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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/
 
 
 
寒さ: nagayan rockstarsamusa on January 22nd, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
uh hi ^^

i just saw the play and would have been so lost without your review!! thank you so so much! ♥ ♥ ♥
jaxinthebox: TareSaiyuki!jaxinthebox on January 30th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
thank you so so much for this, even though I feel like crying already and I haven't even started watching it yet.
hamykiahamykia on October 21st, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
I know is kinda late for comments... but I had just watched Switch wo osu toki DVD for the fifth time in two weeks, and decided I should find some report to see if I had understood it properly (well, its a deep and difficult play, and I don't really know that much japanese ^^, though thanks to everyone's great performance, I understood everything). So thanks for posting about this wonderful play. I really liked Minami, I understand you hate him, cause his 2-faced personality is just so terrible and creepy too U_U. But... every time I see him on stage, specially the evil part, it makes me think "WOAAA, Nagayama-san is such a GREAT actor".
It's really a wonderful play-- do you know who the writer is?
crypticmadness on June 15th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
This sounds amazing. (am downloading now)
In order to not spoil the play, I stopped reading...
Only to read the comments and find out the end. -_-
*idiot*
Leaving LJ: aiba-wonderlandtarma on April 5th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
This is an old post, but I thank you for it. I just found the play in pieces on Youtube, but only half are subbed, so your summary is helping me to understand the rest of it.