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20 July 2006 @ 01:41 am
Would you press the switch that would end your life?  
スイッチを押すとき ~君達はなぜ生きているんだ?~
"When the switch is pressed ~What is it that you're living for?~"
 
If you could press a button that would end your life instantly, would you do it?

In a way, although it is a dark subject, I'm glad that I knew the word "jisatsu" (自殺 - japanese for "suicide") before I went to see this play. Because that's what it was about..... like I'd heard from other people, this play left me with a heavy feeling. Even now, hours after seeing it, I still feel as if all I can do is think about what was portrayed, and what it means, to me and to people as a whole. I want to say that a play like this, which was dark, scary, and depressing, had a positive message to say about life somewhere in it. But I honestly don't think that it did. It wasn't meaningless, by any means, but I think that the point was, perhaps, to make you consider your own life. That's all... take a good, deep look at your life, and don't let it end like this.

My sincere compliments go to the playwright. Out of all of the plays I have ever seen in my life, and all of this movies, this was one of the most shocking/moving/contemplative things that I've ever seen. I truly, even though my eyes feel as if they've been opened momentarily to a darker world, am grateful that I was able to go. If it was ever put to dvd, I would buy it, and though I would not watch it often, would definitely see it again in order to truly appreciate my own life.

The acting was amazing... summing up the characters, I hated Nagayan's character, Minami, for most of the play for his two-faced-ness, but sympathized with him at other times. I loved Hijii Mika's character, Masami, maybe because I felt sympathy for what she went through, as a woman. Sugawara Takuma's character, Ryota, especially left an impression on me. Mitsu and Aiba Hiroki's characters were charming (especially Aiba's), and Tagami Hiroshi's character had me despising him to his core (I can't remember the character names, gomen). Just six people, but the story and their performances were so enthralling that I was sitting on the edge of my seat at times. I also cried, and cried hard...

The story, and more feelings... Would YOU push your switch?Collapse )

Would I press the switch? I want to think that I would say "no" too, I really, really do....

PS: Official website is here: http://www.digital-hollywood.com/switch/
 
 
 
pratz: together_pratz_ on July 20th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
First of all, thank you for the sum. I *want* to see it, too T_T

If it's Nagayan, I'm not surprised to see him play such a depressing chara (he's done "Flowers for Algernon", no?), but Aiba. Aiba in wheelchair, even. *tears* From what I heard, Japan has the highest suicide rate in the worls, so maybe this play suits Japanese the most (not that there's no suicide in the other part of the world ^^;). And about death... gosh, the idea of "everybody's happiness" has become duller day by day, hasn't it?

You do give me something to think today (beside my modern philosophy textbooks ^^;;).
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 20th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
I personally would like to see everybody happy. The best world is one where everyone is happy and satisfied with their life.

Yeah, he was in Flowers for Algernon, though it was a musical, so it was very, very strange. Sad, of course, but nothing like this. Nothing even close to how emotional this was. (I think the book for Flowers was better than the musical)
Walking in Twilight: Zukkidarknessneko on July 20th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
Our detailed gave the most vivid images like I was seeing the play through your eyes. When everybody started dying, I felt I could see it execatly how happened (hope that made sense ^^;) that I almost started to cry.

I so want to this see this play.

Would I ever push the button?
No, not until I know there's absolutely no hope... for anything. Maybe not then since pushing it means giving up everything you did up to that point; letting it go to waste.

Sorry about the legthy comment and thank you for doing this report it really did make think.
Walking in Twilight: Zukkidarknessneko on July 20th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
Arghh... this is what I get for not getting ehough sleep >>;

*Your detailed report

*it really did make me think
tenikime: Sacrificetenikime on July 20th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
this was deep.. and sad.
I wish I could've seen it, I really do. I hope it'll be out on DVD...
Stariellastariella on July 20th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
huh... the first time i read of this play was from miyu_chan's narration and now it's from your own summary. gives two very interesting perspectives on how the play went... thank you for inserting the picture of the stage too. it makes it easy to imagine the actors doing the play up there. very intimate setting... good atmosphere for a depressing play.

reading your review made me wish i was there as well to watch actors' expressions n emotions in the performance. a very nice written review... kudos, hinoai-san!! :]

this play is really very thought provoking indeed. it leads me to wonder again at the question of why do people kill themselves? what were they thinking when they commit suicide (or in this case, press the switch)? mm.
nagayan~: assblossam on July 20th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
I want to see it ;.; It`s sooo sad. I`m crying..
owangekid_lei on July 20th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
wonderful summary/review. i want to see it now. the emotions, and the themes are so surreal -it makes you reflect on reality.

thank you for this.
-: Aibacchi <3stringalchemist on July 20th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
I really want to see now, your summary was perfect. I've never actually seen Nagayan do a dramatic role like this. The theme of the play is so deep it's scary. ;____;
Rakuranger Go!!!_rakugosha_ on July 20th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
omg it sounds so sad ;-; i wish i could watch it >_
Miyumiyu_princess on July 21st, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
Hello! I was reading a lot of your interesting journal after following you here from the group tokyojapan and I have to say that I just love your attitude of life and the way you write about Japan. Much of it made me smile. I have grown to love Japan so much too even though I don't live there (yet, at least). My dad was married to a Japanese lady and while visiting their family in Tokyo as a kid I fell so in love with Japan and have been that way ever since. I just came back from Japan and I already plan the next trip.. I also love manga and anime and I think your drawings are really good. Anyway, nice meeting you!! I am going to follow your journal if you don't mind.

All the best :)
Keep happy and enjoy life and Tokyo!!

miyu.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 22nd, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
I don't mind! ^.^ I love meeting new people, especially people who love Japan as much as me. ^^ Thank you for your nice compliments!
wintercooljade on July 21st, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
that sounded really beautiful... sad but beautiful. i wish i could have seen it. sounds like the did a real good acting job to ^^ but what do you think it wants to say? this situation seems to uncomparable to most things that could happen to you in real life... i have the feeling that it it 'just' art.... great art too, from what i can see from your post, but not something that will be helpful if you dwell on it, it seems to me...

btw, is masami the girl from garo?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 22nd, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
I think that it was meant to make you think about life, actually.... A friend told me that it was based on a japanese book, so I went out and got the book yesterday. I'm going to try to read it..
(no subject) - yuvi on July 26th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
ramunenaruramunenaru on July 25th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
I thought that "Battle Royale"'s concept of "would you kill your best friend?" was depressing!
Yuvi: Hmmmyuvi on July 26th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
wow... that sounds like an amazing play! For what you said.. it sounds so sad.. and so moving. I really hope they take it out on DVD, I would love to see it.
Kiazerosaver on August 12th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
even if this just a summary of it all... it made me sad... i want to watch it! i know that i'm so going to cry if i watch it... T_T
Babydrackybabydracky on August 12th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing! It seems to be a very interesting drama indeed! OO
I would "love" to see it!
I AM IN MAO'S PHOTOBOOK, NO JOKE ♥♥♥: oh yesh.hibimaosuki on December 10th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
... OMG.

This reply is long-delayed (since I don't really check my f-list as often as I should <-- fails at life), but...

I'm getting my copy of the DVD in a few days, and I wanted to know the whole story so that I know when I'm supposed to cry and for the right reason... Followed a couple of links and ended up here...

So now, I'm going to go poke the postal service and tell them to hurry up with my DVD. ;_;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 10th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)
It's never too late! ^o^

LOL I cracked up at your icon!
(no subject) - hibimaosuki on December 12th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)