Infernal Affairs
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Infernal Affairs
Hello, you've reached Raito's movie review blog. Most of what you'll find here is reviews of Chinese movies, because that's pretty much all I watch. :'D

November 2012
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I just realized that I've posted a long line of sub-par movies.  For some reason I'm more motivated to write reviews of BAD movies, lol.  Nevertheless, here's a rundown of some other recent viewings.

A Crowd of Three (2010) - Unfortunately this movie wasn't very good either.  Three vastly unlikable characters go on a roadtrip to visit one of the characters pedo brother who's in prison.  I'm not entirely sure what they hoped to find out from him, I think the brother thought he'd break him out, but that didn't work out.  Even Matsuda Shota can't save this too-long unpleasant film.

The Great Magician (2011) - My viewing of this movie was somewhat tainted by subs that kept garbling up in probably-important places.  As great as it is to see Tony Leung on-screen again, his performance was rather bland, as though he was just trying to pick up a paycheck while waiting for Grandmasters to finally come out.  Zhou Xun was fun and Lau Ching Wan was a riot, but I really can't remember much about the plot, which admittedly, could have to do with the subs.  Oh well, it was nice to look at and the soundtrack was fantastic.

Love On Credit (2011) - Ok, now this movie I actually enjoyed.  Starring Lin Chi-Ling playing twin sisters with man problems, it was beautifully shot and had a good soundtrack as well.  It's somewhat of a romcom, as in, it was occasionally funny, but generally quirky.  What stood out most to me was Lin's excellent acting.  I see her getting ragged on quite a bit and I haven't seen her in much, but she was great in this.  I actually did not realize that both of the sisters were her until the end.  Chen Kun played one of the boyfriends and he was great as usual, but I would have liked to see him more. *cough*

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Music 马天宇 – 那些花儿
Tags: chen kun, driveby, fantasy, jmovie, lau ching wan, lin chi-ling, romance, romcoms, tony leung, zhou xun
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A somewhat suspenseful, but rather slow-moving crime drama starring Sorimachi Takashi and Tsutomu Yamazaki. The latter plays Nango-san, a prison guard who once had to execute a man he believed to be remorseful. In the movie's present, he is trying to find the real killer to free a man who may be falsely imprisoned and on death row. Sorimachi plays Junichi, a man just released from prison after killing a man accidentally.

The two go about trying to find this other killer, neither saying much, and honestly, the movie really does drag for about an hour. Then, random things start popping up. The guy with no watch. Similarly, Junichi doesn't wear a watch, and in this very same conversation, you notice the scar on his forearm. That comes into play later. And things get somewhat complicated from there, with a little more action as well.

It's not a complex mystery, more of a treatise on who deserves to die. Terada? Who really did kill three people, but was remorseful and became a Christian. Samura? Either senior or junior. The latter was a clearly a shitty piece of work. Junichi? He intended to kill the man he accidentally killed. The guy who really killed the people Kehara is on death row for? Nango-san? I felt like the movie was asking these questions, but didn't necessarily answer them. Certainly not in the heavy-handed method of Hollywood films trying to impart a message.

Tbh though, my point of view is that Samura and his pals deserved to die. But I have a pretty harsh attitude towards anyone committing a crime with malicious intent like that. The world could do with less people anyhow.

Sorimachi is, though, a fairly incredible actor.  Once again, this role was completely different than anything else I've seen him in, and he easily sold it.  It's really criminal he hasn't been in more movies.

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Tags: crime, drama, jmovie, sorimachi takashi
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