I’m not good with words and every time I try to talk about novels, dramas or films, I end up struggling with my words, thoughts and expressions. Try asking me to give you a drama review / sypnosis and I’ll either give you a convoluted explanation or something stupid like “oh this is a drama with two girls and two guys and cross love-lines”. lol
I shall try my best to give my two cents on Korean and Japanese cinema today. Firstly, I’ll like to say that I really don’t like Japanese films. Or whatever that I’ve seen so far (which is not many, I admit). But I really have some problems with Japanese films, namely:
1. Weird, vague endings
2. Anti-climax. Or totally no climax or buildup in the storyline
3. Right in your face moral lessons
Just the other day I watched “Strawberry night – invisible rain”. I thought it will be good. I LOVE the drama special and the full drama series. There’s nothing I dislike about any of the characters.. but I HATE THE MOVIE. Shall not give much spoilers, but I am totally disappointed with the rather boring case, the buildup of the love-line that leads to nothing and many many unanswered questions in the ending. I’m all for an ending that leaves the audience hanging – whether in hope or not, but this is just WEIRD. It’s like the movie decided to cut out several parts and just end it somewhere.
The right-in-your-face moral lessons are always an issue for me in Japanese dramas but I kinda let it slip because I think it’s a stylistic choice that can work in some dramas. But when it comes to movies, I prefer them to be more.. raw/gritty/real? It’s just a personal preference but it really annoys me when I’m watching a crime movie and the moral lessons are right in your face. One example is Platinum Data. I watched it not too long ago and it’s so forgettable that I can’t remember what really went on there…. The chase where the suspect was running away to clear his own name was pretty good and I was expecting a build up to lead to SOMETHING. But nothing. I can’t even remember what the ending was, just that I left the cinema feeling disappointed and annoyed ><
Not sure if I’m too used to Korean films or that I prefer their way of storytelling / cinematography, but it’ll take quite a bit of persuasion for me to watch another Japanese movie in the near future.
Any thoughts on this? (: Any good Japanese films to recommend?
p.s. this is purely my own opinion and I do know that there are people who loves Japanese films. Let this be a discussion (: