko, Shigeru and Yuki. The children have different fathers and do not have schooling, but they have a happy life with their mother. When Keiko finds a new boyfriend, she leaves the children alone, giving some money to Akira and assigning him to take care of his siblings. When the money finishes, Akira manages to find means to survive with the youngsters without power supply, gas or water at home, and with the landlord asking for the rental.

Review:

The film is very simple. But because of its simplicity it becomes beautiful. The story is very dragging at the first half especially if you don’t like scenes that feels like it doesn’t makes sense at all. The film lacks exciting moments and action so it may turn the viewers away. But while watching the movie, I was absorbed by the performance of the children who really portrayed their roles well.

The film is at times sweet, funny, warm and at most times heartbreaking. The dialogue is simple yet meaningful. It was filmed in a documentary and realist style and it allows the viewers to see the things happening in the eyes of the children. It shows how courageous and innocent the children are and it shows their maturity despite of their age. It also shows how adults can be selfish and childish at times.

It’s a great film to watch. You can learn many things from it. For those people who don’t like slowly-paced films, I rather not recommend this movie.

For the movie nobody knows, I will give it eight scrunchies out of 10.