Movie Preview: “Before We Vanish”

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“Before We Vanish” (original title 散歩する侵略者/ Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha) is a Japanese sci – fi thriller. It is an adaptation of the same named theatrical play which was first performed in 2005. The movie already had its world premiere in the Cannes film festival in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section. The movie was directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

Story

Narumi Kase (Masami Nagasawa) is on bad terms with her husband Shinji Kase (Ryuhei Matsuda). One day, Shinji Kase goes missing. He comes back a couple of days later, but he seems like a totally different person. Shinji Kase is now gentle and tender. He goes for a walk every day. Shinji Kase tells his wife that he came to Earth to invade.

Meanwhile, a family is brutally murdered and an unexplained phenomenon takes place. Journalist Sakurai (Hiroki Hasegawa) covers the story of the murdered family.

Thoughts

The story line reminds me of a few other alien invasion movies. The topic is quite popular, the whole body snatcher theme has been done quite a few time, in different mediums. As this has already been screened to a big western audience, there are quite a few reviews out there, which elaborate that rather than a simple alien invasion movie it’s more of a study of the human mind. This I find rather intriguing.

“Before We Vanish” will premiere in Japan on the 9th of September, 2017. To add another layer to the story, a drama will be also start to air in September.

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Movie Preview: “Friends Games: The Final Movie”

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As the title says, “Friends Games: The Final Movie” (original title トモダチゲーム 劇場版FINAL/ Tomodachi Gemu Gekijoban Final) is set to be the last movie in a trilogy. The starting point for the manga adaptation was the release of a mini series titled “Friends Game”, followed by the first movie “Friends Games: The Movie”. This Japanese horror movie is directed by Jiro Nagae.

Story

When Yuichi Katakiri (Ryo Yoshizawa) was a child, his mother taught him that friends are more important than money. Now, as a high school student, Yuichi prioritizes friends over money. One day, Yuichi and his friends become involved in the “Friends Games” which carries large amounts of money. They have to play 3 instances of the game and survive each and every single one to successfully finish it.

Thoughts

As this story uses the same actors again, I think one has to definitely start with Part 1. Otherwise, it might be confusing, as I’m not sure how much the different parts depend on each other. I wouldn’t want to miss a detail, just because I haven’t seen a previous part. From just the trailer, it does look like your typical setup. High school kids? Check. Get abducted? Check. Have to play a dangerous game in order to survive? Check. But well, you never know, this might be really good.

OCN Released Second Teaser For “Black”

The promo wheels for OCN’s new mystery/fantasy drama are turning fast. Just a few days ago, the first teaser for this drama was released. Now there is a second teaser, which keeps the atmosphere of the first one. Check it out for yourself!

“Black” follows a detective which has been possessed by a Grim Reaper. He, together with Kang Ha Ram (Go Ara) is trying to save people, defying the laws of heaven. “Black” is set to premiere on the 14th of October on OCN. Until then, I’ll keep you updated.

Your fellow dramaddict,

Ivy

Movie Preview: “Second Summer, Never See You Again”

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“Second Summer, Never See You Again” (original title 二度めの夏、二度と会えない君/ Nidome no Natsu, Nidoto Aenai Kimi) is a Japanese time – slip movie directed by Kenji Nakanishi.

Story

Satoshi (Nijiro Murakami) is in his 3rd year of high school. He and transfer student Rin (Madoka Yoshida) are busy forming a band to perform at the school cultural festival even though there is a ban on forming bands at school. They perform live at the school cultural festival, but Rin later collapses. Tragedy ensues for Rin and Satoshi becomes devastated.

Satoshi then goes back in time to when he met Rin for the first time.

Here are teasers and a trailer for this upcoming movie:

The cast and director also already took the stage at the presentation of the movie to the public:

Thoughts

I’m expecting this to be deeply depressing and anything other than cheerful. Hopefully, the cast is able to deliver the emotions of the story well, especially Madoka Yoshida (who plays the female lead) for whom it’s the first movie of her career. I like the thematic of the movie besides the time travel gimmick. A rebellion against the school system by forming a band. Which might add nice music to the movie.

“Second Summer, Never See You Again” will be released on the 1st of September in Japan.

Pre-viewing Thoughts: “Somehow 18”

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Another day, another time – slip drama. “Somehow 18” (Korean title 어쩌다18) is a jTBC produced web drama. Let’s see what’s it about!

Story

Oh Kyung Hwi (Choi Minho) is a resident in the orthopedics department. He gets transported back in time to when he was 18. Enduring his hellish high school days once again, he tries to save his first love Han Na Bi (Lee Yoo Bi).

Characters and Actors

Oh Kyung Hwi (Choi Minho)

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Oh Kyung Hwi is a 28 years old orthopedics resident at Baekje University hospital. He’s popular, charismatic and confident. But he wasn’t always like this. Back in high school, he was a loner and victim of bullying. He was close to committing suicide. Until one girl saved him. Han Na Bi. His first love. He never got over her suicide.

Choi Minho

Choi Minho might be best known as part of the idol group Shinee. He debuted as an actor in 2010 in KBS2’s drama special “Pianist”. Since then he has starred in multiple dramas such as “Salamander Guru and the Shadows”, “To the Beautiful You”, “Because it’s the First Time” and “Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth”. He made his big screen debut with “Canola”.

Han Na Bi (Lee Yoo Bi)

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“Somehow 18” (C) jTBC/ Naver TV Cast

Han Na Bi is a former classmate of Oh Kyung Hwi. She is the one who gave him the strength to endure the harassment, though she never knew. For unknown reasons, she committed suicide, when they were 18.

Lee Yoo Bi

Lee Yoo Bi began her career in the drama “Vampire Idol”. She later had supporting roles in dramas such as “The Innocent Man”, “Gu Family Book” and “Pinocchio”. Her first lead role was as Jo Yang Sun in “Scholar Who Walks the Night”, for which she received the “Best New Actress Award” (in a miniseries).

Choi Minho and Lee Yoo Bi at the press conference of “Somehow 18” (C) Kim Doo Hong

Thoughts

I don’t have any big expectation. Web dramas are always good as an in between snack. 15 minutes are easy and fast to digest, so I’ll definitely dig in.

“Somehow 18” will premiere on the 28th of August at 7:00 am KST on Naver TV Cast. Let me know in the comments below if you’re going to join Oh Kyung Hwi in his quest to save his first love.

Teaser and Script Reading Video For Detective – Fantasy Drama “Black” Released

OCN released the first teaser for its upcoming detective – fantasy drama “Black”. The teaser is quite nondescript, but it conveys a good atmosphere for a drama focused on death. Check it out yourself:

“Black” will focus on Detective Black (Song Seung Heon) who is possessed by the Grim Reaper. Kang Ha Ram (Go Ara) is a woman who can see the shadows of death. These two try to save humans while fighting against the laws of heaven.

Here is a look at the dry rehearsals for the drama:

“Black” will start airing sometime in October this year on OCN. Maybe Grim Reapers will become the next big thing in Dramaland. What do you think?

JTBC Released a Script Reading Video For “Somehow 18”

It’s just a couple more days until the premiere of the upcoming time – slip drama “Somehow 18” starring Choi Minho and Lee Yoo Bi. JTBC granted the future viewers a behind the scenes look at the preparations for the new web drama.

The drama follows Oh Kyung Whee (Choi Minho) a resident in the orthopedics department. He travels back in time to when he’s 18, to save his first love Han Na Bi (Lee Yoo Bi). “Somehow 18” will be aired on the 28th of August on the Naver TV Cast.

As soon as there are subtitles available, I’ll update this post.